Not As Addicted To Creamy Crack Anymore: Relaxer Sales Plummeting Again

November 6, 2013  |  

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Hair relaxer companies must be fuming! Sales for the proverbial “creamy crack” have plummeted 26 percent over the past five years, and as The Grio points out, the industry’s future doesn’t look too promising either.

Two years ago, MN reported that relaxer kit sales dropped 17 percent between 2006 and 2011. New information from Mintel, a consumer trends firm, finds that relaxer sales has, again, taken a nosedive. In 2008, relaxer kit corporations reeled in a $206 million profit. In 2011, their revenue dwindled down to $179 million — a 15 percent decrease. This year, Mintel expects profits to plunge down to $152 million.

“The natural hair trend is driving an increase in sales of styling products such as styling moisturizers, setting lotions, curl creams, pomades, etc., but the increase has caused the relaxer segment to decline in sales. A look at expenditures from 2008-2013 shows steady growth in the Black haircare category for all categories except relaxers/perm,” Tonya Roberts, multicultural analyst at Mintel told the site

The lead authors of the research found that a large majority of Black women (70 percent) are natural or have worn their hair natural over the past 12 months. Furthermore, 53 percent of African-American women have worn braids and 41 percent have worn locks this past year. “African-American women increasingly opt for styles that don’t require them to chemically alter their natural curl pattern,” The Grio adds.

On the flip side, shampoos and conditioners formulated for Black natural hair has skyrocketed. This year profits are expected to peak at $257 million which is up from 2008’s $211 million. This is a 22 percent increase in just three years.

Styling products for the upkeep of natural hairstyles are also, of course, reaping the benefits of the natural hair trend. “The styling products segment has also increased from $220 million in 2008 to an estimated $268 million in 2013,” Mintel notes. Relaxers are the only Black hair care products that have dropped.

Mintel also found that more half of Black women (51 percent) are willing to spend top dollar for a product to maintain their precious kinks and coils. Forty-eight percent of women revealed that they felt new sense of confidence when they wore their natural curls and coils. Nearly 40 percent admit that they “like to experiment with new hair care products,” the Grio adds. Social media is one way they learn about new products.

“Given their passion and love of hair, Black consumers represent a lucrative market for companies. Black consumers are always looking for new products to try and seeking information about haircare products,” Roberts says.

Keeping up with the changing times, L’Oreal and Pantene and a number of other hair care brands have ditched the championing of straight hair and have begun selling natural hair products, like Dark and Lovely’s Au Naturale line.

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  • Aliyah Morrison

    Good news I’m one of them that gave it up . I not only gave up relaxers but I only wore weaves a few times and never wearing then again . I wear my hair in a bun it’s so thick .

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  • trend style natural hair style is really great. I have natural hair and I always preserve and be proud of their hair. It’s actually very comfortable when you have a question about your hair are.

  • hidaya

    live and let live!

  • reese

    Although I’m elated that black women are not relaxing their hair as much, many of these (non-black) owned hair product companies who were previously making big sales from relaxers are now just jumping on the natural hair bandwagon and attracting customers who are already familiar with their name!…We still need to support black-owned hair care businesses!

  • Mahogany Graves

    natural sistas rise! keep nn kicking that creamy crack! ive been natural 2 years and im never going back!

  • WHY

    Ok. I get that relaxer sales have fallen and more African American women are becoming natural. What about hair weaves, lace fronts, and wigs? Can someone do recent studies about those sales? I am pretty sure that it has remain high if it has not declined.

  • Anesha Johnson

    There are still chemicals in natural hair care products, lets just say your damned if you do damned if u don’t

    • enlightenment

      Girl I know you not comparing the chemicals in natural hair products to the chemicals in relaxers… I assure you if you put a glob of Miss Jessies’ on a soda can, it will not melt.

      Plus, I only use pure African Shea butter on my hair. No chemicals needed. Leave us naturalistas alone. You continue to put relaxers on your hair and let us be.

  • bigdede

    If Chris Rock made a movie declaring how great relaxers are, we will be seeing ppl lined up for perms! In his movie he also talked about how Black women loves European hair weave and not kinky hair weaves but I guess no one took notice of that. Because they loves their weaves.

