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1.) Just under 40% of black women wear our hair in its natural state.
(The other 60% wear their hair chemically straightened.)
2.) Of the relaxed women polled in our super survey, nearly 70% said
that they always stretched out their relaxer applications. Another 20%
said that they sometimes stretch their relaxers.
3.) Chemical relaxers are formulated at pH ranges that are often one
million times more alkaline than hair at its resting pH.
4.) Age of first relaxer? Our relaxed group of respondents
overwhelmingly selected 13 to 18 years old as their top choice for
first relaxers. Transitioners—and naturals, to an even greater
extent—were more likely to agree that chemical relaxing should be a
choice made in adulthood—by the individual herself, not a parent.
5.) Of the natural women polled in our super survey, nearly 36% said
they did a Big Chop with no transition at all.
6.) When we asked naturals and transitioners about who had been the
most supportive of their hair journeys, one group of people reigned
supreme. Their natural-haired friends (80%). Family (73%) and relaxed
friends (61%) were a close second and third. The least supportive
group? Their hair stylists. (35%)
7.) The average transitioning time for naturals in our hair survey was
4 to 9 months.
8.) The majority of women we polled in our hair survey (80%) voted
that they would continue on with their transition even if a
spouse/partner or significant other disapproved.
9.) We asked our survey participants, “Which product brands do you
consider to be “go-to” brands? Here’s what they told us!
a. SheaMoisture 45%
b. Homemade Products 29%
c. ECOSTYLER 24%, Kinky Curly 24%, and Tressemme 24%
9.) 27% of our super survey respondents NEVER use heat styling tools
on their natural hair.
10.) Compared to movements of the past, today's natural hair
a.) Is more education-focused.Today’s movement is rooted in
education. In fact, what we suffer from these days is information
overload and having to sift through a huge store of experiences and
b.) Wired. Natural hair journeys these days are taking place amidst a
whirlwind of technological activity.
c.) Has More Product Offerings.There is no shortage of hair-care
products for naturalistas these days. Our hair salons and cosmetology
schools are working overtime to adapt to the needs of a changing
clientele, while product manufacturers scramble to reengineer,
repackage and create hair products to support the natural-hair
d.) Lots of new entrepreneurs born! We can’t forget about the
entrepreneurship and economic opportunities this movement has made
available to just about any woman with a computer or a camera who is
willing to share her thoughts.