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Finally embracing your hair may have been a long time coming, and face it—you've fallen in LOVE with whatever your hair decides to do naturally. So when you get a whiff of a burning flat iron, the odor of a relaxer (no-lye or lye—does it really matter?) you stop dead in your tracks. Something bad's a-brewing.

Please don't get me wrong—straight hair isn't ugly. Rock what you got! It's just not what MY hair does. And if I want to wear straight styles for special occasions, I will. After all, what do we all do with straight hair for weddings and events—curl it! There's just something about striving for permanently straight hair that gives me the willies...

In the spirit of Halloween, let's take a moment to talk about our straight hair nightmares! We asked our NaturallyCurly.com Facebook friends to tell us about their straight hair nightmares. Here's what they had to say:

  • Olivia Robles OMG. I thought I was the only one. I dreamt that my sister relaxed my hair while I was asleep. Oh the horror.
  • Tina Michelle Yes! With a clothes iron too & it was permanent! Then I woke up.
  • Nia Jones At least once a year.... The last one was even worse. i dreamt that I went to a stylist to have my hair pressed and ended up with a Jerri curl somehow and I was so distraught I had to cut all my hair off.
  • Lonette Robertson When I first BC'd five years ago, I had a nightmare that I relaxed my hair. I was enjoying throwing my hair behind my shoulders in my dream, but I woke up horrified. This Saturday I just cut my hair again. No bad dreams!
  • Taneisha Ingram I had nightmares every Palm Sunday as a little girl because that met my mother would straighten my hair w/ a hot comb and burn my ear the following Saturday for Easter Sunday.
  • Hakim Nuraldin I dreamt last week that I was back in the salon I went to as a kid. This time before the hairdresser could touch me, I was up, out of the chair and down the street....lol With that little plastic cape on too! Lmao!
  • Laura Paige Scott I had a dream I relaxed my hair and the scary part about it wasn't my straight hair but the feeling I stepped out of line with mother nature and that I was cursed. Even now sometimes I flat iron my hair and each time I do it I wind up hating it. Like I can feel my hair screaming for me to wet it. Lol
  • Edna Ramos Yes! I dreamt that this young actress (can't think of her name) was putting a chemical relaxer in my hair. Next thing I knew, most of my hair had fallen out! It was such a relief waking up and feeling my big, frizzy poof on my head!

Have you had relaxer nightmares? Tell us about them in the comments area below!

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I've had these! When I was a kid I used to have curly hair dreams, I had straight hair until puberty but wanted curls and always dreamt about them turning curly. Now I have nightmare that it might grow in straight! I also have damaged hair nightmares and hair color nightmares (from the times I bleached my hair and colored it jet black). Then I wake up, run to the mirror, and sigh a huge sigh of relief that it was all but a dream.
I had a dream someone put perm in my my hair conditioner as a prank, and I whooped they a@$ and when I woke up I was angry lol this post really made my day lol
I've had two! I don't remember the first one, but in the second one I was with my dad, and I had run my hands through my hair. It was straight and thick. I was like, "Dad, when did I get a relaxer?!?!" He was so cool about it lol like, "last week. you don't remember?" I woke up horrified. 0_o
My problem isn't a dream, but reality. My stylist, sisters, and even my grandmother keep trying to talk me into getting a relaxer, lol. My granny actually asked me when I wore a fro why I didn't comb my hair before walking out of the door because you never know when you're going to meet your husband. I almost cried laughing. My dad is the only one who seems to be completely on board with my natural. Now, I do straighten my hair, but I also wear it curly because I like it and I've actually stopped going to the salon (I only go to get my ends clipped) because I can do my hair all on my own.
I thought that was the ONLY one to have this dream! I had a dream the my best friend relaxed my hair. The strange thing is my hair was long and curly when she was done! I was still very angry with her in the dream. When I woke up I had to pat my kinky-Curly TWA to make sure it was still there!
I've had many. There's one where I'm in a salon getting my natural hair done and without my knowledge the hair dresser some how put a relaxer on my hair. I was so mad and yelling something about four years worth of hair down the drain.
i had a straight nightmare a few weeks ago. I literally woke up in tears until i touched my hair to make sure the dream wasnt real.
I've had those straight hair nightmares. I mean my heart is pumping fast.
I thought I was the only one too! I had a dream I was in the kitchen watching my mom relax my sister's hair. And my mom who is natural put some of the left over "perm" on her hair. She then came to me and say " This is good perm we shouldn't waste it!" and put it on my head. I felt my hair get weaker by the minute. I woke up and caressed my bantu knots.
I have also hair nightmares where my curly hair got straightened.

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