Relaxed hair needs special care to prevent breakage and hair loss. This is because the chemical process of relaxing weakens hair follicles. But special care doesn’t mean the process has to be complicated. In fact, the less you do to relaxed hair the better. Hair relaxers and straightening perms are very popular among african american women.
Mostly because the alkali chemicals will break down the afro textured hair giving it a smoother appearance. One of the misconceptions about black women not being able to grow long hair is that many people do not realize that from a very young age women of color have been using some type of chemical in their hair to make it straighter.
There are a few simple tips that you can employ to maintain healthy relaxed hair. Keeping your hair well moisturized, limiting the use of heat, and protecting your hair while you sleep will all help.
Relaxer Hair Care Tips
- Wash and deep condition your hair at least once a week
- Moisturise your hair at least once a day
- Stretch out the time between your relaxers to at least every three months
- Avoid constant direct heat to your hair. If you need to blowdry once a week, please invest in a good heat protestant. Also invest in a ceramic flat iron, stove curling tongs/irons should be avoided.
- Before you go for your perm or relaxer, condition your hair yourself. Two days prior, apply a deep conditioning treatment to nourish and moisten hair completely. This way you’ll have a better chance of getting soft, smooth, manageable results.
- After your perm or relaxation treatment, do not use shampoo for 48 hours, since your hair will be too fragile, the perm or relaxer needs time to set, and shampoo can wash away the chemical treatment. DO use conditioner, however. The conditioner will not interfere with the curling or relaxing process and will help keep hair moist and healthy.
- After a few days of getting your hair done, it usually doesn’t look as cute as when you initialy got it styled. Buy loads of hair accessories and pin your hair up, pull back with a headband, etc on days like this.
- Try hairstyles that don’t require heat e.g braidouts and twistouts (Let me know if you’re interested in how to achieve this style).
- Try a spray-on detangler. Apply to damp hair and comb through with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb.
- When styling permed or relaxed hair, choose a gel or glaze instead of a mousse. Many mousses contain alcohol, which can dry hair out.
- Get your hair cut 4 to 6 weeks after the perm or relaxer. This will keep hair healthy, spring up your curls, and make the relaxer last longer.
- If you choose to color your permed or relaxed hair, use only semi permanent color. All permanent colors contain peroxide, which can damage permed or relaxed hair.
Relaxed hair care doesn’t have to be complicated. Following these some of the best and easy tips of keeping your hair conditioned, limiting the use of heat and protecting it at night can make it easier to maintain healthy relaxed hair.