So much money, time, burning scalps, and watery eyes...all for the desire for the "ideal" hair. It was incredibly disturbing as a teenager to have clumps of hair break off and I thought my life was over. My hairdresser's solution was to do one of those new fangled (at the time) "Japanese straightening relaxer." I'm so glad I had the insight to realize it would be a bad idea. I chopped off my dead ends and embraced my natural texture! My 8th year natural anniversary just passed.