The History of Kiddie Perm
Most texturizers were originally marketed to men with African American hair because the manufacturer knew that men would only apply it for a short time, rinse and cut their hair during their next barber visit.
As I stated in the last myth, historically the barbershop was where the “konk process” hairstyle originated. Many great entertainers like Duke Ellington and Count Basie wore this style. The konk process was the template for the first commercial lye relaxer. Barbers knew that you should get this stuff in and out of the hair immediately. However like anything else, women with African American hair are perceived to have more time on their hands than men.
The PCJ aka “Kiddie Perm” or “Just for Me” is sadly the most tragic. These formulas are designed to process slower and are formulated with a weaker pH. A weaker relaxer tricks consumers into thinking that nothing damaging has occurred. However, with each use the hair will start to experience the same issues that a consumer using an adult relaxer has. These effects are not innocent, fun or cute. If a young girl starts with a kiddie perm, within less than a year in a half she will have the same breakage or cuticle deterioration as an adult woman. These types of relaxers still must be applied with a glove clearly giving you the indication that it is hazardous like any other chemical straightener. They are far from being a natural relaxer.
NOTE: A chemical process that claims to be a “texturizer” or relaxer that is designed to be left on for a short period of time, is just as dangerous as all other relaxer types. Just because the hair does not visually look straight, does not mean it does not have cuticle damage. If that hair is not cut, then the previously texturized hair will begin to appear straighter each time you apply the texturizer to it.Tags: kiddie perm, natural hair relaxer, relaxer