It’s been well over a decade since I relaxed my hair and I don’t feel like re-learning how to deal with my hair. Whenever I would consider making the change, a multitude of issues come up:
- The warning on the box still says eye and scalp injury. I’ve seen pictures of relaxer scalp injury. It ain’t pretty. It’s downright sad and scary.
- It burns! It burns! In retrospect, it was crazy of me to go through torture just to get straight hair.
- I’m cheap. I don’t want to spend money on salon visits or a ton of expensive miracle products – just to stop breakage and hope it makes my hair grow.
- I like my hair thick. I value my hair line and nape. I don’t want to worry about a relaxer causing hair loss in those areas.
- I don’t want to wait until my scalp heals after getting a relaxer, before I can do anything else to my hair or scalp.
- It smells toxic, which is it. It stinks too.
- I’m lazy. What may be convenient to others isn’t to me. I don’t want to follow any complex rules regarding my hair. These rules seem to grow. Here are some that may be required, before heading off to the salon: base the scalp with heavy oils, do not scratch the scalp, deep condition the hair, do not wash the hair, [another rule], etc.
- I enjoy my free time. I don’t want to visit a salon every 6-8 weeks losing an entire Saturday.
- Hair salons employ scissor happy staff. There are hair dressers who don’t (wont?) wash the product out completely.
- If it is supposed to permanently straighten my hair, then why must I use flat irons or certain techniques to re-straighten it?
- Using different relaxers is really tricky. One can love certain products only to have them discontinued. That’s cruel – I sense a conspiracy, yo.
- I don’t know, or care, about the differences between no-lye and lye relaxers. I wouldn’t want to risk eye or scalp injury or baldness just to find out which one works.
- After losing hair with relaxers, I view it as a gateway product (yeah, like a drug!) to weaves and wigs. If a relaxer was supposedly good for hair, then weaves and wigs would not be necessary. It is just going from bad to worse. (Don’t get me wrong, I wear wigs on occasion.)
- I am terrified of involuntary baldness. I’ve read the horror stories. That’s too much stress for me.
Outside of these hassles, what is supposed to be the benefit of a relaxer?