Although more and more women are ditching the creamy crack in favour of growing their afros, not many are willing to give it up and put up with all the work required to maintain a healthy-looking afro.
Although relaxing ones hair seems like the easier thing to do, there are also a lot of rules that go into the process. According to Ethnic Hair Care, here are a few of the things you should and should not do.
- Stick to the time guidelines on the instructions
- Add a coat of oil or conditioner to the previously relaxed hair to protect it
- Add oil to the hairline as well to protect it
- Only apply relaxer to new growth at the roots if you have relaxed your hair before
- Wait 8 weeks before relaxing again
- Avoid touching the scalp
- Wash hair 3-5 days prior to relaxing
- Apply relaxer to the edges and nape first
- Be rough when you detangle your hair. Start by working through your new growth with your fingers the night before your touch-up so that your scalp has a chance to rest. After using your fingers, use a wide-tooth comb to work only through your hair
- Use regular shampoo. This is because you need a neutralising shampoo as it stops the relaxing process. If you don't use it, your hair will break and fall
- Skip conditioning. This helps restore the hair.
- Mix different brands of relaxer during the same application
- Comb the relaxer through the roots. Combing can lead to severe breakage. Only use your fingers to smooth the chemicals through.
- Scratch hair or scalp for a few days after relaxing
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