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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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    • Val Rice Kennedy says

      I had relaxed hairs for years and my hair was past my shoulders. I decided to jump on the natural hair bandwagon. Almost three years after the big chop my hair was about 4 inches long. Imagine my sadness and devastation as I watched women have beautiful long locks 18 months after the big chop. Also my hair was constantly shedding shedding shedding and not growing. Yes I have always gotten my hair done by a professional and when natural I was constantly braiding my own hair to keep it “protected”, but nothing helped. I went back to a relaxers about 7 months ago and while my hair is not down my back it is past my ears. So while I applaud natural women (and yes I’m sad I’m not one of them) it’s more important for my hair to be healthy than natural.

    • Brittany Richardson says

      Your natural hair was only 4 inches long after 3 years??? Lmao. You either lying your ass off or didnt take care of your natural hair the way you’re supposed to…wth? Natural hair takes more time to take care of than relaxed hair but it should have grown more than 4 inches in 3 years….I call BS but oh well…none of my bizz..

    • Val Rice Kennedy says

      Believe it or not I have no reason to lie (I don’t know you and I’m not being compensated. I’m just sharing my personal experience) and I didn’t actually measure it but it was TINY. I know natural hair takes more care which is why I continued to use a stylist. I’m sure it was growing but it was shedding at a faster rate. It was extremely dry and brittle. No I don’t know why I’m not a stylist but it is what it is.

      • Lauren G says

        Hey Val I feel you! I was having the same issues with my hair (shedding, slow growth, etc.) I went to two different dermatologists in addition to my own family doctor to see what the problem was. No one could give me an answer so I started to pay REALLY close attention to what I was using on my hair, how I was handling my hair, my diet, my environment, stress level -EVERYTHING because I was desperate to find out why my hair was taking so long to grow. I finally found out that it wasn’t just ONE thing. It was a combination of things. Here is what I did to get my hair to grow more and shed less: After experimenting with what seemed like every hair care product on the market (product junkie in recovery) I finally found a shampoo/condition/moisturizer that didn’t irritate the heck out of me Shea Moisture African Black Soap shampoo and conditioner, Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus hair smoothie as a moisturizer, and Kinky Curly custard for hold. You may have your own choices but that’s just a start (Shea Moisture has the least irritating, most natural products I’ve used so far). I also started using a water filter for my shower head -chlorine in the water was killing me! I also started to watch what I ate -no more processed foods and PLENTY of water. II’m from Ohio but I live in North Carolina now and have never needed to use sunscreen. I began to use it for my skin but never considered that my hair and scalp might need sunscreen as well so guess what? Yep I found sun for those areas as well (I use Banana Boat brand but you can just Google sunscreen for hair and scalp for more choices). I know this was a bit lengthy but I hope it helps. -LG

    • Brittany Richardson says

      There actually are reasons to lie. One would be to make relaxed hair seem better than being natural…if you say you arent lying then i have no choice but to believe you. However, you have yourself to blame as I have said. You mosy likely didnt take care of your hair correctly. I had have relaxers all my life and NEVER been taught how to care for my natural hair. So i was in your boat once i did the big chop. I got frustrated but little did i know that i wasnt taking care of it properly. I had to learn this crap on my own. But it takes patience and dedication. It would have been great if uou wouldve stayed natural but, i guess shit happens….

    • Debby Akhimie says

      Tiffany I resorted to kiddies relaxers cos of how tender my scalp is and I still got burns. It was way milder than the adult relaxers but I still got burns. My scalp goes red if I touch too much even now that I am natural. Relaxers aren’t for me,wish they were. Vaseline doesn’t work either so quit with the exclamations.

  1. Chelsea Marie says

    I am so glad that you support all types of black hair! That is something I try to spread throughout our community too. There is no need to hate natural or relaxed women. Everyone has the right to choose what they prefer. Let’s continue education on finding your own healthy hair journey 🙂 I love this page!

