Revive Relaxed Hair: Repair Without Cutting
Do you miss the days when your hair was smooth, silky and bouncy? Are you tired of hiding your tresses under wigs or weaves? Well, no need to fret my friend, because I’ve got some tips and tricks for reviving your relaxed hair without having to cut it all off.
Before you embark on this journey of restoring your hair, let’s first discuss what may have caused it in the first place. Relaxing our natural coils is a form of chemical processing that weakens the strands’ protein structure over time. We’re not saying to never again go for that sleek look, but perhaps avoiding relaxers every 6-8 weeks can give our mane much-needed TLC.
Now that we’ve established an understanding of how relaxing works let’s dive into ways of bringing life back into those locks!
Moisturization Is Key
Relaxed hair tends to be dry AF! As mentioned earlier, chemicals weaken your strand’s protein structures making them more prone to damage. To counteract this effect ensure moisture is top priority.
- Deep conditioning once a week will provide vital nutrients
- Avoid sulphates as they strip moisture from strands
- Emulate spa day treatments with hot oil massages
Trim Split Ends
Despite trying various preventative measures such as Protective Styles or abstaining heat styling tools- split ends are inevitable %$#. Leaving untreated split ends cause further breakage undoing any progress made fixing previous issues.This could become irreparable if not trimmed which defeats purpose.^
Therefore regular trimming prevents increased thinning at root by removing damaged areas allowing new growth room.WE AREN’T SNIPPING IT ALL OFF ^
Consider dusting 1/4 inch each month rather than waiting until splits create frizzy sections – giving length retention maximisation.
|Prevents breakages||Loss of length|
|Eliminates frizz||Regular maintenance required|
|Makes hair appear fuller and bouncy|
Keep Hair Protected While Sleeping
BE REAL, you’re not getting much rest in quarantine; however, that’s no reason for our tresses to pay the price. Rough pillowcases can cause friction resulting in more split ends which we have already agreed is a disaster.To avoid unecessary stress to strands try :
- Silk or satin scarfs
- Bonnets (avoid those cotton ones they’re DRYING) surprisingly!
- They help with preservation
- Prevent hair from falling out overnight
Remember The Importance Of Protein Treatments
Remember earlier how protein helps make up strands- well as discussed relaxers breaks these bonds – there goes one before dinner %$#
To restore strength to replace weakened disulfide linkages (think hydrogen bridges).Therefore adding more fish, nuts, eggs to diet along with routine protein treatments completely assist.
Overuse versus underutilization of proteins can be very dangerous leading too hardening your stands further rather than restoring them so choose carefully.
Getting back into shape via salon application or at-home conditioning process ensures strand resilience.
Oil For Revitalisation And Nourishment
Everyone agrees oiling gives that “woo” effect after a dull day therefore imagine how helpful it could be for revitalising limp locks! After all majority of popular oils i.e Moroccan/ Castor contain various nutrients providing replenishment on contact essential improving overall texture while creating growth.
Apply heated oils :
Give yourself a scalp massage ensuring blood circulation is enhanced.
Tackle each individual lock section by section for complete coverage.
Allow 30-60 minutes penetration time depending on your schedule & wash-out using mild sulfate-free shampoo.
Ultimately, our hair is an extension of ourselves: self-care cannot be separated from hair care it’s all part of the upkeep. While It may seem tough tackling relaxed hair damage alone with a bit of effort , patience and a little extra TLC- you’ll begin noticing your own personal progress in no time.. With these tips mentioned above for revival we should love are “tress” less but often!