Perms Linked to Uterine Fibroid Tumors and Early Puberty

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February 21, 2012 ‐ By

A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology definitely adds a point to the #TeamNatural tally with a published paper from researchers at Boston University linking hair relaxers to uterine fibroid tumors in women and early puberty in young girls.

Led by Lauren Wise of Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center, 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 (menarche) 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, menarche, and fibroid tumors, as Tamika Fletcher, co-owner of Natural Resources salon in Houston, pointed out in a Fox report, the hair care industry isn’t regulated by the FDA so there’s no telling what black women are putting in their hair and how harmful those products may be.

These studies go way beyond the damaging effects chemical relaxers may have on one’s hair, women and girls may be damaging their reproductive systems with some of the hair products they use, making it even more critical to know exactly what you’re putting in your hair and in your body.

How do you research the hair products you use and make sure their safe?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Lady H

    I think this is just another attempt by the “white” controlled media to “throw black women under the bus”.  Why dont they worry about how many white women are literally frying themselves in tanning booths and getting skin cancer. I think whites are just mad because they think they are the only ones that are supposed to have straight hair, and now that black women use relaxers and wear weaves, and lace fronts they realize they dont have the monopoly on “straight hair”.

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    I had noticed people looking at the internet and come educated to the salon and ask so many knowledgeable questions these days. It is crtical of women to know all these relaxers are made of different types of ingredients and some are not compatible with each other. People should educate themselves so that they can prevent from unnecessary side effects.

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  • quinn

    Very interesting to know and now also let’s also find the percentage that die from these tumors that sometimes lead to ovarian cancer. I truly believe that the hormones in the food now-a-day play the biggest part in early puberty in the black community,because its expensive to eat healthy.

  • http://www.besthairrelaxer.net/ Best hair relaxer

    Not surprising considering the chemicals used in relaxers

  • Amanda

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFy09VTTrN0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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  • TX2Hi

    “I just have a question….why is it that the products designed for black women have all millions of side effects and negativities but you dont hear anything about the products for white women. Why dont the perms they use to make their hair curly have serious health risks and side effects? They keratin treat their hair, get perms, glue hair extensions, just like us but you dont hear much about their products causing cancer or death. Makes you wonder if chemists are secretly adding certain ingredients to black hair care products for an underlying reason’

    They also have more cosmetic surgery as well. White are in existence to study blacks. As stated before smoking may cause fibroids as well. But of course whitey wakes up to study hair relaxers on blacks only.

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  • AralynStCrow

    It has nothing to do with being happy with what you have. I use relaxers. I decided to go natural for 6 months, and found that the upkeep was ridiculas and the look *i* wanted was not possible with a hot comb.
     
    Im not trying to be white, dont want to be white, dont look to Beyonce (and her lace fronts), or Naomi Campbell for inspiration. I look in the mirror every day and decide what I want to look like, outside of “societal norms.”
     
    I speak well, have piercings and tattoos, listen to metal, rap and everything in beween. Im not accepted by black or white culture for too many reasons to name.  White people tan until they are just as dark as me (light skinned black woman) and *they* dont want to be white. What makes black women who use relaxers ANY different.
     
    Its just another way, one way or another to jump on a “one race is better than the other” bandwagon. Medical research aside, this is not a black/white issue. is it unhealthy? Yes. There is no doubt. But STOP with the black/white BS.
     
    White people arent going to stop tanning, black people arent going to stop perming. get. Over. it.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000638743249 Tracy LeRock

    The truth is that nobody seems to know what really causes them! This is only the latest in a whole list of scare tactics being used by advertisers to sell their products. I once read a study back in the 1980′s-1990′s during the ‘mass aerobics craze and vitamin supplement taking era’ that said that one possible link could be an excess of calcium caused by taking higher than the normal doses of that mineral supplements. It said that since the body cannot process excess amounts of the mineral calcium it tends to ‘store’ it in certain body tissue types and that the uterus tissue is more succeptible to the build up. That, to me, is much more believable, since they are indeed ‘calcifications’ in the tissue of the uterus. Although I’m not in favour of using chemicals on any child’s hair before puberty, pref. never, please stop spreading this misinformation as though it is fact! Cystic Fibrosis is a very painful medical condition that should be treated seriously! Seeing I have no family history of it, I also asked the surgeon who treated me, and he told me that the majority of his patients are African and Chinese! CHINESE don’t use chemical perms and relaxers now, do they!?