  2. Jenny JackJack says

    Use some Vaseline and don’t scratch, comb, or shampoo before your relaxer! Read the directions and make sure that you wash the chemicals out with a neutralizing shampoo …. Next ….

  3. Kerimah Rogers says

    Oh give me a break. It’s mighty funny that in the 90’s and 00’s before this “natural hair” craze came about, all these articles bashing relaxers were non-existent. All I ever saw all around me was every black girl/woman running to the salon to get their hair relaxed at the slightest little kink that appeared. At that time, I DID NOT wear relaxers, I had texturizers, so my hair was never bone straight but it was long and thick. All I heard from other girls is, “when are you getting a perm”, “you need a stronger perm” and “why don’t you get perms”? Now, I relax my hair with a mild relaxer and I don’t have (and have never had) problems with scalp burn and all the stuff these women have. Relaxed isn’t for everyone, natural isn’t for everyone.

  4. Cha LaBranche says

    The new found hate for relaxed hair is funny AF like there’s a lot of women w natural hair n their hair isn’t healthy !! It’s all about taking care of your hair relaxed or permed

  5. Kenyetta McCarty says

    It’s called a relaxer not a bone straightener, so please stop blaming relaxers for damage scalps and hair loss… blame do it yourself kits and miss use of the product please!

  6. Ashley Ruiz says

    This that s**t I be talking about… An underhanded disapproval/bashing of relaxers. Please educate everyone on the harms of ingredients in MOST products people are using in their hair. Please talk about how most of these “organic” or “all natural” hair companies are just greenwashed. I’ll wait. Oh, you won’t, but you will continuously talk about the dangers of relaxers? Ok… Another dumb article…

  7. James L. Mitchell says

    Yea so vaseline is a big no no and use a good scalp base and please don’t be cheap and use a box relaxer then your hair will be laying in the sink. This came from not basing the scalp and from someone not knowing what they were doing. Prime example of a kitchen beautician.

  8. Val Rice Kennedy says

    I had relaxed hairs for years and my hair was past my shoulders. I decided to jump on the natural hair bandwagon. Almost three years after the big chop my hair was about 4 inches long. Imagine my sadness and devastation as I watched women have beautiful long locks 18 months after the big chop. Also my hair was constantly shedding shedding shedding and not growing. Yes I have always gotten my hair done by a professional and when natural I was constantly braiding my own hair to keep it “protected”, but nothing helped. I went back to a relaxers about 7 months ago and while my hair is not down my back it is past my ears. So while I applaud natural women (and yes I’m sad I’m not one of them) it’s more important for my hair to be healthy than natural.

    • Raynisha Renee Jackson says

      My hair is natural but i tell you what, i struggle. I try to flat iron my hair or press it out.. 10minutes later, it’s curly again. I done sweated it out. But when I had relaxers in my hair, i could sweat & my curl would still be there, hanging tightly. So yea with a relaxer, alot of styles & looks using heat are more possible than with natural hair using heat…

    • Cb Sampson says

      RAYNISHA IF YOU ROLLER SET THE HAIR THEN BLOW IT OUT ITS STAYS LONGER ALSO WRAP IT AT NITE SEEK THE HELP OF A PRO IT MAYBE TO MUCH TO TRY TO DO YOURSELF MINE STAYS FOR A WEEK

  9. Amanda Bradley says

    Funny how they never mention naturals lol if yall feel some type of way it’s a personal problem you can’t say one isn’t healthier than the other…by default less chemicals with anything is better but babyyyyy understand you don’t have to explain yourself to nobody!! Lmfaoooooo I’m sensing a lot of insecurities in these comments bahahaha

  10. Ni-Ni Patterson says

    Sorry, but that is why you prep your previously relaxed hair, scalp, and perimeter. Relaxer isn’t supposed to touch your scalp or skin in the 1st place. Just hair. And just in case it does, whatever you base your scalp with, along with making sure to refrain from washing or doing anything that will irritate your scalp, works well. I’m beyond “tender headed”, and my scalp is easily irritated, but I know how to relax and style my hair without losing my “edges”, “kitchen”, or just hair in general. It’s not that hard to properly relax hair without having horror stories left behind.

