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New Study Links Relaxers To Fibroids

Damage to Scalp from the use of Relaxer

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. I realize there isn’t  a lot of advocacy on this issue which is also interesting as i would assume people would want to know more about what they put in their hair, and once they know its harmful, would want to spread the message across to others.  I always hypothesized that the use of relaxers, in the long run would cause some sort of ailment. But like all scientific hypothesis, it has to be tested. Seeing I’m just a young Scientist with no fancy lab or high tech equipment to call my own, i decided to do what scientists do best which is to find some sort of evidence..but this time using good old Google. I’m happy to say i found a recent study on this.

A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has linked hair relaxers to uterine fibroids, as well as early puberty in young girls.

Scientists followed more than 23,000 pre-menopausal Black American women from 1997 to 2009 and found that the two- to three-times higher rate of fibroids among black women may be linked to chemical exposure through scalp lesions and burns resulting from relaxers.

Women who got their first menstrual period before the age of 10 were also more likely to have uterine fibroids, and early menstruation may result from hair products black girls are using, according to a separate study published in the Annals of Epidemiology last summer.

Three hundred African American, African Caribbean, Hispanic, and White women in New York City were studied. The women’s first menstrual period varied anywhere from age 8 to age 19, but African Americans, who were more likely to use straightening and relaxers hair oils, also reached menarche earlier than other racial/ethnic groups.

While so far, there is only an association rather than a cause and effect relationship between relaxers, fibroid tumors, and puberty, many experts have been quick to point out that the hair care industry isn’t regulated by the FDA, meaning that there’s no definite way to fully know just how harmful standard Black hair care products really are.

Fibroid Facts

Fibroids are tumors that grow in the uterus. They are benign, which means they are not cancerous, and are made up of muscle fibers. Fibroids can be as small as a pea and can grow as large as a melon. It is estimated that 20-50% of women have, or will have, fibroids at some time in their lives.

 

From lessons in Epidemiology, i  learnt that A might be associated with B but not the cause of B. In this case the study found that  there is only an association rather than a cause and effect relationship between relaxers and fibroid tumors. In lay terms this means relaxers are associated with fibroid tumours  but relaxers are not the reason why people get fibroid according to this study.

Until more research is done in this area we cant dispel anything with confidence. My hypothesis remains a hypothesis until someone spends years looking into this. PhD thesis anyone?

 

By Ify Aniebo

 

 

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75 thoughts on “New Study Links Relaxers To Fibroids

    1. As a doctor, I know that the way forward in restoring your health is to be close to nature. I have been helping people shrink their fibroid naturally without drugs or side effects using a natural solution. You can check it out in my blog: http://www.phytoscienceNigeria.com.ng and download my free ebook on the 7 best expert tips to shrink your fibroid. Contact ,e on +2348084187262, or +2348108614225

    1. Honestly being perm free is not hard I thought that too until I stopped using one over 5 years ago. People swear I am lying when they see my hair and I tell them I don’t have a perm. Honestly all it takes is some patience, Design Essential Products, blow drying your hair while combing thru with a paddle brush and a jilbre titanium tool flat iron. Works like a charm. Also try wrapping your hair to train it and make sure to get your ends clipped as often as needed. Trust me you will see results!

      1. I appreciate that. I am attempting to go natural and its only been two months but it seems like it going to be a challenge. MY bf wears her hair straight too, I would like to continue to wear mine the same way

      2. I so agree! I usually perm every 6 months. My sister a cosmotologist does our hair with her titanium heat products which gives us the same look without the chemicals with a quick night time wrap and neatly trimmed ends gives us healthier hair.

  1. My sista Amaka, the choice is totally yours, and i respectfully understand that, but MOST scientific studies will not say that X is a direct cause of Y. The correlation is usually what they will study and publish. If someone tells you that something ‘might’ cause you bodily harm, why chance it?? Especially for something as unnecessary as a relaxer. I’m an advocate for black women’s natural beauty. Why continue to potentially harm yourself to fit into someone else’s standard of beauty? Just a thougt?…and not relaxing doesn’t mean you can’t rock a str8 hairdo from time to time….

