Although my hair is completely natural, I do still get the urge to relax it. I like straight hair. I always have, even when I was a little girl. I think I also associate long hair with relaxed hair because that’s when my hair was its longest.
When I first started relaxing my hair, I was always too lazy to get it done (even though my mother was the one who did my relaxers), so I would go like 5 months between relaxers. In my later relaxing days, I relaxed every 2-3 months which was way too often for my hair… and it showed!
Whenever I get the urge to relax my hair, I remember how long and thin my ponytail had gotten. I think of all of the harmful chemicals in relaxers (especially the formaldehyde) and I cringe. That alone keeps me away. Relaxing is a hard habit to kick, especially when you’ve been doing it for so long.