  • Tai Mega

    I would just add that adding chemicals to make your hair appear in an un-natural manner; is not ideal.
    Its proven there are chemicals in these relaxers that are harmful. But why not embrace yourself as you are? No chemical enhancements at all.
    Are you not satisfied with yourself as God intended?
    Is there some external influence defining beauty for you?
    In conclusion, we can all do as we wish with our hair, but dont criticize me for avoiding the chemical enhancements that promote un-natural beauty. Plenty of chemically enhanced weave heads, walk around like that hair is their own, so please natural sisters, keep up the good fight and promote natural beauty over the chemically enhanced lie.

  • Nana

    Before i did the BC in July 2012, I had my hair relaxed for 18 years, since I was 12 years old. Ever since I got the BC, my hair grew fuller and faster, something I haven’t seen before I got a relaxer. No split ends, no breakage because I spray water and moisturize it. Also I get compliments from other people, including black and white men telling me that they love black women like me who embracing the natural Afrocentric look not conform to the European look that society is embracing. This is my personal experience and I’m not the one to tell people how they should wear their hair, at the end of the day, it’s your hair, wear it anyway you want.

    • TeeHee

      Oh wow, a perm nazi would thumbed this comment down. I went natural myself in April 2012 and since then I hair grew faster and thicker. I also too these vitamins called Hairfinity and got them at a local vitamin store, GNC probably sells them and they work for me. People who wear their hair relaxed need to understand that we’re not attacking them for wearing relaxers, for some like me, I got tired of the split ends and the breakage when having a relaxer, so it was my choice to go natural and I love it. As you said, people should wear their hair anyway they want, we’re not here to blast the women who choose to wear their hair relaxed, wear your hair what ever is comfortable for you.

  • ChiTown Princess

    Duh, I go to Sally’s, Target, Walgreen’s and CVS and the relaxers aren’t flying off the selves and this been going on for a couple of years. I did the BC 3 years ago and ever since my hair grew faster and learning about products, taking vitamins and what food to eat that promotes hair growth. I wouldn’t even put that crap on 3 of my daughter’s hair and their hair is long and down to their backs as well.

    • TeeHee

      Good for you, I use these vitamins called Hairfinity and they work for me, been taking them for 4 months now. I also have a daughter who is 2 and her hair is longer and thicker as well.

      • ChiTown Princess

        I use Hairfinity as well and it does the same for my hair, love it.

  • JerkJackson

    This is great news!! Some of these stats don’t add up tho. But anyhoo I was natural for about 5 years and I loved it, but frankly I got bored and wanted to do something different so I cut it all off, got a relaxer and am rocking a short pixie. Why? Because I can and I rock it well and with just as much confidence as I did with my natural locks. And in 2014 I’m going to do yet another big chop and start locking my hair. Why? Because I can! Our hair is so versatile! Don’t let anyone try and tell you how they think you should look. I swear some naturals are in a desperate search for identity and think they can find it in their hair. Girl bye! It’s your journey and your journey alone. I can’t wait to start my Loc Journey
    : )

    • guest

      I love your ‘hair confidence.’ Wish I had it.

  • jwash

    This is great news. I’m happy more of my sistas are embracing their natural beauty.

  • Kristen

    Now where is the dope that argued with me that Black women want to look white? I doubt they’ll respond to this article about natural hair and ditching perms.

    Also, people need to not assume that just because someone is wearing weave/wig/some other kind of extensions that they aren’t going natural. There’s a whole thing called “transitioning” and “protective styles”. But I’m sure that’ll go over most people’s heads.

  • ZeroFuxGiven

    So many people on this post defending a relaxer as if someone told them to stop doing it. Keep your bone straight hair, I’ll rock my thick, long, strong hair all by myself. Oh and before you talk about relaxer being health go do some research, take a peek at what is IN relaxer and then maybe….nah you still won’t have any substance to your claim of a “healthy relaxer”. But educate yourself.

    • Chelsey Faulk

      Having natural hair doesn’t mean ur hair is healthy and having relaxed hair doesn’t mean it’s not. Ive seen sistahs with relaxed hair who’s hair was way healthier than those without. And if we wanna talk about health, look up the substances they put in ur processes food that you buy from the grocery store. Those chemicals have a much greater affect on ur body internally than relaxers. Unless someone eats organic food or grassfed meat and so on, they can’t bash someone who uses chemicals in their hair cuz ur digesting harsh chemicals everyday.

