Is It Really Natural With a Texturizer or Silkener?

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012


Miko and Titi played mediator to the opinions and clarified that a silkener and relaxer are not synonymous, as one commenter stated, saying: “A Silkener and a Relaxer service both use the same active ingredient LYE. The difference between a Silkener and a Relaxer is the application method and the result. A relaxer seeks to make hair straight. A Silkener seeks to redefine frizzy hair into curls. Technically a silkener is not natural. But you can certainly ‘look’ natural without the work that may be required of “being ‘natural.’“

I’ve been natural for two years, and I personally love my hair the way it is without any chemical treatments. I went natural because of the harm that chemicals caused my hair to experience, and I have no intention of reverting back, even just a little. But, I have plenty of friends with healthy relaxed and texturized hair. It’s a case of different strokes for different folks.

Miko and Titi shared their two cents with this: “I am in total agreement with all of you. Options are all good. Who are we to decide what is right for someone else’s head of hair. Who are we to determine what we consider manageable to be for anyone other than ourselves? What may be manageable to one person may be unmanageable to another. And vice versa. We are here to offer choice. It’s all about options ladies…”

What’s your take on this natural hair debate? Are you natural if you use a chemical process to loosen, but not straigten your curls?

-Margaret Francois

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