I relax my hair (why do we also call it perming ?), and have done so for about 12 years. At first, my mom used to do it using those kits you can buy and all was well. Then I started going to a salon and that’s when the trouble started.
My scalp. It gets burned. Every time.
Yes, I once made the rookie mistake of booking a hair appointment first thing in the morning, right after I had showered for the day, and the resulting pain around my hairline was understandable and almost unbearable. But even when I make my appointment for the evening, I still get burned badly. My scalp scabs and I have this compulsion where I must pick.my.scabs. I don’t even know how it happens, I just do. I have plenty of scars to show for it.
I take all the proper precautions yet still I suffer: I make sure I haven’t washed my hair for days (usually at least three) before my appointment, even though going that long without washing makes me crazy and paranoid because I’m sure my hair smells and I avoid standing in front of people and anywhere where a breeze might waft some unpleasant odour from my hair towards an unsuspecting person. I make sure my hair is dry and not the least bit wet. Sometimes I add some extra grease to my hairline the night before my appointment for protection’s sake (but admittedly, I’m not diligent about this). I’m not a fan of those petroleum-based hair products because I want my hair to be touchable but perhaps that’s the secret? My sister has been relaxing her hair for as long as I have and she rarely gets burned (and she loves her grease). Sometimes I request a gentler relaxer (but then my hair doesn’t get fully relaxed). I can’t win!
I don’t hear anyone else complaining about scabs or burning on their scalp but is that just because you’ve accepted that one must suffer for beauty and you guys suffer silently while I whine and behave like a three-year-old?
I’ve already determined that I can never shave my head because all the currently hidden scars would scare passersby-woe is me!
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