Relaxed. I’m getting it relaxed.
Relaxing hair is a foreign subject to people that don’t have to get it done.
Relaxing your hair means chemically straightening your curly hair from the roots so it gets silky and straight.
This something that a lot of black people have done to their hair but, non-black people can also get this done if you’re born with naturally very curly hair.
I suggest getting your hair relaxed for the first time in a salon. This will cost anywhere from $80-$150. Going to a salon to relax your hair is the expensive way to do it, but you could also buy the relaxer from hair and grocery stores like Sally Beauty Supply, Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart or any other hair store. This will only set you back about $10-$20 depending on the brand you buy.
Making sure that you relax your hair properly is really important for safe hair care so make sure you choose the method that works the best for you!
The benefits of getting a relaxer are having straight hair if you prefer straight hair and having your styling time cut in half. The cons are that you don’t have the option to wear your hair naturally curly anymore, and also the amount of commitment it takes to continue to relax your hair or let it grow back out curly which is a long looong process.
Some tips for relaxing your hair:
- Only relax your hair every 8-10 weeks or after your new growth has grown in past an inch.
- Make sure you go somewhere where they know what they’re doing. Some hair salons that don’t’ know how to handle black hair will say they can help you out but beware! Your hair won’t be the same after leaving that salon.
- If you want to relax your child’s hair, wait as long as you can. I got my hair relaxed for the first time when I was 14 years old. If hair is relaxed before 12 -14 years old, the relaxer can have a harmful effect on an underdeveloped scalp.
BUT WHAT IF I DONT WANT TO RELAX MY HAIR!
Good news! You don’t have to. Just go oh-natur-al!
Natural hairstyles are starting to become more popular which makes black women feel empowered but some women still feel ashamed and think their hair won’t be accepted in society..but that’s a topic for another blog post.
But I say screw that and do you girl!