UPDATE: Hair relaxer lawsuits are being filed by women who developed uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or breast cancer.
September 16, 2016 — L’Oreal has been hit with a class action lawsuit by two women who say the Amla hair relaxer kit causes baldness.
SoftSheen-Carson® Optimum Amla Legend Relaxer is a no-mix, no-lye relaxer kit that is marketed to African-American women. Its key ingredient is amla oil derived from the Indian gooseberry.
The lawsuit accuses L’Oreal of continuing to sell it despite reports of baldness, hair breakage, scalp irritation, blisters, and burns.
One plaintiff is a woman from California who used Amla Relaxer and immediately noticed scalp irritation. She quickly washed it out, but suffered “significant hair loss” and must wear a partial hair piece to cover up her bald spots.
Another plaintiff is a woman from Illinois who experienced bald spots, burns, and scabs her scalp. She had to start wearing a wig for the first time in her life to cover up thin, unhealthy, damaged hair.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. According to the complaint:
“The product contains hardly any amla oil at all. The true ingredients in the Amla Relaxer are a dangerous mix of irritants and potentially toxic substances.”
The women say L’Oreal has known for years that its product is dangerous and defective — yet it has taken no action to warn the public, recall the product, or compensate most of its purchasers.
The allegations are similar to those in a class action lawsuit against Chaz Dean and Guthy-Renker, LLC, manufacturers of WEN Cleansing Conditioner. Earlier this year, the FDA said the company received 10,000 reports of hair loss, baldness, and other problems with WEN.
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