harsh chemicals in relaxers
The natural hair revolution has begun and it is being televised! 🙂 Two years ago you would never have caught me without a relaxer! The longest I had ever stretched my relaxer was six months and that was only because I was done getting relaxers…so I thought. One of my good friends Rokania Downing is a hair stylist here in Lexington Kentucky and she has said that every one in the world can go natural, but she will forever slap a relaxer in her hair every eight weeks! She has said that she doesn’t have the right texture of hair to go natural! Her hair would be considered 4c. Although I totally do not agree with the whole 234, abcd hair texture rating scale. I think it is totally ridiculous! And separates us as a race more than it unites us. When no hair texture is the same and your 4c hair may be totally different from my 4c hair. But I said track. Women with all textures of hair are beginning to realize that they can be chemical free also. That a chemical free healthy scalp is not relegated only to the mixed chics or those with “pretty” hair. My hair is dry and coily and I have been relaxer free for 9 months now! A record! 🙂 And my hair is the smoothest and shiniest is has ever been! I hate to say this but I have to admit where I’m at in my natural hair journey. I am a proponent of training your hair. For those that don’t know, this means to flat iron it or press it with a heat setting that is so damn hot that is ALMOST burns your hair. This extra hot heat setting, which works wonders on course hair, permanently loosens your curl pattern. So my hair texture has went from tight coils to pretty curls in a matter of months. The only thing about training your hair is that you have to be extra careful not to burn you precious strands. Instead of going over each section 1 or 2 times as I normally would at a setting of 410 degrees, to train my hair I have been going over each section about 7 or 8 times at a temperature of 450 degrees. Older women in the salon have had me bring out the marcel flat irons and in the electric oven I swear the heat on those steel flat irons got up to 475! And it did not burn their super course hair! And it got their hair super straight like they wanted it. And they were happy! I have noticed that training your hair can lead to thinned out hair is you get over zealous with it! Once a week or every two weeks flat ironing your hair on super high heat is too much! I flat iron my hair twice a month: The beginning of the month on super high heat (450) and the middle of the month on 410 on the roots and 375 on the ends. And my hair is still just as thick as it wants to be! I’ve also heard that training your hair can stunt hair growth but again I believe that’s if you get a little too happy with the whole technique.
I have been really excited to see so many natural haired sisters on television. It’s no longer a big deal to where our real hair in the state God gave us! Not saying that there is anything wrong with changing it up every once in a while! Black women are coming into our beautiful own once again, not trying to look like anyone but ourselves and it makes me happy. For those of you that are still getting relaxers regularly, I bet you’re stretching them longer! And I bet in a few years you’ll be chemical free too! The revolution back to our true selves has begun! And I am so excited to be joining in this beautiful declaration of our reclaiming our beauty! There are so many relaxer stretchers, extenders, smoothers, silkeners, free of the harsh hair dissolving chemicals of a realxers, that there really is no need to continue to get one anymore. I am a hair texture specialist. If you need assistance figuring out what products to use to get the relaxer look without a relaxer, or the weave look without a weave, then contact me! 🙂