Angel starts off:
"There is no law that says your hair must be relaxed before it can be beautiful. You must bear in mind that most women do not hit 50 years with a full head of hair, and the reasons for this are many."What?????? I am knocked slightly off balance from reading this in a Nigerian paper. Okay, perhaps I am being slightly un-generous, afterall I do see a few younger people going natural, but relaxed hair is still very much the norm.
She then goes on to outline some reasons for women losing their hair prematurely:
- Some women have sensitive scalps or conditions like psoriasis or seborrhea which are exacerbated by relaxer applications
- Naturally thin hair will be made even thinner with regular use of strong chemicals
- Consistent stress and abuse will eventually make your hair pack-up shop and decide on go on a permanent holiday
- As we grow older, our hair will naturally become thinner. Hormonal changes like those resulting from pregnancy and menopause also affect hair volume.
Angel goes on to say that locs and short cuts are not the only natural hair styling options (I was reeling from disbelief by the time I read this). However, the only other style option she mentions is braiding with hair extensions.
Overall, a good write-up and a much needed wake-up call for women with seriously thinning hair.