For the longest I have dreaded retouching my hair. I wish the hair could grow with very minimal attention, but how can that happen? What you give attention flourishes.
I am on the opinion that relaxer crème tends to damage the hair which is often caused by frequent usage. If you intend to grow a healthy African hair, retouching your hair every month is not your best choice. I try to retouch my hair between 3 – 4 times a year for the sake of allowing my hair to grow. I also try as much as possible to wash and condition my hair every 2 weeks except for the times I have full braids.
I decided to reduce the usage of relaxer because of the damages it caused my hair at one point. After a relaxed hair session, I often suffer from dandruff, burnt scalp etc. Some people experience receding hairline as a result of extreme breakage at the front of the hairline. The option to carry relaxer for a longer period other than the prescribe period can cause severe chemical burns that could result to severe scarring and permanent hair loss.
When I go to the salon to retouch my hair, I expect that the stylist handle my hair with care and follow the instructions of the products. Often times, they act as they wish and they don’t follow instructions. My goal is not to have a silky, straight hair but to have a detangled hair without any form of hair loss and maintain a healthy hair. Hence, retouching my hair myself is of an advantage and saves me the trouble of disagreeing with a hair stylist. However, you should let a someone assist you in retouching your hair or better still let a professional do their job.
How To Retouch Your Hair At Home
Get a hair products that favourable to your hair type.
Comb your hair out
Divide your hair into 4 parts (2 parts in front, 2 parts at the back)
Take one section and apply the relaxer at the roots (applying relaxer only on the roots is enough to go round the hair, once its all combed out). Open the section line by line making sure you apply the relaxer on each side of the line.
Repeat step 4 for the rest of the sections.
Massage each section and comb out. I repeat this step twice and wash afterwards.
You can wait for few minutes then wash the products out with warm water. Make sure you rinse off all the products from your hair completely.
Apply shampoo and wash your hair.
Depending on the products you are using; step 9 and 10 may be different. Since I’m using Natures Gentle Touch relaxer kit, Applying cholesterol comes before the leave-in conditioner.
Apply cholesterol hair treatment and cover your hair with a shower cap (if you have one) or wait for 10 minutes.
Rinse your hair and apply the leave-in conditioner. Dry and style as desired.
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