When your hair is chemically processed to be straight, it is important to implement certain habits into your hair care regime. Of course the importance of retaining moisture and length are at the top of the list. Today we will focus the essential things to do when maintaining relaxed hair.
Tips for Maintaining Relaxed Hair
First off, before implementing anything into your hair care routine-make sure that you are not over processing your hair. Over processing occurs when you apply relaxer to hair that is not new growth.
This is a common error with relaxer application especially when it is applied in a “do it yourself” method. Over processing your hair can result in a stunt in hair growth and also dry brittle hair which is unable to retain moisture.
Deep conditioning your hair once or twice a week will work wonders in maintaining a silky smooth texture, especially since relaxer tends to dry out your hair.
An excellent product for deep conditioning is hair cholesterol. Try to opt for a brand infused with natural oils such as jojoba or coconut oil. Hair cholesterol can be applied after you shampoo your hair or it can be used in a co-washing method.
Moisturizing your hair on a daily basis is important to maintain your relaxed hair health. A good moisturizer will have water as the first ingredient and will be void of mineral oil.
Try not to overdo moisturizing your hair, only a dime size drop is needed for shoulder length hair so that is a good guideline to go by.
After applying moisturizer to your hair make sure to finish it off by sealing in your hair with a natural oil. Some good examples of sealants are shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil, or Jamaican black castor oil.
Last but not least- trimming! Trimming your ends is extremely important in maintaining a healthy head of hair. There is no right or wrong way to trim your hair because everyone is different.
Essentially you will want to trim off any split ends so that your hair looks uniform. Trimming also helps you achieve length in your hair.