Petition to Thierry Cheval, Paul Devin

#NoMoreLyes Take toxic hair relaxers off the shelves

Big beauty brands like L'Oréal must remove toxic ingredients from hair relaxers. The price of Black women's beauty should never be our health.

For years, Black women have used hair relaxers – a cream that straightens our curls and coils. This week, Oxford University published a shocking study that found that Black women who repeatedly use hair relaxers containing a chemical called lye are at a 30% increased risk of breast cancer. 

Lye, also known as sodium hydroxide, is a heavy-duty chemical used to unblock drains.

Brands including L’Oreal, Revlon and Motions all sell products that include lye – and some of these products are targeted at young girls. 

It’s time to demand that all beauty brands remove lye and other hydroxides from their hair products.

Why is this important?

Lye, also known as sodium hydroxide, is a heavy-duty chemical used to unblock drains. It's also a key ingredient, alongside other harmful hydroxides, in big brand hair relaxers used by Black women. A long-term scientific study has shown that its repeated use is connected to serious health effects, including breast cancer.

Even products that are marketed as "no lye"– but still contain harmful hydroxides including calcium hydroxide and lithium hydroxide – have been linked to hair loss and scalp burns. It's time to demand #NoMoreLyes in Black hair products

As long as these products are still being sold, Black women are at risk of serious health conditions. It’s time to demand that all beauty brands remove lye and other harmful hydroxides from their hair products.

October 29, 2021
Letter to
Managing Director of L'Oreal UK, Thierry Cheval
Managing Director – Revlon Inc, Paul Devin

Oxford University have published a study that found that Black women who repeatedly use hair relaxers containing a chemical called lye are at 30% increased risk of breast cancer.

If you care about Black women's health and lives, you must make a global commitment to removing lye and harmful hydroxides from all hair relaxer products.

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1,046 Comments

Lorraine
Lorraine

The days of taking the burn for straight hair are finished. There were many times I wondered how long I could continue doing that to myself. I’d also like to know whether there are any links to the chemicals and dementia

Natalie
Natalie

…because blank women’s lives and health matters.

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Ashley
Ashley

The fact that lye can cause breast cancer should be enough to put the same kind of warning labels on these products, like the ones on cigarettes!!! When you know better you do better; many people don’t know the harm that can be caused by the use of lye and other harmful chemicals!

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My daughters & grandchildren

Denise Chambers
Denise Chambers

I have used these products for years not knowing the risks they posed. Unconscionable!

Yasmin Smith
Yasmin Smith

It’s causing harm

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m signing because this is the right thing to do. We shouldn’t have to be campaigning for something as obvious as this… Companies need to do better

Libby cooper
Libby cooper

SELLING THESE IS WRONG !!!simple as

vicki turner
vicki turner

image is not everything

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