Hi guys, this is Sandy from Shallamar’s Hair Solutions. Today we’re going to be talking about how to grow long, relaxed hair. Is that possible? It is a big controversy surrounding this topic. Everyone thinks relaxers are so bad for your hair and there’s no way you could grow your hair with a relaxer in your hair. How many people agree with that? Okay, so I’ve been doing hair for 20 something years and I know that you could actually have relaxed long hair if it’s done professionally and you follow your professional hair stylists advice. Licensed hair stylist advises that is. Now relaxers have become a big controversial topic and there’s a lot of people that wear their hair natural that calls the relaxer white crack and all these different kinds of things. What I tell my customers and what I know is relaxers aren’t bad. It’s the misuse of the relaxer that makes it bad or that gives you bad results.
For instance, years ago, they used to be a big thing with these kit relaxers such as “Just For Me”, “Gentle Treatment”, “Dark and Lovely”, “Olive Oil” to name a few. All of these different relaxers, were on the market and all these relaxers are made with Calcium Hydroxide, and that’s one of the reasons why back in the days and these relaxer kits, they use to have this pre-protect in the kit where you were supposed to put that on the hair before you start relaxing the hair. It was supposed to be placed on the ends of the hair before you start relaxing the roots of the hair, and they were in great abundance. Like every store had these, all these relaxers. What was happening for that reason is that people were going in and they were doing their own relaxers at home. They’re relaxing, their hair, their sister hair, and their kid’s hair they’re even little babies.
Two years old, three, four, five-year-old kids were getting their relaxers done in their hair. Everybody was just doing a relaxing party until their hair starts to break and then, of course, they believed the relaxer is what caused this to happen. What happens is that the relaxer was not professionally done and the incorrect relaxers were used and you are not supposed to relax children’s hair until the age of 12 at least. When you use a calcium hydroxide relaxer, it sits on the surface of the hair. Just like when you fry an egg and you put black pepper in the egg it sits on the surface and that is what the calcium relaxer does, so after a few weeks of relaxing your hair, the hair’s going to look like it was never relaxed and then the calcium penetrates into the hair shafts and make the hair dry and puffy. After a while when you shampoo, your hair your hair is no longer smooth and straight and you have to really blow dry and flat iron it to make it flat and smooth again because the calcium makes it puffy and if you keep doing that relaxer over and over again, your hair is going to become more and more calcified and the more and more calcified it becomes the puffier and bigger it’s going to get until it gets to the point where it will start looking like your hair was never relaxed after a week or two of relaxing.
It then starts looking like its still natural. Then when you relax the roots, the roots look straight and the ends of the hair remain puffy and dry, and then after a few weeks, both the roots and the ends are puffy and dry. That’s kind of what happened when you constantly keep using calcium hydroxide relaxers. Another thing that happens too is people relax their hair and they’re kids hair and everybody’s hair and they don’t follow up with the root touch up. Relaxer is a chemical. There’s no doubt about it. Much like you do a permanent color. It’s a chemical. If you apply the chemical to your hair it requires a certain amount of treatment to keep the hair nice and healthy and to cause it to grow. If you put a chemical in your hair and ignore it and forget that you have it in there, what’s going to happen is the hair is chemically relaxed. So when your new growth starts to come in, the new growth is not relaxed.
So the new growth is going to be your natural hair and the ends are going to be too relaxed hair. What’s going to happen is has it grows out, the ends are going to break away from the roots. Then you’re going to say, the relaxer is breaking off your hair. The relaxer is not breaking your hair. What’s happening is your new growth is coming in and you need to do a touch-up relaxer or touching up the roots to get it smooth as the ends. That’s one point. Another point is when you use a chemical in your hair such as a relaxer, you’re going to have to treat it. You have to treat your hair to keep that chemical in there. So one of the things you need to do is a protein treatment. Not a keratin treatment but a protein treatment. This is essential if you’re going to be using a relaxer. The proteins treatment penetrates into the hair shaft and strengthens the cortex layer of the hair so that the hair gets stronger.
Think about a link of a chain. That is what is on the inside of the cortex layer of the hair. Every time you relax your hair, the chain gets weak. The chain is made up of the amino acid chain, so it’s a protein chain. When you put a protein treatment back into the hair it strengthens the amino acid chain and makes the hair strand itself stronger because when the hair starts to break, it’s because the chain is weak. If you have pieces of broken pieces on your hair strand it means your hair is weak. To get the hair strong again, you need to put protein back in it. You also should consider being on a hair care program for relaxed hair. This program will be designed to let you know when to put protein treatments and when to do moisturizing conditioner. Moisturizing conditioners put the moisture back in the hair to prevent the hair from drying out.
If you are going to do relaxer to make your hair nice and lovely and still grow with the relaxer in it. You’re going to need to use a professional relaxing system. Not one with calcium hydroxide but one that has Lithium Hydroxide or Guanidine Hydroxide. You also want to make sure it’s professionally done. You don’t want to stay home and do it yourself. I’ve been doing hair for almost 30 years now. I would never think of relaxing my hair by myself. I will always get it professionally done. You have to be on a hair care plan. You also need to do a protein treatment two weeks before and two weeks after the relaxer that has got to come into play. You also need to do a moisturizing conditioner in between that time.
Whenever you stay home and you do your homemade treatment like mayonnaise and avocado and those kinds of things, those are fine, but the thing is you also need protein treatment and more moisturizing conditioners to uphold the hair. You also need good finishing products because if the hair gets dry, it’s not going to grow. You also will need a good multivitamin. That’s always important no matter if you have a relaxer or not. A good multivitamin is essential. You also need to be having a lot of green leafy vegetables. That’s also awesome. Drinking a lot of water. It is also all about your nutrition. I’m just giving you some tips for healthy hair whether you have a relaxer or not. If you’re going to use a relaxer, you got to make sure you can afford to go to the hair salon every two to three weeks to maintain it and you will also need to use professional products at home to keep your hair healthy.
It’s a great idea to do salon visit every two weeks. You need to do a protein treatment two weeks before and two weeks after your relaxer. In between that time, you could come in for moisturizing conditioners. You could use a moisturizing conditioner at home as well. Some conditions require heat, so if you have a dryer at home, you could do that. Some conditioners do not require heat. Those are more instant conditioners that sit on the hair for like five minutes. Most of the time if you’re sitting for over 15 minutes, it will require some kind of heat. There’s such a thing as professional and nonprofessional relaxers, if it’s in the beauty supply store and in a kit, you may not want to use that. You also want to go to a professional to get a consultation on your hair before doing the relaxer, so could see how your hair would be working with the relaxer.
Consultations or hair analysis is key things before you do any service whatsoever concerning your hair. So that’s the recap. We don’t want to use any lye relaxers on our hair. We want to get professional advice and get it professional analyzed before we get a relaxer. We definitely want to be on a hair care program, but definitely, need to have a protein. Treatments and moisturizing conditioners done when our hair is relaxed. And last but not least, we also want to make sure we keep the trimmed and tamed and we don’t want to use a lot of heat on relaxed hair. So we can’t be flat iron every day on relaxed hair, that’s just not good. Period. Even on your own natural hair, you shouldn’t be using a flat iron every day, but you want to cut down on your heating process. So if you flat iron at the salon, you may want to wrap it to keep it in that shape throughout the course of the week or two weeks before you get back to the salon again. Or You may want to use some hot curlers every now and again, but you don’t want to use too much heat on your relaxed hair because that will also damage it. So I hope you take this advice and just get to a professional salon to get a professional consultation done before you do anything. But it is possible to have long relaxed hair.