    On the other hand, relaxers don’t work for everyone. I know people who have gone to a professional and no matter what, the relaxer would not take. Others have thin and/or weak hair anyway, so it’s obvious as to why they don’t go over well for them.

  11. Alycia M. Ward says

    I HATE anything greasy/oily on and near my face bc my face is naturally oily but I slathered that Vaseline. Forehead, edges, whole ears, neck lol. It all got washed with that neutralizing shampoo too. Some forget that stuff runs when your washing it out.

  12. Goldie Munnings says

    Again Black Hair you are wrong you insist on this unprofessional lies any professional know to base the hair line 34years never seem this Clients shouldn’t brush or pull hair in ponytail on relaxer day or comb the hair ruffly and not on your period

  13. Toy Jaynell says

    I’m in transition but I will say when I use to relax my hair,I would get bad scalp burns but that was only because my hair sweat so bad. nothing is wrong with a relaxer or being natural as long as you take care of it.i will never understand why relax and natural hair people shade each other.

  14. ItsMizz Jay Birdy says

    Lmbo jenny jack needs a dam job you stay on every post everybody hair isnt the same. She emotional yall .Plz black hair hire her ass. But why so much hate on us naturals you mad or nah lmbo. Pure f**kery foolishness. Its either it grows or dont but dont come hate on my natural lane tho, excuse me us naturals. No its not a headache and you can get bone straight results like a perm. And before some jerk comments yes ive done both perm and natural so save it

  15. Aquarius Love says

    Transitioned from relaxed to natural hair in 2009…loving my waves and curls. I didn’t know they were there til I chopped off the relaxed hair. Natural and versatile. #loveit

  16. Raynisha Renee Jackson says

    Okay! That’s the whole point! It’s supposed to be YOUR HAIR. Don’t worry about everybody else’s hair you know? Unless you are a stylist such as myself, then yeah you can worry about the clients that walk in your door. Consult to them honestly & you have the right to refuse service. I don’t understand all of this , the need too get people to jump on their bandeagon when everybody should be themselves… maybe one is scared to have a different style than others & would feel better being apart of a community if everyone had the same? Like they were scared to stand out & be different.

  17. kim says

    Haha, are black women still defending the use of relaxers in this day and age? Putting a corrosive chemical on your scalp is stupid. I can’t believe I was that ignorant. Now, I love myself a lot more and care about what goes in and on my body. No junk food and no corrosive chemicals for me.

  18. Marie says

    I have been relaxed and natural. I also went to a quality salon and had my hair done by a professional stylist and instructor with over 20 years experience. She also based my head prior to relaxers. Over time, my scalp began to become sore, itchy and flaky and I needed an alternative to relaxing my hair. Enter the natural hair movement. I transitioned and cut my relaxed ends. I had long beautifully healthy relaxed hair and now I have beautifully healthy long natural hair. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that harsh chemicals+years=damage. It really doesn’t have to be this serious. I believe the goal should be to teach women that your natural hair can be manageable and beautiful. Honestly I spend less time doing my hair now. Me and relaxed hair had some struggles.

    • Laura Marie says

      Everyone is different. My mom always had a professional that she trusted do her relaxers and her scalp is damaged to the point that her hair won’t grow. She also has really fine hair so I don’t know if that matters since I have really thick hair and never had a problem

  19. Mika Sampson Rowell says

    Relaxers are just the worst…chemicals right directly onto the scalp…near the brain. European ideal of beauty led black women to believe that they needed to apply chemical relaxers to their head to achieve that beauty standard of white women.

    • Mika Sampson Rowell says

      If it’s not true, then women would learn to accept their hair just the way it grows out their scalp. They would not resort to putting toxic chemicals onto their scalp to include sodium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide, guanidine carbonate, guanidine hydroxide, thioglycolic acid, lithium hydroxide. This is all to achieve straight hair. They need to remove the kinks from their minds; not their hair~Garvey.