    • VA

      They aren’t talking about Cystic Fibrosis, they’re talking about Fibroids. They are completely different. My understanding is that Cystic Fibrosis affect white people more, but I’m not sure. Fibroids disproportionately affects black women.

  • case action

    Any Laywers out there?…do I hear CASE ACTION!!!!! If this is true black women could claim for BILLIONS!!! 

  • case action

    Any Laywers out there?…do I hear CASE ACTION!!!!! If this is true black women could claim for BILLIONS!!! 

  • Natalyaw

    I am black…got my period when I was 8 and I have NEVER permed my hair…I am 33 years old now. Correlation does not imply causation. 

  • Natalyaw

    I am black…got my period when I was 8 and I have NEVER permed my hair…I am 33 years old now. Correlation does not imply causation. 

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  • http://blackonpurpose.blogspot.com/ gryph

    a person-centered approach would be a moratorium on lye relaxers on girls until the association is better understood. but i doubt that’ll happen. 

    it makes me wonder exactly why reproducing a particular style is so important to some. or rather why the black hair industry is so willing to exploit an addiction and potentially put its clients – and workers – at-risk. 

  • NOLADarling

    Don’t know if I believe this one any more than I believe the initial reports linking autism to vaccines.
    At least 80% of teenage and adult black women get relaxers, so until they start doing lab tests on rats to find a link, it will be hard to prove that relaxers are major contributors to uterine fibroids. On the other hand, studies HAVE found a link between fibroids and early onset puberty and the high consumption of caffeine, sugar and processed soy products, all of which are consumed in large quantities in the Black community. Ironically, wasn’t allowed to start getting relaxers until well after menarche, but I didn’t develop fibroids until five years AFTER I went natural. Ironically, the onset of my fibroids began when I started drinking soy milk and coffee (in large quantities) and stopped when I gave both of them up.

    That said, if you want to avoid fibroids and make sure your daughters don’t go through puberty at the age of 10, stay out of the McDonald’s drive through and switch out your families’ juice boxes and Pepsi/Coke two-liters for water and herbal teas.

    • VA

      My parents only took us to Mc Donalds on our drive to and from summer vacatons since they line the rest stops, but that’s only twice a year and I still got my menstrual cycle at age 10 and got Fibroids. I was always active and the opposite of overweight, some would say too skinny, so I think it’s the hair care products which use placenta (hormones). I too drank a lot of soy milk since I’m lactose intolerant and looking back I can see the changes in my cycle due to the soy milk. I learned about the connection between soy and Fibroids a year ago and I stopped using any soy products and I have noticed a change for the better in my cycle. I never drank coffee and only drank soda for 2 years in college, but stopped when I learned it caused weight gain. I also stopped eating meat since they “feed” Fibroids. For those who love meat, I suggest organic where the animals aren’t given hormones. I don’t have painful cramps anymore and the flow is noticeably less. I’ll be back to the doctor to see if it made a difference in the size (shrunk or stopped growing).

  • http://twitter.com/EgoFaces Ego Faces Cosmetics

    This is a interesting article, given that doctors are not really sure as to why fibroids are high in african american women. I’ve had fibroids the sizes of grapes and plums removed by the age of 26. Years later now 32 they are some growing still. These fibroids have taken away my choice of having children through normal child birthing and leaving me with the only option of a c-section. So it’s important to know whether fibroids are happening because of our food, our environment, the products we use, or is it really heredity.

    • Smcooley77

      I had a myomectomy 2 years ago to remove four large fibroids. I was also advised that I could only deliver through a c-section, whenever I decide to have a child. This is due to extreme scarring of my uterus. My doctor is a middle Eastern Indian and she says Indian women suffer from fibroids at a high rate as well. But, you are correct heredity, food choices, lack of exercise and diet all play a part. Eat less processed foods and only hormone-free chicken(meat) and milk. Take care.

  • dymonsatl

    This is a big reason why I promote NATURAL HAIR… We don’t need to conform to societal norms to have straight hair… It’s your hair and you should be happy with the pattern that you have.  I talk about natural hair and how to manage it on my blog STOP CRYING OVER SPILLED PERM @ http://www.facebook.com/its.only.perm...

  • CreamCreakIsWack

    I would not be surprised. I always said putting  those chemicals on our scalp which got into
    the blood stream has to have some long term negative medical impact. You are
    quicker to find a cure for ed (erectile dysfunction) and balding men because
    the folks interested in that cure have the money to finance the research. Who is
    going to pay for the research to find links between relaxers and Black women’s
    medical conditions? We can’t look to Oprah for verything..just say no to the creamy
    crack.
     

