Back to the Basics: ‘Safely’ using chemical relaxers

 

The week after relaxing

  1. Wash your hair. If you used a guanidine/calcium relaxer, you should use a chelating shampoo. [For examples of chelating shampoos, read the previous chapter].
  2. Use a mild to moderate protein conditioner. You might skip this step if you did a protein treatment.
  3. Condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner.
  4. Style as usual

Special considerations

  1. If you want to intentionally under-process (‘texlax’) your hair, it should be the same person and same technique employed every time so that similar results are achieved. Otherwise, your hair will have different textures along the hair strand. This can contribute to breakage if extra caution is not taken.
  2. Some people complain that no matter what they do, their hair never relaxes straight. If this is you, you probably have coarse-textured hair. To encourage your hair processing better, clarify your hair 4 days to a week before relaxer day. Use a relaxer with Super Strength. Smoothen the hair as much as possible
  3. If your hair ‘reverts’ after relaxing, it was properly under processed in the first place. Follow the above suggestions.
  4. Hair colour may change from black to brown after relaxing. This occurs because the cortex (which determines hair colour) has been disturbed. You can use natural hair coloring e.g. indigo and amla oil to darken it.

Product Recommendation

I.        Moderate to Heavy Protein Conditioners to use a week before relaxing hair

–        Aphogee 2-step protein treatment,

–        Nature’s Gentle touch cholesterol conditioner

–        Organic Root Stimulator Mayonnaise

–           Nature Vitale Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise

–        Joico K-PAK Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor

–        Motions Protein Reconstructor

–        Motions at home Deep Penetrating Conditioner

II.       Mild to moderate proteins for the mid-relaxer protein treatment

–        Profectiv Mega Growth Anti-breakage Strengthener

–        Aphogee 2 minute Reconstructor,

–        Brazilian Tech Deep Penetrating Conditioner

–        Kerapro Restorative Intensive Treatment for dry to very dry hair

–        Ion Keratin Smoothing Masque

–        GVP Moisturizing Conditioner

–        One ‘n Only Argan Oil Restorative Mask

–        Silk Elements MegaSilk Intense Conditioning Mayonnaise

–        Miracle 7 Keratin Deep Conditioner.

This is the last post in the Back to the Basics series! Take care!

Dr Fomsky

About the author
Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her 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 Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
DR FOMSKY'S HAIR TYPE:
LAST RELAXER DAY: December 15th, 2016
BIG CHOP: January 14th, 2017
Natural Hair, Unknown Porosity, Fine Hair strands, Low to Moderate Density
CURRENT HAIR LENGTH: Unknown
FAVOURITE DEEP CONDITIONER: ??

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10 Comments to Back to the Basics: ‘Safely’ using chemical relaxers

  1. amaka says:

    thank u so much for this update on the products to use. my hair has bn on a terrible cycle having three kids in three yrs, my hair has really suffered, but these tips r really great. ijust need to invest in better products than the ones i’m using right nw.

    • Dr_fomsky says:

      You’re welcome Amaka. Having kids with such short intervals can really take its toll on anyone! Including your hair! You should try taking some hair vitamins to boost your hair growth.

  2. amaka says:

    thnks Doc, and i have bn reading a lot on all the info nd products on hair cuz i really need them badly nd i must say i thought i knew all of it. thanks for knowledge.

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