Hi guys, it’s Audrey!
Today we’re going to answer a few questions that we’ve gotten from the SBH community! It’s a great way to stay in touch and answer some of your burning questions. When possible, I’ll try to include a video response to really help things along! The questions really span the gamut of hair care. Some of them are more practical, day-to-day hair care questions, while others are more technical in nature. We’ll try to answer as many as possible- so stay tuned!
Today’s a straight hair day for me, so I’ve decided we’ll answer some questions about straight/relaxed hair.
Q: How can I safely go from relaxed to texlaxed hair?
Going from relaxed hair (fully processed) to texlaxed hair (intentionally underprocessed) is pretty simple, and is really one of the best things you can do for your relaxed hair. Leaving in a bit of extra texture helps reduce hair breakage and improves your hair’s elasticity.
At your next relaxer, simply base your hair with an oil of your choice from root to tip. This will protect your relaxed ends from additional processing from relaxer run-off and it will give a buffer to your new growth that will slow down the relaxing process. Adding oil to your relaxer cream, as well as, processing the hair for a shorter length of time will also help you safely move from fully processed hair, to just slightly underprocessed (or texlaxed) hair.
Depending on how underprocessed you decide to go, there may be a big texture differential (line of demarcation) that you’ll need to contend with. As with any transitioning hair, you’ll need to handle you hair with care to avoid breakage.
Q: After my last relaxer my hair has become stiff; it has no body or bounce at all. What did I do wrong and how can I repair it?
Stiff hair is a sign that your hair’s moisture balance is off. Without elasticity, your hair becomes rigid and isn’t as pliable. This can happen after a relaxer if the hair isn’t conditioned well immediately afterward since the relaxing process cleaves hydrogen bonds and relaxing tends to dehydrate the hair. The best thing to do is to try a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment with a rich, creamy conditioner like Kenra MC or KeraCare Humecto. There are tons of other great deep conditioners that will fit the bill. For best results, leave your conditioner on for 10 minutes with heat. This will help soften the hair and return some elasticity. Give it a deep conditioning session or two to correct. Once your moisture balance is restored, you’ll find the volume and softness you lost. =D
If you have used a no-lye relaxer, you may need to chelate in the cleansing following your appointment. No-lye relaxers tend to leave behind pesky mineral deposits that can make your hair feel stiff/rough. You’ll need a chelating shampoo to lift these deposits and restore elasticity.
Lots more questions to get to, so stay tuned ladies! – Audrey!