Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sisters, Relaxers are Probably Bad for You!!!

Here is some scary news:

Sisters, Relaxers are Probably Bad for You!!!

photo courtesy of

Here is some scary news:

According to an article in Black Like Moi, a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology this week linked hair relaxers to uterine fibroids, as well as early puberty in young girls.

According to the study, scientists followed more than 23,000 pre-menopausal Black American women from 1997 to 2009 and found that the two- to three-times higher rate of fibroids among black women may be linked to chemical exposure through scalp lesions and burns resulting from relaxers.

The study also reported: women who got their first menstrual period before the age of 10 were also more likely to have uterine fibroids, and early menstruation may result from hair products black girls are using, according to a separate study published in the Annals of Epidemiology last summer.
I always wondered when someone/anyone would do a study that would link the lye relaxers black women use to strengthen their hair to something very bad. I mean how can anything that burns the scalp so badly not have some kind of negative effect.  Black women on average get relaxers every six weeks to straighten their hair.

I've been convinced for some time that using relaxers is like voluntarily taking poison.

But that's my personal fashion project.

If I had my way, I'd make relaxers illegal, but in my world it would also be against the law for brown-skinned women to have flaxen/blond hair.


About this blog

I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

So I can’t help but love fashion – one day I will get that Diane von Furstenberg wrap and those Christian Louboutin shoes.

And fragrances? My favorite right now is Chanel Mademoiselle. As for makeup, can we say MAC?

So let’s thank the Greek goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, that a true fashionista can find everything she needs right here in Philly.

I’ve covered fashion here for six years, and I have traveled to New York, Los Angeles and Paris to write about local and national designers. Let me tell you, there is no place where people wear midnight Eagles green or Phillies red with such wild abandon as they do on the west side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Sound familiar? This blog is for you.

Reach Elizabeth at

Elizabeth Wellington Fashion Columnist
Latest Videos:
Also on
Stay Connected