Healthy Hair Care Tips From A Professional Hairstylist

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Four Reasons Why You Should Never Relax Your Own Hair


Relaxed hair. Where do I begin? Relaxed hair will always have a special place in my heart simply because I have relaxed hair and have had it for as long as I can remember. I have learned through experience (which is not the best teacher in many cases), and through cosmetology school that taking care of relaxed hair is critical to the hair's overall health. The steps to taking care of your relaxed hair are not hard, but they must be done if you want your relaxed hair to actually grow and remain healthy. One of the main things you absolutely must do to your relaxed hair is to refrain from relaxing it yourself. This is a big no-no. I know that when you look at a professional do it, it just looks so darn easy and when the day comes where it is time for your touch up but your money is looking funny and you can not quite make it to the salon, that self relaxer in a box does not seem like a bad option. But when is the last time you actually looked at the directions on those relaxers? Did you even know that there is a certain time limit (8-13 minutes) that you must get the relaxer processed through your hair? I am guilty of trying to relax my own hair in the past (before I even thought about becoming a professional hairstylist) and I will be the first to admit that it took me 8-13 minutes just to base my scalp! So we all know that those of us that have tried to relax our own hair have far exceeded that time frame. Yet we wonder why
our relaxed hair looks brittle, will not seem to grow, and just looks overall damaged. I am telling you what I know for a fact, you should never relax your own hair. Now that I am a professional hairstylist and have been properly trained on how to apply a relaxer, I still do not do my own.

Why you should never relax your own hair

Reasons why you should never relax your own hair include:

  • You can not do it in the proper amount of time-We have covered this already. Any time you go over the proper amount of time you are causing more damage to your hair.
  • You are overlapping and in essence over-processing- While it may not seem like you are doing any damage to your hair at first, you are. You can not see where your new growth ends and your relaxed hair begins so you go well beyond your line of demarcation. Some of you even go all the way to the ends of your hair each time (that is another post altogether).
  • You can not see what you are doing- Once you get to the middle and back of your head you can not see what you are doing! In addition to over-processing there are also other areas that do not see any relaxer at all. So you end up with some hair over processed and some not at all processed.
  • You are not a professional!- We have been trained to apply relaxers the correct way AND in the right amount of time! Let us do our job and leave the chemicals to us.

Relaxing your own hair can be very enticing when you are unable to get to a salon but you are absolutely damaging your hair by doing this. I have a client who has absolutely no problem with relaxing her own hair and will do it without even thinking twice about it. Yet her hair is very broken, uneven all over, weak, and will not grow to her satisfaction. She will come to me for a shampoo and style but takes the responsibility of handling the chemical on her own. My professional opinion is that she is doing this backwards. I think she should let me handle the chemicals while she handles the shampooing but she does not put two and two together and realize that there is a direct correlation between her relaxing her own hair and the overall state of her hair.

why you should never relax your own hair

The client featured in this post has relaxed hair and was actually one of my first clients! She has been a client since before I even was married and had kids! When she first started coming to me her hair was in bad shape. Not the worst shape ever but it needed some help. It was just touching her shoulders and was very thin on the ends. As she began coming to me I began to take proper care of her relaxed hair. Now, she only comes when it is time for her relaxer while she handles the shampoos at home and her hair has thrived doing this. Her hair is now way past her shoulders and on its way to the middle of her back! So she is proof that relaxed hair can be long and healthy. But it is only possible IF and only if you are willing to do your part!

healthy, relaxed hair

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