Sunday, 27 September 2009

Online Article - The Truth About Hair Relaxers by Cassia McCain

I found these articles interesting, so I am sharing them. That's all.
I have included it here so that others may read and decide for themselves.
I am not saying you shouldn't relax your hair although after reading you may no longer wish to.

At the end of the day, it's your hair and you are of course free to do whatever you want to it, same way I was free to wear my hair natural and then lock it as I fancied.

Just sharing the info. Feel free to add other articles (for or against) to the comments section.

Respect xx

see also

Emotive but balanced; 

Which is better? lye or no-lye relaxer?

10 reasons not to put relaxer on a child's hair (possibly biased)

And finally -
How to Keep Relaxed Hair Healthy

This is the wiki article here.

  1. Relax your hair every 6 to 8 weeks depending on your hair's needs. Do not relax your hair every time new growth appears, since relaxing too often causes damage to the hair. For one week following your relaxer, use a reconstructor instead of your regular conditioner when you wash your hair. Aphogee makes an excellent reconstructor and shampoo. After a week return to your regular Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
  2. Wash and condition your hair every 4 to 7 days. Try to use mild and gentle shampoo and conditioner designed for chemically-treated hair. Paul Mitchell is an excellent line for damaged/chemically-treated hair. Using a deep conditioner that contains both protein and moisture once per week is ideal.  Chemically-treated hair must always be treated with a leave-in conditioner after every wash. Comb the wet hair with a wide tooth comb or shower/detangling comb as the wet hair is in its most vulnerable state and is more likely to break.
  3. For those who need to wash more frequently than every 4-7 days, cowashing is an excellent alternative to the wash/condition. Cowashing is washing your hair with a lightweight preferably moisturizing conditioner, eliminating the shampoo step which can be very drying to chemically treated/damaged hair when done relatively too frequently. Many with relaxed hair cowash daily. For best results, simply rinse the hair well with warm water, and apply conditioner to the hair, starting about 2 inches away from the scalp, and smooth it through to the ends. Apply more to the ends if they are dry. Avoid applying conditioner to the scalp unless it is dry. Rinse conditioner very well.
  4. It is best to avoid using heat to dry your hair, especially if the relaxed hair is somewhat damaged. However, if your hair is healthy and you prefer heat, you can either blow dry the hair on low heat or use a hood dryer with magnetic rollers. The hair should be completely dry before you use a curling or flat iron on it. Make sure to use a heat protection product prior to any heat use.
  5. When using a curling iron to style your hair, do not allow the barrel cover to clamp down on your hair. Hold the barrel cover slightly open and allow the hair to move over the curling iron barrel without the tugging and pulling caused by pressure from the barrel cover. Whenever the barrel cover clamps down on your hair it creates a weak point at which breakage is inevitable.
  6. An ionic, ceramic curling iron or flat iron works well and is easy to find. You can also invest in heat appliances utilising tourmaline, ionic technology having temperature controls. Relaxed hair can be easily styled at 300 degrees or less. Try to use heat protective products (serums or creams, not oils) prior to any and all heat styling.
  7. Never use hair oil on relaxed hair as a moisturizer as oil does NOT moisturize the hair but rather functions as a sealant (meaning it protects the cuticle layer from damage and moisture loss). If your hair is well conditioned you won't need any daily moisturizers at all--you can instead apply a small amount oil daily. For best results, choose a lightweight oil (such as jojoba, coconut, almond, or olive oil) rub a small amount (1-2 drops) in the palms and spread lightly through the hair, focusing on the ends of the hair and then work up toward the rest of the hair length. Applying a small amount of oil can act as a leave-in conditioner and provides excellent conditioning in preparation for the next shampooing.
  8. Use as little heat as possible with your hair as heat can only do more damage to relaxed hair. It's ok to style your hair with a curling iron occasionally, however a rollerset is the best method. If you want to maintain a curly look over a few days, pincurling is a healthy option. Be sure to use hair-friendly pins and a satin bonnet to prevent dryness and breakage over night.
  9. Water based moisturizers are best for all hair types, although leave-in conditioners can double as moisturizer for the hair. Avoid moisturizers with petrolatum and mineral oil unless you wash/condition and/or cowash regularly.
  10. Applying a moisturizing conditioner to dry hair for 30 minutes to an hour and following with a warm/cool water rinse can help maintain the hair's moisture balance and make it more pliable.
  11. Drink plenty of water daily, get enough of rest, eat well, alleviate stress, and exercise regularly to produce the healthiest hair possible. Take a multi-vitamin, Biotin, Omega-3 Oil, and other supplements as needed.


Gigglz said...

I was a little lazy and skimmed over this post, but I wanted to comment on your locks! Girl, don't have lock envy seriously your locks look just the way you looked with loose hair and isn't that the look we were all trying to achieve but less maintenance (sort of). In any event, I think your locks are coming along quite nicely and you look great wearing them!!

Bajan Lily said...

Hey! Ain't no harm in skimming too :)
Thanks for the vote of confidence re: my locks - you know how hard the journey has been (lol), sometimes I've been less than impressed!

I got some new pictures because my husband finally said something like "oh, that looks nice".... (apparently he doesn't really like them at all!)


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