|How to take care of your relaxed hair in 9 easy steps|
A lot of women these days are going the natural route because they want healthier hair. There is nothing wrong with this decision, however, it is possible to have healthy hair AND have it relaxed at the same time! Here are nine steps to take care of your relaxed hair.
1. Stretch out touch ups until you see at least 2 inches of new growth. Getting touch ups every 14-16 weeks instead of every 4-6 weeks makes it much less likely for your hair to be damaged due to over-processing caused by overlapping. Read more here.
2. Don't aim to get bone straight hair. Think of the straw at the end of a broom, they break easily because they are so straight and stiff. It's the same way with hair. Your hair needs elasticity in it so it can move and flow, and not be prone to breakage so easily. The hair should be 80% straight for optimum health.
3. Shampoo your hair at least once per week. After one week the hair has accumulated dirt and product build up. Shampooing once per week (preferably with by L. Jones products) keeps the hair and scalp clean and healthy. Have no idea what products you should be using? Read here.
4. Get a protein/moisture treatment in between relaxers. If you get a touch up every 12 weeks, get your treatments done every 4 weeks after your touch up. Relaxers permanently break down bonds in the hair making the hair somewhat weaker. Protein adds strength back in the hair, and since the hair needs an equal balance of protein and moisture, moisture treatments are necessary as well.
5. Get the proper nutrients through your diet. Drinking water and eating a properly balanced diet gives you the nutrients your hair doesn't get from shampooing and conditioning alone. This will promote healthier hair and growth.
6. Wrap your hair nightly. Wrapping your hair every night helps protect your ends, protects your style, and helps you stretch out the time in between your touch ups. Make it a habit to wrap your hair every night. See how to wrap your hair here.
7. Apply heat once per week max. Applying too much heat to the hair can lead to breakage. Aim to only apply heat after you shampoo/condition. Wrap or roll your hair for the rest of the week. The less heat applied the better.
8. Trim your ends regularly. Don't let anyone tell you that split ends can be repaired by a product. Trimming them off is the only way to get rid of them! Have your ends trimmed at every touch up.
9. For professional use only! Only a licensed professional should handle chemical services. If you want to drastically decrease your chances of over-processing and damage, do not do this at home!
Remember, ALL hair can be GOOD hair! If your hair is healthy, you have good hair!!!
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