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How soon can I wash my hair after I have a relaxer?

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Most hairstylists recommend waiting for about a week before washing the hair after getting a relaxer. This is the best way to make sure the hair adjusts to the chemical treatment and the results last.

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Hair relaxers are one of the most common and efficient ways to straighten and add shine to African American hair. The downside is that they can leave the hair damaged, so it is important to take the proper precautions before and after the treatment. The best products to use on relaxed hair are gentle shampoos specifically designed for chemically-treated hair. Many stylists recommend the use of a deep-conditioning treatment after shampooing.

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