Self Hatred is a deadly disease. We have seen it time and time again. Mom don't have time to struggle with her daughter's hair, so she runs to the local beauty supply or drug store and purchases a "kiddie" relaxer kit, places the chemical in the hair and magically her daughter's hair is beautifully straight and "manageable".
Then she begins to press the hair to keep it straight, flat iron here and there. Suddenly mom notices that her daughter hair begins to shed more than usual, and even begins break off, and becomes shorter.
Continuously straightening an African American child's hair to make it more manageable one could be placing a seed of hatred in the child because the new look is one of a European standard of beauty.
Most African American children are not familiar with what their natural hair looks like and neither do their peers so they are not taught to respect and love it.
2.) A child's scalp is not mature enough to handle ANY LYE OR NO LYE relaxer, be it Dark and Lovely, Just For Me, Motions, Empress, African Gold, African Pride, Bantu, Soft and Beautiful, Cream of Nature, Organic Root Stimulator, Dr. Miracle or ANY OTHER store brought or Salon Professional Relaxer System.
*All relaxers are formulated with some form of Sodium Hydroxide. ​
* The ingredients found in Relaxers such as the Sodium Hydroxide are the very same found in drain cleaners, bleach, oven cleaners, toilet cleaners, and other household cleaning supplies.
*Kiddie relaxers and adult relaxers are the same strength of product, only in a different package. Lye is Lye, even by another name.
3) Children do not receive their true texture of hair until the age of 5. Do you remember that curly (or straight) soft hair she had when she was born ? How did it look and feel when she turn 1 year old ? How about the of 2 ? How about now ?
The period of age 5-12 is a very crucial time for child development and when a child has low self esteem due to poor self image during this time the results are often times difficult to reverse.
4.) Lye Relaxers are can and do cause Alopecia Areata and male patterned baldness in 60% of men women and children who use Lye Relaxers on a normal basis say once every four weeks, use excessive heats, lack proper conditioning treatments and hair care.
5.) The time, patience, and treatment of a child with Alopecia Areata damage caused from extensive use of permanents is immense and oftentimes discouraging. In some cases, the scalp and hair follicles have been damaged so bad, the only way to fix the problem is a trip to the barber's chair and cut the damage hair down to the new growth, and let it growth naturally with out the use of any chemicals.
​6.) Lye and No Lye Relaxers can cause severe burns when irresponsibly placed on the scalp of a child.
​* More than 40% of African American girls have a case of hair loss or Alopecia Areata by the time they reach the age of 16 and are forced to thus wear wigs and weaves for the rest of their lives to cover up the damage​​​​​​​​​​.
​Good Hair Begins With Great Care.
Not Relaxers ​
How she views her hair all depends on you.
​* Dr. Gary Wasserman, chief of the medical toxicology section at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO., still recalls an incident from thirty years ago in which a two year old boy got a taste of a caustic cleaning agent similar to these relaxers and suffered burns in his esophagus and stomach to the point to where he had to get a new esophagus and stomach using a portion of his bowel.
7.)No Lye Relaxers (Calcium Hyroxide) tends leave more a build up of calcium deposits on the scalp, and causing further dryness and irritation later on.
8.) The FDA lists hair relaxers and hair dyes among its top consumer complaint areas.