New Study Suggests Chemical Hair Straighteners Increase A Woman’s Risk of Uterine Cancer

Chemical straighteners have long been a routine styling option for women, specifically among those in the Black community. But new information published by the National Institutes of Health indicates that hair relaxers, many of which include toxic ingredients like parabens, bisphenol A, metals, and formaldehyde, place women at a substantially higher risk of developing uterine cancer.

The results came to light following an eleven-year study that followed over 33,000 women aged 35-74. At the conclusion, 378 women were diagnosed with uterine cancer. While genetics and other factors do play a role, the team of researchers were able to prove that those who used chemical straighteners at least four times a year were at double the risk. Sixty percent of those women were Black.