4 Lessons Learned from 1 Year Relaxed After 7 Years of Natural Hair

1 Year of Relaxed Hair
By Kanisha Parks

Going back relaxed after being natural for 7 years has been nothing short of a major learning experience. The day of my relaxer, I was so incredibly happy and relieved to finally have hair that was easy to manage. But looking back, not all of my high expectations were met. Honestly, if you had asked me the day I got my relaxer where I wanted to be in a year, I definitely would’ve said something like, “Well, I plan to grow and retain at least six inches of hair.” Needless to say, that didn’t happen . . .

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#BlackHairIs...Having the Tough Conversations Between Relaxed & Naturals

Photo via Un-Ruly.com 
By Erickka Sy Savané

Many of us would be lying if we said that we don't hold any judgments or bias when we see a woman with relaxed hair. The same could be said when a relaxed-haired woman sees someone natural. Nobody's saying it's right, it just is. Black Hair Is (#BlackHairIs)...a project by Un-Ruly.com in conjunction with hair care line Smooth 'N Shine seeks to have the tough conversations between relaxed and naturals. In a series of 12 short videos, women on both sides talk candidly about biases, stereotypes, whether a mom should perm her daughter's hair and more. Hopefully, a lil' open and honest dialogue will make it a better place for us all!
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Is The Natural Vs. Relaxed Hair Debate Perpetuating Intraracial Discrimination?


By Kanisha Parks

After reading all of the responses on Facebook to my article, “From Natural to Relaxed: A Growing Trend?” I realized that when it comes to hair, we truly have many dissenting opinions. Some comments were combative, and it made me wonder why we’re willing to sacrifice decency and respect for one another for something as simple and superficial as hair?

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Is ‘From Natural To Relaxed' A Growing Trend?

 Ciara Rae
“I just can’t take it anymore.”
These were the six words that came out of my mouth when I finally made the decision to go back to relaxers. It was a decision I’d been turning over in my mind since the beginning of the year and in July, it was settled: after 7 years of being natural, I was officially done.

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Dangers of Relaxing Your Hair

 By Mary Wolff

For many women, choosing to embrace your natural hair is a journey of self-acceptance long overdue. For those still using relaxers from time to time, this information may make you rethink that decision.

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