The thing about relaxed hair that some of us might not miss is constantly having to relax to maintain the look. Not only is the 8 week ritual a tad bit annoying, you risk getting burned, over processing your hair or risking permanent damage.
The thing is, that comes with the territory of relaxed hair and though it might be something that some women find unhealthy and unnecessary, some women are perfectly happy to take on the risk for the end result.
Now this is where relaxed hair would definitely be easier. With the hair being straight, there is a reduction in tangling and knotting that comes with the territory when you are natural. Of course depending on the technique that you use to detangle your natural hair, the routine could very well be comparable to relaxed hair.
Still natural hair and relaxed hair can both require physical work to maintain the hair’s health and keep it growing. There are a ton of similarities between both states but there are also some huge differences as well.
Recently we did a post about a youTuber who relaxed her natural hair because she considered it easier, and though we supported her decision many of us disagreed with her on that point because in the long run you have to spend just as much if not more time on your relaxed hair to keep it healthy.
Really the better question is how do we take the “work” out of our regimens?
As we said before slavery is a strong word so lets get rid of it! The truth is in either case your approach should be efficient and fun. They always say, it is never work when you are having a great time so if you are natural and a great twist out gets you going, while another person might look at you with a side eye saying “I’m not doin all a dat” . You can look at them and smile because you enjoy doing your twist out.
If a fresh relaxer is your thing and you live for that sleek look because you know just how to do it right then doing the ritual is not a chore for you but rather something you look forward to. If you are natural you might find that doing more frequent cowashes during the week while in the shower works better for you and your lifestyle rather than wearing dry sets weekly and doing the 4 hour wash day thing on Sunday.
Maybe you like rocking your hair straight, doing the roller sets, going to the salon chatting with the girls while getting an impromptu cut, that’s your thing. Does it feel like work? Of course not!
“Slavery” in this case is all mental, even though what we do to care for our hair seems like a lot of work and it is, it doesn’t become overbearing when we are so invested in it. It becomes hard when you have setbacks, when things aren’t working well, when your hair is negatively affected by your hair practices and you are not quite getting your regimen down.
Once you get over those humps things become easy you enjoy doing your hair like you enjoy taking care of your skin or going shopping for new sandals to show off newly pedicured feet. Its all relative if you ask me, so did I trade one form of hair slavery for another? I sure did, and I love it!
Originally posted 2014-07-30 15:00:28.