Hair relaxers aren’t new — why are we just finding this out now?
It's important for us to call out the fact that many of these products have been aggressively marketed toward Black women for decades [and] that many of these products have such a chemical soup, that we don't even know what women are being exposed to.
Victim blaming and beauty standards
Black women [were] told that their natural hair was unacceptable and... this glorification of looser curls, longer hair and “finer” textures has in turn spawned an industry that feeds off that very prejudice.
What now? Is it time to give up relaxers?
Why is it possible for the products that are sold to Americans to contain more than 1,000 different chemicals of concern, while these same chemicals are completely banned or heavily regulated in the European Union?