A couple of hours ago I posted this picture to my Instagram. Then I went to do the do before I chickened out. Yes that is right folks, I have voluntarily removed myself from the cool kids club (read: natural hair club). This is part confessional/part review. (SN: I, in no way, endorse this product. They did not ask or pay for my opinion. Use at your own risk).
There are several reasons why I decided to get a relaxer. I've been natural for almost 2 years. I went natural because I wanted to stop putting chemicals in and on my body. As I started doing research I was disgusted with how many chemicals we consume and touch our bodies. So I stopped using relaxers and I started getting my hair blown straight. Since I refuse to BC (big chop) and I like wearing my hair straight this seemed like the best plan.
I don't believe that by wearing my hair straight I am denying my African-American heritage. I know people have strong feelings about this. When I was young my hair was down my back, very light brown with blond streaks and full of 3A curls. Couple this with my light complexion no one believe that I was 100% Black. I have learned that it doesn't matter what those people think. I know who I am. I am a Black girl who likes her hair straight.
So I didn't set out to relax my hair. I saw the Cream of Nature, Straight from Eden in Essence magazine. It says it's 100% plant-derived (however there is fine print). It says there is no lye, no mineral oil, no parabens, no sulfates and no formaldehyde. Of course my interest was peaked. I researched it and since it just came out in January there was not a lot of information just
paid for reviews. I happen to pass by a beauty supply store and thought I would check it out in person. The manager didn't have them on the shelf yet, she pulled it out from the storage room. I checked out the ingredients on the bottom. I was pretty satisfied that it was in fact mostly plant-based. (The chemicals come in with the activator).
I bought it before I could rethink. It was a hard decision besides it being more expensive than traditional relaxers, I wondered it I was willing to give up almost two years of natural hair. I love that my hair is healthy and I've learned how to take care of it better. If I was still working I would not probably do the relaxer but y'all know my job situation.
The relaxer has two activators and turns a pretty weird shade of green. At least the smell was pleasant. I liked that it included two real gloves instead of those plastic bags they usually call gloves. Everything else was business as usual. I love the shampoo and conditioner. I hope they decide to sell those separately. The repairing oil is divine, again, I hope they sell this! My hair is soft and shiny and very straight. Overall, I like this relaxer and I feel good about using it. Since I have relapsed, I'm glad it was with the best product. I've never had my hair be so soft afterwards. I would definitely use it again. I'll give a update in a few weeks to see how it is still holding up.
**update** I just found out that they do sell the Shampoo, conditioner and repairing oil separately.