Help With Dry, Relaxed African-American Hair

Give your relaxed tresses the moisture and shine they deserve.

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Relaxers can make your hair nice and straight, but they can also be super-drying. If your tresses are relaxed but feeling a little bit dry, don't fret, just take action. Breathe new life into your relaxed hair by adding moisture, shine and body and making your straightened locks look fab.

Deep Condition

One of the most effective ways to add moisture to dry, relaxed hair is to deep condition it. After shampooing, apply a highly moisturizing conditioner to hair and let it sit for at least 20 minutes covered by a shower cap. Up the ante by sitting under a dryer for the 20 minutes to really let the conditioner seep into your hair.

Use a Heat Protectant

Heat can further dry out your hair, so protect your tresses from damage while styling by applying a heat protectant beforehand. You can find heat protectant sprays and mousses at any drugstore.

Even More Moisture

Hydrate hair between washes by applying a leave-in conditioner, either cream or spray. Just don't be too liberal with the application of this type of product. Use too much and it will weigh your hair down and make it look greasy. Try a quick mist of oil sheen spray or a dollop of moisturizing styling cream, thoroughly incorporating it through your hair.

Change Your Nightly Routine

Your hair can actually lose moisture at night. Keep it locked in by sleeping in a satin bonnet or scarf or by switching your pillowcases to satin or silk. Cotton pulls moisture out of the hair -- moisture that relaxed hair definitely needs to keep. Try it out for a week or two and see if your hair doesn't start looking much better.

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