I bet you still cannot figure out why exactly your relaxed hair is growing from the roots but cannot pass chin-length, even after all these years of relaxing your lovely black hair. I also bet you are wondering why your hair is, instead of getting thicker and longer, getting shorter and scanty.
Do not listen to those girls telling you that your hair is like that because you put relaxer in it. Know today that there are a number of naturalistas with nasty natural hair out there.
It is not about the relaxer. It is about the maintenance.
It is very possible to have long healthy relaxed hair but you are going to have to put in some effort. Relaxers are not hair poisons as somebody people are made to believe. A number of relaxers contain olive oil and avocado, both of which are fantastic ingredients for luscious black hair. Like I said before, it is not the relaxer that destroys your hair, it is the maintenance.
You want long relaxed hair? Here’s how to get it.
1. Use a sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfate is a chemical that is present in most shampoos and soaps. It is perfect for thoroughly cleansing your hair but when used frequently, can cause some serious breakage. So when next you are shopping for shampoo, check the ingredients and drop it if it contains sulfate. Instead, buy a shampoo with all natural or mostly natural ingredients. Shea Moisture is quite expensive but it has one of the best shampoos in the market. Another great choice is El-glittas. A new shampoo but with 100% natural composition. All the ingredients in the shampoo are natural.
2. Deep Condition. Deep condition. Deep condition. Get quality conditioner. It might be just a little expensive, but it is worth it. The reason you can not and should not use the regular N250-N300 conditioner is because they are jam-packed with orisirisi chemicals that would not do the magic you want on your hair. You deep condition your hair by applying the conditioner to your hair roots, covering it up with a shower cap and sitting under a dryer. It is also referred to as steaming. Try homemade deep conditioners, hair mayonnaise, Cantu and Shea Moisture.
3. Trim those ends. The reason you are not retaining any length is because your dead and split ends are still hanging on to your healthy hair. Always trim your hair before you relax your it. Let it go, it’s hair, it would grow back. The more you leave those over-relaxed ends, the shorter your hair becomes.
4. Relax every 6 months or more. Leave an interval of six months between each relaxer. That long break would allow your hair grow and the relaxed ends get strong and thick again. The chemicals inside the relaxer wears off a bit. If you relax every four/three or even two months, your hair would fall off your head, yes. Leave six-eight months between your relaxers. You would notice the difference.
5. Use a neutralizing shampoo after each relaxer. According to Leaf, a neutralizing shampoo helps to re-balance the pH level of the hair. Hair sprays, gels and colours can all affect your hair’s natural pH balance. Neutralizing shampoo works by neutralizing any alkali and caustic residues in your hair. Your hair should be at a pH level between 4.5 and 5.5. Look for a shampoo with a listed pH of around 5.
6. Make sure your hair is always moisturized. You do not need to be a naturalista to have constantly moisturized hair. All kinds of hair needs proper moisture. Get a bottle of olive oil or coconut oil as these are the top two oils for hair moisture and strand penetration (not all oils are able to enter into the hair shaft). Moisturized hair experiences less breakage and those oils make the hair grow longer and thicker.
7. Avoid tight hairstyles. Go loose on your braids and reduce the amount of hair bonding (glue) going on your head. These could cause bald spots and scalp bleeding, yes. If your braids are too tight, take them out.
8. Reduce heat. Do less of heat i.e. flat-irons, hair dryers with intense heat and all of your fancy heat tools. Just do less of it. I see a lot of females setting their hair almost every month. Reduce this, it is unhealthy for your hair. Try using heat just once every three months, and even then, make sure your hairdresser is using a heat protector.
9. Let your hair breathe. Once you take out your hairstyle, let your hair breathe for a week or two or even more before you get it done again. And during that breathing period, you should wash, deep condition and keep your hair moisturized.
10. Use the right relaxer. Make sure there are natural ingredients in there. The relaxer my mom uses has avocado and olive oil which, like I said earlier, are fantastic for the hair. Don’t just buy anything and put on your hair. It might be expensive, but better to spend a little extra cash than to end up bald.
11. Let it be. Keep your hands out of your hair. Just leave it to grow and be beautiful.
Follow these rules and you would notice your relaxed hair is growing longer and thicker.