Black Relaxed Hairstyles Without Using Heat

Actress Sanaa Lathan pulls her relaxed tresses into a bun.

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If your hair is chemically relaxed, give it a little extra TLC. Since relaxers tend to dry out hair, your coif may be a little more fragile. And, adding constant heat on top of a relaxer is just going to dry out your hair even more. So, put down the heated styling products every now and then, and find a look that doesn't require any heat.

Simple Chignon

Twisting your hair into a simple chignon is a fantastic way to keep the damaging heat off. Just brush hair into a ponytail and loosely twist it until it forms a bun. Secure with bobby pins. You can wear your chignon down at the nape of the neck or all the way at the crown of the head, depending on what you like.

Sleek Ponytail

A simple ponytail can look elegant if done right. Brush your hair back and secure it with an elastic band. If your hair tends to frizz, brush a little soft-dry gel on the hair at the crown of the head and nape of the neck before brushing it back. Then, take a strand of hair and wrap it around the base of your pony, keeping it in place with a bobby pin.

Wrap It

The simplest way to style your relaxed hair without heat is to do it while you sleep. Just wrap your hair up at night by taking a brush and using it to wind hair horizontally around the head. Slip on a silk or satin scarf. In the morning, just brush your hair out and you're all set. Not only will you save your hair from heat damage, but you'll save tons of prep time in the morning.

Braids

Here's a chance for you to have fun with your hair and experiment with tons of different looks. From cornrows to microbraids, to French braids and side braids, there are endless braided styles that require no heat to pull off. Some styles are more involved than others -- you'll need to leave a whole day free for microbraids, while others can be pulled off in just a few minutes. But all have the potential of looking great while sparing your hair from heat.

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