      • hollyw

        I’m sure you have. But I know you not gone play dumb and act like there ain’t a greater of damage with chemicals than without.

        That’s just like saying, “you can get cancer WITH cigarettes…OR without!” =|

      • ZeroFuxGiven

        Who said anything about ingesting, we are on the topic of hair. How is my post “bashing” relaxers? Hear what, you want stingy, forever breaking, can’t dye it without it shedding, bald spots, chemical burns, patchy, not washing it for 2 weeks (eewww) relaxed hair, then knock yourself out. Now that’s how you bash a relaxer. Oh and I don’t buy processed food, I cook…from scratch and read labels. All these relaxer chicks getting defensive, do you, I can walk through the rain and go swimming anytime, so I’ll do me.

  • Wow

    This just means that they will put more focus on marketing “natural” hair products by repackaging the same shampoos, conditioners, and gels they sell and slapping on a “for natural hair” label and voila, they are back in the money.

    • ZeroFuxGiven

      You know it. I won’t bite that bait.

    • WHY

      Don’t forget about those ridiculous prices they would put on those products. You can get this 4oz “natural hair product” for $30.

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  • Junie

    70% of Black Women are Natural Are you joking?? Not with 152 million in sales. Relaxer companies would have gone bankrupt. There’s an increase in the number of women who wear their hair Natural but not 70%. There’s no need to exagerrate.

    Natural is safer, so congrats to those foe making a healthier choice. Now how abiut living a healthier lifestyle.

    • KT

      Exactly. I was hoping someone besides me notice these ridiculous stats. There’s absolutely no way that these statistics make any sense. I’m all for natural hair and black women being more health conscious when it comes to products but jeez don’t lie about it. I’ll be happy when we can own the beauty supply stores instead of throwing our dollars to the Koreans. It’d be nice to keep that revenue in n our own community so that we can grow and better ourselves as a people. Smh. Hair weave is a billion dollar industry but what do we have to show for it besides the hair style itself?

    • Kristen

      I have to agree to a point. I’m never apart of these polls so I have no idea where they get their numbers from. Plus it all depends on their definition of “natural”. People have their own definitions on how far being natural is.

    • hollyw

      …perhaps this is a international study lol..?

    • MNAuthorKim

      As the writer, I also side-eyed this statistic. Mintel (the researchers) didn’t specify how many ladies they recruited for this survey, but it’s clear that the 70 percent is only out of the women they polled. And this is definitely not representative of the African-American population, that’s for sure!

      Thanks for your comment.

  • Rashida

    To each their own. I can’t do it!

  • Yanez

    Now they need to stop making petroleum based which are really bad for hair in general. They also need to take the drying products out of shampoos (ie parabens etc). Just because it says for “natural hair “on the bottle doesn’t mean it’s good for black hair.

  • Anesha Johnson

    I’m so tired of people yelling relaxers are bad….give me a break, if that’s an issue for some of u, then u need to putting bad shyt in your bodies as well, stop eating McDonalds, Burger King, buying junk, soul food, there’s plenty of bad shyt to go around, I don’t knock going natural to each his own, but stop with “the relaxer is bad bullish”

    • Raven

      Someone on YouTube made a video about “Natural Nazis” and I think it is so true. The best thing about having hair is doing what you want to it. If you wanna have weave, do it. If you wanna be natural, do it! But this whole superiority complex some natural sistas have is really misplaced. If you want to be natural, wonderful but looking down on someone who doesn’t is tacky. And then for some of these women to go that extra mile and say that women who aren’t natural are shunning their blackness is ridiculous. Some people really need to come down off their high horse.

    • Mureille Ree

      relaxers are bad
      women who relax have been found to have an higher chance of uterine fibroids.

    • Tonyoardee

      Relaxers are bad for you, they contain so many acids that are carcinogenic and it leads to more susceptibility to those carcinogens when you break the proteins in your natural hair. You are literally destroying your hair making it straight on a chemical level.

      • Gabie Aldrich

        It’s her hair to destroy! I say let folks do what they want with their w/o Judgement.

