Stretching Relaxers For Healthier Hair
Hair can be significantly weakened by overlapping applications of chemical hair relaxers, leading to brittleness, breakage, hair loss, thinning and scalp irritation. Stretching your relaxer has many benefits such as length retention and hair thickness. The purpose of a touchup is to straighten the new growth. A lot of women choose to relax their hair religiously every 6 weeks. With the growth rate of hair being an average of Â½ inch every month, youâ€™re bound to overlap your new relaxer on already relaxed hair. Most hair stylist recommends that relaxers be retouched every 4-6 weeks but a healthy stretch is at least 10-12 weeks.
When stretching relaxers, hair should always be moisturized. It is important to deep condition your hair weekly, this will contribute to softness of your new growth. New growth is the strongest part of your hair so the weakest portion, which is the ends need the most attention. Often times, hair began to break when itâ€™s stretch. This is due to the delicate nature of the relaxed hair. Sometimes when the new growth meets the demarcation line (the line defining the boundary between the new growth and relax hair) the relaxed hair tends to break off because itâ€™s not as strong. A good remedy for this would be the use of monthly protein treatments. Hair is primarily made up of a protein called keratin. When hair is relaxed the keratin bonds are broken to straighten the hair. Protein treatments help to restore the strength of the hair strand. Protein needs to be balanced with moisture, because too much protein will eventually dry out your hair.
It is also important to reduce manipulation of your hair while stretching your relaxed hair especially in the latter weeks. Some styles you can wear to prevent breakage are braids, buns, the twist and curl, braid-outs and roller sets. Another thing to remember is that mild shampoos are best for relaxed hair. Shampoos that contain sulfates often dry out relaxed hair.
You may have to gradually ease into stretching until your hair becomes trained. If so, try increasing your stretch a week more each time. Stretching your relaxer is a great way to maintain healthy relaxed hair. So just try itâ€¦and your hair will love you for it!