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Recently a girlfriend complained to me about how she’s contemplating giving her 9-year-old a relaxer. I couldn’t help but to look at her like she was crazy. Typically I don’t care what grown women do to their hair, but I do have an issue to harsh chemicals being applied to a child’s head.

When I was a kid, my mother had 3 heads of hair to deal with, and with all various grades of hair. There was my long, curly and fine hair.  By long, I mean almost waist length. My sister had extra thick wavy hair, which was almost waist length as well. And my younger sister had coarser hair, somewhat a mixture of both textures, and also long.  Every night my mother would do our hair for the following morning.  It was a long and arduous task, but she did it. Chemical free.

I didn’t receive my first relaxer and hair cut, until the 11th grade. Needless to say, I was underwhelmed by the results of my first relaxer.  After that first experience, it took about 2 years to grow it out and I never went back.

Although I don’t have any daughters of my own, I will say that if I did, a relaxer would be the last thing I would think about applying to my child’s hair.  Not only are there possible health implications, but it’s not just a one and done deal, which can end up being costly.  People should realize there are other options besides relaxing a child’s hair.

Just this week, my friend posted a photo of her daughter’s new hair style. I noticed she opted out of putting in a relaxer and went with a two strand twist hairstyle. The little girl loves them.

At what age did you receive your first relaxer? 

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