5 Reasons NOT to Relax Your Child’s Hair

ChangingTraditionHairFeature-588x260If this is a tradition, I will NOT be passing it down to my little black girl. Relaxer, perm, creamy crack, the good stuff and my straight fix are some of the terms said in the kitchen that I can remember as a child. I don’t blame my mother for applying a substance not made to help my hair. I don’t blame myself for continuing to use the same chemical known to burn holes in my damn scalp, literally. The marketing centered on relaxers did its job. Relaxer boxes boasted about providing shine and health many of us never got to see. So who is to blame for this “Tradition” we in the African American community have passed down from generation to generation? All of my blame is targeted towards ignorance; because it carries more weight than a dump truck full of Christmas trash. There are signs that many black families ignore still in today’s times. Here are my 5 reasons why I have decided to not relax my unborn child’s hair:

#1. To Cut Down on Countless headaches I never attributed my consistent headaches as a child to the amount of relaxers I was getting. However, all 3 of my Mother’s children suffered from migraines coming up. Relaxers are not directly proven to be the culprit, but chemicals such as Sodium Hydroxide are as harsh as they come, and are found in relaxers. #NoLye

#2. To avoid Scalp burns That just seems like child abuse if you ask me. Now, before my mother beats me down for saying this, I want to reiterate I blame ignorance and not my mother for the after affects of this topical treatment. MY little Butterfly will not have to deal with this painful annoyance. #NoBurnsForBoo


#3. Lack of hair growth Upon returning back to my natural hair, I outgrew my longest relaxed length by my 2nd year Anniversary. I would rather see my child’s full-length hair potential than to cut it short because I want to keep up this bootleg tradition. #NoStuntedGrowth

#4. To fight dry scalp Because this chemical plays well with little to no moisture, my hair was always dry as a child. I also used more Blue Magic grease than was needed, to compensate for my dry reality. My child won’t even know Blue Magic comes in different colors. #NoBlueMagic

#5. To build my child’s confidence This fake tradition of relaxing a child’s hair tends to scratch the surface of a larger problem. Mothers, who were not told they were beautiful just as they were made, resulted in passing down their lack of confidence to their children. I’m going to build a solid foundation by allowing my child to rest on nothing but her own abilities and not a topical solution for perfection. #NoLye2 Relaxers, you had a long run in the African-American community but just like the introduction of crack, you have done nothing but bring us down. Cheers to you and good riddance. #RelaxersAintLoyal

Source: Blackandmarriedwithkids.com


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