    • Me

      Honey — Chris Rock showed a relaxer melting a soda can. A SODA CAN. A chemist said he would NOT advise you putting something that powerful that close to your brain. Its NOT healthy!

      • Tonyoardee

        A SODA CAN!! aluminum, a heavy metal literally melting in front of you and you put it on your scalp??

    • Candacey Doris

      Relaxers can be bad especially for those people with overprocessed hair. But it can be ok too. If that’s what you want, more power to you.

    • enlightenment

      I don’t eat McDonalds, Burger King, buy junk food, or eat soul food btw. And no need to get defensive. No one is knocking anyone. People just stated a simple fact: Relaxers cause damage. It’s like you’re a smoker and you’re saying “stop saying smoking is bad!” Erm, but it is? That’s all. You can do whatever you want with your hair girl. More power to you.

    • anonymouse

      i agree and the same people who talk about being ‘natural’ will run to miss clairol at the first sign of a gray hair and those chemicals change your hair texture and are dangerous as well.

      If the sales of relaxers are falling, maybe it’s because people are now realizing they don’t have to do it every month. I just do it 3 or 4 times a yr.

      • Toniette

        That’s why I (and Curly Nikki) advocate henna. It helps to strengthen the hair and stain grays. You have to be sure to buy true, chemical free henna, though. 😀

  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    Im not a part of that, i still get my edge ups and full on relaxers… Sorry!

    • Anesha Johnson

      Don’t be sorry, I damn sure not…..lol….embrace that relaxer Queen

  • R LongPig

    I feel like dancing like I’m in church! Excellent!!

  • bigdede

    So I guess the weave industry is booming!! All that Eurasian hair getting sown into Black women head instead of creamy crack. Hey if they can’t relax their hair just buy straight hair to get that “white look” smh

    • jjac401

      I wish the weave sales would decrease as well. The Barbie look is tired now. We as AA women need to embrace our own look. Kinky/curly not stick straight if it isn’t natural. We just look fresher when we embrace what is our own!

    • Anesha Johnson

      TRUE….SO TRUE….wearing Eurasian weave on top kinky thick textured hair….smfh….

    • Raven

      I have been natural since 2008 and I am an advocate for weave. In no way am I trying to be “white”. I like straight hair and sometimes. I think if someone wants to wear 20,18,16 inch Brazilian wavy hair let them do it. It’s all about preference. What I don’t like is this trend among natural women to bash other styles that aren’t. If some one wants to get a relaxer or weave it’s fine. They are not shunning their “blackness”.

      • bigdede

        You can be an advocate for weave. But like your last sentence says, I’m sick of getting bashed for getting a relaxer. I was natural for years and my hair growth and thickness is no different than when I was a natural to now that I have a relaxer. Sick of naturals bashing me saying I’m trying to go by the white standard of beauty yet so many of these naturals that say that are first in line when the new Eurasian hair comes to the Chinese store.

    • Candacey Doris

      That’s when you know that someone just sees it as a trend. It’s one thing to like wearing a weave sometimes, but if that’s all you ever have in your head since you decided to go natural then can you say you’re a natural? At least a weave should be a “sometimes” style.

  • Kim

    but… being natural… shouldnt be considered “a trend”. wtf.. its the way we was made, its our way of life. its not a trend thats here today, and gone tomorrow (hopefully). im actually sooooo thankful i stopped perming two years ago.. not being able to scratch my head when it was itching for my 3/4 weekly perm was infuriating! now, i scratch whenever – HA mom, HA!

    • R LongPig

      Been natural for about 15 years now – legit forget about that no scratching patting nightmare. Lawd gurl – you taking me back!

      • Candacey Doris

        OMG, being ale to scratch my head and not worry about burning my scalp is such a blessing. I halfway think that’s what convinced my mother to go natural too.

  • Sagittarius81

    Good, I see a lot more of our sisters are embracing the curls and dreads. I went natural 9 years ago and haven’t looked back since. My hair grew faster when I transitioned and when I work out I’m not worrying about messing up my hair.

    • Jen

      Same here. I would go to the gym and my hair looked like crap; at that point it was my hair or my health and my health won. My hair grew a lot too when I stopped the relaxing.

