The Natural Hair Movement Coming To An End? Creamy Crack Taking The World Back?

This memo must have gone over my head. Apparently we are over, it’s done, cuput. The funny part is everytime i asked my followers and fans if they would ever go back to the creamy crack, they basically tell me they would rather die. But according to Black Media Scoop, it’s over…Natural hair movement over

(BlackMediaScoop) The natural hair movement started gaining steam years ago. Black women across the country let the perms grow out or shaved their heads to get back to their natural roots.

It was huge! Hair care companies started catering to this new look and stocking store shelves with products geared toward natural hair styles. Companies even changed up their ad game to get sistahs to buy their products. For example, a Dark and Lovely TV commercial encourages women to embrace their own chemically unaltered hair instead. A Black model struts around and flaunts her coily-textured hair: “Get unstoppable curls that defy shrinkage,” the ad boasts.

There was good reason for the change…MONEY! Between 2006 and 2011, relaxer kit sales dropped 17%. Afros were taking the world by storm — and it scared these million-dollar hair corporations whose cash flow depend on black women slapping chemicals onto their kinks to pull a 180.

But…uh…these companies may soon be switching back. Hair stylists across the country say many of their clients are switching back to relaxers. Stylists claim they’re now having to order more relaxer kits and other hair care products geared towards chemically treated hair.

So what da hell is happening?

1. It’s High Maintenance…

Stylists say many of their clients just got tired of the upkeep. Natural hair can be high maintenance and many working women don’t have the time to dedicate to keeping their hair right and tight.

2. Bringing Sexy Back…

Many women also say the natural look just didn’t make them feel sexy. The natural hair styles didn’t give them the versatility they need to be creative and feel beautiful, sexy, freaky in their own skin. We all know that can be a big problem lol!

3. Breaking The Bank…

Money also played a factor. The price of natural hair care products can add up…especially when you’re trying to figure out which products work best for your hair type. Aint nobody got time for that!

Why do YOU think it’s happening? How many of you went natural and then switched back?

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Thoughts my loves?

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  1. Umm, I don’t think so. I talk to more women who are transitioning. Now, there may be those who read the article by Black Media Scoop, and buy into the nonsense. I believe that these are the ones who went natural as something to do.

  2. Somebody over at blackmediascoop isn’t black and is an angry bird because their hair doesn’t coil up like ours. They’re stuck with bone straight limp hair day in and day out. So they trying that reverse psychology crap…. ‘Shuddup and sehdown somewheres aint nnobody got time foh yo lies! aint nobody got time fo dat!” With this internet era you don’t bring proof? …and even if you did bring proof, you would still need more ppl… WE as black women/black girls with coils, know the strength of our kinks, coils and curls. WE knot it’s way easier to maintain than any creamy crack induced tresses and manes. We love our hair how it grows ..naturally because we have come full circle and are now more in tune with ourselves. GOD I hated that TcB mess how it burned and smelled !!!!NEVER EVER AGAIN!

  3. Somebody over at black media isn’t black and is an angry bird because their hair doesn’t coil up like ours. They’re stuck with bone straight limp hair day in and day out. So they trying that reverse psychology crap…. ‘Shuddup and sehdown ” somewheres aint nnobody got time foh yo lies! aint nobody got time fo dat!” With this internet era you don’t bring proof? …and even if you did bring proof, you would still need more ppl… WE as black women/black girls with coils, know the strength of our kinks, coils and curls.WE know it is way easier to maintain than any creamy crack induced tresses and manes. We love our hair how it grows ..naturally because we have come full circle and are now more in tune with ourselves. GOD I hated that Tcb mess how it burned and smelled !!!!NEVER EVER AGAIN!

  4. MelodyBlu says:

    Umm yeah I am pretty sure this is aload of bull. I see so many naturals in Arizona from transitioning to women who have been natural before the “natural movement” began.
    I will not relax my hair ever ever again. I don’t miss the smell and burning scalp sensation that comes with relaxers. I love my curls, the way my hair has a mind of it’s own, the many styles I get to try and modify due to my curl pattern, and pretty much everything about it.

