Do’s And Don’ts In Relaxing Your Hair
Overlapping and over-processing are two of the biggest hair crimes you can commit when you have relaxed hair. Overlapping is when you apply fresh relaxer on top of previously relaxed hair. It’s important to let the new growth grow out to at least 1″ before you do a touch-up. Over-processing leads to dryness and breakage.
Relaxing your hair every 4-6 weeks is simply too short of a time frame for enough new growth to appear. Stretching your hair at least 10-12 weeks will give you more than enough new growth for a touch-up. This way, you can clearly see where the line of demarcation is to apply my relaxer.
For extra measures, protect your previously relaxed hair with conditioner or a thick oil to prevent possible overlapping.
Leaving relaxer on way too long, longer than the recommended time on your relaxer kits are considered over-processing. Going past the suggested time frame can make your hair overly straight, harm your scalp and make you prone to breakage.
You don’t need to sit with your relaxer on as some stylist advice, doing that will leave your hair in a terrible state. Always endeavour to apply and smoothen your relaxers in 20-25 minutes. I repeat don’t sit with the relaxer in your hair.
Never apply relaxer to the nape first! This area is very fragile and should be handled with care. Wherever you apply the relaxer first tends to process the longest, and if you are not careful, it can lead to over-processed hair. Apply the relaxer to the nape towards the end of the session.