The women who choose to relax their hair


[one_sixth padding=”0 15px 0 0px”][/one_sixth][five_sixth_last padding=”0 0px 0 0px”] Chrissy Rutherford, digital editor wrote an article for the website on why she wears a relaxer
There are times when I feel judged for having straightened strands around women who are au natural. Even when I mentioned to a friend who has recently gone natural that I was writing this piece, she remarked, “team natural!” with a bit of a holier-than- thou attitude. Yes, it is no secret that relaxers can be very damaging to one’s hair. I’ve experienced some of the negative effects, mainly breakage, but I adjusted my hair care to protect my strands.’[/five_sixth_last]


[five_sixth padding=”0 10px 0 0px”]Nadege Lewis, hair blogger of Relaxed Hair Health
‘I wear a relaxer mainly because of my busy schedule. I travel almost every week and wearing straight hair, without having to use a lot of heat, allows me to wear simple buns, updo, and other manageable styles for work without a huge time investment. I grew out my hair from a damaged neck length to my waist whilst still continuing to use a relaxer. Since our hair is constantly growing, I see it as more as an issue of retention rather than growth. I made the mistake of neglecting my hair because of my busy schedule and lost length as a result. I learned that my relaxed hair requires constant moisture, the right amount of protein and low manipulation. Plus I had to treat my ends like a baby. When I started placing a focus on taking great care of my ends, retention became much easier. So to answer the question, those who are focused on retaining length can experience long hair, even with a relaxer.’[/five_sixth] [one_sixth_last padding=”0 0px 0 0px”][/one_sixth_last]


[one_sixth padding=”0 15px 0 0px”][/one_sixth][five_sixth_last padding=”0 0px 0 0px”]Lesley Buckle, hair blogger of Fresh Lengths 
‘I’ve had chemically treated hair from a young age so I’ve never really had natural hair. Though I’ve thought about going natural before, I continue to relax as I know how to properly care for my hair as it is. I’ve recently decided to transition to ‘texlaxed’ hair (relaxed hair with texture) from bone straight hair. I used tips from other women who were relaxed with long and healthy hair which helped mine thrive. I think the key is to be committed and focus on retaining the length of your hair as opposed to obsessing over growth. Relaxed hair is thought of as ‘easier’ to manage and I think this leads some women to abandon healthy haircare practices as they assume they don’t need to care as much for their hair. Relaxed hair still requires regular moisturising, deep conditioning and careful styling to prevent breakage just as natural hair does.’[/five_sixth_last]


[five_sixth padding=”0 0px 0 0px”]Valerie Amegatcher, Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE, exhibition assistant
‘I’ve been relaxing since I was 11 years-old. My natural hair is very thick and kinky and at the moment reaches bra strap length. I would scream whenever my mum tried to style it. We even tried hot combing it but my hair was just too thick to get the comb through. I’m happy relaxing my hair. I find it easier to manage. For a healthier hair regimen I get my roots retouched every 10 weeks. I rarely use heat and deep condition every time I wash and wear protective styles. No one’s ever come up to me and said I should be natural. But seeing so many naturals around, I’ve definitely considered it.’[/five_sixth][one_sixth_last padding=”0 0px 0 0px”][/one_sixth_last]

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