  • Dr Kimberlynn Heller, OB/Gyn

    This is an Extremely weak association that does not take into account the fact that Black women tend to weigh more that our counterparts. Early menarche is directly linked to obesity and higher BMIs seen in young Black women. We tend to eat higher calorie foods, exercise less. Black women have historically suffered from fibroids more than our counterparts. Even if you look at our African sisters, you will find a higher rate of fibroids than in our European counterparts. I am curious to see the actual research article to see how they account for these confounding factors.

  • Dr Kimberlynn Heller, OB/Gyn

    This is an Extremely weak association that does not take into account the fact that Black women tend to weigh more that our counterparts. Early menarche is directly linked to obesity and higher BMIs seen in young Black women. We tend to eat higher calorie foods, exercise less. Black women have historically suffered from fibroids more than our counterparts. Even if you look at our African sisters, you will find a higher rate of fibroids than in our European counterparts. I am curious to see the actual research article to see how they account for these confounding factors.

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  • mscoco04

    I really wish that some people would stop making everything about race…the first thing I hear people saying is: why don’t white people have these problems?…they do too!!!…it’s just that the author is bringing it to the attention of black women because let’s face it, we tend to not “get the memo”, until it’s too late…they’re just giving a bit of information that they felt would be relavant to most ethnic women, but leave it to ignorant people to not take the info as useful, but as a way to drag race into it….truth be told, WE ARE ALL BEING PLAYED BY GREEDY BIG BUSINESS WHO COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THEIR PRODUCTS AS LONG AS THEY”RE GETTING THOSE $$$$$!!!!

    • wondertwin

      Oh my God, Thank you!  How are white people at fault when WE are the ones purchasing and using these harmful products?  In fact if I were to point the finger at anyone it would be black hairdressers who care more about getting hair into a particualr style than keeping it healthy. Ultimately though, the onus is on the individual. It does not take a chemist or a Harvard study to guess that relaxers are toxic. the stench alone is warrants a gas mask. And most women who have relaxers, their hair is completely fried.  If that isn’t bad enough, not your internal organs are at risk. Honestly, white people are the least of the problems here. 

    • Msmykimoto2u

      I dont know if you were addressing me or not but I’m going to assume that you were because I think I’m the only one who brought up “what about white products?”. Just to clear what I meant so there can be a better understanding, I wasn’t making anything a race issue, I was just asking a question that was on my mind. I never said that these things “didnt” cause black people issues but there are always people especially outside of our race that are always trying to tell us about us like we dont know our own selves. Does it change the fact that you hardly hear about products targeted towards a different race that may cause issues? Black women know that certain products arent good for them but its their choice whether they continue to use them

      • Msmykimoto2u

        And i honestly dont think blacks use more chemicals and products more than any other race

        • bsbfankaren

          The problem is that you are wrong about that. Although there are white’s that use chemical relaxers, the issue is that black people use them from a younger age, and therefore for more of their lives than other ethnic groups do, and this is the problem. Frankly, I don’t care about what white people do to their hair in this regard, as black women are being fooled into believing that just because generations of women are using it, it must be safe. That is not the case and it is going to require a cultural shift to change this mindset.

        • bsbfankaren

          The problem is that you are wrong about that. Although there are white’s that use chemical relaxers, the issue is that black people use them from a younger age, and therefore for more of their lives than other ethnic groups do, and this is the problem. Frankly, I don’t care about what white people do to their hair in this regard, as black women are being fooled into believing that just because generations of women are using it, it must be safe. That is not the case and it is going to require a cultural shift to change this mindset.

  • Heavenangls5

    It isn’t just relaxers, as well all know. It is everything that we put in an on our bodies. I don’t think that black women are more susceptible to certain diseases (aside from a few of us inheriting sickle cell) I think we harm our bodies more than other ethnic groups. Usually we do this while trying to look and be something that we are not or while trying to survive (cheap unhealthy food) I grew up on pink hair lotion and blue grease, so did my sisters and my brother. And we all have reproductive issues. Some can say we inherited it from our mother but she also used those products and permed her hair while pregnant where as her own mother did not and has no reproductive issues and she is well into her 70′s. We are affected in utero by our parent’s choices. Wasn’t it a fairly recent find that “birthcontrol” administered in the 60′s caused infertility in later generations? This is the same in my opinion, we need to start taking care of ourselves for our children.

