L’Oreal targeted in proposed B.C. class action linking hair relaxers to cancer in Black women – CBC

New claim alleges products like Dark & Lovely are ‘dangerous, defective and not fit for purpose’

Jan 23, 2023

Shamara Hutchinson was just 15 years old when she learned she had ovarian cancer.

“It was terrifying,” the resident of Port Coquitlam, B.C., told CBC. “I thought getting the cancer diagnosis was a death sentence.”

More than a decade later, thanks to punishing chemotherapy treatments in her teenage years, Hutchinson says she has “for the most part” fully recovered.

Now 27, she recently learned that cancers like hers have been linked to certain chemicals in the hair relaxers and straighteners she used regularly for years before her diagnosis.

“I was like, wow … if these products do have cancer-causing chemicals in them, it’s a real possibility that this is the causation of my illness,” she said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/black-hair-class-action-lawsuit-loreal-1.6721662

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