There are many practices that people do unknowingly and knowingly to their hair that isn’t recommended. In order to achieve and have healthy relaxed hair, it’s imperative to make sure you’re doing the right things that will benefit you and the hair.
- Relaxing way too often. It’s recommended to relax your hair every 8-10 weeks in order to avoid overlapping and over processing the hair. Relaxing earlier then that can cause serious breakage and damage.
- Using products that contain petroleum, mineral oil or alcohol. Products like grease for example that contain petroleum or mineral oil coats your mane rather than moisturize. Coating with petroleum or mineral based products will clog the pores in your scalp, thus preventing healthy hair growth.
- Not incorporating natural oils into your regimen. Natural oils such as avocado oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, safflower oil, sweet almond oil, mustard seed oil, sesame seed oil, rosemary oil and lavender oil are all beneficial to black hair for their natural properties.
- Not moisturizing and sealing regularly. Black relaxed hair is very fragile and tends to get really dry easily. In order to maintain the health of relaxed hair and promote growth, it’s imperative to keep it moisturized and sealed especially the ends. This regular routine will also give the hair more life.
- Using heat way too often. Blow drying, curling, and flat ironing can definitely cause damage if used too much. It’s important to limit the amount of direct heat to keep and repair its health. This is especially important for those who are on a hair journey. When using heat every so often, make sure to use a heat protectant.
- Using shampoos that contain sulfate ingredients. Sulfate shampoos and conditioners can make relaxed mane unnecessarily dry.
- Not keeping your ends clipped and trimmed. There’s a common mindset that clipping or trimming will set back your growth journey or that it’s not necessarily needed. This is far from the truth. It’s actually important to always get your regular trim done so those splits ends will not travel up the hair and require you to get a bigger chop. It doesn’t look good and healthy to have split ended bra-strap length hair.
- Not deep conditioning. Deep conditioning is a process where you apply your favorite deep conditioner of choice to your hair after shampooing and then covering it with saran wrap or a plastic cap. Leaving this on for half and hour will restore moisture and all the needed nutrients that your hair has been stripped of or lacks. You can also go under a dryer.
- Not using a wide-tooth comb to de-tangle. It’s very important to use a wide-tooth comb so you can minimize the amount of breakage that a small-tooth comb can do. Black hair is fragile and needs the utmost care.
- Not using a leave-in conditioner. As mentioned before it’s very important to keep your relaxed hair moisturized in order to see success. A leave-in conditioner is food for the mane.
- Not using protective styles. Protective hair styles like a bun, chignon, French braids, braids and a phony ponytail for example can really give your mane and ends a well needed break. This is extremely important for those looking to achieve length with their relaxed mane. Too much stress on the hair will ultimately hinder its growth process.
- Not drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy and balanced diet. You are what you eat and what’s going on in the inside reflects on the outside. Make sure to drink a considerable amount of water daily and have fruits, vegetables and protein regularly.