    1. The maintenance, for me, isn’t a problem now that my hair is long enough to put up into cute updo styles. I started off with a TWA and went through the struggles of getting used to my hair but I made the mose of it. Don’t regret in one bit.

    2. I feel sexy because I have accepted myself as the beautiful queen I am. My hair does not define me. But if I must be honest, my husband is more turned on when my hair is all wild and big WAY more than he was when is was relaxed. He loves the styles I wear and always tells me how much he admires my hair on a daily basis. I refuse to let my hair make me feel unattractive. No ma’am!

    3. Breaking the bank? This can happen but I have been good with my ways. I use affordable shampoos and conditioners (Trader Joe’s, Suave, Organix, etc.). My leave ins, hair butters may be a little pricey but they last so long that it doesn’t affect my wallet. And stylers, I use them so rarely that it doesn’t dent my budget either. It’s called self restraint, we all have to have it. I tell so many naturals that they don’t have to go broke to be natural. Keep it simple and use products that work for them. If those products have the “bad” ingredients in them and their hair is growing/healthy then use them.

    I think that article was full of it… Naturals are here to stay…

  5. Dee Howard says:

    I’m a stylist and I just did my big chop today!!!! And you want to talk about sexy….that’s the first thing my husband said. I don’t think natural is going anywhere just yet. Like me many are just getting started!!!

  6. I’m not some kind of natural hair advocate or nazi, but I would never go back to relaxing my hair. I was one of the women who thought there was no way in heck that I would ever go natural because I felt like I would die without my super-straight hair. Looking back on that, it’s crazy to think I felt that way, and now I am so in love with my natural hair. It does take a little bit of time trying to care for natural hair, but to me, it’s not too much more time than it took to maintain my relaxed hair, especially being that I’ve always wanted to keep my hair healthy. As far as being cute and a #1 Stunna, I feel like I am even more that now that I’m natural because this is me and I’m not possibly putting my health at risk for the sake of straight hair that God had no intentions of me having. Seriously though, if God wanted me to have straight hair, it was well within His power to do so. He chose this kinky hair for me and to me, it’s beautiful. I just feel real and complete. I accept myself for me all the way, and it feels good to know I’m not trying to mimic the natural hair of other races. Kinky, curly, coily hair is indicative of a certain people, and I am apart of those people. Natural hair isn’t ugly; it’s just different from the masses of other people. As far as breaking the bank, I buy some of my products in a more natural form like pure shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera juice, etc. Those things can be used to make your own products. You really don’t need much. I guess if you never take time to learn your hair, then you may very well feel like you need all of these different expensive products for your hair basically because someone else swears by it. I like to buy different products as well just because I just like buying new things, but I am well aware of the fact that I don’t need those products for my hair to be healthy. I do just fine with basic natural ingredients like the ones mentioned above. I can basically go on and on about this, but to me, I feel like most people who go back to relaxers went natural because they felt like it was the “in thing” at the time. I just don’t feel like someone would go back to relaxing if natural hair was truly something they believed in. That’s just my opinion.

  7. Katherine Gilbert says:

    I only can answer for me. I will not be getting a perm anytime soon.

  8. Courtney Robinson says:

    The writer of the article in Black Media Scoop has several flawed assumptions. First, the writer is assuming that a large number of women with natural hair are returning to relaxers when in fact, this is not the case. Of course, there are some women who have found their natural hair to be too overwhelming and too time consuming and, therefore, have returned to relaxers, but this is most likely the minority and not the majority. Second, because hair stylists are claiming that many of their clients are coming in for relaxers, the writer is assuming that these hair stylist have a lot of customers. For example, if a hair stylist has 5 steady clients and 3 of them come in for touch-ups, then yes, the majority of that stylist’s customers are receiving relaxers. However, if “pre-natural hair movement” that same stylist had 20 regular “relaxing” customers and only 5 returned to him or her after going natural and out of the 5, only 3 returned to regular relaxers, then the conclusion that many women are returning to relaxers would be incorrect. The stylist lost 75% of his or her overall business and 85% of his or her revenue from relaxers to the natural hair movement. This example can be verified as the new normal just by walking into a hair salon that one formerly frequented prior to going natural and taking responsibility for one’s hair care. Finally, the writer positions the section of the article concerning the changes hair care companies have made in their products and marketing strategies in a “this was so long ago” fashion, when in fact, this is a fairly recent phenomenon. It was in 2013 that Dark n Lovely released their natural hair care line. The same goes for Design Essentials, Silk Elements, Motions, Mizani, Pantene and others. The writer did this most likely to give the impression that the natural hair movement is passe, when it is far from passe.

