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Relaxer gets hair stick straight, but unfortunately, the results don't last forever. Thanks to new growth that comes in, you have to retouch your relaxer every couple of months. However, there are a few tricks when it comes to applying the relaxer, including when to wash your hair. If you stick to the hair-washing rules, both your relaxer and your scalp will thank you.
Why Washing Matters
You know that when you wash your hair, you remove the dirt and impurities that make their ways to your mane. However, you are also washing away the natural oils your scalp produces. These oils protect your scalp from getting burned during the relaxer treatment. However, too much oil can make your hair not respond as well to the relaxer, so it's all about balance.
When to Wash
Your stylist has likely seen you at your worst, so she won't mind if you come to the salon looking a bit on the oily side. In fact, she'll like it because she knows she has a smaller chance of irritating your delicate scalp. A good rule of thumb is to wash your hair about five days before you get the touchup. That will produce just enough oil to help your relaxer work its best.
When Too Much Oil Causes Trouble
If you think the oilier the merrier, you're wrong. As your scalp accumulates oil, it mixes with dirt and sweat, which results in discomfort. You'll likely start scratching your scalp, which can lead to small lesions on your head. These tiny cuts can cause lots of trouble it the relaxer comes in contact with it. You'll feel a load of pain, which is seriously uncool. So going past that five-day mark could result in trouble.
Other Relaxer Tips
First and foremost, make sure you go to a stylist who is experienced and trustworthy. Those qualities increase your chances of getting a good relaxer without any damage to your hair or scalp. If the relaxer is left on so long that it burns, that's a problem. Additionally, stay out of the rain before your relaxer is applied. Rain strips your head of that necessary oil and leaves it prone to experiencing painful burns as a result. Additionally, you may want to skip exercising for a few days before your appointment, as the sweat can cause you to scratch your scalp.