Relax your hair the right way

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Most of us grew up having our hair relaxed and think we’re old pros at it. But read these tips to see if you might be doing something to compromise your hair health.

Go to a pro:

All chemical processes should be handled by a reputable hairstylist – and this includes relaxer. Get your relaxer touch-ups once every eight weeks and, whenever you go for your relaxer appointment, get your ends trimmed.

DIY diva: 

If you are touching up your relaxer at home, please follow all the instructions on the box (even if you’ve done this a million times!). Be sure to touch up only the re-growth at your roots. Applying relaxer on already-relaxed hair leads to overprocessing and breakage.

Moisturise: 

Using moisturising products is key! Wash your hair regularly with products designed for relaxed hair and deep condition as often as you can.

Heat free: 

Try to stay away from harsh heat appliances like flat irons. When you have your relaxer done, don’t be eager to get your hair blow-dried and flat ironed. Ask to have your hair dried in rollers instead – go easy on your hair straight after a chemical treatment.

Colour therapy:

Don’t get your hair dyed on the same day as your relaxer. Wait at least two weeks after your relaxer before you have your hair coloured. If not, you might end up with severe damage.

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