Whether you are self-relaxing your hair for the first time, or you have been doing it for the longest time, the information here in should be very helpful. Have you been experiencing hair shedding, outright damage, or breakage each time after a relaxer?
There are a number of things you can do before you process your hair with chemicals to prevent any damage to your strands. Getting your hair ready for a relaxer is one of the best things you can do to facilitate the health of your hair. Keep reading to learn useful tips on treating hair before relaxers.
1. Clean your hair
Ensure that the last shampoo you do on your hair is done 3-5 days prior to a relaxer. During this wash, be sure to use a clarifying shampoo, in order to get rid of any deposits or product that has accumulated on your hair. A stripping shampoo that contains detergents, such as Sodium Lauryl or Ammonium Lauryl, should be strong enough to remove any build up and help you maintain clean hair.
2. Toughen your hair up
It is important for you to give your hair a protein treatment during the final wash prior to your relaxer. The treatment should be followed up by a good moisturizing and deep conditioning. Doing this helps in supplying your hair with a little more protein to be able to take the relaxer, as the relaxer will not compromise the strength of your hair when the bonds of your inner proteins are manipulated.
Conduct research on how to do a breakage assessment of your hair to determine if it is okay for you to relax your hair. The amount of protein treatment needed by your hair should be determined by the amount of hair breakage you notice during the breakage assessment.
3. Protect it
On the day of the relaxer, be sure to pay attention to the length as well as the ends of your strands. Unless you protect them, your hair shaft and ends are more vulnerable to damage during the relaxing process. Remember to apply a light coating of olive oil or castor oil on your scalp and the hair beyond the new growth. This prevents the rest of your hair from being re-relaxed when doing the final rinsing.
4. Strand test
Before the application of any relaxer, conduct a strand test, even if you may have used the same chemical before. This is because the human body changes, and so does the tolerance as well as allergies to specific products. Companies might also have changed the formulas over time.
A relaxer that may have worked well for you in the past, may not be good for you at the present. Therefore, conducting a strand test will always let you know where you stand with a specific relaxer.