Why do women still use relaxers?

Luster Products explain why relaxers still serve a purpose and how they can be used safely

Photograph courtesy of Luster Products

Relaxers have been around since the early Sixties and became a way of life for many women of colour.  The introduction of relaxer kits, in the late Seventies, made it more convenient, cost-effective and safer for women to straighten their hair at home. Despite the latest surge of natural hair trends, the true relaxer woman still stands her ground. Be it her lifestyle, career or sheer vanity, she prefers her hair straight and relaxing is the only solution to safe, lasting-straightness that can endure the office, the gym and downtime. Relaxers remain the most effective way to achieve maximum permanent straightness while keeping the hair healthy, conditioned and manageable.

Natural hair does not work for all women

There are many women who have tried to go or thought about going natural. In the end, some women have chosen not to make the transition and there are many reasons for this, but a common one is that some women simply prefer their hair to be straight. Are they wrong? Absolutely not. Relaxing has been a part of women’s hair care regimen for many years. Women, who relax their hair, are accustomed to its texture, bounce and movement.  They are very comfortable caring for their straight hair and enjoying a lifestyle that straight hair supports.

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Styling versatility

Not only do women with relaxed hair find it easier to exercise/work out, but they also feel that relaxed hair offers more styling versatility. From ponytails to bone straight to wrap-and-go, relaxed hair offers the convenience and style some women desire.

Desire for healthy, strong hair at all times

Important factors to having healthy, strong hair with relaxers are to: 1) Choose the right product for your hair texture such as regular/super or lye/no-lye. 2) Follow the application instructions of the relaxer to the letter. 3) Properly maintain the hair in between touch ups, such as getting ends trimmed and frequent deep conditioners.

Are you still Team Relaxer? We’d love to hear your comments.

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  1. by So on 02/08/2018  7:31 PM Reply

    Why are women who use hair relaxers targeted by other women ? It is as if they HAVE to use other things like weaves etc.... In the end is it hate or what?

    • by OnlyChild on 31/12/2018  7:50 AM Reply

      I have noticed that as well. Some women, who are now natural, act as if they weren't relaxed "once upon a time". I'm like, 'Chick, chill.' I still get relaxers, but only twice a year, and my hair is down my back. I have tried to transition twice, and it was so difficult. I have since then started a business, so I definitely don't have time to focus on hair. Protective styles are life for me right now. But, I really wish women would stop with whatever feelings they have towards one another over some damn hair. We have bigger issues that we need to address like, why our black babies are going missing, the killings of our men, mistreatment in these disgusting ass hospitals, etc. This hair shit is played out.

  2. by Tonia on 19/11/2017  2:17 AM Reply

    I used to use Vigorol Liquid Hair Relaxer and I'm having a problem finding this product – it really worked great for my hair.

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