Considering ditching your relaxer to join the natural have movement? There may be good cause to avoid the “Creamy Crack” all together! A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reports that the use of hair relaxers may increase the risk of uterine fibroids.
This new research reveals that in a sample of 23,000 pre-menopausal Black American women between 1997 and 2009, Black women had reportedly two or three times higher rate of uterine fibroids. In the case of young Black girls, their research shows that there is an association between African-Americans girls who use straightening and relaxer hair oils and the onset of their menstrual cycle. This is earlier than other racial groups including African Caribbean, Hispanic, and White women. So what exactly are uterine fibroids? The Mayo Clinic defines uterine fibroids as noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during your childbearing years.
Researchers fear that Black women are being exposed to chemicals that gain access into the body through lesions on the scalp by burn from hair relaxers.
As a Licensed Cosmetologist myself, I have never been a fan of hair relaxers. Even though I no longer service clients in a salon, when I worked as a Cosmetologist & Educater, I always encouraged my clients to consider transitioning their hair away from relaxers. There are so many techniques to allow you to have the straight hair without the chemicals. Alot of them listened to my professional advice, but it was harder for me to convince my short haired clients to leave the creamy crack alone!
Below are a few suggestions if you still choose to get relaxers.
- Always have your relaxer and all chemical service done by a Licensed Cosmetologist.
- Ask your stylist to use a milder strength relaxer if possible.
- Make sure your stylist uses a base throughout your whole head, not just around the perimeter of your hairline.
- Time your stylist, if it takes your stylist more that 10 minutes to apply the relaxer during a re-touch application, that person moves too slow and you may have to consider finding someone more experienced. Taking too long to apply relaxer may result in unnecessary chemical burns on your scalp!