Toxic Hair Relaxer

Bell Legal Group is holding manufacturers responsible for the harm caused by their products 

Chemical hair relaxer products from well-known cosmetics brands have been discovered to contain harmful, endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Consistent exposure to these hazardous compounds can potentially lead to severe health problems, including:

  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer

If you have utilized chemical hair relaxer products and experienced the development of ovarian cancer, uterine cancer or endometrial cancer, we encourage you to reach out to our office without delay.

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Hair relaxer products contain toxic chemicals

The buildup of endocrine-disrupting substances, such as parabens, phthalates, metals and formaldehyde, in the body can interfere with hormone function in those who use these products regularly.

On October 17, 2022 the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) published a groundbreaking study recently found that women who use chemical hair straightening, or relaxing products have a higher risk contracting of uterine cancer.  The study found that an estimated 1.64% of women who never used chemical hair straighteners or relaxers would go on to develop uterine cancer by the age of 70; but for frequent users, that risk more than doubles, increasing to 4.05%. 

Che-Jung Chang, et al., Use of Straighteners and Other Hair Products and Incident Uterine Cancer, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Oct., 17, 2022

Toxic Hair Relaxer Brands

Some of the common hair relaxer brands include:

  • Motions
  • Dark & Lovely
  • Soft & Beautiful
  • Optimum Care
  • Creme of Nature
  • Just for Me
  • Olive Oil (including Organic Root Stimulator)
  • Brazilian Blow Out
Hair Relaxer brands

Litigation Timeline

August 3, 2023

236 Cases total in the MDL

July 1, 2023
Motion filed by the Defendants

The Defendants attempt to delay by pushing for limits on discovery.

June 1, 2023
New Study

Researchers at Boston University School of Public Health have demonstrated a link between the usage of chemical hair straighteners and declines in fertility and highlights racial discrepancy indicating Black, Hispanic, and mixed-race people are more likely to use these products and potentially be exposed to their harmful chemicals. The findings were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

May 23, 2023
Master Complaint

A Master Complaint was submitted to the Court. A Master Complaint is a consolidated document that outlines the common allegations raised in multiple individual lawsuits. Its primary purpose is to streamline the litigation.

April 21, 2023
Across the Pond Push to Ban Hair Relaxers

Politicians and activist groups in the UK are calling for cosmetic companies to take all hair relaxer products off the shelves.

March 31, 2023
Direct Filing Order

A new order from the MDL in Chicago in the chemical hair straightener class action lawsuit allows plaintiffs to file directly in the MDL instead of filing in their home state and waiting for the court to transfer the claim.

March 27, 2023
Revlon Bankruptcy

Revlon has not been pulled into the hair relaxer class action lawsuit as a defendant because Revlon Inc. filed bankruptcy shortly before the hair relaxer litigation got started. As a result, the automatic bankruptcy stay has protected Revlon from being sued.

March 11, 2023
First Status Conference

Judge Mary Rowland held the first status conference with all parties in the new hair relaxer class action MDL.

February 6, 2023
MDL Location Confirmed!

All federal hair relaxer lawsuits will be housed in Illinois after the class action lawsuit was approved by the JPML (Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation).

February 5, 2023
EPA Announcement

The EPA announced it will list certain chemicals found in hair relaxer products to its list of harmful toxic chemicals.

January 27, 2023
Class Action Hearing Today

The MDL (Multi District Litigation) hearing took place in Miami.

December 14, 2022
Defendants Oppose any Lawsuit

The Defendants oppose any consolidated MDL, arguing that a class action would “breed inefficiency” because the hair straightener lawsuits share little in common.

November 26, 2022
A Medical Monitoring Class

A second type of class action was filed requesting the Defendants pay for a medical monitoring program for women who may be at risk from the harms of chemical hair relaxers. It seeks regular medical exams or tests for potential health problems due to exposure to harmful substances.

November 18, 2022
Class Action Requested

A motion requesting consolidation of all the hair relaxer lawsuits into a new class action MDL was filed. The motion requests that the MDL be assigned to Judge Mary Rowland in the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Qualifies?

If you used chemical hair relaxer products and developed ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, or endometrial cancer, please contact our office today.

Who am I suing?

  • AFAM Concept, Inc. D/b/a JF Labs, Inc. 
  • Avlon Industries 
  • Beauty Bell Enterprises LLC f/k/a House of Cheatem, Inc. 
  • Dabur International Ltd. 
  • Dabur International USA Ltd. 
  • Dermoviva Skin Essentials, Inc. 
  • Godrej SON Holdings, Inc. 
  • House of Cheatham LLC 
  • L’Oreal USA, Inc. 
  • L’Oreal USA Products, Inc. 
  • Luster Products, Inc. 
  • McBride Research Laboratories, Inc. 
  • Namaste Laboratories LLC 
  • Revlon Consumer Products Corporation 
  • Revlon Group Holdings LLC 
  • Revlon, Inc. 
  • SoftSheen-Carson LLC 
  • Strength of Nature, LLC 

Where is my case being filed?

MDL vs. Class Action

MDL and class action lawsuits are both used to group plaintiffs with similar claims against the same Defendants for efficiencies purposes. However, they do have differences.

  • MDL cases exist only in federal court while class action lawsuits can be filed in either state or federal court.
  • MDLs are often used for people who suffer from similar injuries, but the extent of those injuries differ from case to case. Whereas Class Actions are generally used when the members of the class have experienced the same losses. 
  • In a Class Action, a representative group goes through the judicial processes together. An MDL is made up of a bunch of individually filed consolidated cases.

How much compensation could I receive?

The compensation you’re entitled to depends on the circumstances surrounding your case such as:

  • The level of exposure to hair relaxers
  • Long-term prognosis and seriousness of your illness
  • The extent of pain and suffering
  • If you experienced lost earning capacity caused by any disability that you suffered as a result of exposure 

The two basic types of compensatory damages are usually medical bills and pain and suffering.


J. Edward Bell III

Founder and Senior Partner

South Carolina attorney Ed Bell founded Bell Legal Group more than 40 years ago. With offices in Georgetown, SC, and Raleigh, NC, he focuses his practice on a variety of cases that range from medical malpractice, personal injury, automobile safety and defects, product liability, environmental law, police misconduct, and prison abuse.

J.Edward Bell III

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