Drying Hair After a Relaxer

Learn how to dry your relaxed hair.

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Relaxers take curly strands and make them miraculously straight in mere minutes. If you decide to try a relaxer treatment, while your hair can come out looking sleek and straight, it will probably be a bit drier than before. Since blow-drying makes hair even drier, take the right steps to dry your relaxed tresses to keep your strands healthy and beautiful.

Some Heat Can Be OK

Don't be afraid to use some heat on your hair. "Heat is not the enemy," celebrity hairstylist Eugene Smith tells "Essence" magazine. Hair that's been prepped properly can withstand some heat. Before drying relaxed hair, lather up with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to hydrate it as much as possible.

Drying With Heat

Using heat to dry your hair will leave it looking the sleekest. If you've just relaxed your hair, try sitting under a hooded dryer instead of getting an actual blowout. Because the heat being applied to your locks is more indirect than the heat of a handheld dryer and brush, there won't be as much stress put on your hair, and you'll minimize your chances of breakage.

Cut Down on Heat

Even after you've initially gotten your hair-straightening treatment, keep heat styling to a minimum if possible. This doesn't just mean blow-drying your hair. It also applies to curling irons and flatirons. If you can, use only heated-styling products once a week at the most.

Try Air-Drying

Air-drying relaxed hair can be tricky and might not work for everyone. Air-drying hair that's been chemically straightened tends to make it frizzy. Cut down your chances by applying an alcohol-free wrap lotion to your hair and wrapping sections of it around rollers. Tie your hair with a satin or silk scarf to keep it even sleeker. If this method doesn't work for you, try rolling your hair and sitting under a dryer until your strands are about halfway dry and air-drying to finish things off.

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