|The secret to having healthy, relaxed hair|
As a professional hairstylist, one thing I see more often than I would like is women with relaxed hair who also have damaged hair as a result of getting their relaxers every six weeks. If you get your relaxer every six weeks then it is not a coincidence that your hair is damaged. If you want to have thick, long, healthy relaxed hair you will HAVE to stretch your relaxers out. There is no other way around it. In the picture above, the two young ladies are clients in my salon that are relaxed. I only relax their hair about every 4-5 months. In that time, they will have grown on average about 2-3 inches of new growth.
|relaxed hair with braids just taken down, about to be relaxed|
For the other client I have pictured above, she is also relaxed and still has lots of hair because she stretches her relaxers out to five months. See how much hair she has? Yes, even with all of this hair she still managed to stretch her relaxer out to five months. If she can do it, anyone can! I started prepping her hair by basing her scalp really well. She previously had some braids so I also began detangling her hair.
Take a look at how much new growth she had.
|3 inches of new growth!|
That is roughly three inches of new growth. This is how much your hair can grow when you begin stretching your relaxers out. It allows your hair to grow out more so that you have enough hair to relax without it overlapping onto previously relaxed hair. When you stretch your relaxer out this much, it is highly unlikely that you will have any damage to your hair from relaxers versus if you only wait six weeks.
|Freshly relaxed, healthy hair|
All she will need to do to maintain this style is to wrap it every night by using her silk scarf. That is one of the best things about wearing a wrap hairstyle. It is so easy to take care of and allows you to actually sleep well instead of trying to sleep cute. And I don't know anyone who enjoys sleeping cute!
|yes, relaxed hair can be healthy|
And guess what? It didn't even burn! Remember, your relaxer should never burn unless you have some type of problem with your scalp like extreme scalp sensitivity. It is never a good idea to scratch or brush your scalp before getting your relaxer because it could increase your chances of it burning.
|Long, thick, healthy relaxed hair|
Don't think you can stretch your relaxers past six weeks? Here are a few tips for you:
- Start slow- It is highly unlikely that you will go from six weeks to twenty weeks overnight. Pace yourself and go slow to ensure a smooth transition. Start by stretching out one week, sticking with that until you are comfortable, increase it another week, stay with that until you are comfortable. Continue in this manner until you get to your desired amount of time that you want to stretch, preferably twelve weeks or more.
- Don't be afraid of your new growth- Don't get discouraged when you see your first ripple of new growth. Instead, get excited! After all, that means your hair is growing which is the whole point of this relaxer stretching thing right? One thing that helped me to stretch was to make wrapping my hair a habit, paying special attention to the edges. Even if I didn't wrap my hair I still at least combed it all back and put a scarf around my edges to help lay them down. As soon as I would get home and know that I wasn't going anywhere else for the day I would go ahead and wrap my hair. Also, if I ever wore my hair up, I would basically wear my scarf making sure to cover my edges until I got ready to walk out of the house This helped me be able to train my hair and now I go six months in between relaxers.
- Moisturize and strengthen- Sometimes when you begin stretching you hair will start to break as you get to and past six weeks. You can help stop this by getting protein treatments to give your hair more strength. Moisturizing treatments will help keep your hair more elastic, allowing it to stretch without breaking.
- Be consistent- Stretching and wrapping your hair can seem overwhelming at times but stick with it and be consistent. Over time you will see the results, which will be healthy, relaxed hair.
Now you are ready to stretch your relaxers out. Have you already started stretching? Share with me how many weeks you go in between relaxers.
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