  • http://twitter.com/seewhyNELSA ❝sa•nəl-sa❞

    I understand the “Black Going Green” movement, but I honestly free that this ‘going green” term is far too overused.

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  • Msmykimoto2u

    I just have a question….why is it that the products designed for black women have all millions of side effects and negativities but you dont hear anything about the products for white women. Why dont the perms they use to make their hair curly have serious health risks and side effects? They keratin treat their hair, get perms, glue hair extensions, just like us but you dont hear much about their products causing cancer or death. Makes you wonder if chemists are secretly adding certain ingredients to black hair care products for an underlying reason…

    • Nikki_much

      A key ingredient in Keratin, popularly used by whites and Latinos is used to preserve dead bodies. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/brazilian-blowout-formaldehyde_n_1244378.html Also, a lot of whites like to go blonde and in order to go platinum blonde or even a regular blonde, that bleach dye in a box is very strong. Hence, not being able to dye your hair when you are pregnant. Yes, our food is killing us softly too.

      • KamJos

         I think you mean formaldehyde. Keratin is what our fingernails are made of and isn’t used for preservation.

    • NOLADarling

      Actually, there have been lots of reports about the link between keratin straightening treatments and breathing problems, and years ago hairspray manufacturers were forced to change their formulations after health officials discovered the carcinogenic affects of the vinyl chloride they were using to make it.

      After more than a decade of wearing my hair “natural’, I decided to change my look and wear my hair straight. Started off by just blowdrying and flat ironing but the cummulative effect was a lot of heat damage. Then opted for keratin treatments, but cost burned and hole in my pocket and the heat used to apply them burnt my hair. Did some research and opted to get a Phytorelaxer, which is a plant-based hair relaxer made from soy and eggs. Since my hair was already fried from keratin treatments and flatironing, I needed to use something gentle on my hair and Phyto worked perfectly. Since it doesn’t use the typical cheaper ingredients found in most relaxers, the Phytorelaxer kit runs about $60, and having one done at a salon can cost well over $150. Nevertheless, my hair looks great and I have had minimal breakage despite the fact that I was already coming to the salon with extremely damaged hair. 

      • Msmykimoto2u

        I’ve never heard of that type of relaxer before. That’s interesting. Going to have to do me some research

      • Msmykimoto2u

        I’ve never heard of that type of relaxer before. That’s interesting. Going to have to do me some research

  • Writersaresexy

    It is important to also note that puberty is also influenced by weight. The African American community has a high child obesity rate. But then again, so does most races in America. It is a shame how delusional people are about the health issues that comes from using relaxers. 

  • Jubilee

    Ugh!  You’re all overlooking the most critical point of the article!  The FDA does NOT regulate the hair care industry!  I’m under the impression that the author of this article is referring specifically to the chemicals in relaxers.  I will say this though.  I loved having straight hair, but I was developing a bald patch on the right side my head, and the hair at the bottom of my head would not grow past an inch.  I couldn’t figure out why.  A doc told me it was the relaxing.  I refused to believe this and decided to just take even better care of my hair.  No change.  Then when I stopped with the relaxing, miraculously my hair began to come in thicker and I now have longer hair where it wasn’t before.  I’m never going back, I don’t care that it’s anti-social because it’s not mainstream society’s idea of beauty.  They can suck it, I prefer to have hair on my head thank you very much!

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  • wondertwin

    no huge shock since it’s recommended to not use relaxers while pregnant or breastfeeding. Anything that burns your scalp or stinks that bad should send up a million red flags. 

  • jackieOsassin

    i have recently abstained from using perms in my hair, but i believe that this news report is just another way that the media is using to control what we do with our hair (by we i mean black women). i received my first perm at age 6, and i started my menstrual cycle at age 9. i’m not saying that just because i didn’t exhibit any of the telltale signs of the problems listed in the article that it must be false, but if it is as prevalent as they are making it seem shouldn’t i at least have a friend who has a COUSIN who has exhibited symptoms? we all had perms around that general age and started our menstrual cycles around the same ages as well. i love my natural hair, but this is just another piece of the ongoing debate of how “going natural is better for your hair” and “perms are evil”. to each her own, i say. i loved my hair when i was getting relaxers and i love my kinky, coily hair now. no big diff.

    • Singer

      I agree with you about the media trying  to control what we do with our hair I have noticed lately that white folk seem to be awfully concerned about African American’s straight hair.

  • KamJos

    Hair products with placenta as well as certain plastics can have hormones or hormone like chemicals (in the case of plastics) that can cause early puberty in girls. Stay away from those placenta products and BPA.
    I believe relaxers are harmful. There’s no way that putting harsh caustics on your every 4-6 weeks for DECADES doesn’t do something in the long run. But the effects of relaxers have not been widely studied.

