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Inside the court fight over the safety of hair relaxers and Black hair care

Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2024

Growing up in Chatham in the late 1990s, Traccye Love wished for the long, smooth tresses of pop star Aaliyah.

“That was the look then — smooth and straight,” said Love, 40, of Oak Park. "My mom would press it [with a hot comb], but I wanted it to stay straight."

Love wasn’t allowed to get her first chemical hair relaxer until she turned 18. For most of the women in her close-knit, predominantly Black community, the rite of passage of using relaxers to straighten their naturally kinky, thick hair had come much younger. Love’s mother worried about the dangers of using a relaxer: chemical burns or brittle hair caused by lye and similar chemicals in hair-straightening products.

Read more of Andy Grimm and Natalie Y. Moore's reporting on the hair relaxer lawsuit in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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