    • Lexi Martinez says

      Some people just don’t like the hassle of being natural. I miss perms but since I enjoy weaves majority of the time I don’t bother. Bring natural isn’t for everybody. Stop trying to make people feel bad for their decision for their hair.

    • Kira Stevens says

      RIGHT! People are brainwashed into not seeing it his way though. Relaxing your hair is just as bad as bleaching your skin ????????‍♀️. Like it or not, nothing but facts.

    • Roxanne Nelson says

      ” The argument that “natural” hair is unmanageable is another myth “. Girl call it whatever u want, fact is that i do not have the time and dont want to spend that much time combing my hair everyday. And I don ‘t find your view on hair offensive, the way you judge other people and turn this ish into a race thing is what I find offensive ????.

    • Jennifer Cook says

      There’s no correct way to put in a substance that does long term damage to your hair. This chemical literally burns your hair into submission. It doesn’t matter if you do it yourself, get it in a salon, or have your third cousin put it in. Most hair specialists reccomend that you do not get this type of treatment because you are chemically altering and damaging your natural crown. It has nothing to do with color and everything to do with loving your body and not applying dangerous chemicals to it…

  20. Mary L. Hart says

    No matter how much my scalp was based I still burned and yes my hair dresser did the basing even some hair dye causes my scalp to burn so I will remain natural ☺☺☺

  21. Kesha Matthews says

    I love when I relax my hair..haven’t had a problem yet…can’t wait for the next one..Im more concerned with the chemicals that we are eating in our food all day everyday

  22. Shonek Weaver says

    Relaxer is applied to hair roots/ new growth and not the scalp. Forehead, hairline, ears and neck are to be protected with base or petroleum jelly. Prior to relaxing the hair one should not manipulate it too much or let it get wet(not even sweat) or you may burn especially if those areas aren’t protected. I have been natural for the last five years and this year I fine myself straightening my hair more and was considering getting a relaxer again. Plastic, smart phones, cleaning supplies and some of our water supplies are thought to cause cancer. To each their own ‍♀️‍♀️

  23. Ram Reives says

    I’m natural, but when I had a perm my hair came out as normal. Shedding is normal. Why do you think white people have hair all over themselves half the time? But like most things, not everything is for everyone ‍♀️

  24. Michelle Gause says

    here we go. Lawd let people do what they want to do with their own hair. Everybody that gets a relaxer know the risks. There are risks to everything in life. ALL hair will damage if you don’t take care of it. #BeYouDoYou

  25. Roslyn Truesdale says

    I believe I was allergic to the chemicals in the relaxers. I don’t care how much oil was on my scalp, I always burned, BAD. I had a terrible headache every time. Different relaxers, stylist, same result.

    • Maya Dennies says

      Yes me too. I had bad headaches all while I was relaxed. I noticed since I have been natural I do not have those headaches anymore. I think no i know that relaxes were a major key in why I was getting those bad headaches. Been natural 4 years and no more headaches.

  26. Jennifer Cook says

    There’s no correct way to put in a substance that does long term damage to your hair. This chemical literally burns your hair into submission. It doesn’t matter if you do it yourself, get it in a salon, or have your third cousin put it in. Most hair specialists reccomend that you do not get this type of treatment because you are chemically altering and damaging your natural crown. It has nothing to do with color and everything to do with loving your body and not applying dangerous chemicals to it…

  27. Jennifer Cook says

    Perming is like smoking, we all know it’s dangerous but some people still choose to do it. Why do you think people call it creamy crack? It’s a bit of an exaggeration but to some people it’s just as addicting a feeling as the cigarette is to a smoker….

  28. Aysia Holmes says

    Each to their own.
    There is risk with everything. Limit the risks by going to a professional to have it done. I’m team natural now. I was relaxed for years!!! but like I said each to their own

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