Are Relaxers A Thing of the Past?
Is it me or does it seem like everybody (and their mama) are going Natural? Not that I have a problem with it. Being a Naturalista myself, I love this new wave of women embracing their natural hair textures. With a few of my favorite Relaxed Youtubers like Traycee From Kiss, Ebony C Princess, and Journey To Waist Length announcing that they’re transitioning to natural, I can’t help but to question, will relaxers be a thing of the past? Before we can answer that question, we first have to identify if “returning to Natural” is a trend or the new norm.
Most style trends are known to last about a year and reemerges every 20 years (e.g., box braids, 80’s clothing, and retro Jordans). I personally can date the natural hair phenomenon as far back as 2009 when the movie “Good Hair” by Chris Rock was released. It is now close to five years since the release of that movie and the natural hair community is still growing, while the sales in relaxers are dwindling. The natural hair phenomenon is definitely more of a movement than a trend.
Natural hair is new territory for a lot of new naturals and it’s like learning their hair all over again. The decision to cut our hair takes a lot of consideration and education in which I don’t think goes into following a trend. Following a trend isn’t that deep. Let’s go back to the question at hand. Will relaxers be a thing of the past? It’s hard for me to say right now. I think the answer to this will be more prevalent in the future. Though the natural hair movement is growing, there are still a lot of women who relax their hair and are defying the myth that Relaxed Hair can’t grow. A few of these Relaxed, Texlaxed, and Texturized women can be found on Youtube. As a Naturalista, I enjoy and learn from these ladies. Check out their channels below.
Who are your favorite Relaxed Hair Bloggers or Youtubers?
Ammina Rose is a hair and beauty enthusiast from Chicago, Illinois. She created Lovin’ Our Textures on the belief that all hair is beautiful no matter the texture or style preference. Follow her hair journey from Relaxed to Natural on Youtube and Instagram.