    1. Tina, very well said. I’ve been natural since 2001 and love it. Will never go back to relaxed hair especially after seeing this possible association. I had my fibroids removed (UFE procedure) in 2003 and went natural because of scalp damage from chemicals. So ladies don’t be so attached to things that could be causing your body harm. And another thing..for the ladies who may have troublesome fibroids as I did, don’t let any doctor tell you that you have to have a hysterectomy. There are other procedures out there, and you don’t have to be disected by a doctor who just wants to get paid for a major surgery procedure. Do your homework please! Peacefully stated…

      1. Yes me sis well said and precisely on point! Respect!!…..Your facts are powerful and absolutely correct….neva make these knife happy doctors cut on you for any reason without seeking natural healing first! Chemicals of any kind are bad….our skin is the largest organ on our bodies!!! Stop use chemicals on your bodies period, especially in your hair! Stop consume these chemically poisoned or GMO foods that are eaten on a daily….Remember..Fast foods lead to fast deaths! One Perfect Love

    2. Wow, it should not take research to enlighten individuals on what they are aware of the possible risks of the chemicals. Wow! I thank God that I have not had a relaxer in over 25 years. My friends thought I was out of my mind because I no longer shared the idea of it. I am now in 40′ s and have virtually no health issues an very active in adullt volleyball foe years. …interesting! The choices we make impact everything about us, for us, and to us!

    3. I agree with you Tina, it is Amaka’s choice but I pray she reads my post. Thirty years ago, I recall walking into a Longs Drug store to purchase a perm. The pharmacist (an older white gentlemen) said, “Young lady, what you people put in your hair amazes me. I’m surprised you have any hair left. If only you knew how harmful those products are you would never use them. The chemicals in those products should be considered deadly.” I still reflect back on that day and wonder what my hair journey would have been like if I had not (1) focused so much on his statement “you people”, (2) not purchased the perm, and (3) took time to research the subject. I recall thanking him for his concern and continued on to the cashier with my perm. Today, I am desperately trying to stimulate the follicles around my temple area. I’ve been perm free for approximately 2.5 years (wearing a protective two strand twist style with kinky extensions) and I’m happy to say that I do see some progress. Though thin and a little grey, my hairline is reappearing. I am so relieved to see that maybe – just maybe the damage is not permanent. I pray that one day I will once again be able to wear a style away from my face. My next step will be to wear my hair naturally minus the extensions. Many family members and friends frown on the fact that (1) I’ve been wearing “kinky” twists, (2) I have not dyed the grey, and (3) I’m even considering wearing my hair natural. If my edges grow back healthy I may consider coloring my hair, but at this time I refuse to put anything that could stunt the growth in, on or near my hair.

      BTW, I have fibroids that have not grown in size or caused me any discomfort.

  2. No studies are ever 100% but come on it’s chemicals that are leaching into your body….of course they are going to cause bodily harm, whether its fibroids or something else…what is more important your health or what is perceived as beauty?

  3. As a black male and an advocate for fitness I’m glad this discussion is occurring. However I’m less immediately concerned wkth the chemical impact to the body of these women, instead my concern is how hair impacts their willingness to excercise. Diabetes, high blood pressure are documented top killers in kur community. Generally these are lifestyle issues that are only complicated by permed hair. It is my prayer that more ladies will go matural and sweat with

  4. Bravo for this article! As a second generation Cosmetologists I hope this and many more articles on the subject of Black beautification practices which are harmful, will stir up dialogue and action to stop this passive aggressive genocidal practice. As a practitioner of natural hair and skin care and certified Health and Lifestyle coach, I daily introduce and educate my clients on the possible adverse effects these products may have on their health. Yes, even the so called “natural” products on the market today. This study from 1997 to 2009, was long over due. In 2012, I hope we can collectively in our own way, continue to inform and educate the masses, cosmetologists, manufactures,suppliers and the person next door,on how theses insidious practices cost us and our families dearly. Harsh words you may say,I say not harsh enough if it does not stir up action. For I have witnessed first hand the diminishing quality of life this practice has caused many a cosmetologist and client alike. That first generation cosmetologist I eluded to earlier was my mother who passed on due to complication from MS, that I believe was brought on from the stress to the body from enhaling toxic fumes and the absorption of even more toxic waste through the skin everytime she granted the wish of the client to make them beautiful. Wake up and know that beauty is as beauty does. GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES, know this and love you as you are, with all your wonderful imperfections and the universe will love you back.

