Shampoos That Keep Hair Straight Between Relaxers

Take care of your locks between relaxers with the right shampoo.

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There's no magical shampoo that's going to keep your hair perfectly straight between relaxers. Before you fret, however, there are ways to make your hair more manageable and less frizzy between chemical-straightening treatments. The good news here is that finding a shampoo to keep your tresses gorgeous isn't hard to find at all.

The Problem

When you walk out of your stylist's chair with a fresh relaxer, your hair is perfectly sleek, straight and gorgeous. During the six to eight weeks in between relaxer treatments, new growth comes in -- which means that, as the weeks go by, you'll have more and more curly hair at the roots, making your entire head of hair harder to style.

Dry, Curly Hair

Curly hair is naturally more dry than other hair types. The dryer your hair, the more frizzy it's going to be. Because the main goal of shampoos is to clean your tresses, many of them strip the hair of its natural oils, which leaves your strands even more dry, frizzy and tightly coiled.

The Solution

The easiest way to relax your natural curls between relaxers is to opt for a moisturizing shampoo. Pick a shampoo specifically made for African-American hair and that has moisturizing ingredients. If you're not sure which one to choose, opt for a shampoo that has the word "hydrate," "condition" or "moisturizing" somewhere on the label.

Curl-Loosening Shampoos

There are also shampoos made specifically to loosen your curls. Look for a shampoo that contains dimethicone and polyquaternium-6, both of which help to relax curls. While your hair won't be super straight, a loosening shampoo will prep your tresses for blow drying and flat ironing, leaving your curly new growth much more straight than without.

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