Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My "New Hair" Resolution 2013: No More Chemical Relaxers




          Yes, I'm going to stop using chemical relaxers on my hair. This is my "new hair" resolution for 2013. I have used chemical relaxers for over 20 years now. Don't you think it's time for change? Well, I do! :)

          I have been contemplating this change for months. Last summer, my good friend, Aprile, visited me. Within minutes of laying eyes on her, I quickly noticed her hair and how fabulous it was looking. She informed me that she no longer chemically relax her hair but she goes for Keratin Straigthening Treatments every three months.

           For over a year now, from time to time, I've heard so much talk about Keratin Straightening Treatments that I began to think to myself, it's time for something new. My friend inspired me, I've attended live hair demos, and researched this process that I had to come to the conclusion..... JUST GO FOR IT! Give Keratin Straightening Treatments a chance. I figure, if I don't like it, one of two things will happen: (a) revert back to chemically relaxing my hair or (b) switch over to the Black Hair Naturalist team. (For those of you who are not familiar with this team, they are anyone who believes Black hair in its natural kinky, curly state should be embraced and not chemically relaxed.) 

            My main reason why I have decided to stop using relaxers is I want to see my hair achieve a more healthier state. Am I saying you can't have healthy hair while using chemical relaxers? No, that is not what I am saying. For me, the last few years of chemically relaxing my hair, I just haven't seen too much of growth or experienced great healthy hair. I'm not solely blaming the chemical relaxers. But I do know, it accounts for majority of the blame. A familiar saying comes to mind right now: why keep doing the same thing expecting different results?

          The chemicals used in relaxers are SO harsh on the hair. As a child when I had my first relaxer application, I had no idea what was really being applied to my hair. All I was concerned about was one thing. You know it..... Straight hair! (lol) I attended beauty school and that's when I learned what I was putting on my hair. I was sadden by the discovery and somewhat in disbelief. I couldn't believe that what I was putting on my hair was actually harmful. How could something that produces such great results contain harsh ingredients? I felt that since my sister, mom, auntie, and grandma all used relaxers and they seem to be fine, this product can't be all that bad. So for decades, I've pushed the known fact that relaxers contain harsh ingredients to the back of my mind. But for this year, I declare change for my hair.    

            I've already tried my first Keratin Straightening Treatment last month. And I can't wait to share my thoughts and opinions of my first experience in my next blog post.

          What is your "new hair" resolution for 2013? Please comment below or visit me on twitter.  

Thanks for reading!

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