    Ladies, read between the lines and don’t believe the hype of naturals returning to relaxers. The Black Media Scoop article is completely misinformed, logically flawed and is just a plain old scare tactic. Whether you are relaxed or natural, do what’s best for you and not because someone else is doing it.

    1. I never believed it but it sure got my goat though…

  9. Jazmin. M says:

    I went natural for a reason and I’m sure most, if not all, of us sistas did! I would never relax my air again. I would barely want to go see a beautician because no one knows my hair like me. I think the women who are going back to slapping that relaxer on their head are those who decided to go natural just because it was a movement. They couldn’t handle all of the questioning and maintenance is definitely a big one! Thise things didn’t even give me the thought of getting a relaxer..no ma’am!!! I wanted healty hair so I went natural. I didn’t do it for attention and more likes on my pictures but I do know of women like that.

  10. Leah Ashton says:

    i have fallen back in love with my hair. i do have my moments but i love being loc’d so why would i go back to a relaxer when my hair is growing better without it . i dont believe there are a lot of naturals switching.

  11. Diedra Underwood says:

    A relaxer will NOT be touching this head again! I went relaxer free because of so many reasons and none of them have changed so neither will my decision. I don’t find it any more expensive than getting relaxers or weaves, etc. Also no more time consuming then sitting for hours in a salon. But again, I was doing my own hair before I went natural and only went to the salon for a relaxer because I had really long hair and wanted to make sure all of it was out. I am enjoying my hair now and feel more like “me” if that doesn’t sound weird. LOL Wish I had not chickened out and done it sooner! Blessings ladies!

  12. Now you know dey lyin! When you got dem curls poppin, aint no way you goin back to the creamy crack. 🙂

  13. Had2Respond says:

    Honestly, I thought about relaxing my hair in September. I have worn kinky extension twists and little afos for two years then I had a weave done and flat ironed my hair over the weave and it looked great, I got use to the look and felt I wanted to go back in a more permanent way without having to flat iron or go kinky while in the gym and I was convincing myself that when I take my weave out and go back to work its going to take too much to style and I did’t feel sexy. I took my weave out and my hair grow substantially..I was able to put my hair in a sexy undo and when I twist it out it was manageable and it takes no more than 15 mins for me to untwist style and go. I remember it took the same amount of time to unwrap a doobie and flat iron what waved up overnight. I also know personally that my hair never grew and always broke off with relaxers, (my first relaxer was in high school) I always ended up with weaves and I prefer to have real hair…I knew no matter what if I went back to the “creamy crack” I would be heading to baldville. My older sister grew her natural hair to her waist however she has a different texture from me, I am more kinky and assumed my hair would never be the length I had as a child..now its looking up and finally able to look sexy. I convinced myself that the best thing to do for me is to be healthy and have healthy hair always and that means staying natural.

  14. Kesha Busbee says:

    Not going to happen!….I had relaxed hair for 30 years and I will not be going back…I love my natural hair and I will remain natural for the rest of my life!

  15. I’m not going back – but there are some truths to what you wrote. It’s not freeing in the sense of less maintenance. It takes so much more effort. I’ve had days when I felt sexy with my natural hair – but plenty of days where I felt like I looked like a hot mess. I also haven’t saved any money. Does anyone remember those $58 jars of Miss Jessies? That being said – I’m not going back – but then again this was never a movement for me. I’m just a woman tired of getting her scalp burned!

  16. Zaneta McDonald says:

    After having a SEVERE chemical scalp burn over my entire head, I would never…ever use relaxers again.

