PUT DOWN THAT CREAMY CRACK!
Trying to go natural but don’t really have reasons to out down that creamy crack called a relaxer? You need an intervention and I am so happy you decided to come to me because I will list the six main reasons why you should quit that creamy crack.
Growing up our mothers relaxed our hair to make it easier to deal with, not realizing the dangers they were putting us into by relaxing our hair. The relaxer straightens your hair, ridding your textured hair of all its glorious texture, it’s fine curves and kinks and coils. This was the acceptable form of our hair both by society and by our own standards.
The conversation about black hair is very controversial. From not being able to wear it in public to the styles being banned in schools. We have had to fight to be able to wear our natural hair how it grows from our scalp. Black women and their hair will always remain controversial.
Relaxers were accidentally invented by an African American man named Garret Augustus Morgan. Mr. Morgan, was trying to find a way to ease the friction on his sewing machines in his tailors shop. The friction of the needles will often cause the furs of the coats he was repairing to be scorched. He applied the solution and notice that the furs were a lot straighter after the application of the chemical. Morgan then went to his neighbor and tried the solution on the dog’s fur. After running a few tests, he decided to test this solution on himself. When it worked, he quickly established the G.A Morgan Hair Refining Company and subsequently sold the cream to African Americans. Morgan went ahead and invented many more things that we still use till this day, example: gas mask.
There are negative side effects to applying relaxers to your hair and scalp. Scalp burns and hair breakage are not the only things we need to know about when it comes to applying relaxers to our hair and scalp. below are 5 ways you can seriously damage your health by applying relaxers:
When we were little, the relaxers put into our hair made our hair so brittle and weak it never really grew past our shoulders. We often hear people say: “I had long as a child but my mother relaxed it and it broke” and since we don’t know any better, we continue the cycle well into adulthood. And our hair still do not grow past our shoulders. No need to wonder why it never grows past our shoulders. We all follow the golden rule of black hair: Wear a bonnet to sleep!!”. Though we do wear bonnets, our hairs still suffer. We can then safely say bonnets were not the problem.
When you usually apply a relaxer to your hair, a telltale sign that the product is ready to be washed of is signaled by a burning sensation on your scalp. It starts off as a tingling sensation, then the burning starts. If you are not quick enough to wash it out, it will burn your scalp! Leaving you with sores, scabs and tender scalp. Do not forget the scars it may leave after the sores starts healing. Yeah, you do not want to go through that.
3. Thinning Hair
Whenever you relax your hair, it thins out. Relaxers work by penetrating the cuticle and loosening the natural curl pattern of each strand. This will then leave the hair weak, dry and brittle, which eventually leads to breakage.
The dryness you will experience is due to all the natural barriers of your hair being broken down. Relaxers basically erase your hair’s natural curl pattern and exposes your hair to the bare air. Your hair is now weak and brittle and cannot absorb and keep any of it moisture. The result is dry brittle hair breaking off at the slightest touch.
5. Reproductive Problems and Respiratory issues
It has been proven that the creamy crack can lead to Uterine Leiomyomata in African-American Women. Uterine Leiomyomata are tumors of the myometrium that are responsive to estrogens and progesterone. A study conducted in 2012 showed that African American women who used relaxers were at higher risk of Uterine Leiomyomata than those who did not. The type of relaxer you use is also very important as it was found that women who often used lye relaxers were at a much higher risk than those who did not. Lye relaxers contain sodium hydroxide, a chemical used in, and highly effective, commercial drain and oven cleaners, and soap and detergents. A 2013 study, also concluded that usage of chemical hair relaxers does cause adverse effects and is “not a myth.” – You might want to think twice about that before applying to your scalp.
If you want to read more about the damaging effects of chemical relaxers, you can visit https://www.science.gov/topicpages/c/chemical+hair+relaxer. Here, you can find numerous articles about the effects.