Stretching Relaxers: Do’s And Don’t

CaptureFor our girls who are wearing a relaxer you might be thinking about doing a little stretching. When getting relaxers, it’s recommended that you wait at least twelve weeks between touch-ups; that’s about three months. By that time most people have a significant amount of new growth to minimize the chances of the relaxer over-lapping, and therefore over processing the previously relaxed strands.

However, some ladies like to push the twelve week threshold. If you are one of these ladies, or perhaps considering trying a relaxer stretch for yourself, I’ve got some tips for you!

Don’t start off with insanely long stretches. This is a common mistake people make when first starting off with stretching relaxers. Jumping from twelve weeks to twenty four is just setting yourself up for failure. Instead, start off simple. If you normally wait twelve weeks then stretch to fourteen, then sixteen, and once you feel comfortable with that, go ahead and stretch to eighteen, and so on.

Do utilize low maintenance hairstyles.  As you stretch your relaxer, the line of demarcation (that point where your relaxed hair meets your newgrowth) will become increasingly fragile which means doing your hair everyday or playing in it can lead to breakage. To remedy that, I suggest sticking to styles you can wear for days at a time, i.e. flat twist, buns, etc.

Don’t reach for the rat tooth comb. I’m not sure what people are trying to do with those things, but even with hair bone straight, they tend to snag hair. When you have coily new growth, you most definitely won’t succeed in doing anything besides pulling your hair out from the root. Instead, use a wide tooth comb or paddle brush. Both accomplish what a rat tooth comb does with less hair leaving your scalp.

Do play around with curly styles. Blending your new growth will get tedious and tiresome after so many months, so I recommend playing around with curly styles like Bantu Knot Outs, or Flexi Rods to  blend the textures (you can also straighten your new growth to match your relaxed hair, but it’s not recommended you do that often, as it can lead to heat damage, and a ruined curl pattern.)


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About Tamara Lyla


Hi I'm Tamara, I'm a new writer for BlackHairInformation.com. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2010 I finally became fed up with my dry, brittle, uneven relaxed hair so I decided to do something about it and armed with nothing but the internet and determination I set out on my own HHJ. The last four years have been a whirlwind experience for me and my hair, but now that I've learned a thing or two I'd love to pass on the information to ladies out there who are where I once was

About Tamara Lyla


Hi I'm Tamara, I'm a new writer for BlackHairInformation.com. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2010 I finally became fed up with my dry, brittle, uneven relaxed hair so I decided to do something about it and armed with nothing but the internet and determination I set out on my own HHJ. The last four years have been a whirlwind experience for me and my hair, but now that I've learned a thing or two I'd love to pass on the information to ladies out there who are where I once was

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Roxana Romero

4 to 5 months

Alisha Peele

I stretch for 3 months sometimes 4

Dania Thomas

I currently have mine in for two and a half months

Renee Akperov

2 months

Lakendra Petty

Jae L Watkins

Elsie Hill

How do you do that? Do it depend on the type of relaxer that you using?

Courtney Payne

Im in the fourth month of my stretch trying to go till November

Ca Bnb

Lizou Daya c pour toi

Kyle Kawaii

If the relaxer is what I think it is, let me do the stretching. *Ba dun tss*

Kelly Jamila

very helpful. ty

Isis Matako Yako

3 months was the most I could go before I decided to go natural …

Candra

I stretch 14 to 16 weeks. It’s helped me retain hair growth and thickness.