  • Chanda

    I saw this article a while back on another site. I wrote that relaxers will be as extinct as jheri curls in a few more years lol.
    More black woman are just educating themselves on Black hair care that’s all. You can always just blow-out and flat iron your hair w/ a heat protector. Now hair companies are just putting out more shampoos, conditioners and styling products regardless of whether they work or not ’cause they still gotta make that dollar.

    • folamix

      I wouldn’t go as far as to say they will be extinct. But I think that, even a lot of folks who are currently getting relaxers, will realize they can get the same straight styles, even if they go natural. Thinning hair and scalp burns gets old. To me as long as its hair growing out of your head it is naturaL

  • Let It Be

    I’m glad people are finding products that work best for them. I’m relaxed and I will try to go natural again (hated it the first time) someday.

    • Anesha Johnson

      I love being relaxed, yep I tried it, it just didn’t work for me…..but I wish people would stop bashing relaxers, I think many are going natural because it’s cost efficient, cheaper…..

      • TT

        I don’t think so because having a relaxer is more cost efficient…most all natural products range anywhere between $6 to $70…not mention the amount of product especially conditioner thats needed to bought constantly then if you want to get your hair braided professionally that can run you up $90 and above…I don’t think people are bashing relaxers its just that when you do research on them you see all the harm they can cause health wise…many people who can only manage straight hair are even relaxer free because of that reason like singers Monica and Ciara

        • Mureille Ree

          sorry but you can find dollar conditioners.

          • TT

            True but let’s be real women who go natural and really do their research are most likely not getting dollar conditioners the majority of the time

          • Candacey Doris

            Not good ones!

        • I save a ton of money going natural. I watched youtube and learned how to twist and braid my own hair. I’m saving hundreds of dollars a year from relaxers. There are tons of natural products that are truly natural that last a while and won’t dent your pocket book. Coconut oil is relatively cheap and lasts a long time, Aloe vera juice, and Giovanni leave in conditioner ($4.00 a tube online) mix that in a spray bottle and you have an effective relatively cheap leave-in for pennies on the dollar. I do splurge on my Shea butter but even that isn’t as expensive as an $80 trip to the salon every two weeks.

          • TT

            I think there are 2 group of women one group vists the salon religiously the other kitchen beauticians I think many women who went natural and learned to take care of their hair started doing their own hair something they would of not known before…..see I never went to beauty salons when I was relaxed, I can count on my hand actually my mom was a kitchen beautician everyone came to my house to get their hair done and she was the only person I trusted to put a relaxer in my hair so it was cheaper for me

            • When I relaxed I use to either do my own (tragic overprocessed results) or have my mother do touch ups. I rarely went to beauticians. The one time I did for my sister’s wedding this broad cut off 3/12 inches of my HAIR!!!!! Geezus you should have been on a fly on the wall after I got done with Miss Scissor happy butcher.

        • Anesha Johnson

          But there is harm in everything you eat, drink, touch, do in your everyday life, hell there is harm in water….I think the relaxer bashing is bullish….

      • hollyw

        I’ll say that’s why I originally went natural. I was a grad student in NYC and couldn’t afford the $120 these black salons was the charging, or the scalp-burning that these Dominican salons was dishing out. Finally, I just said “f*** it” and never looked back.

        • Anesha Johnson

          Good for u…..for real

      • Candacey Doris

        It’s not exactly cheaper. Until you figure out the right products you have to experiment. And that adds up quick. And what works for you might cost a lot. Not to mention when you want to go to a salon the only one near you might be really expensive. Both natural and relaxed can be costly. I still prefer natural though.

        • Anesha Johnson

          Do you, I’ll do me, love my relaxer

  • MarriedMomOf2

    Not surprised, I’ve been natural for 5 years now and every time I go into stores like Walgreen’s and beauty supply stores, I see relaxer kits collecting dust on the selves. That stuff ain’t good for your hair no way.

  • newgirl

    Not so good for the hair stylists who depend on that 80.00 for relaxers.

    • Chanda

      No, because they still have weaves and sew-ins to make up for all that. Don’t forget those $200.00+ braids so they’re still getting paid.

    • R LongPig

      And those stylists can take the opportunity to see the market trends, get some upskills in proper caring and styling natural hair to bring in new clientele!

