FDA proposal would ban chemicals in hair straighteners linked to cancer

On Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m. Monday, WSB-TV talks concretely about women and black hair.

Currently, the Food and Drug Administration is considering proposing a ban on a chemical found in popular hair straighteners due to a reported link between chemical straighteners and certain cancers.

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Channel 2’s Audrey Washington sat down with three women and asked them why they still chemically straighten their hair and whether the proposed ban will change their minds.

Washington spoke with a television and film actress, a retired senior law enforcement official and an executive. They discussed the real psychology behind hair straightening and whether it’s possible to truly embrace natural hair.

MONDAY AT 5 p.m.: We dig deeper into the proposed ban and hear testimony from a Georgia woman who is suing several hair straightening companies after developing uterine cancer.

WSB-TV gets real

Audrey Washington, Karyn Greer and Tyisha Fernandes sit down to discuss the chemicals in hair straightening products and the FDA’s proposed ban. Join the conversation and ask your questions below.

posted by WSB-TV Monday April 1, 2024

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