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A study conducted by the The American Journal of Epidemiology links hair relaxers to risk of Uterine Leiomyomata in African-American Women.  Yikes!

“Hair relaxers are used by millions of women, especially black, possibly exposing them to various chemicals through scalp lesions and burns”. Researchers at Boston University are also linking hair relaxers to uterine fibroid tumors and early puberty. How crazy is this?!

Scientists from Lauren Wise of Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center followed over 23,000 pre-menopausal Black American women from 1997 to 2009 and found the fibroid rate higher among women whose hair was exposed to chemicals.

For now researches are only “associating” relaxers, fibroids and early puberty. They can’t confirm an exact cause and effect relationship.

However, association may be enough for long-term relaxer users. Here’s a question, why aren’t the ingredients in relaxers regulated more strictly by the FDA??? Probably would affect too many pockets.  No one’s health should be put at risk for a hairstyle.

I’m not saying I’m anti-relaxers, I’m just saying I’m natural….

Stay Healthy…

Brandi

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