    1. Dear Linda,
      I could not of said it better myself. As a lay person who see’s the damage it does & the amount of sisters losing their hair & illnesses that many of us suffer with. We need a wake up call. As you said God makes no mistakes, we are always perfect, at every given momnt in time!

  5. I like this article. It is written responsibly. The bottom line is chemical relaxers are just one of the many things we do to achieve a feeling, look or result to improve our self esteem. I encourage women to think about their personal beauty and wellness philosophy and make confident choice in line with those values. It is not suprising to me that chemical relaxers may so health risks. I have always encouraged #realplantbasedhaircare. If you have questions about transitioning, natural hair care, locs, thinning, hair growth, styling tips, or plant based products consultation I am happy to help watch my video here http://indigoferabeauty.blogspot.com/2012/02/transitioning-from-relaxed-to-natural.html

  6. Thank you sooo much for postings this! I am actually a locitian and having an event very soon discussing this topic. It is extremely important for everyone to know exactly what’s going in, what’s coming out and what’s staying.

  7. Thank you sooo much for posting this! I am actually a locitian and having an event very soon discussing this very topic. It is extremely important for everyone to know exactly what’s going in, what’s coming out and what’s staying.

  8. Chris Rock’s movie entitled Good Hair was excellent. Straight hair looks nice but at what price (money and health). Anything applied to the skin is absorbed by the skin…everything from head to toe. Think about it!!!

  9. I commend the writer of this article for revealing these truths. Such information would enable us make the right choices. We can start with reducing the frequency of relaxer application maybe retouch hair every three or four months. I definitely suggest delay use of relaxer until young girls are at least 10 years old or after their first period. I started using relaxer at age 16; because my mother insisted I waited until then.

    1. Nonso, I remember hearing something just like this many many years ago….someone saying “Cancer from cigarettes?? Oh c’mon! Give me a break” Yeah it was like that back in the ’70s. Hope you’ll be healthy and well enough to eat your words in 20 years!

  10. About time this subject is getting some press. We bought into this idea of relaxing and straightening as a way to ‘fit in’ or create ‘beauty’. This dialogue is long overdue. The chemical and hair care industry will fight it but that’s ok. Our lives and our culture, or their profits? Which is more important?

  11. What a great and informative article. Although I personally do not agree with the correlation between chemical relaxers and fibroids or early onset of menes/menopause, I do agree that chemical relaxers are extremely harmful to those who use these products. I hope there is a study done in the future on this topic with one control group including women with fibroids with virgin hair and began menustration at an early age. I think that the chemicals in the foods we eat pose a greater danger.

  12. I really appreciate this article. I am a cosmetologist and I was asked to do a work shop on hair care with a small group of African American girls in elementary school. I agree that we as African American women should not be using relaxers in our hair because of the chemicals. But I also can see why so many of us do. It gives us a softer more feminine look. Not that curls and natural hair does not look feminine on some women but very few of us can wear that natural look and look good in it. Besides the few men that are attracted to the natural look, reality is that most men are more attracted to straight hair or curly hair that is created from some type of mixture in culture as opposed to your natural kinky curl that is the result of being blessed to be straight African American. Its a very difficult subject because being African American is a definite blessing in so many ways. We have so much to be thankful for but personally my opinion is that our hair is not our biggest/best attribute. As we all know, you cant have it all. We don’t have to tan, we don’t age as fast as others, we have style that many try to mimic, many of us have natural swag, we are very athletic, we are physically strong, and I could go on. But our hair! It’s a challenge for most of us. I am actually mixed with Cherokee Indian but still have hair challenges most of the time. I wish I had a solution. I will say that my daughter is 26 years old and I have trained her to wrap her hair every night for most of her life and she has beautiful hair that sits just above her breast. Most people think that her hair is fake. And believe it or not she still likes to wear a weave when she is on a serious workout routine. As we all know, pressed or flat ironed hair only last until it gets wet. I actually wrote a poem about hair that I would love to post and see what this group thinks about it.

