Why hair relaxers could be dangerous
That hair relaxers cause cancer is not something most women would realize when using a product to straighten their hair. However, the increased risk of uterine cancer is a factor emerging in studies, and statistics show the extent of risk.
What is a hair relaxer?
The cosmetics industry provides hair relaxers, which are chemical creams or lotions that relax or straighten curly hair. The Loreal Paris website states that more than two-thirds of African American women use hair relaxers.
How do hair relaxers work?
Hair relaxers contain chemicals that break down the bonds of hair fibers. The presence of a chemical called disulfide is what determines how curly hair is. The first stage of the hair relaxing process involves the application of the chemical that breaks down the disulfide bonds in hair fibers. Then next stage involves thorough rinsing called the neutralization stage. The neutralizing agent closes the disulfide bonds, and stylists can shape the hair into the desired form. The last stage is shampooing and wrapping the hair around rollers.
What does an extensive study indicate as to whether hair relaxers cause cancer?
The Journal of the National Cancer Institute revealed that some hair products contain hazardous chemicals associated with breast and ovarian cancer and now, also uterine cancer. There were 33,947 participants in the study. The woman were between the ages of 35 to 74 years old. Over a period of nearly 11 years of follow-up, the study identified 378 cases of uterine cancer. Use of hair straightening products was associated with higher uterine cancer rates.
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