If you are thinking about relaxing your hair, you should keep in mind that the effects of this process will last between six and eight weeks.
Now, also, you should know that during those six months, your hair will grow, and the new hair will have its natural, curly pattern.
What does that mean?
Let me tell you my story and part of my battle to domesticate my hair, that is by definition, un-tame-able.
I have curly hair, or better yet, unbearably curly hair.
Since I was little, my mother and my grandmother fought with brush in hand to give my hair a moderately neat look.
And even then, they always lost the battle, because my curls didn’t listen to reason.
They were like finicky curls that raised up with rage at the slightest threat to try to tame them.
That little girl with irate, untamable curls, meaning me, grew up to to be a beautiful young lady.
But despite my natural beauty, my hair continued being a disaster. After trying absolutely everything, even an Argentinian technique called “toca,” I decided that was enough curls for me.
I would rather dye than walk around life with an untamable, curly mane.
So I armed myself with courage and decided to relax my hair.
If you are living in the same hell as I was, trying to simply govern your own hair, stay with me. Or, keep wasting your energy on the divine bun to dominate your curls.
Because I will tell you:
- How exactly a relaxer works in your hair and why it lasts six months
- What the benefits are of the relaxing process in your hair and for who it is most recommended
- How to care for your hair so that the effects of the relaxer last longer
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How the relaxing process works
I’m sure that you know already that your hair naturally contains keratin, a protein that is comprised of sulfides. When these sulfides come together, they form a disulfuric bond, which is what determines the pattern of our curls in the end.
The more disulfuric links that you have, the curlier hair you will have.
What the relaxer does is break the disulfuric bonds, and not I the figurative sense, of your hair and reestablish the internal structure of the hair, making the hair go from curly to straight.
Pay close attention to what I’m going to tell you.
That change to the internal structure of your hair is permanent. It is forever. Once it is relaxed, you hair will never go back to being the same again.
There is no going back once you’ve relaxed your hair.
The relaxer between six and eight weeks, but your hair will never go back to normal.
And also, the hair that grows in will have the natural pattern of your curls.
That’s why, at your roots, you will need to do some retouching as soon as you notice that your hair is growing in.
Additionally, you should know that to relax your hair, you will use chemicals. Chemicals that should be strong because they are changing the molecular structure of your hair.
Today, there are two types of relaxers: Ley Relaxers and Non-Lye relaxers.
Lye or alkaline relaxers work quicker in the hair, but the result also doesn’t last as long. It’s main ingreident is sodium hydroxide.
Non-lye relaxers contain calcium hydroxide, which can dry out the hair and it is recommended for those people that have a sensitive scalp.
What are the benefits of using a relaxer on your hair?
In my case, for example, I was about to touch the sky with my hands.
I forgot to fight for hours with brush in hand, to get my hair to look the least bit decent.
I feel more confident in myself because I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of this, but hair is the frame of your face.
If your frame is twisted, the painting doesn’t look good.
If your hair looks like a vulture’s nest, your face doesn’t look good. That’s how it is for me and for all those of us that fight with possessed curls.
And for me, the best advantage is that: you won’t use the flat iron or hair dryer for eight weeks.
Now, it’s also important that you know that like all chemical processes, applying relaxers has its risks.
And you should put those into the balance if you decide to relax your hair.
Because like everything, what works for me may not work for you.
After all, every person’s hair is like another world.
What are the risks of relaxing your hair?
Relaxers can cause terrible damage to your hair and scalp if they are applied incorrectly.
It’s a process that I advise you not to do at home.
Go to a salon and choose the professional carefully because even the temperature of the room where you do the treatment can increase the speed of the chemical reactions.
The chemical products used in relaxing treatments are very strong and should be applied at the level of the scalp to get the desired effect.
If it is done incorrectly, it can cause chemical burns on the scalp which can cause an infection or a permanent loss of hair.
Additionally, if the relaxer is left on for too long it can cause massive breakage to the hair.
I’m not telling you all of this so that you panic. I mean, I did a relaxing treatment and I’m happy.
But also, I’m one of those that believes that you should make decisions based on responsibility about all of the decisions that have to do with our hair.
And to make the best decision, it’s necessary to know the benefits and the risks of the relaxers.
Only then you will be able to know if relaxing your hair is the best option to dominate your curls, don’t you think?
How to care for your hair so that the effects of the relaxer last longer
The relaxer makes your hair more vulnerable to damage and breakage. That’s why it is essential to do an intensive conditioning treatment consistently and regularly to restore the moisture in your hair.
In my case, I condition my hair twice a week two weeks before relaxing my hair.
And after, I put all my worries into caring for my hair so that the relaxer lasts longer and looks more beautiful.
- I only use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. When I apply the shampoo, I smoothly massage my scalp with the tips of my fingers and I avoid using my nails.
Because remember that hair is more vulnerable when it is wet, and more likely to be damaged.
After, I apply the conditioner, I let it sit for ten minutes on my hair and I detangle it with a wide-toothed comb from the ends to the roots
When I finish detangling the hair, I rinse it with lukewarm water, on the verge of cold to close the cuticles and prevent frizz.
To eliminate the excess of water, don’t squeeze or twist the hair, just let the towel absorb the excess water.
- And what I always use is coconut oil, taking a small amount between my fingers and covering the ends of my hair.
Coconut oil penetrates the cortex, providing protection and helping retain moisture.
- I also advise you to deeply condition your relaxed hair at least fifteen day.
You should apply a deep conditioner made from proteins to strengthen the hair and provide proteins lost in the process of relaxation, just once a month.
I repeat: ONLY USE PROTEIN TREATMENTS ONCE A MONTH because if you use them more often you will only weaken your hair and make it more broken.
- You can also do a moisturizing treatment with natural oils like coconut, olive, or jojoba oil once a week.
For this, you should warm up the oil and massage it in your recently washed hair. Wrap your hair in a shower cap and rinse for thirty minutes.
Natural oils give body to the hair and moisturize it.
- Also, avoid cotton pillowcases and replace them with silk. This will prevent friction and breakage of the hair while you sleep.
Lastly, eat healthy food and incorporate many foods rich in proteins in your diet and drink a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated from the inside.
Now you know everything about the benefits of relaxed hair, how long it lasts and how to care for it.
Have you ever relaxed your hair before?