Natural Hair is Healthier
It has been proven that non-relaxed hair is stronger, extra durable, more nutrient-rich, sheds less and grows faster and with greater ease compared to relaxed hair. Relaxers eventually fry the hair and damage the roots, which can cause alopecia (baldness), hair breakage, scalp irritation, stunted hair growth, and even permanent hair loss.
Research conducted in February 1994 by the Food and Drug Administration and the American Cancer Society found that Black women who had not used permanent hair relaxers showed decreased risk of all fatal cancers combined and urinary system cancers.
Led by Lauren Wise of Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center, researchers 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.
In addition, 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 2011 study published in the Annals of Epidemiology.