Here are some reasons breakage occurs from relaxer use:
Over-processing the hair: In which an excessive use of relaxer is used or relaxers are applied to previously relaxed hair. Relaxer should be applied to only the new growth.
Not using a protective cream on the scalp: A lot of hair stylists are guilty of this. They just start applying the relaxer without protecting the scalp. A protective cream (e.g Petroleum jelly) should be applied to help protect the scalp from damage and burns.
Not properly neutralising the hair: when I was relaxed, I made sure that I took my own neutralising shampoo to the salon. I know that some of these stylists use diluted neutralising shampoo and are always trying to cut down on the quantity they use. It is better to be safe than sorry. After the hair has been processed for the appropriate time, it should be completely removed with warm water. A neutralising shampoo should be used to lower the pH of the hair because if it is not lowered, the hair would break as a result of the chemical continuing to work on the hair strand thereby weakening it further.
Not using protein and moisture treatments: Protein and moisture treatments should be used to restore some of the natural moisture and proteins that have been stripped from the hair by the relaxer. Those who have natural hair should also carry out regular protein and moisture treatments to strengthen and add moisture to the hair strands to prevent dry hair and breakage.
Use of excessive heat: This applies to both natural and relaxed hair. Excessive use of direct heat in the form of heat tools such as flatirons will lead to further damage of the hair and dry out the hair. If you want to use heat tools, do so sparingly and always remember to use a thermal protectant.
RECIPE (Depending on the length of your hair)
Egg Mayonnaise (the one we use for salads)……11/2 tablespoon
Oil (any hair loving oil like coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil)………1 -2 teaspoon
Place the egg mayonnaise, oil and egg white in a bowl and stir continuously till a smooth consistency is achieved…. Ta da! That is it. Your own super duper protein treatment.
Watch the video tutorial below
HOW TO USE
Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and rinse. Allow the hair to dry till it is about 60% dry.
Section your hair into four (or more depending on the length of your hair) sections. Apply the treatment to small sections of your hair in the larger section, working your way from roots to ends. It is essential that you don’t forget the ends as they are the weakest part of the hair strands. Twist or clip the hair that is coated with the protein treatment aside so that you can work on other sections without any hindrance. Continue the steps on all the other sections.
When you are finished, you can cover your hair with a plastic bag, shower cap or cling film and leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes.
Rinse with COOL water not hot water. If you use hot or warm water, you would have scrambled egg pieces in your hair (it has happened to me).
Towel dry your hair till it is about 60% dry, then follow up with a moisture based deep conditioner or rinse out conditioner (which you can allow to stay on your hair for 5 – 10 minutes). Always follow up with moisture based conditioner, else your hair would be so dry and it would increase the chances of breakage.
I advise that you carry out this treatment one week before relaxing and immediately after relaxing. You should also carry it out once a month (whether you are relaxed or natural).
I hope you try out this amazing protein treatment and let me know how your hair felt afterwards.
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