I was really appreciative of TheHappyHairShow on YouTube for coming out with her own list of do’s and don’ts for applying a relaxer. It isn’t often that we get these videos and sometimes a girl just needs a list or something to refer to even if they don’t all apply to you.
The thing to remember about using videos and blogs during your hair journey is that they are just a reference, doing your own research and learning form you own experiences and hair is what is most important.
In the video you will notice that there are a lot of things suggested that you should do prior to even relaxing your hair at all, and we want to stress that these things are extremely important when you want to set a great foundation in order to being successful with relaxed hair.
We loved that she suggested using a protein treatment
Protein is the building block of the hair strand so when you do a protein treatment you are adding layers to the strand that have been lost from regular manipulation, heat styling and especially from using relaxers. We would suggest a hard core protein treatment like the one the Aphogee line offers followed up with a moisture based deep conditioner*.
We also loved that she mentioned scalp care
The scalp is very susceptible to chemical burns when exposed to the chemicals in your relaxer, so anything you can do to protect your scalp and keep it healthy is ideal before attempting to relax.
Note that if your scalp itches it might be because you have buildup on it. Clarifying your hair will help to remove any buildup on the scalp and help you to avoid scratching your scalp and making it more susceptible to burns.
We also love that she mentioned education
This is probably the most important step to take before relaxing especially if you are doing it for the first time. Times have changed; and even if you visit a stylist regularly you are ultimately responsible for your hair and the health of it.
When you choose to wear your hair straight you have to make sure you know what you are doing and why you are doing it. It also helps to know how the hair strand works and how relaxers ultimately affect the strand to be sure that you are taking all the precautions to keep your hair healthy.
With that said, take a look at this video and see if there is anything that sticks out to you and that you can apply to your own process.