Relaxing natural hair can be quite the experience. Actually, every mega hair change is. But unique to this case, there are some things you should note before you dive in.
The past couple of years have seen a tremendous rise in women growing their natural hair. Loads of women started discussing and embracing their natural hair (curls, coils and all). And it really became a #BlackGirlMagicMoment. However, what do you do when you no longer want to keep your hair natural? Do you just start relaxing natural hair like the last 10 inches of natural hair growth never happened? Or is there more to this?
Well, if you’re like some women we know and want to break up with the natural hair community, we’ve got you. We have some pointers that will help you do it seamlessly and with the least amount of stress.
Here are a few things you should know pre-breakup on how to go about relaxing natural hair.
Make sure you really want to relax your natural hair. We know how hard it is to grow natural hair, especially in Nigerian weather that can be very unforgiving. Give yourself some time to really think things through. Are you sure you want to relax? Do you need to try another regimen out first?
Call a professional
We love a good DIY as much as the next girl, but when it comes to relaxing natural hair, we recommend calling for help. A great stylist will be able to examine your hair, check for damage, and recommend the best relaxer for the job. Be sure to insist on a strand test first to make sure you’re not allergic to the relaxer for a great experience.
Prep – Detangle, detangle, detangle
Your hair has been free from harsh chemicals for a while now, so you need to prepare it for what’s to come. The tiniest scratch or irritation on your scalp can cause you pain, so you need to make sure the application is as smooth as possible. Comb your hair free of knots and tangles with a wide-toothed comb and then use a smaller brush to ensure the hair is completely knot free.
Use a base cream
It is very important to use a base cream to protect your scalp and skin. Relaxers have so many harsh chemicals in them like lye and calcium hydroxide that could really harm your skin. Using a base cream or protective gel keeps these ingredients from absorbing into your skin. And it also protects your scalp from getting burned or irritated.
Relax for less time
When relaxing natural hair, leave the relaxer on for less time. We would recommend leaving it on for about 80% of the recommended time. Overprocessing your hair leaves you with dry and brittle hair that could easily break and fall off. Relaxing for less time enables your hair to still hang on to its bounce and fullness. We also recommend leaving a rest time of 6 weeks between relaxers for your hair to fully recover.
Take a look at hair stylist, Terry J Beauty and how she relaxed a clients hair from its natural state.
Featured Image: YouTube via Terry J Beauty
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