Prep your relaxed hair for winter


We had a chat with Hanson Ndabeni, the national education manager for Dark and Lovely about how maintain healthy relaxed hair as the temperature drops.

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In winter hair deserves extra TLC, but relaxed hair needs special treatment because of the chemical processes. Relaxers reduce your curl by breaking down the strand and chemically altering the texture.

Never apply relaxer to previously processed hair and ensure that you do not leave the chemicals on for too long.

For relaxed hair, the most basic weekly routine should include: wash, condition, moisturise. A deep conditioner or mask once every two weeks is vital. Hair maskswork best when you apply heat. After you’ve applied the product, pop on a shower cap and sit under a hair dryer for +/- 20 minutes.

If you don’t have a hair dryerthen just leave the shower cap on for 30 minutes to allow your body heat to do the job. The heat allows the hair shaft to swell so the treatment can penetrate the hair shaft.


Some of your hair’s natural oils will be stripped away by the relaxing process. Keep your hair properly moisturised as it’ll prevent breakage.


Your ends are the oldest and most fragile parts. If left unchecked the damage will continue down the hair shaft, you hair will become weaker and eventually break off. Trim your ends as soon as you notice any split ends.


Wear protective styles because they keep your hairs ends up and out of sight. Protective styles keep your ends “protected” so you have less breakage.

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