    1. I find comments on aesthetics like Niecie’s disturbing, pitiful, and above all, untrue. On the contrary, I usually find black women’s natural texture–whatever it is–to be most flattering for our features and skin tone. So often I see limp, brittle hair that hangs awkwardly, not like naturally straight hair, because the hair has been damaged by chemicals and excessive heat. I see scant hairlines on women with blunt, heavy wigs and weaves that start several inches back from their faces. This is not pretty. For every woman or girl with relaxed or straightened hair that actually looks healthy and flattering, I can show you two women or girls with well-maintained non-chemically treated hair that will knock your socks off. Anyone who believes our hair is just naturally inferior to straight or wavy hair is suffering from some serious self-hatred. It’s the Western tradition of idealizing European beauty ideals and it’s astonishing how so many of us still fall victim to it. I’d say that people who buy into it probably spend a lot of time in one place with people with all the same views and backgrounds. If you travel and meet people from all cultures, you see that there are so many different standards of beauty, & that blackness & kinky-textured hair is admired world over. The reason you don’t see other cultures wearing our hair is that it clearly looks ridiculous on them. It doesn’t match. All this not to mention that black people can have naturally straight or wavy hair without European ancestry, & that non-blacks can have naturally kinky hair that looks beautiful on them. Please question the ideas you have. Plenty of heterosexual black men are STRONGLY attracted to and enamored of natural hair on women. Because it’s gorgeous and amazing.

  13. “It’s not just hair”

    My beauty, my protection, my security blanket
    It’s what many won’t say but we all do think it
    Whether it’s long or short and the ends are split
    I’m judged either way by how I wear it
    It’s natural It’s pressed or maybe relaxed
    It takes so much time to keep it like that
    And let’s not mention that I can’t get it wet
    Whether its lack of knowledge, no money to pay
    It often seems unfair that I was born this way
    No one else has hair that feels so rough
    And only gets straight with a whole lot of stuff
    Like lye and grease and things you can’t eat
    Unless of course I use a whole lot of heat
    If I let it go natural -you know the song
    People treat me uneasy- like I don’t belong
    Is there something wrong with her -they say
    Why is she coming outside- looking astray
    Will I get the job
    What did that guy say
    He’ s not talking to me – He didn’t even look my way
    I’ve ignored their reactions – but not after today
    Tomorrow I’ll do something different – I say
    I relax it myself with a five dollar perm
    To make it look softer and hope eyes will turn
    I leave it on longer to get it real straight
    Some of it falls out – but the rest is okay
    It’s good for two weeks -until the roots grow in
    I love the positive attention – so I do it again
    This time I’ve lost it -Even more than before
    And now I have no hair – It’s all sitting on the floor
    Along with my confidence- self esteem -and adore
    All I really wanted was to try to fit in
    So that society could stop treating my hair like sin
    But now I have to cover it up once more
    With something I tried not to mention before
    Its hair extensions -or weave as some call it
    Fake hair in a bag or real hair from India
    Sometimes depends on- what the owner will give ya
    I’d like to go natural and leave it alone
    But there’s only a few successful women – Who are wearing their own
    Can you now see what I mentioned before
    It’s not just hair – Its really so much more
    It’s my beauty- my confidence- my self esteem
    All the things that determine – how I am foreseen

    By: Denise Harris

    1. I am natural and enjoy having a choice of wearing an afro if I want or flat ironed or pressed. Niecie’s comments are true, we are judged if we wear our hair natural. It shouldn’t be that way but it is. Some of our own sistas frown upon us when we do, as if we are doing something wrong. Do whatever you need to do to feel beautiful and comfortable but don’t judge me because I choose to be natural. You do you and let me do me.

    2. Thanks Denise for sharing your poem which describes año accurate picture of what black females are facing. I heard the voice of reasoning that spoke to me in 1993 to stop stripping the life out of my hair. At that time I felt like I was dissolving my hair and my scalp was actually drinking the chemicals. As you can see I have a vivid imagination.
      In time a shift will occur for a greater percentage of women and men to remove as many chemicals from their external and internal environment. This will happen after many deaths and the evidence of chemical poisoning is overwhelming.
      Please share this poem with me on my FB page too. Thanks

    3. this is really lovely and true. thank you for putting all our thoughts and dilemmas with regards to natural hair into this one piece.

  14. Disturbing. I wore relaxers a long time, had uterine fibroid surgery in 2008, and they grew back. I gave up perms in Feb 2011, so now that I am natural hopefully my second surgery will be the last. Then again they also run rampant in my family so who truly knows….

    Hair is a state of mind. Every woman has a right to wear it as they choose. But if u are aware of results based on choices and u still make that choice, than u will reap consequences. Period.

