However outside of that speculation there was no direct link to be found between the use of hair relaxers and fibroid in black women.
[…] we are unable to provide insight as to the specific mechanisms by which hair relaxers could have influenced risk.
It is possible that hair relaxer use is a proxy for exposure to other products containing high levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (17) and that the hair relaxers themselves are not the causal agents.
The study continued to say:
[…] we observed that the percentage of European ancestry decreased with increasing use of hair relaxers in a subset of women from our cohort, and that adjustment for genetic admixture attenuated the observed associations for hair relaxer use and uterine leiomyomata incidence.
Therefore, although our study raises the hypothesis that hair relaxer use is associated with an increased risk of uterine leiomyomata, we cannot rule out the possibility that greater African ancestry, thought to increase genetic predisposition to uterine leiomyomata (55), explains part or all of the observed association.
In essence they found that the use of relaxers was lower in those with strong European genes. That is to say the more white the woman had in her blood enough to influence her features or physical appearance, the less likely she was to use a relaxer; but, the stronger the African genes in their ancestry the higher the relaxer usage.
In spite of this when they examined the difference between women with stronger African ancestry, and women of more European ancestry, the hair relaxer association practically disappeared.
On January 1, 2014 in a Fox news report that followed up on the study, Fox correspondent Beth Galvin interviewed Dr. Carol Hogue – a professor of epidemiology at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health – whose professional opinion was that the link between fibroids and hair relaxers is not very strong.
Hogue says, “There is an impact, it is very small[.]” Hogue’s statement basically correlates with the findings of the study since the conclusion basically stated that they cannot say conclusively that hair relaxers cause fibroids in black women. They cannot even say whether the results should be attributed to genetic disposition as a result of African ancestry. What they did say though, is:
Future studies are needed to confirm whether hair relaxer use and uterine leiomyomata are indeed associated.
Well I’m all for future studies and as such, I take the opportunity to implore the learned among us to do the research so we can put the matter to rest.
In conclusion, the study didn’t say hair relaxers cause fibroid in black women and the association is thin at best so I suppose it wasn’t all bad.
Well when you think of it they didn’t exactly rule it out altogether either but hey, for all we know black women just have higher incidences of fibroid because of our genes. I suppose the verdict is still out on this one. In the meantime style responsibly and keep in good health.