1. You CAN use Oils and butters and natural at home treatments.
As a matter of fact, you should incorporate some kind of oil or butter or emollient type product into your regimen. Relaxers strip the hair of its natural oils, and care must be taken to maintain balance.
Avocado oil is a good medium thick oil. It has Vitamin E in it, which is excellent for the hair and scalp.
Grapeseed oil is lightweight and leaves a glossy finish. It also withstands heat well, so it is good to use before blow-drying or using heat. But please do not go heat crazy, because heat damage is the pits! This oil is also a good carrier oil, meaning that it mixes well with other oils, especially essential oils that smell good, like lavender or lemon. Yum!
Jojoba oil is a natural fungicide.
Tea tree oil is great for dandruff, just part your hair and apply it to the scalp.
Shea butter is a rich, thick butter that is excellent for dry brittle hair.
Egg and Mayonnaise Hair Masks are good light protein treatments. For a bit more protein, go to your local health food store and pick up plain Greek Yogurt. Pick out the one with the most protein. Protein is essential for relaxed hair.
All of these oils can be used together to fit your individual needs. In my friends case, the jojoba, tea tree oil and Shea butter worked great for her.
2. You still have to know your hair.
Okay, this one sounds silly, but it’s true. Just because your hair is straightened, does not meant that it is like someones with naturally straight hair. I found that a few of my relaxed friends believed this, and they were perplexed at why some of the products they used did not work well. If your hair is thick and coarse, chances are that when straightened, you will still have a lot of hair to deal with. So you may not be able to use mousse to hold your hair. You may need gel instead.
Or perhaps your natural hair is fine, so when you relax it, it is somewhat limp. You will need use products that make your hair thicker. It really depends on how the hair on your head decides to act.
Also, just like some naturals think at first that no chemicals means less work, some of my relaxed friends felt that hair that is straightened every 6 to 8 weeks meant less maintenance. And then they were surprised at the breakage or lack of length.
Repeat after me: HEALTHY HAIR IS WELL MAINTAINED HAIR. See? The key word is maintenance. If you have hair goals, you have to do things to reach that goal. And that means work. You want length? Volume? Strength? Nothing worth having is easy, Beauties. Except for a glass of wine, but I digress.
Originally posted 2012-06-17 19:00:51.