Dying for Straight Hair: The Danger of Relaxers for African Women

“Take the kinks out of your mind…instead of out of your hair.” – Marcus Garvey

There is a plethora of science-backed concerns about Black hair products.  The chemicals used in Black hair products such as relaxers, enter the body through the scalp, particularly when there is a  burn or cut on the skin (this includes non-lye relaxers). They upset the internal chemical balance which leads to complications.

These topical applications can also cause chemical burns or blindness. Black hair care products (relaxers in particular),  have been linked to ailments such as reproductive problems, fibroids, heart disease, cognitive disorders, cancers, early puberty, altered immune systems and other health risks. Many of these health risks are life-threatening and therefore should not be ignored by African women.

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See also:  Can a Sista Get Some Love?:  Dark-Skinned Women in the Media

 

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