Ladies Who Have Gone Back To Relaxed Hair After Being Natural

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 The Mo Show showing us how she went from natural to relaxed hair:


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.

Another natural to relaxed story on the following page

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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Mikailia Rogers

I won’t get a perm again iif I have the urge of straight hair I just get a blow out I like the versatility of natural hair but kudos to them its their hair do whatever lol

Natalya Thomas

They will be back!!! Especially once their hair starts to shed and the growth begins to stunt all over again!!!

Angela Williams

I don’t care what someone does with their hair, but u speak the TRUTH. My hair was long when I first relaxed my hair, but over the years my hair kept getting shorter & shorter(even relaxed I still had long hair, just NOT as long as it was when it was Natural). I get the impression that some ladies went Natural to get Strong/Long hair, then once that was achieved they went back to relaxers to take full advantage of their new length, but I wouldn’t get use to it if I were them. But think about this…If you have to go Natural just to get Strong/Long hair, then what does that say about relaxers?!!(15yrs Natural now)

Samira Perry

i did! I grew my hair out to have it be long and relaxed.

melanie washington
melanie washington

I love the pick your poison line.I think its great woman have such variety.

Jinekquar Ray-Turner

Reneshia Graham too funny..you are right.good point.

Bridgette Knox

I worked to hard during my transition. I will never go back

Tyra Woods

It’s nothing wrong with women who have relaxers… I myself is all natural and i don’t plan to straighten it at all, not even with a flat iron. I don’t even blow dry my hair, No heat at all… BUT natural hair takes time to manage… So for those who return back to perms, I understand….

Kassidi K Sweetpea

Recently I relaxed my hair after 1/1 2 year being natural. My hair health has significantly increased I also am able to understand hair health better. I can do my hair the way it is. I wasn’t afraid to cut my hair and then grew it out curly then relax it again. My hair hasn’t been this good condition relaxed before maintaining growth natural. I’ll relax my hair every 20 weeks I back in the day, I did retouched every six weeks… Hair was overly processed. 🙂 changing hair can make you understand how to take care of it in any form you wish. Don’t limit on what you want to do.

Danita Coleman-Jamerson

Smh @ the comments saying going from natural to relaxed is “pointless, embrace what God gave you, and if you switch back it was a fad. I’ve gone natural 3 times when I wanted a change. The first time I went natural was 15 years ago. Though many people were natural, I can only think of a few of my family, friends associates, and hundreds of patients that were. It was not very popular at all. The last few years my sister, sister-in-law,daughters, and most all my friends are natural. Some get an attitude about Me switching . I will do me and change it up if I so choose. #teamchoice #stopjudging 🙂

Danita Coleman-Jamerson

Oh it was 3yrs or more each time

Ni-Ni Henderson

KMSLOL @ anyone who ASSUMES hair growth has to be stunted, sheds, breaks off, falls out, etc, just because it’s relaxed. I don’t have any issues. Hair is DEAD that you see, so stop making a fuss over it and find something worthy of arguing about.

Mary Welch

Not everyone who had a perm had a bad experience or damaged, shedding or breaking hair. Mine actually grew faster with a perm and was in good shape. I just got tired of sitting waiting for my stylist to show up unapologetically 1 to 2 hrs late then squeezing someone else in front of me.

Angela Williams

“Stylist to show up unapologetically 1 to 2 hrs late then squeezing someone else in front of me” …I Feel Ya On This One!! Some of those same stylists now throw shade on Naturals bc they are now losing money bc of decreased relaxer sales. My stylist use to overbook clients(working on 2-3 heads simultaneously); I’m beginning to think the reason why I ended up w/breakage & sores on my scalp is bc the stylist left relaxer on my head too long, possibly bc she was trying to work on too many other heads at the same time, resulting in me going Natural. If stylist don’t RESPECT their clients then they will lose them(15yrs Natural now).

Danita Coleman-Jamerson

Reneshia Graham, too funny…I agree.

Corey'Loves Jotasha Taylor

I want to relax….but my strands are too fine….I love it….Do what s for you

Kae Dun

Noooooooooooo

Winnie Obiesie

Mad.

Sherrie QueensMind Jenkins

I embrace my natural hair n beauty

Sherrie QueensMind Jenkins

Btw no judging just stating my personal preferences n my opinion to each her own Queens

Leverne E Jones

My hair is just healthier natural; thats enuf 4 me!

Raven Marie

I got a perm twice…didn’t take to my hair. Went back to its natural state a week or two later.

Evatta Hopkins

Cylinda Shenise preach

Quaniee Harrison

I used to relax my hair twice a yr the growth and strength was wonderful

Brittny Roberts WorknProgress

Natural Nazi chicks swear the only way to have healthy hair is if it’s natural which is not true. Nothing wrong with relaxed hair if treated properly.

Devern BigmotheBoss Mosley

As long as it’s still natural hair as opposed to weaves and wigs…

Takeisha Jeffrie

I know I’m ready to go back this natural is too overrated

Regina Taylor

She actually looked better relaxed. I flat iron my hair and get the same affect tho.

