It really didn’t come as a surprise when the FDA issued a warning against the popular hair straightening treatment Brazilian Blowout — one of the main ingredients for this process is formaldehyde after all! But what is shocking is that researchers at Boston University say they’ve found a link between hair relaxers and fibroids, which are very prevalent amongst black women.
Although fibroids are benign tumors in the uterus, they can cause severe pain. Fibroids affect black women more than any other race. Black women are also the largest group to chemically straighten their hair with relaxers. So it’s easy to make the connection between fibroids and relaxers after hearing of the Boston University findings.
But Dr. Ray Howell of East Atlanta OB/GYN, who spoke with MyFoxAtlanta.com, says there needs to be more research, even though he understands how the researchers came to their conclusion. According to Dr. Howell, the link is the thyalates that perfume relaxers, but also may mimic the properties of estrogen, causing fibroids to grow in the uterus. Yet Dr. Howell maintains that there are too many variables involved to conclusively say relaxers cause fibroids.
So we won’t know whether relaxers cause fibroids until more research is done. But if you insist on having chemically straightened hair, there is one way to protect yourself from the potential risk: Avoid getting burns and scars from the relaxer, which would give the thyalates access to the bloodstream. And most hair stylists would also argue that you should leave the hair dressing to the professionals.
Hair is such a big deal in the black community; would you stop using chemical relaxers if they were found to definitely cause fibroids?