I Tried It: Quitting Relaxed Hair
August 10, 2017

I Tried It: Quitting Relaxed Hair

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GROWING UP, I CAN’T REMEMBER A MOMENT WHEN MY HAIR WASN’T RELAXED. I remember having to explain to one of my best friends that when I got a relaxer in my hair, it suppressed my hair’s natural texture and made it easier to straighten and therefore manipulate. As I got older, no one could convince me to go natural and I promised myself I never would. I relished in fresh, relaxed hair and I had no desire to ever change it.

The difference between relaxed hair and natural hair in the black community is significant. Some people see relaxed hair as more “kept,” since the straightened end result usually emulates Euro-centric hair types that are usually deemed more desirable, and helps one achieve the so-called “good hair” look. But to keep your hair straight, you need to get it relaxed on a consistent basis, which can lead to breakage. For black women, the alternative to relaxed hair is natural hair, which comes in an array of curls from loose ringlets to tight coils.

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Article by Allyson Waller