    1. I would never go back..

  17. I’m natural for life. If I want versatility then I can find a weave, wig, or wear braids for that. I do however, find some truth to your points. I’ve been natural for almost 4 years and have figured out what works for my hair and what doesn’t. It takes me the same amount of time at night to prep my natural hair as it did with my relaxed hair, especially because I would pin-curl my hair every night when I was relaxed. I know what products work for me and which ones don’t, and none of my staples cost over $10 a bottle.

  18. Chrissy D says:

    I can’t go back, won’t go back, to the way things used to be……As many
    women here have stated, we went natural for a reason. In one year being natural
    my hair has achieved the same length it took almost all my life to achieve
    while relaxed. Plus, my hair is healthy, strong and beautiful. My confidence
    level is at an all time high (Let’s not mess around, there are days I wanted to
    wear a flour bag over my head; my round face didn’t make it easier either, lol). I wanted healthy hair, I wanted burn free scalp and I no longer wanted to be scratching scab from my scalp. My hair journey was tied to my journey of being healthy, but I fell in love along the way. I am inspiring those around me and it is a really good feeling. I won’t judge if
    someone goes back to the old creamy crack, but I will not: my creamy crack is
    now my concoction of shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera gel and all those
    other good stuff!! Health is the goal: mind, body and soul.

  19. Tasha Gregory says:

    I refuse to go back. I went natural because I was mainly uninterested in keeping up with the maintenance of relaxed hair. I feel like natural hair is high maintenance but it’s a journey I don’t mind taking. Now that I am a year natural, I have achieved more results than I did when I was relaxed. I love my curls and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

  20. KhrystalDawn says:

    i think this is ridiculous. there are many many many women everyday who are relaxed asking me what are the best ways to go nat. so many are asking me ways to transition, curl care, diy, regimen. you name it. there is a small percentage. the natural hair route can be expensive if you turn into a product junkie. but i have invested time in my journey so i know how to make my own leave in, gel mixtures, cremes and all while sticking to the curly girl method. every now and then i will splurge on a high end natural hair product (if it falls in cg guideline) like kinky curly curling custard or some curls control paste (my favorite)
    . their comments are ridiculous!

    1. I dunno i think it may be true, both corporations and stylist alike are taking advantage of overpricing for natural hair care and unfortunately the lack of talent for one to manage hair, patience, and financial demand may cause many to go back to creamy crack. Not that i agree.

      1. KhrystalDawn says:

        WELL. not to sound rude but only the lazy or misinformed will do all the work to go natural and then revert back to the “creamy crack” yes a $4 hair relaxer and a simple wrap is much easier than the detangling , prepoo,conditioning, twisting, blowing..etc that the average natural has to go through but at the end of the day if you dont have the patience or time you will go back to the more damaging easy route.

      2. That’s a valid point. Any entrepreneurs out there?

      3. Angela Denise Williams says:

        Sorry, I have to disagree; I’ve been natural for almost 15yrs & no one else puts their hands in my hair but me(there are a few natural hair care salons in my area that have been in business here for at least a couple of decades, I just prefer doing my own hair). And there are plenty of reasonably priced Black-Owned hair care companies like Shea Moisture, Oyin Handmade, EdenBodyworks, Qhemet Biologics & others, so, no “Natural” has to overpay for hair care products unless they choose to.

        1. Animosity4U says:

          If anything the problem is that once you go natural you realize how INEXPENSIVE it can be to care for your hair! You can grow your hair and keep it healthy WITHOUT overpriced products or chemical services and the damage they can cause! Just trying to brainwash the gullible into getting back on the creamy crack and the hair destroying weaves!
          .

    2. I agree; there is not a day that goes by I am not stopped by a fellow natural or “transitioner” who asks me if I am natural, how I do my hair, what products I use, etc. It becomes a whole 20 to 30 min convo! I loved my relaxer hair and never thought I would part from it; I never had damaged hair and thought my hair was fairly healthy all things considered (it was almost bra strap length). I have to admit, I didn’t think it would be this much work (styling, product search, etc.) but I would never go back to a relaxer. I think women should assess why the want to go natural and commit to the journey. Those who revert back to relaxers were not committed and did it for the wrong reasons in the first place (to be on trend). Natural hair is NOT a trend to me…it is a lifestyle congruent with our rich heritage and culture. There is something amazing about no 2 textures being alike… I am so glad we can encourage and empower each other to embrace our own textures.

