Healthy Hair Care Tips For Relaxed & Natural Hair From A Professional Hairstylist

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Are You Damaging Your Hair?

I have many clients who come to me to get their hair shampooed, but for whatever reason they choose to do their own relaxers.  If you have been a reader of this blog for a while you already know how I feel about that!  For those of you that don't know, I don't recommend that at all!  I would recommend just the opposite, that they come to me only for chemical services instead of shampoo only if they had to choose between the two.  This next client is one reason why I don't recommend self-relaxing or letting someone else other than a professional doing it.

This is the back of her hair that is closer to her neck.  Notice how short this hair is.  The rest of her hair is shoulder length.  This client does her own relaxers and I think that this is the reason for the breakage in this area. It is very hard to see the back of your head when relaxing as well as rinsing it out.  Even if it looks like you have rinsed it all out, the water pressure in a salon is greater than the pressure in your home which gets all traces of the relaxer out.  If there is still a residue left in the hair it can cause breakage. This is one of the many reasons why I feel like only professionals should do chemical services.

This picture above is a better picture of how long the rest of her hair is.  It is only this short just in the back, everywhere else it is long except in the bangs where it was intentionally cut.  Also, if you go to a professional stylist and your hair is still doing this in the back, that means your stylist is not getting all of the relaxer out of your hair.  It is important that your stylist lift your head up and rinse the part of your hair that may be laying on the shampoo bowl.  Also once they are done rinsing the relaxer from your hair, they should immediately change the towel around your neck instead of continuing to use the one that was used when your hair was being relaxed.  That way, if any of the relaxer got on the towel, your hair is not touching it again every time you lay your head back in the shampoo bowl.

I know some of your have had great success in relaxing your own hair, but majority of people have no idea what they are doing.  So as a general rule, I would always recommend you getting a trusted professional to do all of your chemical services.  All hairstylists are not created equal, which is why I say trusted.  Go to someone who you know for a fact cares about healthy hair and knows what they are doing!

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