  15. I am aware of relaxed.in2009 I Hadar brain timorous from relaxed.when I was healed from surgery I went natural.why is it that they have not inform the public of what’s going on with black woman and their hair.we need to be enlighted in what’s going on with chemcial

  16. I say this, I used to relax my hair for manageability. Straight hair does not make me look prettier and I could care less if a man likes my hair straight or not. I was only relaxing my hair twice a year to begin with, then yearly and now I haven’t done it in over a year. I am looking for someone who can do natural hair because I only know how to style it two ways and that’s getting old fast. I need help. If I want to straighten it, I’ll just blow dry and flat iron it. It’s all about preference, “to each, his own”. Do you and whatever gets u through the day then so be it.

  17. This is really a serious issue.If relaxing hair will lead to such a predicament,it is better to remain natural.Virtually all these cosmetics are with side effects.Beauty is more of internal and less of external

  18. Where’s the link to the study? I’ve always been natural and I’ve had fibroids and I started my cycle early. Although I think it’s important to love yourself, and not put unnecessary chemicals in your body, I also think it’s important to be responsible in the dissemination of information. If there’s a link to the raw data, I’d be more than happy to run some independent statistical analyses. But until then (or someone else does a replication study) I’d rather not make links that aren’t founded. There are already enough reasons not to perm–why throw out unproven speculations?

  19. Miss Denise Harris, Thank You!!! And would you please post this for me on my wall if you’re on FACEBOOK?!!=D

  20. Absolute RUBBISH! – Fibroids have been around for centuries – even BC – in the bible! Before relaxers were concocked. They are also present in white women, and other ethnic originated women…. however chinese people tend to hav a significantly less chance of having them. Why?

    LIFESTYLE and diet. FIbroids originate from FIBRIN strands and fatty deposits, balling together like a cats furball. Fibrin occurs when there isn’t enough fibrinogen being created by the body to break down fibrin and expell it naturally from the body.

    WE create Fibrinogen by 1) exercising 2)Eating plenty of vegetables and fibre or raw vegetables and herbs which create enzymes in our bodies which break down the fibrin strands. 3) relaxing.

    WE create Fibrin by 1) not getting enough exercise 2) eating Junk fook that the body has a build up of waste and the immune system builds more red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body, thereby creating ‘thicker’ blood more prone to clotting (ie you will get DVT’s, embolisms and congested blood vesssels) 3) experiences stress.

    There is now a study into the effects of green tea on killing the cells which cause Fibriods. Green tea is high in antioxidants and affects the blood clotting periods following an injury.

    Afro-americans/black women – tend to eat to much fat rich food and not enough raw vegetables, not exercise and are more at risk of stress factors without a healthy way express them. That’s lifestyle, social network and economically influences. If you eat oestrogen injected food (chicken especially) expet your body to hold onto it – that is a factor. The Chinese also tend to drink green tea and eat a soya rich Diet which is rich in Isoflavs which may affect the hormone levels – oestrogen – but are also a rich sources of vegetable fibre.

    You may also want to google nattokinase (soya derived) and serrapetase.

    Lifestyle and eating habits start very young. You will find those who are more athletic and nutrition conscious tend to be less likely to have fibroids.

  21. Tampons have alot to do with uterine fibriods because they don’t allow your endometrial tissue to naturally flow out of your body

  22. Absolute RUBBISH! – Fibroids have been around for centuries – even BC – in the bible! Before relaxers were concocked. They are also present in white women, and other ethnic originated women…. however chinese people tend to hav a significantly less chance of having them. Why?

    LIFESTYLE and diet. FIbroids originate from FIBRIN strands and fatty deposits, balling together like a cats furball. Fibrin occurs when there isn’t enough fibrinogen being created by the body to break down fibrin and expell it naturally from the body.

    WE create Fibrinogen by 1) exercising 2)Eating plenty of vegetables and fibre or raw vegetables and herbs which create enzymes in our bodies which break down the fibrin strands. 3) relaxing. (mentally and physically – not hair!)

    WE create Fibrin by 1) not getting enough exercise 2) eating Junk fook that the body has a build up of waste and the immune system builds more red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body, thereby creating ‘thicker’ blood more prone to clotting (ie you will get DVT’s, embolisms and congested blood vesssels) 3) experiencing stress.

