Relaxed hair needs special care to prevent breakage and hair loss. This is because the chemical process of relaxing weakens hair follicles. But special care doesn’t mean the process has to be complicated. In fact, the less you do to relaxed hair the better.
There are a few simple tips that you can employ to maintain healthy relaxed hair. Keeping your hair well moisturized, limiting the use of heat, and protecting your hair while you sleep will all help
The most important aspect of your relaxed hair care routine should be to keep your hair well moisturized. There are several ways to do this. The first is a pre-poo treatment. This is done by applying oil, such as jojoba, olive or coconut oil, to dry hair and letting it sit for an hour (With or without heat). Then follow with your regular washing routine of shampoo and conditioner (or deep conditioner) .
After washing your hair, you should always use a leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioners provide additional moisture and helps to detangle your hair . There are many leave-in conditioners that you can purchase or you can make your own by mixing your favorite conditioner with distilled water in a spray bottle.
You should also moisturize your hair daily. There are many hair creams on the market that provide excellent conditioning properties or you can use a light oil. A company called Moroccanoil provides an extensive line of conditioning products that will leave you hair soft and manageable without weighing it down, or you can use your favorite brand.
Limit The Use Of Heat
Because your hair is in a weakened state after a relaxer it, you want to limit the amount of heat used on your hair. This includes blow drying and the use of a flat iron or curling iron. Roller-setting your hair and letting it air dry is ideal, but if you need to blow dry it, use a cool setting. The same goes for the use of flat irons or curling irons. Most have a temperature control so you can adjust the amount of heat. It is best to use the least amount of heat possible to achieve the desired results, and always use a heat protection product first.
Protect Your Hair At Night
Developing a nightly routine to help protect your hair while you sleep is very important for healthy relaxed hair. When you move your head while you sleep, you risk your hair catching on your pillow causing it to break. To protect your hair, apply a light conditioning cream or Moroccanoil, wrap your hair around your head, and cover it with a silk scarf or cap. Silk cloth will allow your hair to move at night while you sleep.
Relaxed hair care doesn’t have to be complicated. Following these three easy steps of keeping your hair conditioned, limiting the use of heat and protecting it at night can make it easier to maintain healthy relaxed hair.