    • hollyw

      I said the same thang last yr… until I visited a natural, “homeopathic” salon couple months back in Harlem, where the lady tried to charge me over $200 for a trim, wash, and natural style…and this was WITH the first-time discount…

      o.O

      p.s. if anybody know a REASONABLE salon that do natural styles, lemme know!!

      • newgirl

        For real? My daughter is natural and those products are kinda expensive. I still go to the salon so I waiting for a wash and style to go from $40 to $80.

        • folamix

          Those products are expensive because she chooses to use them. It is what you make it.

      • Candacey Doris

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  • SANDRA

    Great news !!!

  • Tonyoardee

    This is excellent news, glad to see my sisters are freeing themselves and turning to their health

    • BabyBlue

      Yes, being a natural myself I see that companies such as CVS and Rite Aid have natural hair products which I find convenient

    • Anesha Johnson

      Oh pls, so going natural all of a sudden makes u soooo healthy…..I guess burgers, fries, sugar, obesity make u healthy also….

      • Mureille Ree

        no, but more natural women are looking to lead healthier lifestyles.
        and guess what? you cam have healthy fries, burgers and sugar is ok in moderation too!

        • Anesha Johnson

          To lead a healthier lifestyle based on a hairstyle is ridiculous, Ok, maybe some, I doubt many are thinking healthy….C’mon pls

          • Toniette

            I was into fitness before going natural, but understanding how it plays into my hair and skin health HAS made me more aware when it comes to what I put in my body and how much physical activity I put in. But any hair texture, not style, can reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

      • ZeroFuxGiven

        Burning your scalp with a chemical is not ok, but some folks still like it, nothing wrong with that, so no need to come out fighting with gloves on. Yes, us naturals are feeling ourselves. We like letting people know we ROCK something they’ll never be able to copy.

        • Anesha Johnson

          Blah Blah Blah, that’s why you “READ” the damn instructions….you have to burn your scalp….relaxers are NOT bad, but if u don’t know how to use them safely…then yes….but if going natural makes u feel like a rock star then hey, go for it sista, I’m not trippin….like I said to each his own…ROCK IT

      • hollyw

        …how does natural hair in any way relate to a burger with fries??

        • guest

          I think her point is that if you’re a natural hair sistah, don’t start preaching to everybody else just because you’ve chosen a healthier option for hair care, especially when it’s very likely that many of those naturals are unhealthy in other aspects of life (i.e. overeating/obesity).

        • Anesha Johnson

          All I was saying is that I’m fed with the whole relaxer is bad bullish, there are plenty of other bad things we do to ourselves other than a relaxer, how about focusing on what we’re stuffing into our bodies everyday….that ‘s all

          • guest

            So true! I see plenty of folks rocking natural hair, but are obese and don’t exercise, etc…..a contradiction. What is so bad about relaxers anyway? Well, we went through this in the 70s, natural hair, that is.

            • lisae

              What’s so bad about relaxers? When the ph (acidity) of a relaxer is at the same range of Drano and other harsh chemical household cleaners that’s a problem. In order the apply the relaxer one generally wears gloves. It’s put on your hair and scalp (with large amount of pores).

              • bigdede

                You should also preach about all the chemicals Black women are putting into their bodies with some of the food they eat. It’s actually worse than putting a relaxer in their hair! All the chemicals from the chicken, a lot of the fruits and veggies that’s sprayed with chemicals, etc. So since you want to preach about chemicals that’s only going in hair, preach about the really bad ones that’s going into our bodies.

                • lisae

                  Bigdede, I encourage you to re-read my entire post. I specifically addressed the that was asked by Guest “what is wrong with relaxers?”
                  No need to go on about something that wasn’t asked. RiF

                  • lisae

                    *question

              • Coralline

                If you have to put GLOVES on your hand to put a RELAXER in your hair then CLEARLY it’s not good for you. It’s a dangerous chemicals. I don’t understand how women are willing to protect their hands but not their scalp and hair. FYI it DOES get on your scalp no matter how you do it.

          • LaidbackENT

            Anesha, why are you complaining? Its about time black woman take out the weave and relaxers that cause baldness. Yes, there are other areas in life that also need to make changes but its a step by step processes, and speak for yourself because judging from your pic, its coming like your the one who needs to fall back on the burgers and fries and sugar.

