As a natural, edge control is mandatory. Rough edges have the power to discredit an entire bomb twist out. So you always want to make sure that they are smooth and laid to the gawds.
Luckily, there are tons of products devoted specifically towards laying down your edges to give a smooth appearance in order to complete a style.
The other day one of my girlfriends jokingly said in our group text that sometimes she thinks of just relaxing her edges because she feels that no edge control can control them. We all laughed at the statement, but it later had me thinking, do people really do this?
I mean you still have your nice curls but if you apply a little relaxer to just the front of your hair line would it be that bad?
For those who are complete naturals and ditched the relaxers due to not wanting to put any chemical on your scalp, this is definitely a no go. However, for those who only went natural for reasons such as to embrace curl pattern or to grow out a short hair style, sure! Right?
But of course with this extreme measure comes risks.
The most obvious one is the chance of getting the relaxer on other parts of your hair. For example, if you apply the cream a little too far back you can unintentionally relax a great deal of the front of your hair. You have to remember that your hair will constantly grow so this section of hair will grow outwards and you won’t have any curl pattern left.
You could also accidentally drop a bit of cream on other parts such as your ends or in the middle of your hair if you’re not careful. Yes, you could quickly wipe or wash this section out but it’s possible the damage could already be done.
This could lead to hair that is a complete hot mess and force you to have to chop your hair again; essentially starting over.
The not so obvious risk is an adverse affect on your scalp. I take it you’ve been natural for awhile so going back to applying chemicals to your scalp after it has become acclimated to not having it may result in redness, dryness, flaking, sores, and more. Would you want to risk having this issue in the front of your head?!
If you ask me, I think it’s more trouble than what it’s worth, and the risks of hurting your hair and harming your scalp is something I would not want to deal with.