  21. I agree with Courtney…read between the lines and do what works best for you. I am going on 5 years natural and I love it! There is so much versatility in natural hair that I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  22. Ladylanita says:

    Oh, this article is hilarious! Who wrote it, a company losing revenue from declining relaxer sales? Women are running TO natural hair for all the reasons mentioned above.
    1) When I was relaxed it took me two hours to style my hair. 1 hour for blow frying and an hour of flat ironing and curling. Now I take 25 minutes for wash and go’s and up to an hour for twisting. Don’t mind because my hair stays healthy. All the silicone products in the world can’t protect against 35o degree heat
    2) Ain’t nothing sexier than a full healthy set of hair.
    3) I can maintain my hair on a $10 budget for hair products that will last me for longer than 6 months. $10was the tip I use to give my hairdresser for applying my relaxer. Add on the $100 every 6 weeks plus products, that’s breaking the bank.

    1. Angela Denise Williams says:

      I just sent a reply to someone on this same thread about on top of what hairdressers normally charge for their services, they also expect to be tipped, which is an added expense.

      1. Ladylanita says:

        I’ve had some expect a tip even when they jack up your hair! I feel like I’m just handing money over that I work too hard for.

    2. I couldn’t have said it better myself. My Halle Berry short and sassy do was costing me a fortune. My hair bill has drastically gone down Tresemme Naturals and Hello Hydration 5 bucks for a huge bottle. Ecostyler 3 bucks on sale. My only regret is that I return to natural earlier…. Holla if ya hear me! 😉

      1. Ladylanita says:

        Tell me about it! I would have went natural years before had I figured out how to maintain my hair on my own. Courtesy of Lorraine Massey with this curly girl method and many black women blogging and posting on youtube, I now have a routine down for maintaining my hair WITHOUT the reliance on chemicals. FREEDOM!

    3. Animosity4U says:

      You said it — the power of suggestion at work (or at least the attempt)! I know quite a few beauticians who are whining about the natural hair “movement” and calling us natural hair “Nazis” and complaining about the effects we are having on their business to take this for anything more than sour grapes! It is like they are trying to make you feel like you are some kind of terrorist because you want to wear your hair in its natural state. When I was watching QVC and the WEN guy was applauding someone who said she was using his products for her transition to natural from a relaxer — some beautician on FB blasted him for encouraging women to go natural. Hey this is what this guy touts (although his products are way too expensive – at least to me) what you put on your head goes into your body ( and I agree with that). Is it really that serious? When it comes to the dollars it can be. Ladies, don’t believe the hype! Stay on your journey and stay true to you whatever you decide that is!

      1. Ladylanita says:

        Unless our hairdressers want to end up going bust like Blockbuster did, they need to be prepared to adapt to changing demand. If they’re too lazy to do that, they don’t deserve to be in business.
        What has surprised with all of this is that its people within our own community that appear to be putting up the most resistance– not corporate America as the fallacy goes. The propaganda America isn’t ready for natural hair was nothing but a scare tactic. I’m meeting more and more professional women going natural than anything.

        1. Gwendolyn says:

          I understand but as a stylist many are going back to hair straightener whether you know it or not. So the article is true, but I don’t know about not feeling sexy, that has nothing to do with your hair, that just what you feel as a person. And I believe you can wear any hair style you want. We put a lot of chemicals on an in our body’s so stop bashing people who do. History repeat its self and so do hair styles. Just love you and don’t let no one put you in a box it’s all good.

      2. Black hair Salons should see this as an opportunity to increase business, i for one would love to be able to go get my natural hair done for special occasions. and it would have been nice to be able to go to a professional during the transitioning process.

