Keeping relaxed hair healthy is essential to keeping it looking good, as relaxed hair can soon become unruly if not properly cared for. Because chemicals have been used to change the natural texture of the hair, it is highly susceptible to shedding and breakage. However, maintaining relaxed hair is fairly straightforward once you know how to.
Hair that has been relaxed must be moisturized regularly, to prevent breakage. To maintain the necessary moisture levels, use moisturizing shampoos, conditioners and a leave-in conditioner prior to styling. Moisture products will keep hair smooth, soft and easy to manipulate. In addition, you can find moisturizing agents in your pantry, such as honey and glycerin. You should also ‘seal’ your hair to limit how much moisture escapes into the air. Sealing involves using a natural oil to coat the hair after styling.
Protein shampoos and conditioners are equally essential for keeping relaxed hair healthy. Protein adds strength to tresses and prevents unnecessary breaking. Relaxed hair needs occasional protein treatments, which can be applied via a protein deep conditioner treatment. Protein products such as Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor, Queen Helen Cholesterol Conditioner and Silk Elements MegaSilk Intense Conditioning Mayonnaise are among the most popular on the market. If you do not have a strengthening product, you can whip one up in your kitchen by mixing a raw egg to your favorite conditioner.
Because relaxed hair is susceptible to breakage, it is crucial to use tools that will limit such damage. As such, a wide-tooth comb is a better tool than a fine- or small-tooth comb, which can cause additional breakage. When detangling, start combing from the ends and work your way to the roots. Additionally, a reduction in brushing also limits breaking, especially for relaxed African-American hair.
When relaxing your new growth, be sure to not apply relaxer product to hair that has already been straightened. Doing so will weaken the hair, causing breakage and split ends.
Observing these tips will keep your relaxed hair in great shape.