Relaxed hair refers to natural curly African hair that has been made straight by using chemical relaxers. African hair is tough and difficult to manage and as a result, many people choose to ease themselves off the stress by using relaxer. Contrary to what some people think, using relaxer does not damage the hair, however, lack of proper care does. It is important to know the most suitable hair relaxers, how to apply them, the ideal hair care products and a proper hair care routine for relaxed hair. All these will guarantee a healthy and beautiful hair.
Some people believe that using relaxers stop the growth of hair, but that’s not true, applying relaxers the wrong way is the reason it causes damage to hair. If used properly, relaxers can prevent a lot of stress, make the hair look straight and beautiful and still retain the healthy nature of the hair. Read on to learn better ways of handling your relaxed hair.
Hair care routine for relaxed hair
For a better maintenance of your relaxed hair, follow these tips diligently and you will have no problem with your hair.
1). Do not relax hair too often
Bee sure to apply hair relaxer only when you are due for it and not just anytime you feel like it. I will personally recommend relaxing your hair at least once every 3 months, that way there will be a lot of new hair growth to relax. Also, when applying relaxer, do it to the new growth at the roots of the hair. If you let the relaxer touch part of the that is already straight, it will make it weaker and weak edges break off easily. Avoid letting the relaxer touch the tip of your hair. Do not leave the relaxer on your hair for too long because it might burn your scalp. Remember, relaxers are chemicals so you need to be extremely careful with them.
2). Protein treatments
The hair protein called keratin that are in the hair strands are broken off during the process of applying relaxer to your hair. To replenish this protein, you need to carry out protein treatment a week after relaxing your hair. Do not overdo this treatment because it can also make your hair break.
3). Deep conditioning of hair
Deep conditioning strengthens and hydrates the hair. This should be done at least once in a week or two, but some people have very busy schedule so you can do it once every month. To achieve a deeper condition, cover the hair with a plastic cap like shower cap and sit under hot hair dryer. This makes the process even more effective.
4). Regular trimming of ends
The split ends of the hair makes it look weak and fray. Leaving them only makes it worse as it will keep moving up the hair. It is necessary to trim them off regularly. This can be done once every two months and it makes the ends of the hair healthy and thicker.
5). Limit the use of hot styling equipment
Excess heat can damage the strands of your hair. Use roller setting on your hair after washing instead of using hot hair curlers. If you want to wear your hair straight, comb it out after using the rollers and wrap it. Wrapping your hair will remove the curl made by the rollers and make your hair straight and bouncy. Wrap it also at night with silk scarf to retain this look and it can last for up to a week.
6). Dry your hair with air
Try to air-dry your hair as often as possible after washing. Using too much hot hair dryer is not good for the hair strands. After washing your hair or taking a shower, gently use a towel to mop out the water and leave the hair to dry with natural air.
7). Do not over wash your hair
Washing is a process that strips off natural oils from the hair. It is important for you to limit the number of times you wash your hair because the hair needs those natural oils to stay healthy, shiny, and grow. I will recommend you wash your hair at most two times in a week.
8). Use hair accessories
Hair accessories like scarf, hair bands, caps or hats are very important. Scarfs and cap can protect the hair from direct UV rays that can damage the cuticle. Hair bands absorbs sweat that can make the hair greasy at the roots.
9). Use the appropriate hair care products
It is essential for you to know exactly what your hair needs so you can rightly provide it to your hair. Use products that can supply the nutrients your hair is lacking. There are different types of organic oils and shampoo for different purposes and they will be discussed below.
Types of shampoo
1). Clarifying shampoo
This shampoo is aimed at removing buildup caused by excessive usage of substantive products over a long period of time. It should be used occasionally because it can strip off nutrients from the hair and cause damages.
2). Everyday shampoo
This is a mild shampoo that can be used everyday without stripping off nutrients from the hair.
3). Volumizing shampoo
Volumizing shampoo contain special ingredients that makes it add friction at the roots of the hair as well as building up volume.
4). Oily hair shampoo
It is similar to clarifying shampoo. They remove sebum from the scalp without stripping off too much nutrients from the hair.
5). Normal shampoo
This shampoo has the ability of cleansing the hair properly and leaving a slight layer of conditioning.
6). Dry hair shampoo
This shampoo is designed to clean the hair gently and deposit protective layers to the hair. It contains oils, silicone and conditioner that coats the hair shaft.
7). Colour hair shampoo
Coloured hair shampoo are mild shampoo. They add conditioning to the hair too. Some of them have colour booster that help revitalize the shade of the hair.
8). Two-in-one shampoo
This type of shampoo has both cleansing and conditioning properties. No extra conditioner is needed when using it.
9). Medicated shampoo
They are designed to do more than just cleansing. They are aimed at relieving scalp itching and scaling and they also have antifungal/antibacterial properties.
Natural hair oil
- Olive oil reduces scalp irritation moisturising the hair and reduce dandruff.
- Coconut oil moisturizes the hair and adds shine. It prevent breakage and split ends as well as fighting against dandruff and promoting hair scalp health.
- Avocado oil has the ability to penetrate hair shaft and deeply moisturize it. It also strengthens the hair and prevent breakage. It acts like a detangler.
- Almond oil hydrate the hair, makes it soft and look shining. It moisturises both the hair scalp and strands.
- Argan oil moisturizers the hair, fights against dandruff, protects the hair from damage and add shine to the hair.
- Amla oil reduces hair loss, promotes growth and prevent premature greying of hair. It also strengthens the scalp.
- Jojoba oil strengthens the hair, prevent hair loss and promote hair thickness.
- Castor oil is effective for treating dandruff and improving hair growth
- Mustard oil stimulate hair growth by increasing blood circulation in the scalp. It also prevent dandruff and hair loss
- Moroccan oil add shine and restores damage hair. It also helps to balance pH level.
- Moringa oil moisturizing hair and scalp and improve hair growth and treat split ends.
It can be seen that applying relaxer to hair is not the end of the growth of the hair. Follow the outlined hair care routine for relaxed hair and purchase the appropriate products, your hair will remain healthy and continue growing.