The reason Why Black (African) Women must Grow Natural Hair

Scalp damage from chemical hair straightener burns. This can happen to any Black woman using hair relaxers.

Continual use of a relaxer can cause alopecia where hair follicles are damaged beyond repair or completely wiped out. This can lead to one being completely bald. Hence why you have many middle aged black women covering their loss with weaves and wigs.

InformAfrica – In this awareness video, NBC 5’s Rochelle Ritchie proves the importance of Black women redefining their beauty and healthier lifestyle by simply going natural with their hair and look.

The hair and cosmetic market is a 9 Billion dollar industry. From hair relaxers to extensions and now the popular lace front wig; Black women are the big target for hair companies known to spend large amounts of cash on their hair – no matter how much the economy flips.

A stylists I use to go said: I am not worried at all because Black women always will spend money on their hair; says Peta-Gaye Watson, who is now rocking her natural hair as seen in the video above.

Continual use of a hair relaxer can cause alopecia where hair follicles are damaged beyond repair or completely wiped out. This can lead to one being completely bald. Hence why you have many middle aged black women covering their loss with weaves and wigs. – HairNaturel.co.uk
Hair relaxer dangers chemical:  Scalp damage from chemical hair straightener burns. This can happen to any Black woman using hair relaxers.

Scalp damage from chemical hair straightener burns. This can happen to any Black woman using hair relaxers.

Hair relaxers promise to take cake out of Black hair and make it boom straight, and whether they are glued in or sown in; hair extensions or weaves give Black women the shine and lift they want; while wigs make it easy to do all three in less than 5 minutes.

African women are losing their natural hair from chemical burns in hair relaxers, which also burns their scalp, says Dermatologist Larry Shappiro as seen in the video above.

Hair relaxers generally have a PH ranging from 11 – 14 and can easily be described as corrosive as they will either destroy or damage another substance it comes into contact with. Human hair has a PH level of about 4.5-5.5 and after a relaxer has been placed on the hair, a neutralizer is applied. Neutralizers generally have a PH 3 and it is designed to bring the hair back to its acidic range after a relaxer has been used, but this does not make any difference. Once the hair has been straightened it cannot be reversed as the hair follicles are permanently damaged which results in weakened or damaged hair. Breakage can occur when the chemical bonds in the hair are broken. This happens especially in the case of hair that is already damaged or a relaxer that has been applied wrongly. –HairNaturel.co.uk

The dependency of African Women on Hair relaxers is truly worrisome especially as most women are not well informed about the chemicals present in these relaxers. Women relax their hair at least once every month and this ritual continues mostly for the rest of their lives. Being exposed to potentially harmful chemicals in small doses for a long period of time is whats absolutely scary. Hair companies do not print all the chemicals present in black hair products, if they did they’d probably go out of business. –ReunionofBlackFamily.com

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