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Relaxers use a specially formulated chemical compound to alter your natural hair shaft into a much sleeker, straighter style that won't wash out the second it hits water. Although chemical relaxers can cause your hair to be dry and prone to breakage, proper hair care reduces the damages and keeps the hair sleek and straight much longer. Keeping your hair healthy gives it that run-your-fingers-through-it style and texture we all long to achieve. Regular maintenance, combined with good hair care, gives your relaxer a longer lasting result.
Wash your hair once per week with a gentle, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for relaxed hair. Keeping your hair hydrated will maintain the relaxer for a longer-lasting effect. Restoring the moisture to your locks also helps repair and prevent any breakage from the relaxer itself as well as hair products and heated styling tools.
Apply a deep conditioner to your hair once every two weeks. Choose a deep conditioning product specifically created for relaxed hair. Apply the conditioner to your locks from roots to end and leave in place for three to five minutes, shorter or longer if product directions vary. Rinse your hair with cool water to close the hair shaft which seals your hair strands to protect again damage.
Avoid regular use of heated styling tools. Heated tools, such as blow dryers or flat irons, apply excessive heat to your hair which not only damages it but reduces the straightening effects of the relaxers. Dry, damaged hair will not hold relaxers for long periods of time and may break off frequently. Heated tools may give you that to-die-for style but at the risk of leaving you with short, frizzy, unattractive hair.
Apply a moisturizing cream or serum to your hair each night, avoiding the root area, to protect your hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to spread the product through the hair and remove any tangles and snags. Wrap your hair in a silk scarf or a warm towel before bed each night.
Keep your relaxer maintained. As your hair grows out, so does your relaxer. To keep your relaxer long lasting and touch up any new hair growth, repeat the relaxer process every six to eight weeks. Trim the ends of your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks as well.