What Products to Use on Relaxed Hair?

Chemical hair relaxing is an effective way to permanently straighten naturally curly hair. Relaxing agents are strong chemicals that penetrate the hair shaft to reach its inner core-cortex. Relaxers have the power to break the internal bonds that are responsible for the shape of your hair. Once those bonds have been broken, the relaxers can rearrange hair structure into a straight form. The process is permanent until the straightened hair grows out and the new hair emerges with its original, curly shape.

Relaxing products usually come in a package set which includes relaxer, protective serum, normalizing shampoo, and protein treatment. It is very important to choose the right kind of relaxer and the technique that is best suited to your hair. It’s highly recommended that you have the treatment performed by a hair professional.

Your hair will carefully evaluate your hair texture and porosity to determine the strength of the relaxer that should be used for your particular hair type. Chemical relaxers can cause allergic reactions, burns on the scalp, and permanent damage to the hair when not properly applied.

a dark-skinned woman with beautifully styled relaxed hair

If you decide to relax your hair, be prepared to pay special attention to the upkeep. Relaxed hair requires an extra dose of patience and special ongoing treatment. Keeping relaxed hair healthy, shiny, and smooth will be easier if you know how to properly take care of your relaxed tresses.

Since relaxers can leave hair dry, wash your locks once to twice a week with a moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo and use a regular conditioner after each shampoo.

Shampoo for Relaxed Hair

This post contains links to Amazon. The publisher may get paid if You purchase something through the links without additional costs to You.

Gentle sulfate-free shampoo formula will remove excess oil, dirt, and product build-up without over-stripping your fragile relaxed hair. It will leave your hair clean, well moisturized, and soft.

Rub shampoo between palms and gently massage into a lather. Avoid vigorous scrubbing when shampooing your hair, as this can cause tangles and may lead to breakage. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.

Davines NOUNOU Hydrating Deep Shampoo is formulated specifically for chemically treated hair, such as relaxed or permed hair. The active ingredient is Fiaschetto tomato extract which has powerful antioxidative, hydrating, and nourishing properties. By replenishing moisture, this shampoo makes relaxed hair softer, shinier, and less prone to breakage.

African-American model with relaxed hair

Conditioner for Chemically Relaxed Hair

Use a regular conditioner after every shampoo and a deep conditioner at least every fortnight.

A rinse-out conditioner will infuse chemically relaxed hair with moisture and provide slip to dry and brittle strands. This will make combing easier. Conditioners help to improve hair texture, decrease friction, and protect hair against split ends and breakage.

Select a gentle, moisturizing formula with good detangling capability, that will infuse your dehydrated hair with moisture. Check the label and look for anti-fade plant extracts and antioxidant-rich oils for increased manageability, smoothness, and shine.

Apply a generous amount to your freshly shampooed damp hair. Massage gently into hair and scalp. Leave the conditioner in for 1-2 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

Some products can be used as a normal conditioner or a deep conditioner such as Davines NOUNOU Conditioner. When coupled with the matching Davines NOUNOU Shampoo, Davines NOUNOU Conditioner provides necessary hydration and nourishment for dry and brittle hair that has undergone harsh chemical treatments.

Leave-in Conditioner for Relaxed Tresses

Relaxed hair is prone to breakage and should be treated with a leave-in conditioner after every washing and conditioning. Leave in conditioner helps minimize breakage during detangling and works as a protective barrier against UV rays. It seals the cuticles, restores moisture levels, and eliminates static electricity. A leave-in conditioner helps minimize damage from heat styling, gives your hair a silky texture, and adds shine.

Chose a lightweight formula with naturally-derived ingredients that protect your chemically treated hair without weighing it down.

Design Essentials Natural Kukui & Coconut Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner is designed to provide intense moisture for extremely dry and brittle hair. It softens over-processed hair, prevents breakage, and adds radiant shine. Can be used on damp hair before styling or on dry hair between shampoos.

A beautiful dark-skinned girl with relaxed hair

Deep Conditioner for Relaxed Hair

This nourishing treatment penetrates deep into the hair shaft and infuses hair with long-lasting hydration. It helps improve hair texture, decreases static charge and friction, protects against breakage, and makes hair soft and manageable. A couple of deep conditioning treatments will restore your chemically damaged and brittle hair to a healthier state.

Select a natural formula rich in nutrients that provide nourishment and hydration. 

MicMas ReMiX Deep Conditioner OIL/Butter contains a blend of organic oils, Shea butter, unrefined mango butter, and raw honey. It provides hair with the essential proteins, locks in moisture, nourishes and soothes the dry and itchy scalp, helps prevent hair loss, and makes hair shiny and lustrous. This product may not work for you if you have oily hair.

Protein Treatments

Affirm FiberGuard Sustenance Fortifying Treatment is a good way to put proteins back in your hair immediately after you wash out a relaxer because the cuticles are still open. The conditioning complex of proteins and humectants penetrates the hair shaft to add back the lost protein and moisture and to repair damaged hair fibers.

It can be used as a deep conditioning treatment, but make sure to use it interchangeably with a deep moisturizing treatment.

You can mix Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein with your deep moisturizing conditioner and apply the mixture to your hair once a month or every other week. Make sure to follow the directions on the bottle. Keep away from the scalp and skin as this product can clog your pores. You can also add hydrolyzed proteins to your regular shampoo and conditioner. You will notice a great improvement in the appearance of your hair. You may also experience less breakage. 

Hot-Oil Treatments

To add extra moisture and shine to your relaxed hair, you should do a hot-oil treatment on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

KeraCare Essential Oils for Hair is a blend of natural oils, that protects against dryness and revitalizes chemically processed hair. The product absorbs quickly, without the greasy look or feel. It can be used to protect the hair before heat styling or as a nourishing hot-oil treatment.

A young dark-skinned woman with relaxed hair

Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. You shouldn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Last Updated on April 16, 2022 by Gaga

About the author

gaga@softerhair.com | Website | + posts

Gaga is a blogger and founder of the Softer Hair website. She often says that insomnia is to blame for her first blogging attempts. Being the night owl, she hated the morning alarm. She left her office job and returned to what she loved most - writing. Her pets are her coworkers, and she replaced the town crowd with a quiet neighborhood outside the city.


3 thoughts on “What Products to Use on Relaxed Hair?”

  1. If anyone keeping relaxed hair must use hair care products. What a fruitful post! It is good for hair to be relaxed. Thanks

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE MicMas Remix products. It has worked wonders in my hair. Very informative article!

  3. I agree with Saul that when you relax hair we need to use extra good hair products Just started using Micmas remix deep conditioner a month ago and my hair is permed n colored It has helped repair my processed hair very much.

Comments are closed.