What Should You Not Do Before A Relaxer?

Shampooing Before

Cleansing or even wetting your hair and scalp before you relax will lead to burning once the chemicals are applied.

No matter what your regular cleansing routine is, do not shampoo your hair for at least one week before a relaxer application.

Also avoid scratching your scalp or “lifting dandruff”.

How do I protect my hair before a relaxer?

To do this, apply either an oil or conditioner to previously relaxed hair to protect it. Ensure oil or hair grease is applied to your hairline and your ears to protect them. Relaxer must be applied to natural new growth only, it must not be applied to previously relaxed hair.

Should I wash my hair before relaxing it?

Additionally, people who are relaxed for a while can do a strand assessment at home before relaxing. Do not wash or wet your hair at least two days before getting a relaxer. Relaxers are best applied on dry hair. If you agitate the scalp by washing your hair, the stylist may not relax your hair on that day.

Should you do a protein treatment before a relaxer?

Perform a protein treatment the week after you relax. Something I’ve run across recently is using a mild protein conditioner after you rinse out the relaxer but before you use your neutralizing shampoo. The day of your relaxer, make sure you grease your scalp right before you relax.

Is Relaxed hair damaged hair?

Tightly coiled, highly textured hair is among the most fragile and driest types, even in its natural state. Once relaxed, your hair will be weaker and very dry. Regular conditioning and protein treatments are vital to strengthen the hair, restore the moisture balance and prevent breakage.

Can I wash my hair before a relaxer?

Cleansing or even wetting your hair and scalp before you relax will lead to burning once you apply the chemicals, because your scalp hasn’t had enough time to “rest” since your last shampoo. No matter what your regular cleansing routine is, do not shampoo your hair for at least one week before applying relaxer.

Why can’t I wash my hair before a relaxer?

Your hair and scalp produce natural oils that help protect the skin and hair from the harmful chemicals of a relaxer. If you wash your hair too soon before a relaxer it opens the pores of the scalp and removes the natural protective oils, which can lead to burning your scalp and hair.

Can you put relaxer on dirty hair?

Relax “Dirty” Hair

Don’t decide to relax at the last minute, especially if you just shampooed your hair. If you know you’re due for a relaxer, avoid cleansing (this includes co-washing) for about 7-10 days before applying chemicals. You should also avoid scratching your scalp or raking over it with a comb.

How often should relaxed hair be washed?

To do this, apply leave-in conditioner and natural oils to your hair every day. You can also wash your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. For best results, wash and deep condition your hair once a week, apply a protein treatment once a month, and relax your hair after 8-16 weeks.

Can I wet my hair after relaxing it?

You can technically wash your hair the day after getting a relaxer. However, if you want to ensure that your hair has time to adjust to the chemical treatment, you should wait at least a week before washing. This is the best way to make sure your relaxer lasts.

Are protein treatments good for relaxed hair?

Protein treatments are an essential part of maintaining the health of black hair. They strengthen hair, help prevent breakage, repair damage, and restore elasticity. These treatments are especially helpful on chemically treated tresses, including color-treated or relaxed hair.

Do you shampoo after a protein treatment?

Protein conditioning treatments should be done after shampooing your hair (not co-washing) for best results. Or deep condition with a protein conditioner as directed by product instructions (some products recommend every 6 weeks). The key is to keep your hair’s moisture protein balance.

Do you use conditioner after protein treatment?

If you apply a leave in or other “surface” treating product with protein in it, your hair is prone to feeling hard and brittle. It’s what’s known as moisture/protein balance. Sometimes even after following your protein treatment with a moisturizing deep conditioner, your hair may not feel as soft as you are used to.

How do you keep relaxed hair healthy?

Read on for Handy’s tips on how to keep relaxed hair healthy during the summer.

  • Wash Your Hair Weekly and Double Up on Moisture.
  • Get Ends Trimmed Regularly.
  • Go Easy on Heat Styling.
  • Drink Water and Pay Attention to Your Diet.
  • Avoid Overprocessing.
  • Wait Awhile Before Installing Protective Styles.

How do you treat damaged relaxed hair?

Part 1 Caring for Damaged Hair

  1. Trim away damage if possible.
  2. Exfoliate your scalp.
  3. Protect the ends of your hair.
  4. Use leave-in conditioner daily.
  5. Shampoo and condition regularly.
  6. Apply protein treatments every other week.
  7. Deep condition weekly.
  8. Wear a protective style.

How do I know if my relaxed hair is damaged?

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When should you relax your hair?

If you relax your hair at home or go to a stylist, the recommended time that most agree on is every eight weeks between touch-ups. This gives you enough new growth to apply the relaxer to; your new growth or virgin hair may vary in length from 1/2 inch to 1 inch.

How do I make my relaxed hair curly overnight?

Take sections of air-dried hair and quickly detangle each section with a comb or brush. Then take a hair curler of your preferred size and apply them to your relaxed hair. Leave the curlers in overnight or for six to eight hours if you choose to do them during the day before an event.

How soon can you relax your hair after washing it?

It depends on a) how vigorously you scratched your scalp during the wash, and b) the strength of the brand of relaxer you’re using. i’d recommend you wait at least 3 days, but i’ve had zero problems relaxing the day after a wash.