We all have our fair share of hair horror stories. Unflattering cuts, dye jobs that have gone horribly wrong, or massively tangled hair that causes unnecessary breakage; mishaps happen. While accidents of that nature are typically easy to recover from or fix at that moment, there are some that are downright terrifying. Case in point, this viral video of what appears to be a woman’s hair falling out in chunks while she’s getting a relaxer done on the street.
As a beauty writer, I’ve seen a lot of anxiety-producing hair experiences, but this one really stopped me in my tracks. In it, a situation that should have been a routine touch-up seemingly turned into a full-blown disaster. The video shows someone parting and combing the woman’s hair with a fine-tooth comb and as she does that swaths of hair appear to be breaking off. While the person applying the relaxer is wearing black gloves, the client is not. And the person applying the relaxer is shown handing her client all of the hair coming out of her head to hold in her bare hands, potentially exposing her skin to harmful chemicals.
“Dye, dye,” the wronged woman is heard saying, perhaps implying she got a fresh dye job before getting a relaxer. “You’re not supposed to do that,” Philadephia-based hairstylist and owner of B.A.P.S Hair Salon Porscha Weeks explains to Allure. “You’re double processing your hair. When you double process, that’s when things go wrong. The hair gets thin and dry and then it just comes off.” Not only is layering different chemical treatments a bad idea (unless you have virgin hair that’s completely relaxer-free), you should never apply a relaxer from roots to ends — just wherever you need a touch-up. It’s a fatal mistake that may have happened to the woman in the video.
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In the comments section of the video, you’ll find several horrified Instagram users. “She has dyed hair that shouldn’t be texturized and WHO TF finna get a damn perm outside ???” one person wrote. “Omg!!! it’s burning right off at the color. Do they think it’s supposed [to do] that???” another wondered. Others were concerned about the woman holding the relaxer-coated hair that had broken off in her bare hands. “The fact that she sat there holding the chunks of her hair was…. I’m just saying that hands would’ve been thrown.”
While getting a relaxer is a personal choice that everyone should be free to make on their own, it does come with some risks. The procedure alters the texture of your natural hair and puts your scalp in a vulnerable state, so it must be executed with extreme care. If there’s anything to be learned from this video, it’s this: When it comes to relaxers or any chemical hair treatments, it’s best to get them done by a professional so as not to ruin the integrity of your hair. You should also do research before deciding which hairstylist to go to. It’s an investment, but definitely one worth making.
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