Marian Corzine Bramber

I’ve been natural for almost a month, but I wear protective styles. I made a choice to transition to natural, because my hair had become very damaged due to not taking care of my hair properly. But your hair is your hair & I feel that we are all beautiful with whatever choice one decides when it comes to their hair. Be yourself/Be happy 🙂

Timetre Pratcher

I wonder how long did they last the one on the bottom look like she was never natural

Still Standing

Hey your hair natural either way you decide to straighten it its coming out your scalp!!!

Lupe Vasquez-Okwuone

We, as people, are all blessed to be able to switch up whenever we want to. Enjoy your hair in whatever state you want it to be in. Natural, relaxed, braided, weaves, extensions, who cares, just enjoy and be you!!!

Zelphia Ranee Whitfield

Relaxed or natural …..be happy!

Kelly Hall

I am not a natural nazi, truthfully I dont give a crap what you do to your hair. My question is real, how can you equate hair or even general health with pouring gallons over time of highly toxic chemicals on your head? If it is so healthy, eat a spoonful. I can eat what I put on my head all day long. Stop sacrificing health for vanity or an idealized standard of beauty that lasts about 4 weeks before you have to poison yourselves again.

Vee Smith

alot of ppl do it for a lifestyle choice. its had nothing to do with vanity

Lashawn Johnson

At the end of the day I have realized that natural is better. It is a lot of work, that’s why I believe some people go back. Perms are No Good For Your Hair- Just Watch Black Hair By Chris Rock!

Lashawn Johnson

Perm’s make your hair look straight- but do your research what is in perms. It is almost like eating better- staying away from the bad stuff that over time is NO GOOD FOR YOU!

Tracey Rolyart

Yep and God didnt create hair pudding or gel either…lol none of us are really natural.

Cecinia St.juste

Is their hair let them do what they please your dont like it oh well, im team weave/part time nature :).

Kelly Hall

Jamillah Davis, I understand. I dont spend hours detangling,{ no bragging, got my own hair issues} what about chunky twists for workout n wash??

Kelly Hall

Tracey Rolyart, that doesnt feel like an effective argument. Swallow a tablespoon of hair pudding (especially one with pronouncable ingredients) then a tablespoon of relaxer and see which one literally burns a hole thru your throat. Dont even be so extreme, put it on either side of your face, and after a year see which side is healthier.

Angela Williams

Natural hair is NOT harder to maintain than Relaxed hair(iIt’s just that Naturals are FORCED to do their own hair out of necessity; for instance, established Black hair salons don’t know how to do Natural hair unless u want a relaxer, blow-out/flat ironed, weave, or braids, or there are NO natural hair salons in their area at all, & those that do have access to Natural hair salons it’s hit & miss…meaning some salons that say they know how to do Natural hair sometimes don’t). The only difference is when my hair was Relaxed I was staying in the salon all day paying someone else to do my hair for me versus taking hours on wash day doing my Natural hair myself. I’m 15yrs Natural, but it doesn’t matter to me how someone else wears their hair!

Jasmin Moore

More than anything it’s just sad, yes the natural you requires a little more work and knowledge of how your hair needs to be groomed and taken care if but it’s so worth it in the long run. The freedom and absolute beauty!!!
Anything worth having is worth waiting for, get your mind out if this fast food nation and learn a little patience and gain virtue!!!

Neicey Young

All hair is beautiful whether it’s natural or relaxed

Tanya Bryant

Thanks, Kelly Hall. I was about to comment on Tracey Rolyart. It’s ridiculous to think that using gels or puddings makes you “not completely natural”, as much as not using lotion or deodorant makes you “not natural”. Gels and puddings don’t permanently alter your hair.

Tiffany Kamagate

My mum started to relaxed my hair when i was little, and i decided at 21 to go back to the roots… I dont spend that much time in treatment and things so it grows slowly, but healthy!! And i feel proud of my crown!!! Some twists to protect sometimes…
Please, dont tell me to relax
!!!

Valerie Mayes

I say do what works for you. If you are happy and natural good… why throw shade because someone chooses to relax. I think we as Black Women can not choose to weave, color, braid. Can’t we also have choices? I relax because it’s easier because I might be the only Black Woman who cannot braid. So my Natural Sisters, please don’t be so quick to judge.

Blessedfrom Above

I am staying natural..I don’t do perms or weaves…did all that years ago…goal is 27 inches or longer within 3 yrs…natural
Hair is much easier to maintain than perm..usually I wash, condition braid or keep my styles sexy and simple…

Geraldine Clerger

Do what works for you

Taneeka Howe Stubblefield-Paris

Well, I’ll see what this summer brings. :/

Brooke Ashley

This gone be me reeeeaaaal soon! Lol

Lozette Clemons

Natural hair nazis. Although these women hair is.pretty you still feel like you have to give a speech about perms. But if your hairstyle is ugly its all good because your natural. I gave up relaxers and natural hair nazis get on my nerves. just another reason for black woman to hate on eachother.

PrettyChocolate Brockington

I’ve experienced natural to relaxed to short cut to color to 2 years of braids to natural back to relaxed..Loved it all because I was blessed with strong hair, and learned how to care for it while finding me..lol..so whether its natural or relaxed, HEALTHY HAIR is the best way to go!!