            • Anesha Johnson

              Listen you “natural nazi”, yes I said it, first off I’m not complaining, I’m commenting on the subject just like anyone else, and why don’t you go after some of these other posts, let me guess, you singled me out because your feelings got hurt, I hit a nerve with you, and then for you turn around and judge me by my pic…..so where is your pic, pitiful poor bytch….get a life, get your mind right, stop judging moron

      • Guest

        When you go work out at a gym or jogging outside when you’re natural, you don’t have to worry about sweating out your relaxer or messing up your hair during a workout. You have black women are obese or develop diabetes because they don’t want to exercise so they can be healthy in fear of messing up their hair. You also have women who have relaxed hair workout as well, but would you rather have good overall health or have good hair but be unhealthy?

        • xxdiscoxxheaven

          I have never “sweated out” my relaxer. I believe that is a myth.

          • folamix

            Myth or not, some black women do use that as an excuse and do not exercise for fear of “messing up” their hair.

            • bigdede

              Most Black women use that excuse as to not to lose their booty! Most Black women I know (my cousins included!) prefer not to lose their “curves” and that’s why they don’t exercise.

              • Toniette

                LOL I have five cousins like that. Afraid to exercise for fear of a shrinking booty. I say bring it on. I’ll trade small and tight for a lumpy dunk any day!

            • Anesha Johnson

              Oh please, lol…..

          • bigdede

            That is a myth. I have never sweated out my relaxer either. But when I was natural for years, I sweated my hair out all the time! The Shampoo, Conditioner, etc cost a lot when I was natural. Since I went to a relaxer, my hair is not different, it’s still thick and it does not sweat out. I get a relaxer twice a year. I save a lot of money.

            • Anesha Johnson

              Thank You,

          • GeekMommaRants

            My dear, you’re doing it wrong!

            • xxdiscoxxheaven

              No maam I am not. I’ve had a relaxer since I was a child. Made it through mile runs,5k training, and cross fit classes without sweating anything out

              • GeekMommaRants

                Dearest, I could not go outside in the rain after getting a relaxer. Intimancy left me looking like buckwheat. I was NOT mad!

                • bigdede

                  You were using a bad relaxer or your hair just wasn’t taking to the relaxer. I have never heard of sweating out permed hair.

        • Raven

          I think that is promoting a stereotype that black women don’t work out because they might mess up their hair. I know just as many natural girls who are overweight and not living a healthy lifestyle who have gorgeous natural hair. The two are not linked. Natural hair is not correlated to a healthy lifestyle. I know a lady who has been wearing a weave/perm since the day I met her and works out vigorously with no complaints. The two are not linked.

          • Anesha Johnson

            Glad you picked up on this, I’ve been trying to say it for the longest….Thanks

        • Anesha Johnson

          Maybe you didn’t use the right relaxer, or just maybe your full of isht

      • Megan

        Oh please. Let these people be natural without making invalid comparison that make u look like u are living a fantasy that doesn’t exist like chemicals are oh so healthy just as healthy as being natural. Give me a break.

      • lexx

        agree-not all “naturals” live healthy life or even aspire to make a lifestyle change. i literally went natural bc my hair didnt agree with relaxers….Im into going vegan or health freak…i hate all the #teamnatural crap and how naturals judge others so damn much…oh and i love my weaves and wigs i just dont put chemicals on my real hair and i guess that makes me “natural”

        • lexx

          im not into going vegan**

        • Anesha Johnson

          Ok I’m into vegan also, it’s been a yr since I had “flesh”….it’s hard at first, but pays off the longer you try it…..good luck…you can do it…

      • GeekMommaRants

        Actually, yes! When I can accept and love me, this is a healthy place to be!

      • Christy Orr-Anderson

        Yes its healthy. When I was diagnosed with cancer.the doctor said black women are the easiest to recognize in a autopsy because their skulls are black from years of relaxers. Even when the corpse was beyond recognition. Study up my sister because they want your moneu and hiding the truth is the way to get it. Real talk….

    • more

      this is lie!! There are more weaves and relaxers being sold.

    • Mahogany Graves

      thats right! #teamnatural #teamhealthyhairisgoodhair