Relaxed hair is not perfect and there are down sides to wearing chemically relaxed hair.
1. Natural hair is healthier than relaxed hair
This another hard and fast fact that has nothing to do with good or bad. When a chemical relaxer is applied to the strands of your hair, the protein bonds of the hair are broken and the hair’s health is compromised to some extent.
Natural hair has not had its protein bonds broken if the hair has not otherwise been chemically altered. This means a very healthy head of hair.
2. Scalp issues are prevalent among those who wear their hair relaxed
The chemicals in the relaxer are often drying and can be harsh on the scalp and nearby skin. Even when applied with appropriate care and technique, relaxers often burn the scalp and disrupt the natural distribution of sebum on the scalp and along the shaft of the hair.
3. If you relax your hair, you will inevitably have to retouch the relaxer
This is time consuming and it can be costly if you visit a salon regularly to have it done. Natural hair does not require this type of continual treatment in order for you to enjoy the benefit of the hairstyle.
Touch ups are not something you can forego and so become a mandatory, and seemingly never-ending, part of wearing relaxed hair.
Relaxed hair has its place in the black hair community. It’s something that has been around for ages and isn’t likely to disappear. And as with most hair choices, it’s a matter of preference that has pros and cons.