• NON-Exhaustive Guide to Relaxed Hair (Part 2)

    8. Clarifying and Chelating

    clarifying typically involves removing any product buildup from hair products. Can be done once every two week, or once a month, or once every few months depending on how much product you use.

    If your hair is not responding to anything you do it, and if feeling very dry despite moisturizing, you might need to clarify.

    clarifying should always be followed with a deep condition

    Chelating is the process of removing deposits that are typically present right after a relaxer or perm (curly type). They are typically made with an ammonia sulfate base and mimic dish washing detergent. (Which you can also dilute a bit in place of a neutralizing shampoo if you run out of neutralizing shampoo depending on how much hair you have). After relaxing it is important to completely remove any potassium, sodium, or calcium deposits. most womenís ill wash 3-5 times after relaxing, but it is best to chelate at least 1-2 times more during the week to ensure your hair can breathe, and is not still covered with drying deposits.

    chelating can also be used if you have hard water as well, about once a month, and should also be followed with a deep condition.


    9. Styling

    While styling is fun, and can lead to new ideas, thereís a few rules of thumb that should be followed, as styling can cause quite a bit of damage as well.

    A few doníts:

    • Pulling the hair too tightly into braids, twists, or buns
    • Combing or brushing too quickly and with too much force
    • using very small rubber bands that rip and snag the hair
    • using fine tooth combs to detangle
    • leaving your ends exposed to extreme weather with no product to protect them, or having them run over your clothes
    • Using drying hair sprays Or mousses.
    • Parting in the exact same area constantly


    Always be sure to handle your hair gently, and to make sure styles are secure but not pulled too tightly.

    if you are wearing twists or braids, be sure to moisturize them with a leave in, oil, cream, or butter.

    Give your edges a break as well. Constantly sleeping your edges back with gel, or holding putty is a sure fire way to thin your edges out. It may look good with your style and give you a sleek look, but eventually your edges can weaken, and can lead to traction alopecia.

    oil your edges, and gently brush them to distribute the oil, and leave them alone for a few weeks at a time.


    10. Heat

    Of course we all like a sleek, flat ironed look from time to time (I know I do ), but mitigating heat is essential, if you wish to have long relaxed hair. Excessive heat usage can cause breakage, dryness, thinning, and can even loosen up curl patterns in natural hair, as well as further straighten any texture in ladies with texlaxed( relaxed hair that still has a bit of wave or texture to it), or texturized hair.

    While I wouldnít recommend flat ironing or heat styling more than twice a year, heat usage should be pushed back to at least once every month or every two months.

    Always be sure to use a heat protectant, and moisturize your ends and seal lightly for however long you will be keeping your flat ironed or heat styled style.

    11. Protective styling

    I believe my hair is as long as it is now, would be due to protective styling.

    Buns, braids, flat twists, twists, Bantu knots, and wraps are all perfect for protecting your ends, and ensuring low manipulation depending on how long you keep your protective style.

    Be be sure to keep scalp moisturized if it is prone to dryness.

    Its best to not wash in a protective style due to any extra tangling that may occur.

    If you need to cleanse your scalp and you wish to keep your braids or twists, and you must wash with your braids or twists in, concentrate on the scalp only, and be sure to moisturize your length and ends. Either conditioning or using your leave ins. Be sure to seal if you need to as well.

    12. Night time and Sleeping


    with ethnic hair whether natural or relaxed it is extremely important to protect your hair while you sleep. We all know cotton pillow cases suck up moisture.


    Wear a satin scarf, bonnet, or sleep on a satin pillow case to protect your hair at night.


    If you wish to sleep in a protective style, feel free to do so.


    13. Color treated Hair


    With color treated relaxed hair be sure to keep on top of moisture and moisture treatments. You can opt for protein layering (will be explained later), to really target the color treated areas as well.


    If your hair is bleached, during your touch ups be sure to ask about Olaplex (can help with mitigating damage), during your salon visit, or order the No.3 solution if your touch up at home. You can also buy hair treatments and leave-ins containing panthenol which helps patch up hair.


    Semi-Demi Pernanent dye jobs should follow moisture/protein protocol as mentioned before, and you may also want to look into ordering the No.3 solution from olaplex.


    Heres there online store Olaplex.com


    14. Moisturizing and Sealing


    Typically if you moisturize itís a good idea to seal so that your product doesnít evaporate from your hair causing dryness.


    No need to go overboard, but itís usually a good idea to moisture your mid length all the way down to the tops and seal with an oil, cream, serum, or butter of your choice.


    if you are heavy handed with your products, or have fine hair try to find a light moisturizer, and seal with a bit less oil.


    If if you have a bit denser or thicker hair then adjust accordingly.
    This article was originally published in blog: NON-Exhaustive Guide to Relaxed Hair (Part 2) started by AutobotsAttack
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