Someone told me that once you relax your hair, because of the chemicals in it, when you “return” to your “natural” hair, the texture won’t be the same. Is that true?
Yes your natural hair texture can change, but most likely, the cause is not reverting from “relaxed” hair to “natural” hair. To answer your question thoroughly and concisely, I did some research myself and I also interviewed two credible individuals. One of my interviewees was Tammy Herod.
Tammy Herod is a Dudley Beauty College graduate and has been a licensed cosmetologist for 20 years. Tammy has been featured in many publications like Hype Hair, Universal Salons, and Essence Magazine— to name just a few. She informed me that once someone who is relaxed returns back to natural, most of the time it’s not really that one’s natural hair texture has changed. She explained that, “Some women have been relaxed for so long that they don’t really know their (true) hair texture. They are looking at a lot of other women whose natural hair might have a texture they want and (they then) try to compare their hair and say that’s what mine should look like. It’s all about knowing your hair and knowing what products work for your texture.”
Another piece of advice is to know that your hair texture possibly is going to change and probably has changed from when you were a little girl due to life’s adjustments, not chemicals. My second interviewee, Sharita Washington, who has a Bachelor and Master’s in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and who is also a future anesthelogist explained in detail the science of the body and the changes it undergoes.
Washington explained that with hormonal changes, lifestyle changes, straightening your hair often, and diet choices your hair texture could and most often will be affected. Her advice was to know your body and to try to take care of your internal being so your external being will show the positive effects. She stated that she also had confusion with her texture when she first went natural, “I had been watching YouTube videos of bloggers who were transitioning and I saw one of my best friend’s hair go from slightly bouncy, yet thin, to full of life, body, and luscious curls so I assumed my hair would do the same.”
My final thought to you reader is that I’m sure that your “someone” might be knowledgeable and gives good advice but I’m reminded of a quote that says, “Having natural hair doesn’t make you a natural hair expert any more than having a car makes you a mechanic”. I would say to seek out a cosmetologist for a better understanding of your own hair texture. Two interesting articles that might help are “Style Solutions: When Your Hair Changes” and “8 Hair Myths-Debunked“. Remember, there is a distinction in being a knowledgeable individual and being a trained professional. Thanks for asking for help!
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