    There is now a study into the effects of green tea on killing the cells which cause Fibriods. Green tea is high in antioxidants and affects the blood clotting periods following an injury. It also slowly breaks down the bonds in the fat and fibrin.

    Afro-americans/black women – tend to eat to much fat rich food and not enough raw vegetables, not exercise and are more at risk of stress factors without a healthy way express them. That’s lifestyle, social network and economically influences. If you eat oestrogen injected food (chicken especially) expect your body to hold onto it – that is a factor. The Chinese also tend to drink green tea and eat a soya rich Diet which is rich in Isoflavs which may affect the hormone levels – oestrogen – but are also a rich sources of vegetable protein with fibre.

    You may also want to google nattokinase (soya derived) and serrapetase in the treatment of fibroids.

    Lifestyle and eating habits start very young. You will find those who are more athletic and nutrition conscious tend to be less likely to have fibroids.

  23. I agree with Tina, Amaka the choice is yours but please consider this. Thirty years ago, I recall walking into a Longs Drug store to purchase a perm. The pharmacist (an older white gentlemen) said, “Young lady, what you people put in your hair amazes me. I’msurprised you have any hair left. If only you knew how harmful those products are you would never use them. The chemicals in those products should be considered deadly.” I still reflect back on that day and wonder what my hair journey would have been like if I had not (1) focused so much on his statement “you people”, (2) not purchased the perm, and (3) took time to research the subject. I recall thanking him for his concern and continued on to the cashier with my perm. Today, I am desperately trying to stimulate the follicles around my temple area. I’ve been perm free for approximately 2.5 years (wearing a protective two strand twist style with kinky extensions) and I’m happy to say that I do see some progress. Though thin and a little grey, my hairline is reappearing. I am so relieved to see that maybe – just maybe the damage is not permanent. I pray that one day I will once again be able to wear a style away from my face. My next step will be to wear my hair naturally minus the extensions. Many family members and friends frown on the fact that (1) I’ve been wearing “kinky” twists, (2) I have not dyed the grey, and (3) I’m even considering wearing my hair natural. If my edges grow back healthy I may consider coloring my hair, but at this time I refuse to put anything that could stunt the growth in, on or near my hair.

    BTW, I have fibroids that have not grown in size or caused me any discomfort.

  24. TO THE WRITER of this article, or anyone who has the study details, please list the full citation for the American Journal of Epidemiology article that is the basis of this entire article. I tried to find it and couldn’t. I can’t draw any conclusions until I see it. PLEASE SHARE your research. Thank you!

  25. I’ve been natural since 2000 once I became pregnant with my son. Natural hair is excepted more than people think. When you know better, you ‘ll do better

  26. my mother is 65 and has been using relaxers since way back when they contained lye or called a process! She’s healthy so is her mane! That’s why you should go to the beauty shop to get your hair relaxed if you don’t know what you’re doing! Also, there are other straightening alternatives and as far as waiting 3 – 4 months in between relaxers you will be subject to breakage and split ends!

  27. There is more of a correlation between genetics and uterine fibroids. Most womeh who have them have a genetic predisposition to have them. Fibroids grow as a result of excessive estrogen unopposed by progesterone. There may be xenoestrogens (estrogen mimickers) in the hair care products including relaxers, but these same xenoestrogens can be found in a variety of other products we use each day like lotion, household cleaning products, the plastics we sometimes store our food in. Add to that the processed food, the substances that some of the non-organic animals and plants we eat. Keep the liver clean and healthy and it will do a better job of metabolizing the estrogen.

    My mother had fibroids. She NEVER had a relaxer. I had early puberty. I had not been exposed to relaxers.

  28. I understand but being on a limited income it can be somewhat costly to switch over from relaxed hair to natural which is something I have been wanting to do for me and my 2 daughters so how can I do it in the least costly why? right now relaxer are the least costly why to keep our hair looking nice…really could use some ideas and help

  29. its this simple if you cant eat it. dont use it, theres a video i believe its on youtube. not really sure, but they put an aluminum can in chemical relaxer, it ate away at the can, thats an aluminum can we’re talking about,why in all the hell would you put that crap in your head? if you cant deal with that texture on the day to day bases, cut it or lock it, relaxers arent the way, besides there are many alternatives to relaxers that arent as deadly, my hair is so thick when i grow it out that i could barely touch my scalp,so i cut it, but that because i have to look professional every day, otherwise id have a head full of freeform locks right now.

    and as for finding a partner, it takes a REAL man/woman to love a woman with a natural hair, not these sorry excuses for men/women that roam the earth, ladies stop settleing for idiots.

