A hair relaxer is a kind of lotion or cream, which contains chemicals that help in straightening the hair and making it less curly. It is of two types, i.e., alkaline and lye. It is similar to hair dyes, applied to the hair roots, and is left like that for some time, so that it can alter the hair structure completely.
Since this technique involves damaging the hair proteins to change its texture, hair relaxers can weaken the hair and can even cause baldness in some cases, if applied regularly. So, in order to avoid that, proper care is very essential. Follow these tips to stay on the safer side.
Use mild shampoo, twice a week and rinse it with room temperature water once a week. Also, post washing, let the hair dry naturally, do not rub vigorously or blow dry, as hair is more prone to breakage this way.
Deep conditioning the hair every fortnight to replenish the moisture lost, is recommended too. In fact, using hair care products, such as follicle building shampoos, to rehydrate the chemically treated hair, is especially beneficial for the hair.
Before going to bed, tie your hair in a bun or wrap with a scarf to avoid breakage. The pillow case which you use, should not be of any coarse or rough cloth material. And lastly, getting the hair touched up at regular intervals, usually after six weeks, from a salon, is very essential to maintain the look of the hair and to ensure long-lasting effects.