To avoid irritating the scalp and hair, wash it about four days prior to using a relaxer. Shampoo often contains ingredients that strip the hair and scalp of moisture and necessary oils.
In the event that shampooing up to four days before a relaxer is not possible, apply a bit of jojoba or castor oil to hair and scalp in order to provide some moisture. In addition to shampooing in advance of getting a relaxer, use a clarifying rinse, such as apple cider vinegar, or shampoo roughly a week before a relaxing treatment. This helps to keep hair from being weighed down.Learn More
You cannot use regular shampoo to wash out a relaxer, as it weakens the hair and causes it to swell. Regular shampoo does not contain the necessary neutralizing solution needed in order to neutralize the chemical process and protect the hair from over processing.Full Answer >
According to About.com, Coconut Cream Natural relaxer contains some natural ingredients that are not as harsh on hair as lye, which is used in conventional relaxers. No product that can straighten curly, textured hair permanently is completely herbal or natural. There are only relaxers that contain some herbal ingredients.Full Answer >
While it is normal for the scalp to burn slightly, tingle or itch during a hair color application, intense burning may indicate that a chemical burn is occurring or that there is an allergy to one of the hair color ingredients. In most cases, normal irritation is caused from hair color's two main ingredients: hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. According to Annmarie Gianni Skin Care, intense irritation may indicate a phenylenediamine allergy.Full Answer >
Recently highlighted hair should be washed no sooner than 48 hours after it is dyed. This allows the natural oils to return to the scalp, locking the color fully into the cuticles.Full Answer >