Beauty - Hair Care - Fashion : slumping sales of hair relaxers among African-American women

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  1. jamesfrmphilly

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    Chemical-free black hair is not simply a trend

    The slumping sales of hair relaxers among African-American women tell the story: More women are opting to forgo chemicals and go natural. But it’s the anecdotal evidence that conveys the real message.

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    Alyssia King of Roxbury, founder of Desired Lash.​

    In less than a year, the Boston Naturals Hair Meet Up Group has grown from 200 to 800 active members. Experts are reporting a bump in the number of women looking to go natural, particularly over the past two years. The Boston group is no anomaly. Most major cities now have groups for women who dub themselves “naturals,” or are considering going natural. A look at the website My Natural Hair Events shows dozens of gatherings, and video blogs on YouTube are filled with advice on styling natural hair.

    “I see a lot of women who have started to accept themselves and their hair,” she said. “They’re encouraging their children to start accepting themselves. This is entirely new.”

    The consumer research group Mintel reported that hair relaxer sales dropped from $206 million in 2008 to $152 million in 2013, while sales of products to maintain natural hair are on the rise.



    http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyl...imply-trend/kLVdugv5MChUejSkDXoO3J/story.html
     
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    I like this new, I miss our sistas wearing their natural hair.

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    This is good to hear,
    My hope is that this is not simply a trend, but then again, I'm glad the movement is gaining momentum over anything else.
    I do hope too that African American hair stylist encourage our sisters to go and stay natural as much as possible.
    It would be good to see and hear that they could gain more and more business in their salons twisting, braiding, and other styles for the sisters who aren't sure how to maintain natural styles, or jist don't have the time to do it themselves.


    I know some companies must be PISSED, yet I think this is past time.

    I'd like to see a comparison on the cost of maintenance between hair relaxers and natural products over a years time, and also the time invested to maintain either one.


    Props though to the sister who have made the decision.

    Not to knock any female who decides to use relaxers, I myself am just more attracted to Sisters who do not.

    Especially as of late...
     
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    i wonder if there is a sister who could fill us in?
     
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    I know the lace-front movement is going strong though.. could it be that folks have skipped back to wigs?


     
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    Yeah ,but many of those women are transitioning. I have friends that wore those wigs as they grew relaxer out a bit. They practiced styling and caring for their natural hair under the wigs. Now the wigs are gone and they are all natural.
     
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    yeah.. my mama nem used to do the same thing.. relax it until it can't take it anymore and breaks off.. cut it off.. braid it up.. thrown the wig until it grows long enough for hair extensions.. wear the extensions until it's long enough to put the relaxer back in and start the cycle all over again..
     
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    Yeah, but her " lace front is all wrong"...Emmanuel, and Phillip

    LOL..

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    I really don't get all the hoopla. We already saw by the sistahs in the army mess that a third of them go natural. All this "maintenance" stuff is ridiculous. It's a wash, oil, style thingey. No big deal.


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    As for the lace-fronts, you wanna get sistahs to stop wearing them, tell the bruthas to stop chasing those who DO wear them. We're just tryin to look pretty for y'all. :10500:
     
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