  23. What in Hail Mary??!! I’ve JUST grown all my edges back from a severe perm burn LAST YEAR!!! I did my big chop in late September of 2012… Sure sometimes I wish I had BAF or BSL hair already by now, and sometimes I do feel like a hot mess, but I love this natural kinky hair, it’s fun to touch and play with and it’s my NATURAL HAIR TEXTURE. with perm my hair was constantly a hassle, and I’ve always had to worry about touch ups… Yes I still have much to learn about my hair but it is ALL WORTH IT! NEVER NEVER NEVER will a relaxer touch my head, that’s torture.. I rather dye my hair no thanks. Kinky hair is best for me plus I get compliments 🙂

  24. Iam Katnonymous says:

    I’m so glad to see that I’m not the only one reading this article with one eyebrow raised…and I have to wonder if this is some sort of subliminal push to get us back to the creamy crack side….well I’m not budging. My hair is so much healthier now, plus I can still wear it flat-ironed from time to time.

  25. I’m almost at 2 years and I’m NOT going back so I am NOT included in those numbers. I hair used to be long and with relaxers I saw my hair quickly thin out and shorten. I love being natural. Wash day can be a daunting task but as time went by I have simplified it. I dont use all natural products anymore. They can be expensive. I like Tresseme naturals shampoo and conditioner. Its cheap, smells great and I havent experienced any dryness in my hair. I also use hair grease. Yes…hair grease. I now PJs are clutching their pearls but theres nothing wrong with it. Ive retained more moisture and length with good old Blue Magic than anything else.

  26. Mauve_Avenger says:

    No, I wouldn’t go back to relaxing my hair. I may cut it though. I’m kind of a comittiphobe when it comes to my hair, but it’s getting to the point where managing it is a hassle. I think going short may be the answer

    1. Animosity4U says:

      I agree — I grew my natural hair past my armpits and decided this hair is just too damn much work! I have a short pixie cut now! Loving it and when I don’t I will grow my hair out again. Your natural hair grows when you take care of it and your body!

  27. Ahhh…the power of suggestion.

  28. I have never felt so empowered, whole, or attractive as I have since going natural. Stringy, flat, lifeless, chemically-dependent hair is not what I call sexy. Check out TheAmandaGi, The KG Lifestyle, NaturalNeiicey, and HairCrush on YouTube then try to tell a brother/sister that natural cannot be sexy and beautiful… Granted, we all have personal hair challenges to overcome, such as shrinkage, but solutions abound, thanks to sisters like Naptural96 and Alicia James. As for cost, compare natural hair needs (water, oil and deep conditioner) with relaxed hair needs (hairdressing appointments, relaxers, shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, protein treatments, styling products, …). Now tell me which is cheaper, because leave-ins, gels, shampoos, etc. are optional extras for natural hair. And natural styling can be fairly quick and easy, the simplest routine being a wash and go (or twist/braid) versus a wash and set for relaxed hair, both of which can be followed by a daily and/or nightly spritz and seal. But, back to the subject of creamy crack: I refuse to contribute one more penny into the purse strings of businesses that deny and refuse to recognize the inherent beauty of black hair and blackness. I am happy to embrace my natural beauty, happy to not have to fry my God-given hair in the effort to approximate an unrealistic, unnatural and (for me) undesirable ideal of straight hair. Who decided straight was ideal? And how did they manage to brainwash a whole people into denouncing their own unique beauty and buying into those beliefs? Well, I reject them unequivocally and I will propagate identity affirming beliefs and support small black entrepreneurs in their efforts to do the same.

    1. Angela Denise Williams says:

      You forgot to mention that added expense of having to tip the hairdresser on top of what they charge for their services.

      1. Not to mention the hours spent at the salon waiting your turn… 😉

        1. Angela Denise Williams says:

          Don’t get me started….back when I was “relaxed” I showed up for my 7:45am Saturday hair appointment(everybody & they mama too was in the hair salon); well, due to the salon being packed & my hairstylist over-booking(stylist was working on at least 3 heads at the same time), by the time I got out of the salon it was close to 5:30pm…I left that salon burning mad & with a headache.

  29. First of all it is just laziness if they go back because all I did when I had a relaxer was put it in a ponytail. Natural may cost more but it is worth it and there is versatility in natural hair you just have to find out. You have to work for anything in this life to get the results desired.

    1. Animosity4U says:

      Just an attempt to brainwash those who make decisions based on what they think is “in”! Relaxers are never the easy way out! The poison you put on your head goes into your body!

