After news hit that a woman died from an allergic reaction to hair extensions and that some of our favorite lipsticks may contain lead, the need to be health-conscious when getting your beauty fix is more serious than ever. A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology shares an equally alarming update. Researchers at Boston University are now linking hair relaxers to uterine fibroid tumors and early puberty. We can’t be the only ones that are shocked! Scientists from Lauren Wise of Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center followed more than 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. Scary! Another study published in the Annals of Epidemiology discovered that early menstruation (periods before the age of 10) may result from using hair products that contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals at an early age. Women who start their menstrual cycle earlier are also more likely to have uterine fibroids later in life. For now, scientists are only associating relaxers and fibroids and early puberty; they cannot confirm an exact cause and effect relationship. Association is enough though for long-term relaxer users to give the process some thought. At the least, we think there is an immediate need for the ingredients in relaxers to be regulated strictly by the F.D.A. as no one’s health should be put at risk for a hairstyle. What do you think about this?

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