  30. I am 48 years old. been chemical free going on 2 years. my hair was just past my shoulders…and thin. now my hair is way past my shoulders…and thick. my 12 year old is also natural. she can almost sit on her hair. and no, she is not mixed…she just got the long hair gene. her hair is thick and curly…but a good wash, Cantu leave in conditioner,good blow driver and my 100% titannium flat iron, she looks like she has a fresh perm.

  31. I have been natural for 7 years and I find being natural to be less expensive than maintaining a perm.

    As for the research, the article clearly says MAY. So while I’m interested in seeing the research, I also understand that this is just a study and it’s not conclusive yet. Either way, not using a perm is a safer bet than using one. Chemicals on scalp vs. none at all? I choose none at all.

  32. My bad. It doesn’t say MAY, but it is just one study. Definitely a topic that needs to be studied more. But the result isn’t that far-fetched, is it?

  33. I gave up relaxers six years ago, I have no patience for my hair, but I refuse to waste the money and possibly my health on it. I never wanted to go natural because I have no talent for hair, yet I have managed. Good leave in conditioner, heat protectant and a flat iron and my hair stays straight and healthy. I assumed that if I can do it, anyone can, considering how impatient I am, and how much I love to exercise and be active.

  34. I like to be versatile so i wear a protective weave. I do not perm my hair but i do take good care of it underneath. My real hair comes to the nape of my neck and its coarse. I use products from Carol’s daughter. Its expensive but when i decide to take out my weave or take off my wig, my hair is still beautiful. Its the ease and versatily that i like about protective weaves and wigs. Not that i dont love my own hair. When i feel like it i take it down and all of my friends and family have seen and played with my own natural hair. I do not agree with perms and have stopped perming my hair for 10 years now all i do is braid and cornrow and wear a weave or wig. When i feel the urge i can still wear my natural hair in a twist out or blow dried straight. Thanks for not judging me. I appreciate the opportunity to just share. Not everyone faces these hair challenges to the same degree. God bless us all. Peace.

  35. Good day to All! I’m so happy light is shining on the chemical processing IF IMPROPERLY APPLIED! The fine print is skipped here ! There are millions of cosmetologist all over the world trying to help correct the damage done by IMPROPER Applications in the chemical world color and permenants Afro amer. Caucasian , any race will suffer damages . I’m a State Board certified cosmetologist in Ohio I can’t tell you the situations I’ve seen in 15 years! I’ve been natural for 12 years now I have naturally curly bouncy hair! When I desire straight looks n styles I use a great flat iron be cuz a cheap one doesn’t give you relaxer look!!

  36. This is totally a misconception. Of course what caused the scalp mishap may be either through strong chemical re-actions i.e Very Strong relaxer-over processing, or bleaching the hair,extended timing with strong hair colouring. Even constant very tight braiding/plait can cause this to the scalp.
    Relaxers has NOTHING to do with FIBROIDS. Fibroids are mainly found on women especialy those who are very hairy.
    It can be minimized by eating a lot of fibre fruits/vegetables, drinking a lot of water, exercising, and refraining from carbohydrates & fatty foods. Fibroids has been around even before chemical colours and relaxers were manufactured………..stay Blessed!!!!!!!

  37. This is very interesting because I was first diagnosed with fibroids at 15 and they were still there at 17, when the doctors told me that I would have difficulty having children in the future. I went natural at 19 and at 21 the fibroids were gone. I was confused because I only knew of people having them surgically removed. The doctor said that they can leave on their own. I was pregnant with my first daughter 4 months later.

  38. It good to know about the Relaxer of the hair. To say a month ago is the first time I every hear of Fibriod Tumor. When I found out I had it. And I don’t relax my hair but I became a young lady at the age of 9

  39. im white and I don’t see the need for getting chemicals to relax your hair? if youre black then wear your hair natural its sooo beautiful!! so many white girls want volume and curl and texture like black girls so my question is why are black people trying to get their hair like a white girl when they are black and have pretty hair? I WISH my hair was super curly but its super straight and I don’t feel the need for a perm or anything. every ethnicity should be proud of their hair and go natural 🙂 everyones hair is pretty

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