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Hair Relaxers Cause Woman’s Balding

Hair rRelaxers are popular among Afro-Caribbean womenA woman has filed suit against a beauty supply store and the manufacturer of a hair relaxer, claiming the chemical burned her scalp and caused balding.

Luerine Eldridge of St. Louis claims she purchased the hair relaxer from a beauty discount store in July 2007 and after applying it, says it severely burned her scalp, caused extreme itching, hair thinning and left her with an infected and inflamed scalp. According to Luerine, she wasn’t warned about the dangers of the product and is now suing for $300,000 plus costs.

Most people who suffer hair loss will be subject to some degree of emotional distress, but Luerine says she has endured more than just the physical side effects and emotional trauma. She says she has also incurred medical expenses, lost wages and suffered disability, loss of a normal life and disfigurement.

It will be interesting to see how the case pans out because Luerine, who just filed the suit on 17 June, isn’t the only hair loss sufferer to make a claim. A balding art teacher went before a Glasgow judge to make a disability claim, alleging the ‘impairment’ interfered with his ability to work. The judge ruled against the claim but Luerine’s case is a bit different.

Hair dye, straighteners and relaxers are all damaging to the quality of hair at the best of times, but chemical hair treatments can also cause hair loss if, in the case of Luerine, they burn the scalp. The hair follicles shrivel and scar, effectively leaving a bald, barren patch of scalp. Manufacturers and beauty professionals need to ensure people are made aware of the possible dangers of products like hair relaxers.

Clinically proven hair loss treatments can help in cases where over-styling has lead to diffuse thinning or instigated female pattern hair loss, but transplants or non-surgical hair replacement may be the only effective option for scarring alopecia.

If you’re suffering the effects of over-processed hair, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email to find out how you get restore your tresses. Or fill in the online diagnostic form for expert advice and recommendations from a hair specialist.

More Information:
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3 Comments

12th December, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Hirut .Y

Hi there, I'm writing this to ask for advice from hair expert. My problem is like this. I have very strong hair from my childhood time and I started to use hair relaxer for about 2 years and still I'm using it. However, I'm getting worried now because it might have a side effect to my scalp, as I'm using it continously. I'm really looking for expert adivce as to how I can protect my hair and scalp and also avoid using these materials. I would be so thankful if you can help me. Regards H.Y

15th December, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Sophie

The use of a hair relaxer does not usually harm the scalp as much as chemical hair dyes and perming solutions would do. However, allergic reactions can develop over time even if a person has used the same brand for many years. If you feel that you might be reacting to the chemicals then it is safer to simply stop using the product. As long as the product comes into contact with the scalp, you cannot protect your scalp from the chemicals. Barrier creams applied to the scalp will help to minimise exposure to the chemical but this will not protect the scalp completely. I would advise you to check with your hairdresser to ensure that it is safe to continue using the relaxer. Your hairdresser should also be able to discuss styling alternatives with you. If you are concerned about the damage already done to your hair then a hair supplement may help to provide nourishment to the scalp and strengthen the hair. If the condition of your hair deteriorates, and you are concerned about hair loss, please get in touch with the Belgravia Centre for a free consultation.

29th September, 2010 at 5:13 am

If you feel that you might be reacting to the chemicals then it is safer to simply stop using the product. As long as the product comes into contact with the scalp, you cannot protect your scalp from the chemicals. Barrier creams applied to the scalp will help to minimise exposure to the chemical but this will not protect the scalp completely.

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