  • revita

    Black women have an increased risk of fibroids anyway to due to lifestyle (lack of sleep, bad food and high stress). Correlation does not equal causation.

  • F3ral Anarchy

    lets see how many sistas stop using perms because of this…probably none

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QYTYVDIBS5A4Y5EAAUVYTUE7JY Dollie

      Your right, sisters got to have straight hair….LOL. This ish is crazy, c’mon son stop killing themselves for straight hair.

      • TX2Hi

        Yes they are told they are ugly with their natural hair. “Black women are ugly”. That phrase is all over the internet. It amazes me how we have survived this disgusting country.

      • VA

        I’m natural and it’s not about sisters wanting straight hair. Many companies refuse to hire women with natural hair and say it is unprofessional. While it may be wrong and illegal, it’s done. Many natural sisters have been told to do something about their hair, especially if there is a meeting with a big wig. And besides the corporate world, many black men say natural sisters are ugly and would not date or marry a black woman with natural hair. Please don’t blame black women when we are being beaten down by many others, including black people for being natural.

      • rzw1178

        Well this has certainly scared me unfortunately it is too late for me. I already need surgery tho remove my tumor it is causing me pain and is too big for lyproscopic surgery. But before my humans sent this to me j was thinking about putting one in this weekend but not anymore

  • Kafrrg

    it’s because of the hormones of the food woman are developing earlier than before. not because of perms. i had my period at age 12 and had breasts way before my age. and that had nothing to do with perms

    • Naadiya Sasha

      Anything with strong chemicals, especially that enters through your scalp affects your brain development which then effects anything in your body. Early puberty is only one side effect. Brain tumors are another side effect.

    • LoveAndAnarchy

      It’s odd how we women are more concerned about what’s going on top of our scalp, but do not see that what we are eating is doing more damage to our bodily organs than any relaxer can. Just a quick study on how our food is manufactured and the horrible factory farming conditions that animals are subjugated to will give us a glimpse into why Blacks are experiencing a deterioration of health at an alarming rate.

      • mscoco04

        that’s true, but the more chemicals we put into our bodies, the more harm it does…I believe it’s a culmination of all the chemicals we use on a daily basis…from the perms on our heads, to the dryer sheets on our clothes!

    • mscoco04

      it’s everything that we are putting into our bodies…do a little research and you’ll be shocked at how many things are lethal to human beings, but the FDA allows us to use and they know it’s harmful…f

    • VA

      I don’t know what’s in perms/relaxers, but hair care products geared to “black” hair often have hormones from placenta and I think that’s a big influence on early puberty as well as food. I ate healthy as a child, mainly because my country didn’t have the junk food options like they do in the US, but I had a bra by 3rd grade just months after coming to the US and my period in 4th grade. The only link between me and African American girls would be the hair care products that we all use. We eat a lot of peas and rice, veggies (some not common in the US) and many fruits since they are abundant in the Caribbean. I think the problem could be a combination of things, but if there is a possible link, I personally would stay away from it, just like I would do if something I ate or a makeup I applied was linked to something so problematic. The extra estrogen linked to Firbroids is also linked to breast cancer, so I just stay away from it since I already have Fibroids. I also stay awasy from soy because of the phytoestrogen which has been linked to Fibroids and breast cancer.

  • Soniday2604

    I learned my birth mother had uterine fibroids. I have had 2 procedures; a myomectomy, and uterine fibroid embolization. I am now 47. I had used relaxers since college, I stopped using them nearly 2 yrs ago.

  • Aimee_colbert

    I think that this just means that Black women are more likely to have thei condition. Is it that black women have this condition because they are inheriting it or are they inheriting it because of the chemicals. I know that in important issues like this it is important to get to the bottom of it but this study does not really show conclusively that one comes from the other.

  • Boomkack

    Are there any paraben-free relaxers or methods of hair straightening (no hotcombs!)?

    • Shaquilleboom

      yeah grow your hair natural and use a flat iron you wont notice the difference.

  • Ketura

    I think this all depend on the person, I had my period when I was 9 years old and didnt get a perm till i was 17 years old. I understand where they are coming from but I don’tthink it is to be expected of everyone.

    • KamJos

       From the article “there is only an association rather than a cause and effect relationship between relaxers, menarche, and fibroid tumors”. However, hair products with placenta are often used in the black community and can be responsible for early onset of puberty in girls because of the hormones.

