I don’t plan to relax, why? For one I don’t need one extra thing to do every 6 weeks and my fine strands are better without the added chemicals. But what if you aren’t like me and you want to relax your hair? Nowadays we feel pressure in our heads to stay true to the journey, stick it out no matter what, sistahs with curls for life and all that jazz.
We don’t exist in a bubble, the reality is people will have something to say no matter what you choose to do. If you are natural but you straighten all the time that’s a problem, if you have 4C natural hair but you like 3C textured wigs*, you don’t like yourself, or if you color your hair pastel blue then you are a rebel and cant ever get a job that makes more than 7.25 and hour.
These judgments and opinions can get a tad bit annoying so you have been secretly thinking about relaxing but you don’t dare voice your thoughts out loud. You look at your natural hair, you love it but you simply prefer your relaxed hair.
The natural journey is a good thing, you admit that but you want something else. Listen, I get it, we all do even the ones that pass judgement, we are women who change our minds often, and while some women might truly hate their natural hair you know you are not that girl. With that said here are 3 solid reasons you should not care if you decide to relax your natural hair again.
1. Your regimen and goals will not change much
If you really know your hair, and I mean really know about how it works, “the science behind the strand” you will know that the regimen you had for your natural hair should remain fully intact for your relaxed hair journey minus the relaxer application.
Your hair will still need moisture; it will still need protein, porosity still remains relevant in your life, co washing will always be your thing to do mid week, protective styling at winter time remains something you will do each year.
Going natural has forced us to face hair knowledge dead in the face, we don’t just put the fate of our hair in the hair dresser, we ask questions and we know what to do when we cant make it to our favorite salon spot.
If your goal is healthy hair, that doesn’t change now that you are relaxed. You know the state of your hair with a relaxer and you know how to keep retaining length each month.
Of course some things will be added to your regimen; you will have to actually relax your hair, and you will have to decide what schedule to maintain for relaxing so that you keep your hair safe.
Originally posted 2014-11-03 15:00:29.