Health Check: Things To Know Before Relaxing Your Hair
Can you relax?
Every woman is stricken by the idea of relaxing her hair at some point or the other in her life. You just want to let your hair loose and cut out the drama that comes with unrelaxed hair (though that’s not all true). Relaxers can either make or break you. A lot of which depends on all the pre-processing involved in the project – your hair! Here are some steps devised to ensure that you have a checklist in place before, so to enjoy your relaxed hair a bit more, after.
1. Check For Porosity
Extremely porous hair is a no-no for relaxing. It absorbs too many chemicals and becomes dry. You can even do this test at home. Take some loose strands of your hair and put them in water. The preferable non-porous hair would float but the porous strands will sink in.
2. Check For Strands
Every girl’s hair is unique. No matter how much research data is available, you can’t be sure how your tresses are going to react to relaxing. Prototype the relaxation process with a small strand of your hair. This is a test especially for the newbies in relaxed hair.
3. Make It Dirty
Don’t fall too much for the emotion. Just unlock a shampoo-free week for your hair. Keep yourself away from any kind of washing and scratching of your scalp. ‘Cause a burning scalp will be the last thing you want when relaxing your hair.
4. Loosen It Up
There is no need to create heavy curly styles on your hair, when you are going to get them relaxed the following week. Release those braids, buns or tight updos and keep your hair loose. Ain’t no stylist got time for broken hair!
5. Oil Your Nappy Hair
One tip to bear in mind post your relaxing routine is to gently apply some oil with your fingers on to your nappy hair. The oil will ensure a smooth running of the comb when your stylist works at it. And what better than oil which will also calm your hair’s thirst for moisture.