Here on Talking Texture, we pride ourselves on being a resource to everyone from the naturally-curly-for-life to the curly-to-straight, the relaxed diva and everyone in between. Relaxed girls may have less issues with maintaining their texture overall, but healthy hair is universal. Here are three important tips for keeping your hair in tip-top shape if you sport a relaxer:
1. Only Touch-Up When Necessary
Back in the day, we used to schedule our 4-6 week touch-ups religiously. Whether you felt your curls roots growing out or not, you were at the salon every 4-6 weeks without fail. We know better now! There are so many ways to stretch your relaxer. In fact, many relaxed divas with the help of new techniques and new products (like the Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability™ System) can go months without having to re-apply a relaxer. The less chemicals you have to use the better. For healthier hair, find a way to touch up your relaxers less.
2. Deep Condition Regularly
Like any chemical process on the hair, whether it’s keratin or color, relaxers change the structural bonds of your hair. If you want to keep your hair from breaking you have to make sure that it is properly conditioned. This will keep your hair from drying out, will leave it easy to manage and style, and will protect your hair from damage. Never skip your deep conditioning treatment!
3. Maintain Your Ends
The ends of your hair are the most delicate. Whether you’re relaxed or natural, you have to treat them with tender love and care. Relaxed girls are at a great risk of hair breakage due to chemicals and potential dryness so sealing your ends with a light oil, doing protective styles and making sure they are trimmed of split ends is imperative.