  30. Animosity4U says:

    cuput is spelled kaput

  31. Animosity4U says:

    So many beauticians are whining about natural hair and how wild we look with it and blah blah blah that alone tells me that it is NOT dead.

    1. Angela Denise Williams says:

      Animosity4U, I agree. Instead of whining, if these beauticians would bother to learn how to properly care for natural hair so they could provide natural hair care services in their salon maybe they wouldn’t be loosing so many clients. Beauticians fail to realize that the hair care industry is a “Business” & just like any other business, when you begin to see that your business is changing, they must learn to adapt & provide the services their clients want or run the risk of loosing them.

  32. I suspect a significant percentage of women switch back and forth as they desire. I know that I have. And it’s ok. What I do (or don’t do) to my hair hasn’t changed how I vote, where I worship, or who I think is attractive.
    I had my hair relaxed from middle school through first semester of my sophomore year of college. Then, I was natural for 17 years. Sadly, for 3 of those years, I blowdried and flat-ironed the life out of my hair. After nearly two decades without chemicals, and enduring 2 years of postpartum shedding from hell, I walked into a salon to request a relaxer. For three years I loved it. When my stylist moved about 4 years ago, I big chopped to a twa on a whim and have had my own hair or extensions in twists ever since.
    After so long without heat styling, I took out the blow dryer today so I could do a length check and quickly twisted a milkmaid/halo braid & bun combo that requires 20 pins when my hair is not heat-stretched. I like it enough that I’ve decided a bi-weekly blowout would be a nice treat through the rest of the winter. It’s not just the texture change: my hair appears thicker and shinier this way, I’m less likely to damage it by wearing it damp in the cold air, and I deserve to showcase the length I’ve fought to maintain.
    Will I ever relax again? Definitely not any time soon. Probably not any time in the next few years. But I’ve heard menopause can do some wacky things to hair so I will never say never. And I like the idea of a sleek silver pixie cut when I finally go gray.

  33. Animosity4U says:

    Happy to be Nappy —- LOL!

  34. There is nothing anyone could do or say or pay to get me to return to chemical relaxers. This “article” is purely propaganda, pure and simple. I’m glad to see so many seeing through the nonsense and foolishness.

  35. LIES LIES LIES….this article is far from true. If anything we are ( black woman ) are even more convince to NEVER going back to the CRACK cream and weave…White companies still trying to push there GREED on us ,,REALLY.

  36. i go on a lot of natural hair forums and it seems to me that some women are disappointed when they realize that their hair isn’t a certain “type”, they put way too much emphasis on following someone else’s regimen and when they realize it doesn’t work for their hair, they get frustrated and give up. but for the most part i think the majority of women who returned to natural have fallen in love with their hair and enjoy the challenge of gaining length or just learning about the science of our hair . i really don’t think natural hair is just a passing fad.

  37. Delisa Gressett-Ledet says:

    Don’t belive it , my 25 year old daughter has just did her big chop. I live in killeen texas and I see more and more naturals everyday!

  38. BlueCornMoon says:

    This article reminds me of TV weather reporters that predict bad weather & everyone is mystified because the sun is out & shining all the rest of the day. ” Why didn’t they just look out the window?” people say. Well why didn’t the writers of this article do just that? LOOK OUT THE WINDOW ! Everywhere i go I see more & more natural heads : locs, sisterlocks, TWAs, twistouts, braids, afros, etc. If there’s anything i see more of it’s weaves on a lot of young women & girls & wigs on older women. I’m a 50+ woman & a lot of women 40+ & up are going natural & wearing TWAs because they’re tired of messing with hair and/ or, they’ve lost a lot of hair due to decades of relaxers. I’ve talked to a lot of them & they say they will NEVER EVER go back to relaxers. I personally know two women who have central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia which affects mostly black women & totally kills all the hair follicles,leaves scar tissue in their place , a shiny scalp & the hair can’t ever grow back no matter what they do. One lady goes to a natural hair salon & wears hairpieces designed to hide the damage. The other goes to a loctitian & her remaining hair is thriving. Needless to say they are dead set against relaxers & are spreading the word to family & friends. Writers of such articles are depending on the “herd instinct” many people have to believe & follow whatever comes down the pike.

