Some women who are new to the online hair world credit Chris Rock with coining the term ‘creamy crack’ in his documentary Good Hair, but it was a common term in the healthy hair world long before that film was even in production. Relaxed and natural women use the term alike, but I am actually slightly offended by its use. I’ve already explained my philosophy on hair – I love all types and textures and my priority is promoting HEALTHY hair. I don’t hate my natural hair or think that natural hair is less pretty, and I don’t wish that my tight 4b kinks were looser or any different. Relaxing my hair is a styling choice and I could care less how many natural extremists insist there must be a deeper reason for my choice, I know better.
So why does this phrase bother me? Calling my relaxer creamy crack indicates a few things: One, that I am addicted to my relaxer, which is not true. I don’t feel it is something I have to have, can’t live without, and don’t even prefer to wear my hair bone straight – I like body and volume so when I do wear my hair straight I like to rollerset over flat ironing. Two calling anything crack holds a negative connotation. While there can be damaging effects to relaxing your hair, I think the plethora of Black women growing healthy hair to lengths they’ve never had before proves that relaxers do not automatically equal damaged hair. When naturals say things like “I decided to end my addiction to the creamy crack” or “That creamy crack is the devil” I feel that my decision is being judged. When relaxed haired women remark that the “creamy crack was calling to them” during the days leading to a touch up, it seems like they feel there is something wrong with relaxing their hair. I don’t know, I may be overly sensitive but to me there is nothing positive about calling my styling choice creamy crack!