Do you need a refresher course in relaxing? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s what to consider before your next straightening job.
Step-by-step, here are the products you need to care for your natural hair as you grow that awesome afro.
If you use relaxing treatments too often, you run the risk of over-processing your desperate, thirsty locks. Over-processed hair has a burnt and waxy texture – enough to make any hair goddess cringe. What’s more, over-relaxed hair can take months to recover from damage, if it can be saved at all. If not, you’ll have to stay with horrid hair or start fresh by cutting it. To avoid this nightmare, keep the timeframe at six to eight weeks between relaxing.
Hair stylists are veterans who’ve been doing this for decades and have mastered the right techniques to minimise damage. They’re also well trained in handling chemicals. You can try it at home, but you may end up with a result you hate, or nasty burns on your scalp. With too many things that can go wrong, stick to a stylist you trust to avoid all the home-alone chaos. For starters, you need to discuss some things with your stylist before relaxing.
When you relax your hair at a salon, ask your hairstylist for a natural oil-infused relaxer, such as olive oil hair relaxer. These oil relaxers can sometimes be paired with other products, so also ask your stylist for the best deep conditioner for relaxed hair. By now, you know the benefits of natural oils like coconut, jojoba and olive. They’re so beneficial because they help to counteract the way relaxers can strip your hair of essential nutrients, by re-nourishing your dehydrated hair with proteins and fatty acids. Thanks to these natural oils, your relaxed hair will feel softer and replenished and will be less prone to breakage.
Protein treatments for relaxed hair is gold for your locks. Protein gives your hair the energy to gain length and thickness and rebuild strength. Luckily, there are many types of protein treatments available, depending on what your hair needs. The best option to go for is the keratin-based protein treatments, like Mizani’s in-salon Kerafuse® Intense Strengthening Treatment, which blends a high concentration of protein with natural oils and other extracts. Keratin is a protein that strengthens the cuticle of each hair to counteract breakage.
Many make the mistake of thinking that once the hair is straight, shiny and fabulously flickable, they can relax their haircare routine. But your hair still needs treatments and can’t be left to maintain itself as you thought. Firstly, you should shampoo about a week after relaxing, then complete the routine by using a deep conditioner for relaxed hair, and a leave-in moisturiser to lock in the softness. Dark and Lovely and Mizani both have comprehensive at-home haircare ranges for relaxed hair.
Yup, we’ve been doing it wrong when relaxing alone at home. For what feels like centuries, we’ve applied relaxers to our entire head of hair when only the new growth at the root needs to be straightened. Who knows the damage it has done to generations of pro-straight crowns? Chemically treating your entire head is a quick ticket to dry, flat, thinning and over-processed hair.
Taking care of relaxed hair is a breeze if you do the right things for a happy and healthy scalp. Due to the delicate nature of relaxed strands, it demands you visit a salon. Your stylist can take care of everything from washing and conditioning to recommending high-quality products that will maintain your straightened style at home. They are also the masters of customising protein treatments and repairing any damage, so take advantage of their expertise.
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