  39. Dawn Palmer says:

    This article is pure propaganda! Like someone said, it sounds like someone connected with these companies that are losing money hand over fist, or they have a vested interest in hair salons, actually wrote this article to dissuade those of us who can be swayed. I can’t ….. I have been “natural” for over 25 years and I LOVE it. I just woke up one day and thought “what the heck am I doing to myself?” and stopped relaxing my hair cold turkey. Instead of waiting for my new growth to grow out, I went to the bathroom and shaved off my relaxed hair (LOL). I wore my beautiful earrings, makeup, bald head and strutted my stuff! When my hair grew out I eventually wore cornrows and various braided hairstyles for a long while. I worked in corporate America but didn’t give a darn about if it was “corporate”. I figured I didn’t need anyone’s permission for me to be me. My natural hair is so much easier to maintain, even when I grew it long. It is not expensive at all. I usually make my own hair care products nowadays, but when I used store bought stuff and I ran out, a bit of olive oil and coconut oil would get the job done just as well as any of the store bought products did. For the past 15 years I’ve worn my hair in a short afro that I absolutely love. There are so many different cuts that I can do to change it up so I don’t ever get bored. Partly because of my example, we now have several young ladies in our family, my daughter included, who do not relax their hair. They are all gorgeous and wear their hair in so many funky styles. I get so many compliments concerning my hair. I feel confident. I feel BEAUTIFUL. And boy do I feel sexy. There is no part of wearing your hair natural that should make any of us not feel sexy … that is the most insulting and stupid part of this article. Natural styles are beautiful, relaxed hair is beautiful, WE are beautiful. It’s nice to have the option of being naturally curly or pressed or relaxed. To each his own but for me, it’s upwards and onwards with my natural beauty.

  40. Lets face it. I prefer and will always prefer natural hair, i hate the look of relaxer and straight weave, Point blank. I am Pro-Natural. I will not go out my way to compliment someone with a relaxer cause it aint cute to me, BUT I dont give a flying rats butt what they do. I let them do whatever. Actually relaxed hair and weave doesnt even perk my interest, it flies over my head unless its really badly done and you are sitting right in front of me.
    Ive always been natural and I never ever put that creamy chemical in my hair. IF you wanna call that a Natural Nazi GO RIGHT AHEAD. I know I am not racist, white supremacist etc so I am not nazi. I am pro-natural. Always have always will be.

    BUT I do think the natural hair community will become smaller.
    Lets face it, Naturals are returning to relaxers, gurus are returning to relaxers and straight styles. Naturals are coming from chemicals, a hard habit to break. Wh,en they get lazy or become a product junkie, become curl obsessed, wanna wear tha long hair dont care weave, the relaxer is gonna scream at them and they will go get it.. Simple.

    The movement is already small compared to relaxers, so i doubt it will ever overshadow it. It has been beaten into us that straight hair is good hair, all over the media. Unless you are a strong person you can ignore it and create your own beauty, if not, chemicals.

    So I really expect more and more people going back to relaxers. The YT “gurus” are already doing it, many will follow suit. Black women have been thinking for centuries since slaver that they as black women on a whole is ugly, and their hair especially is ugly, that is still something we all deal with, and its not gonna change unless something big happens within the black community worldwide.

    Until then, expect the community to become smaller and less preferred.

  41. Interesting article. Learning what products worked for my natural hair was the best part of the journey at least for me which was not really that expensive. I fed my hair from the inside with vitamins, made sure it was moisturized, drank lots of water and did my conditioning treatments twice a month, hot oil treatments once a week. I think the problem comes when unrealistic expectations are set. I was patient and had realistic expectations when it came to the growth and health of my hair. It took six months but my hair did exactly what I wanted it to do. I never gave up. Also I have never felt more sexier than when I rock my natural mane. I had people asking to take pictures of my hair, men of all races compliment me on my hair (who doesn’t like a compliment), and I had one close male friend that loved running his fingers through my hair when we snuggled because it is extremely thick and it turned him on. (He despises wigs, but that’s a different subject). I love my natural and trust and believe, I will not be relaxing ever again. Not in this lifetime.

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