Relaxing hair gives you six to eight weeks or so of beautifully straight and silky hair. However, the transition from relaxed hair into natural hair is tough – odd curly bits, split ends and endless breakage. With these 6 steps, you can move from relaxed hair to natural hair again without much fuss.
Get a trim or a brand new haircut! If you can’t part with long hair, just get your hair stylist to cut off the ends. Or better yet, get a short hair cut.
Stop all the damage you’re doing to your hair. Put blow-dryers, flat irons and brushes away. Instead, let hair air-dry after showering, and make sure you towel your hair dry by blotting/patting, not rubbing. Style your hair without heat tools. Although frizz may pop up and your hair will have two textures, it can be hidden. Depending on your face shape and natural texture, you can have a semi-tight high ponytail, extensions, a loose bun, and braids. Although the twist of braids and cornrows may damage your hair, it is much less damage a flat iron and blow-dryer would do.
Don’t wash your hair too frequently. The natural oils that build up replenish the moisture and delay damage. If possible, try to wash your hair 1-2 times a week.
Always use conditioner after shampooing. (Only neaten up your hair/part it with a wide tooth comb while your hair has conditioner in it) If your hair is thick, you can use a heavy conditioner daily as long as you rinse it out. If your hair is fine, use a lighter conditioner.
Use deep-conditioning treatments 1-3 times a week. Expensive brands are not needed – extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil are inexpensive oils that penetrate into the hair’s cortex, truly repairing it and not just coating the hair strand.
Protect your hair when you go out. Use snag-free hair ties, and avoid tying hair too tightly. If that makes hair too greasy, use a leave-in conditioner with moisturizing ingredients and a UV filter to protect hair from the sun’s harmful rays. You can even wear a hat when you go out.
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• The oils mentioned above for a deep conditioning treatment should be left on your hair for an hour and more. Wear a shower cap over your hair for minimal discomfort.
• Micro-fiber hair towels are great, as they don’t pull on your hair when you blot your hair dry.
• Drugstore and salon deep conditioning treatments DO NOT have to be left on for long periods, despite the claims.
• If you have your eye on an expensive deep conditioning treatment, check reviews online and also research a bit on impressive sounding ingredients. Don’t be fooled by pretty words that make a product seem magical.