Is Your Hair Routine Putting You at Risk of Deadly Diseases?

Hair relaxers and chemical hair straighteners have been linked to various health problems, including uterine cancer due to the presence of phthalates.

Hair relaxers and chemical hair straighteners are popular among people looking to achieve a sleek, straight hairstyle. However, these products can be dangerous and have been linked to a range of health problems. Chemical burns, hair breakage, respiratory issues, allergic reactions, and even uterine cancer are some of the dangers associated with toxic hair products. In this article, we delve into how hair relaxers may cause uterine cancer, and offer tips on finding hair relaxers that are safe and toxic-free.

How are hair relaxers or straight perms dangerous?

There are a plethora of warnings that you are given when opting for a straight perm or hair relaxing treatment. Your hair stylist will tell you not to wash your hair for a few days, to consider your haircut, and even that you can't get a perm on damaged hair. There are many dangers associated with hair relaxing, as well, including: 

  • Chemical burns: Relaxers contain harsh chemicals, such as sodium hydroxide, guanidine hydroxide, or ammonium thioglycolate, which can cause chemical burns if they come into contact with the scalp or skin. Chemical burns can be painful and may cause scarring or permanent hair loss.
  • Hair breakage: Relaxers can weaken hair strands, making them more prone to breakage. This can lead to thinning hair or bald patches.
  • Respiratory problems: The fumes from relaxers can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, and can even cause respiratory problems if inhaled over time.
  • Health risks: Some of the chemicals found in relaxers, such as formaldehyde, have been linked to health risks such as cancer and reproductive issues.
  • Allergic reactions: Some people may have an allergic reaction to the chemicals in relaxers, which can cause symptoms such as itching, swelling, and rash.

How can Hair Relaxers cause Uterine Cancer?

Phthalates are a common chemical found in hair relaxers that can disrupt the endocrine system and cause health issues like reproductive problems, asthma, and cancer. Frequent use of chemical hair straightening products has been linked to a more than double risk of uterine cancer, and 60% of relaxer users in a 2022 study by the National Institutes of Health, were Black women. Hair relaxers may also increase the risk of uterine fibroids, which can cause symptoms and may be linked to uterine cancer.

How Can You Make Sure a Hair Relaxer Product is Safe and Toxic-Free? 

There are a few things you can look out for when trying to safely get a straight perm. 

  • Check the ingredients: Look for a hair relaxer that contains natural ingredients and is free from harsh chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, guanidine hydroxide, or ammonium thioglycolate. Also, avoid products that contain formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen.
  • Look for certifications: Check if the hair relaxer product has been certified by reputable organizations, such as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) or the USDA Organic Certification. These certifications ensure that the product meets certain safety and quality standards.
  • Do a patch test: Before using the hair relaxer product, do a patch test on a small area of your scalp to ensure that you're not allergic to any of the ingredients. If you experience any itching, burning, or redness, discontinue use of the product immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.

If you developed uterine cancer after getting a hair relaxing treatment done, there is a chance you may qualify for financial compensation. Learn more about this claim and find out if you are eligible today.

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