Thursday, January 24, 2008
Relaxers (straighteners) work by changing the chemical bonds in curly hair.This causes Relaxed hair to be weak and dry. Here are tips I use to keep healthy relaxed hair....
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture!!!
Try to avoid the use of direct heat.Heat appliances such as blow-dryers or curling irons can over dry the hair.
When using heat always use a heat protector
Cotton pillow cases and sheets help in breakage, use a silk or satin scarf to wrap up your hair while sleeping. Use a satin pillow case.
Do not over process or overlap your existing straighten hair.
Always wait at least six weeks till next relaxer ( I now try to relaxer no less than every 8 weeks)
Wash primarily your scalp rather than your hair unless your hair is very oily or dirty. Prevents stripping the hair of needed moisture..
You may have to alternate between a non protein conditioner and a protein conditioner every few months or often. When hair is dry and brittle it may have too much protein. If hair is limp and stretchy, it lack protein
Use a clarifying shampoo at once a month to rid your hair of environmental pollutants and product build-up.
Deep condition regularly using a protein or moisturizing deep conditioner or use a combo conditioner with both at least once a week
Daily Moisturizing and weekly deep conditioning ( I moisturize daily and deep condition at least twice a week)
Use leave-in-conditioner. Leave-ins nourish the hair and help protect the hair from the sun and environment. It also helps protect against heat damage
Let your hair air dry whenever possible
Air Drying allows you to keep moisture in hair longer ( I air dry with a leave-in and little Coconut oil ...I air dry in four or five braided plaits)
Protect your ends with a light moisturizer. Your ends are the oldest part of your hair. It needs extra moisture. This reduces breakage and split ends.
Use wide tooth comb
Never wring your hair. When hair is wet it is particularly fragile. Twisting hair and/or stretching it when it is wet is bad for the hair fibers and will encourage splitting.
Rubber bands and Metal hair clips cause breakage
Prepoo before washing (Pre shampoo Treatment/natural oils can be used or conditioners . I mix oils in my conditioner for prepooing)
Relaxed hair require additional conditioning treatments. Prepooing also blocks any harsh cleaning agents from penetrating and drying the hair.
Natural Oils.... instead of hair grease
My favorite is Coconut Oil....It is also wonderful to use as a hair conditioner. Beauticians who are familiar with coconut swear by it. It softens the hair and conditions the scalp. Using the coconut oil as a pre-wash conditioner can rid a person of dandruff better than a medicated shampoo.
In India women have used coconut oil as a pre-wash treatment for many many years. Oil treatments are really common there. Coconut oil is the best hair oil.
Virgin Coconut Oil is one of the few oils that is scientifically proven to be able to penetrate deep inside the hair shaft and carry nourishment along with it.
Use only Virgin Coconut Oil or Unrefined Coconut Oil because it is:
* Made with coconuts from traditional palms - not hybrid varieties
* Unrefined *( need unrefined to get all the benefits)
* Unbleached *
* Non-deodorized *
* Free of chemicals