A new study by an advocacy and research group shows that there is a link between Black women’s hair product and fibroids. The research has it that many Black women who suffer from fibroids, especially uterine fibroids, may have their hair products to blame.
The group that is based in L.A released a 60-page report on the topic entitled, “Natural Evolutions: One Hair Story.” The research was conducted over an extensive period of five years and involved various methods of data collection.
Among a few of the results is the fact that most of the products meant for Black women consumers are rarely tested for toxic products or for health related consequences.
Uterine fibroids, which are noncancerous tumors in the muscles of the uterus, affect almost 20%-40% of women around the world. The number, however, triples when it comes to Black women especially the African-American women. The study linked the use of hair products as the reason for such high number of cases. Most Black women diagnosed with uterine fibroid confess of earlier use of hair products such as chemical relaxers. A study done on 23,000 African-American women also revealed this problem, as many of them, who used hair relaxers, were shown to be more likely to get fibroids.