How I stretch between my relaxers


     I’m 6 weeks post-relaxer and I have quite a bit of new growth. I was almost tempted to do a touch-up but I’ve decided to wait for at least 2 more weeks. It is best to relax your hair every 8-12 weeks. I do mine every 8 weeks because I want my edges to look sleek but some ladies get up to 20 weeks! If you relax it earlier than 8 weeks, there may not be a clear demarcation between the new growth and the previously relaxed hair. This leads to an overlap of the relaxer and leads to thinner damaged hair strands. On the other hand, over-stretching your hair can cause serious breakage if you don’t do it the right way. The way I’m stretching my time between relaxers is by:

  • Deep conditioning and co-washing every 3- 4 days. I haven’t done a shampoo in 2 weeks!!
  • Only detangling in the shower.
  • Spraying my darling S-curl activator on the new growth as a leave-in conditioner
  • Not combing my hair daily: I just finger-comb my hair.


Dr Fomsky

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Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three and a medical doctor by day. She is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she had babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Paris, France and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book
HAIR TYPE: 'Texlaxed' hair, High porosity, Fine hair strands, low to moderate density
CURRENT LENGTH: Between shoulder and armpit length
LOVING: Argan oil for sealing, Brown Butter Beauty Love Deep conditioner, Shescentit Blueberry Co-wash conditioner and Hairveda Red Tea Satin Moisturizer
LONG-TERM PLAN: Trim off bone-straight ends (6 inches left) over time

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2 Comments to How I stretch between my relaxers

  1. Ifai says:

    This finger combing perplexes me!!! How will my hair look smooth and neat enough for work in a corporate environment if I finger comb? I’ve tried it several times but I have to use a small comb to smoothen it, not combing.

    Do you have a video on how you put your hair into a bun? My hair is short, thanks to over-zealous salon stylists and their wonderful combing techniques but I want to start practising. thanks.

    • Dr_fomsky says:

      Hi Ifai, nice of you to come by again. 🙂 Finger combing works when your hair was properly detangled on your wash day. I do have a video on my most basic bun . It’s basically the result of one of my wash days and since my hair was still fresh, I didn’t need to comb it. However, if during the week, you feel that your hair is tangled and needs to be combed, my dear, comb it. If you don’t, when you eventually comb your hair, you might experience breakage. If you have a lot of new growth, be very careful when combing: you might prefer to do it in small sections to reduce breakage. And there’s nothing wrong with using a small comb to smoothen your hair. Don’t just comb through. On the other hand, a 100% boar bristle brush or a soft baby brush can also help you smoothen your hair.

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