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The relaxing process pulls much-needed moisture out of the hair like your vacuum cleaner sucks up dirt. Replacing this moisture is important for maintaining healthy tresses, though. Turn dry, relaxed hair into well-moisturized hair by opting for top-quality, moisturizing products and practicing gentle styling techniques. Before you know it, your dry and brittle hair will be shiny, luscious locks that will have them saying va-va-voom.
Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner once per week. Shampooing more often than this may dry your hair further. Opt for a shampoo with a label declaring it to be for chemically treated or dry/damaged hair; these products will help balance your relaxed hair's off-kilter pH level and give it needed hydration.
Deep condition once per week. Either cover deep conditioner-saturated hair with a plastic cap covered with a warm towel and sit for one hour or chillax under a low-heat bonnet dryer for 25 minutes, so that the conditioner penetrates into your hair.
Apply a leave-in conditioner or other light, water-based moisturizer daily. To prevent frizzies, do this at night then cover your hair with a silk or satin wrap or bonnet. Alternately, sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase.
Wear protective styles that keep your hair's dry ends out of the way and that prevent them from rubbing against clothing and seats. These styles include updos, buns, chignons and extensions.
Use high-quality products, like those found in salons or beauty supply stores.
Use no-heat-styling methods such as wrapping and rolling. A bonnet dryer produces diffused heat, which is gentler than that from a blow-dryer.
Avoid heat styling your hair. This includes using blow-dryers, hot combs, curling and flat irons. Hair that is already dry will dry out more with too much heat.
Do not overprocess relaxed hair; it often leads to dry and damaged hair.