Relaxers & Healthier Alternatives 

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 advant

age 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.

Healthier Alternatives: 

Caramel Treatment- The caramel treatment can help loosening tight coils, as well as reduce shrinkage, due to the added weight of the product as well as the increased moisture levels in the hair. When these ingredients are combined they can soften and hydrate dry brittle rough hair.

Coconut Cream Natural Relaxer is a hair treatment that helps to detangle your hair while making it softer and easier to manage. It also helps to treat damaged and brittle hair. This homemade hair treatment contains a balance of proteins and natural moisturizers that help to strengthen the hair from root to tip.

Henna Treatments- Henna helps to condition, soften, and loosening tight curls making them easier to manage and style. 

Keratin Treatments- Keratin is a protein found naturally in your hair. It can fill in gaps in the hair cuticle that are cracked, dry, or damaged. Keratin treatments protect and smooth hair shafts by coating the hair follicle. Keratin treatments will minimize frizz while enhancing the appearance of the natural wave/curl. If you have straight, frizzy hair, this treatment will eliminate frizz and promote radiant shine. Keratin treatment is perfect for someone who is trying to move away from having relaxers and transition into natural hair.
Properly Prepare Your Hair For Your Next Relaxer

If you are relaxed or plan on relaxing your hair in the very near future there are some steps you will have to follow before chemically altering you hair! Five days before you relax clarify your hair to remove product build up. Follow up with a protein treatment three days before you relax. After you have relaxed and neutralized your hair follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner. You may also want consider using a apple cider vinegar rinse as your last treatment to restore the pH balance back to your hair. Apple cider vinegar is a natural product that can be used up to 3 times a week. Apply the vinegar rinse after rinsing out your conditioner. Then rinse the vinegar out with cool water to close up your hair follicles. You can also add apple cider vinegar to your natural oils for a great pre -poo treatment. Apple cider vinegar rinses not only leave your hair shiny and softer but, it instantly makes hair more manageable to detangle while wet.  

Stretch For As Long As Possible

Stretching out your relaxer is one of the best ways to avoid damage, over-processing, losing elasticity, or losing pH balance. Another advantage will be the visual aspect. When you decide to stretch out your relaxer you will be able to clearly see the difference between new growth and relaxed hair. This area between your new growth and relaxed hair is better known as the “line of demarcation”.  Being able to see your roots will allow you enough room to apply the relaxer onto your natural hair without overlapping or over processing previously relaxed hair. Typically women use relaxers once every 6-8 weeks. However, its best to try to stretch your relaxer for at least 12-16 weeks, if possible, to avoid unwanted damage or breakage.

Saran/Silk Wrap Moisturizing Method For Flat Ironed Or Relaxed Hair 

Silk wrap method is typically used by women with relaxed or flat ironed hair that find it hard to keep their hair moist and conditioned for long periods of time. The plastic from the saran wrap in combination with the heat of your body will give your hair a sauna effect that draws moisture from your body, and is collected and preserved by the plastic. The goal of the silk wrap method is to keep your hair moisturized to prevent breakage. The ends of your hair are really delicate, and are more prone to breakage, and must receive adequate levels of moisture. The silk wrap method can be used daily after moisturizing and sealing your hair to lock in moisture.

Most women with relaxed hair struggle with deciding to moisturize and seal their hair because they don’t want to weigh their hair down with products but, relaxed hair definitely needs to be sealed and moisturized. Try using light oils like jojoba oil or avocado oil and a dime size amount of water based leave in conditioner cream then apply it to the very ends of your hair. 

Wrap your hair at night by combing your hair to the left half forward, smoothing as you go. Using large bobby pins, place the first pin at the nape, then place one at the crown. Comb or brush the hair clockwise as you work, adding a bobby pin along the way about 2 inches from previous pin. Repeat until you work your way all the way back around to the first bobby pin. This method can also be used while your hair is in pin curls. Wrap the saran wrap around your entire head once wrapped to the left and once wrapped to the right to secure it from both sides and reduce slippage.