By Winnie The Fashionista | Jul 05, 2018
Just like a chef baking a cake, you need the right ingredients to give you that va va voom volume. The relaxer you use is as important as anything else in your routine. Don’t just slap on any relaxer. Be deliberate in your product selection. The Profectiv Mega Growth Anti Damage No-Lye Relaxer is much raved about. It includes the ultimate protective blend of natural oils and conditioning proteins, helping to defend against breakage, split-ends and dryness. The Mega Growth 3-step System increases the strength of relaxed hair by up to 100%! How’s that for a relaxer?
Apart from relaxer, use volumizing hair sprays, mousses, creams and serums. After relaxing and treating your hair, it’s now time to style. Apply some volumizing products onto your hair and tease the hair. Do this by taking a section, and use a teasing comb to comb your hair from the ends back towards your roots. This creates volumes at your roots.
The bigger the better. Of course, use the biggest size commensurate with your hair length. Make sure you’re able to wrap your whole hair shaft around the roller. Smaller roller sets create tighter curls while bigger rollers create bigger curls. Comb out your curls into a volume-filled hairdo.
The beauty of Bantu knots is that they can be worn on any hair texture and length. Bantu knots are small buns secured with bobby pins. Once you undo the Bantu knots, you will be creating Bantu knot-outs. Use Bantu knot-outs to create some major volume on your relaxed hair. Apart from being fun and flirty, a good straw set also helps to create volume.
Ever heard of the term ‘’Texlaxing’’. If you haven’t, here’s the breakdown. It involves deliberately going against the relaxer’s instructions to avoid bone-straight relaxed hair. Texlaxing is not for the faint-hearted but it pays off. People mostly do it at home as opposed to getting it done at the salon. What you do is you follow all the instructions apart from the timing. Leave the relaxer on for between 3 to 10 minutes. Timing is crucial to ensure your hair is not relaxed all the way straight. The end result is fuller tresses.
There’s something about lived-in hair. It tends to have more body than relaxed hair that is constantly being washed and treated and relaxed. So hit the shampoo less often than you would and you will soon see the change.
Curling irons, wands and flat irons will help you create some magazine-worthy curls and volume. But in the long run, your hair becomes thinner due to the overuse of heat appliances. If you use heat, limit the frequency and use a heat protectant before curling away.
A blow dry session usually follows your weekly or bi-weekly treatments. What if you switch out the blow dry for natural air-drying? This will do you a world of good. Apart from preventing heat damage, you will actually gain a lot more volume. If you do decide to blow-dry, use the ‘’Tension method’’. Section your hair into small, manageable sections. Take one section and pull it at the ends as if stretching it. Take a blow dryer and set it to the lowest heat setting. Instead of using a blow-dryer comb, use the bare blow drier in a downward motion along your hair.
Check out 7 Tips To Help You Transition From Relaxed To Natural Hair for a complete guide to relaxed hair.
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