    • TX2Hi

      “While so far, there is only an association rather than a cause and effect relationship between relaxers, menarche, and fibroid tumors”

      Gee, i wonder why? Black people tend to develop earlier anyway. The typical black 11 year old boy is bigger and more developed than his white counterpart of the same age and they don’t use perms. I am not impressed with this ‘study’. I am a natural. Smoking may cause fibroids and tumors as well….smh. I am so fed up of blacks being ‘studied’ by white america. They sicken me.

    • mrs.j.cole

       i got my period at eleven and I got a perm at 8….my mom didn’t want to perm my hair I did i’m 18 right now and nothing is wrong with me, #coleworld no snuggie

      • VA

        Nothing is wrong with you and I hope it stays that way, but if you’re only 18, it’s way too early to tell. Fibroids are usually diagnosed in the 30′s.

  • GovermentChecks

    We are just learning how bad these chemicals are I wish they bann the use of perms on little girls hair. I’m natural I never had hair this long until now. Also I use to get terrible headache and I can say it started aroudn the time I start getting perms. I use to think I had migraines…. once I went natural I notice nto only did I no longer get those awful headaches but no more dandriff and thin edges. I always thought I had thin hair. Im not a nazi but because perms are a black issue the chemicals in perms have never been properly regulated and tested they will sell black anything. Most of us will continuing doing things bad for us of some twisted loyalty and habit. Please stop putting those harsh chemicals on small children that should be against the law.

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  • Monique

    #TEAMNATURAL

  • Carolyn

    I relax and I realise that there are parabens etc in relaxers that can mess with the system.

    The way I see it though, I only use it 4 times a year. What is more concerning is that these same ingredients are in foundations, lipsticks, mascaras, concealers, eyeshadows, deodorants, lotions, bodywash, facial cleansers etc–and people use several of these products every day! Usually they cover themself from head to toe in paraben containing products, which can be absorbed into the skin. Safe in small quantities, but can’t be when everything has them.

    It is hard to cut out parabens but I try to make sure that I don’t use parabens everyday and that one or two of my products contain parabens. You might not be relaxing, but chances are you are still exposing yourself to some chemical compounds that can mess with your hormones.

  • asantewaaspeaks

    Wow, this is quite scary. It is generally known that uterine fibroids are more common in the African-American community. I have know of at least four family members and friends who have had surgery to get them removed in hopes of having children. One died in the surgery leaving her parents and fiance behind. Two subsequently gave birth to children about 2 years after the surgery (both of them had suffered several miscarraiges before surgery) and one person has still not gotten pregnant and its been over two years. Anyway, I just give these stories to say that uterine fibroids are real and have real consequences. If relaxers have anything to do with higher rates of incidence then hell yeah – team natural all the way. I’ve already been natural personally for over 12 years. My first perm was at age four and eventually I realized as a teen that if I wanted to have hair on my head there was no way that I could use perms. My hair just breaks from chemicals but grows thick and long natural. Maybe its partly-because my mom gave me a perm at such a young age. Anyhoo we have to love ourselves enough to do what is best for our health.

  • asantewaaspeaks

    Wow, this is quite scary. It is generally known that uterine fibroids are more common in the African-American community. I have know of at least four family members and friends who have had surgery to get them removed in hopes of having children. One died in the surgery leaving her parents and fiance behind. Two subsequently gave birth to children about 2 years after the surgery (both of them had suffered several miscarraiges before surgery) and one person has still not gotten pregnant and its been over two years. Anyway, I just give these stories to say that uterine fibroids are real and have real consequences. If relaxers have anything to do with higher rates of incidence then hell yeah – team natural all the way. I’ve already been natural personally for over 12 years. My first perm was at age four and eventually I realized as a teen that if I wanted to have hair on my head there was no way that I could use perms. My hair just breaks from chemicals but grows thick and long natural. Maybe its partly-because my mom gave me a perm at such a young age. Anyhoo we have to love ourselves enough to do what is best for our health.

  • Brenda Williams

    I agree with you L-B. All those years of relaxing our hair can’t be good for you. We should love they way God made our hair. I relaxed my hair for 27 years and decided that was enough, I have been wearing Locs for about 7 years. I would ware a wig daily before I go back to relaxers.

  • L-Boogie

    This is why it is not good. I have a natural. And I do not preach about everyone should have an afro. But looking at what is in these relaxers is very scary. Watch the documentary, “Good Hair” it will change your perspective.