Relaxing is the most effective method to permanently straighten naturally curly or wavy hair. This chemical straightening process changes the disulfide bonds of keratin in your hair, which determine the natural shape of the hair fiber. Once those bonds break, the relaxers can change the keratin into the desired shape. The process is permanent until the straightened hair grows out and the new hair emerges with its natural, original 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 the relaxer, as well as the technique that is best suited to your hair. It’s highly recommended that you have the treatment performed by a professional cosmetologist. A professional will carefully evaluate your hair texture and porosity to determine the strength of the relaxer that should be used for your particular hair type. When not applied properly, chemical hair relaxers can cause allergic reactions, itching, and burns on the scalp, and permanent damage to the hair shaft.
If you decide to relax your hair, be prepared to pay special attention to it; relaxed hair will require an extra dose of patience and special ongoing treatment. Keeping this hair healthy, shiny, and smooth is possible if you learn how to properly take care of your relaxed manes.
Since relaxed hair tends to become dry, wash your hair once to twice a week with a moisturizing sulfate free shampoo and use a regular conditioner after every wash.
Gentle sulfate-free shampoo formula removes excess oil, dirt, and product build-up without over-stripping your fragile relaxed hair. It leaves hair clean, well moisturized, and soft. It helps to prepare your locks to better absorb the following conditioning treatment.
Rub shampoo between palms and gently massage into a lather. Relaxed hair tangles easily when wet. Avoid vigorous scrubbing when shampooing your hair, as this can cause tangles and may lead to breakage. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
Rinse Out Conditioner
Use regular conditioner after every shampoo and deep condition at least every fortnight. Some products can be used as a normal conditioner or a deep conditioner.
A rinse out conditioner infuses chemically relaxed hair with moisture and lubricates your dry and brittle strands to make combing easier. It helps improve hair texture, decreases friction, and protects hair against split ends and breakage. Select a gentle, chemical-free formula with good detangling ability, that will infuse your dehydrated hair with moisture, 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 conditioner in for 1-2 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Leave in Conditioner for Relaxed Hair
Relaxed hair is prone to breakage and should be treated with a leave-in conditioner after every wash. Leave in conditioner helps minimize breakage during detangling and works as a protective barrier against UV rays. It seals the cuticles, restores moisture level, and combats static electricity. The product helps minimize damage from heat styling, gives your hair a silky texture, and enhances shine.
Chose a lightweight formula with naturally-derived ingredients that protect your chemically treated hair without hair down.
After shampooing, apply a small amount to towel-dried hair, concentrating on the mid-lengths and ends.
Deep Conditioner for Relaxed Hair
This conditioning product 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 uses will restore your chemically damaged and brittle hair to a healthier state.
Select 100% natural formula rich in the nutrients that feed the hair and provide nourishment and hydration. MicMas ReMiX Deep Conditioner 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 prevents hair loss, and makes hair shiny and lustrous. This product may not work for you if you’re prone to oily hair.
Redeem Ultra Hydrating Conditioner is another chemical-free intensive care conditioning product that repairs and restores damaged natural hair.
Protein Treatment for Relaxed Hair
Affirm FiberGuard Sustenance Fortifying Treatment is very useful to put protein back in your hair immediately after you wash out relaxer with water. The conditioning complex penetrates the hair shaft while the cuticles are still open from a relaxer. The treatment adds back the lost protein and moisture to the hair and works to strengthen hair fibers.
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 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. Make sure to follow directions and you will notice a great improvement in the appearance of your hair, and you may also experience less breakage.
You should do a hot-oil treatment on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to add extra moisture and shine to your relaxed hair.
KeraCare Essential Oils for Hair is a light 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 for daily styling, before heat styling, and as a hot-oil treatment.