relaxed protective styles

Don’t get me wrong, natural hair is great.

It’s a huge part of my identity, that’s why including people with 4C hair // coarse hair on this blog is so important to me. Representation matters.

Don’t make me feel crazy/stupid for wanting to see everyone in this community being treated fairly, you can’t say you like people with natural hair but put your back to them when they have coarse hair.

4C HAIR IS GOOD HAIR, pass it on.
4C HAIR IS GOOD HAIR, pass it on.
4C HAIR IS GOOD HAIR, pass it on.
4C HAIR IS GOOD HAIR, pass it on.
4C HAIR IS GOOD HAIR, pass it on.
4C HAIR IS GOOD HAIR, pass it on.
4C HAIR IS GOOD HAIR, pass it on.
4C HAIR IS GOOD HAIR, pass it on.

“natural hair is for broke bitches” “you gonna get a perm..soon?” “ur hair is so nappy like omg!!” “can i touch it?? it looks so soft” “you should get a weave”       “your hair doesn’t suit you”

Why Is Stretching Out Your Relaxer So Important 

Relaxers should be stretched out for as long as possible. When you stretch out your relaxers it gives your hair enough down time to recover from losing elasticity, strength, and pH balance.

 Another advantage of stretching out your relaxer will be the visual aspect. When you stretch out your relaxer you will be able to clearly see your “line of demarcation” that is where your natural roots stops and relaxed hair begins. 

Being able to see your roots will allow you to have enough room to apply the relaxer onto your natural hair without possibly over processing your hair by overlapping the relaxer onto your previously processed hair. Typically women touch up their roots every 6-8 weeks however, its better to retouch your hair every 12- 16 weeks to avoid damage or breakage.

How To Repair Over Processed Hair 

Try doing a protein treatment, neutralizing shampoo, or apple cider vinegar rinses. The protein treatment will strengthen and bring the elasticity back to your hair that you lost during the relaxing proce

ss. Using neutralizing shampoo lowers the pH balance levels in your hair normalizing them from the high levels that your hair incurred while relaxing. 

On average most relaxers range from a 14-12 on the pH balance scale which is way to high because your natural hair’s pH balance is somewhere around a 3.5- 4.5. Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar is a natural way to balance out your hair’s pH balance levels because the acv is low a low acidic similar to the pH balance of your hair. Deep conditioning your hair once a week or once every 2 weeks will also greatly benefit your hair.