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I often get questioned on how long I wait before getting my relaxers. When I tell them between 12-14 weeks, I get the draw dropping, eyebrow raising, look before I get the question "How do you do that?". Well I'm here to give you my tips and tricks on how to stretch out your relaxers. Doing this can be very beneficial, as it reduces the chances of overlapping, over-processing, damage, and breakage. It can also help make your hair grow faster due to you aren't constantly putting chemicals on it.
If you have been getting your relaxers every 6 weeks
, you obviously will not jump from 6 weeks to 14 weeks instantly. Instead, try going one week longer than usual and get your relaxers at 7 weeks. After about doing this twice, move it to 8 weeks. Keep slowly stretching it out further and further until you reach a comfort zone. Once you're in your comfort zone, stretch it out further and further.
I know a lot of people who say their hair starts breaking once its time for a relaxer. This is common as the line in the hair where the new growth meets the relaxed hair is very fragile. This is also known as the line of demarcation. The new growth is stronger due to it is basically virgin hair. If you are not gentle with your hair, it is more prone to breakage right at the line of demarcation. Therefore, you want to do the following things to keep your hair strong and allow you to stretch your relaxers.
- Get protein treatments regularly- Do this at least once per month, preferably two weeks before your relaxer. The protein will give your hair the strength it needs to be less prone to breakage.
- Get moisturizing treatments regularly- Moisturizing treatments go hand in hand with protein treatments and should be done on the same day following your protein treatment. This will allow your hair to become elastic and stretch instead of being dry and brittle.
- Decrease exposure to heat- Use heat on your hair no more than once per week and keep it at the lowest setting that your hair will tolerate.
- Use oil on your scalp- Certain oils like coconut, avocado, and jojoba oil can help reduce shedding and breakage, making the hair stronger and able to withstand stretching your relaxers.
- Wrap your hair nightly- Wrapping your hair EVERY night is critical in training your hair. It helps the new growth "lay down" thus making it easier to stretch out your relaxers.
|No relaxer since beginning of July 2012|
|Roots are still straight due to wrapping nightly!|
|Heat only applied once per week|
|I shampoo and condition every 7-10 days|
|Oil applied as needed.|
I'm telling you guys what I know! You will never get that long, thick, healthy, AND relaxed hair by getting touch ups every 4-6 weeks, its just not going to happen. I am by no means opposed to relaxers, I don't know what I would do without mine, but you have to learn how to manage your new growth instead of running to the salon yelling touch up every time you see a small wave at the roots!
I challenge all of you relaxed beauties to go at least one week longer than your normally would before getting your relaxer touch ups. You will see that it honestly isn't that bad! And in no time you'll be well on your way to only getting 2-4 relaxer touch ups per year.