Healthy Hair Care Tips From A Professional Hairstylist

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

5 Things Women With Natural Hair Must Know Before You Decide To Get A Relaxer (Again)

5 things women with natural hair must know before you decide to get a relaxer (again).

This client was natural for 6 years before she went back to her relaxer.

So, you had been getting a relaxer for who knows how long, then decided that they were taking your hair out which led you to go natural. However, you really have no interest in wearing your hair in its natural state because you prefer it to be straight. Yet, a silk press does not last because you sweat in your scalp from trying to work out (or from just being hot period). Now you are missing your relaxed hair and are thinking about taking the plunge again. But wait! If the relaxer was causing your hair to be damaged in the first place, why would you want to experience that all over again? Well, I am here tell you that a relaxer does not necessarily equal damaged hair. However, there are a few things to consider before going back down that road again if you want your relaxed hair to actually be healthy this time.




1. Stop the 6-8 week madness. If you decide to go back to your relaxer, wrap your mind around the fact that in order for your relaxed hair to actually be healthy, you will have to stretch your relaxers from every six to eight weeks to every four months (see why here). Getting them every six to eight weeks is what caused your hair to become damaged in the first place. You know the saying "if you do what you always did, you will get what you always got"? That is very true in this case. If you are not willing to do that, you might as well stay natural.

2. Let a professional do it. I can not stress this enough! We have been taught and properly trained on how to correctly apply relaxers. I know that when you are constantly going to a hair salon and actually look at what the hairstylists are doing that we make it look very easy. Put you have to keep in mind that this is something that we do pretty much on a daily basis and we know exactly what we are doing! So, leave the chemicals to the professionals and be sure to see a hairstylist that actually cares about the growth and health of your hair. (**tip- if your hairstylist will give you a relaxer whenever you ask for one, RUN!)

3. Pick which chemical you want. Do you want a relaxer or do you want color? I advise my clients to pick whichever one means the most to them unless the are going to stretch to every six months with their relaxers. Why? Because two chemicals is A LOT of stress on the hair and without the proper care the hair is at a higher risk of getting damaged. The client featured in this post loves to have color so I told her about stretching her relaxers out to six months and she agreed.

happy client with freshly relaxed hair

4. Heat usage will be minimized. Heat and hair can be like oil and water in many cases, they just do not mix well. Heat usage with relaxed hair should be kept to once per week or less. Also, relaxed hair is already chemically straightened so whatever heat tool you use should not be on a very high setting. Using heat more than once per week or having the heat tool up to high can lead to hair breakage.

5. Be prepared for the maintenance. Once you get a relaxer again, it does not stop there. You must also maintain your relaxed hair with the proper treatments to keep it moisturized and strong. I recommend steam treatments at least once per month. Keep in mind that the treatments you receive may cost extra money so you have to include that as well and not just the cost to get the actual relaxer. Proper maintenance is very important to the health of your hair when you have a chemical. What you do at home is what determines how healthy your hair will be even more than your salon visit because your hairstylist may only see you twice a month versus you seeing and caring for your own hair every single day.

freshly relaxed edges!

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2 comments

  1. Hear once a week is way too much! If you get a professional and proper relax there will be no need to straighten your hair further.

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    1. Some people, like myself, shampoo their hair once a week. In that case heat at the proper temp is perfectly fine.

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