We are so used to seeing the hair stories of women ditching their relaxers and embracing their natural textures that it may surprise you to learn that there are a few who after having been natural for some time, have opted to go back to relaxing their hair.
Now of course the number of women going back is nowhere near the number who are currently transitioning to natural but a quick search on YouTube will reveal that their numbers are not to be sneezed at either.
When it comes to handling hair in it’s natural state, a lot of ladies are quite unprepared for how thick and perhaps coarse natural hair is compared to the flat, straight relaxed texture that they have grown used to.
And truth be told, majority of us who transitioned to natural were not doing so from thick healthy relaxed hair but rather over-processed, thin strands that we couldn’t wait to get rid of anyway. But once hair education sinks in and women learn that healthy long hair can be attained both as naturals and relaxed then it becomes clear why some women choose to go back.
Here is Styled with Elegance with her natural to relaxed hair story:
Looking at my own family, all of us (sisters and mom) decided to go natural at around the same time back in 2008 and in retrospect, not one of us could have claimed to have had ‘healthy’ relaxed hair.
Mine had that unsightly brown tinge hair relaxed hair gets when it’s been over-processed, my sister’s would break at a strong gust of wind and my mum’s edges were slowly eroding away with each touch up. Still we all decided to ditch the chemicals for various reasons. My reason as I’ve mentioned before was because I finally wanted length and thickness.