What exactly is relaxed hair? Relaxed hair means the hair which has undergone a chemical treatment or overheat which is used to remove the strong curl in hair, making it somewhat straight. Since that the hair has gone through chemical process or been applied overheat, it surely tends to be weak, dry and lacking in bounce. In the process of making the curls straight, relaxers need to be applied to break the protein bonds which are essential for maintaining the body of the hair. Therefore, the force applied results in weak hair, then breakage can take control over the hair. If going through too much heat, the hair surely loss lots of moisture which is necessary for keeping hair elastic. Without elasticity, it is inevitable that the hair appears to be lifeless and dryness comes along with it. No matter dry or weak hair, both of them all can lead to breakage, making the hair difficult to retain length.
What if you want to reduce breakage and keep the length of your hair? How about referring to the following tips?
Avoiding using the highest setting on any heat device. Since your hair has suffered from too much heat, it is time to limit the heat used to your hair for the sake of hair length retaining. Generally speaking, most heat devices have high, low wind grade or temperature adjusting. When using a hair dryer or a flat iron, it is recommended that you use the lower grade.
Applying sole source of heat while styling. For instant, when styling your hair using a flat iron, air dry your hair rather than blow dry it with a hair dryer
Limit heat usage. If possible, get rid of heat usage to reduce the damage causing to your hair. For example, towel dry or air dry your hair instead of blowing dry it.
Keep your hair moisturized. It is essential to give daily conditioning and regular deep conditioning to your hair. Every time after your shampooing, apply moisturizing conditioner to your hair. If possible, deep condition your hair every one to two weeks. What’s more, you can add more moisture to your hair by means of oil massage. The use of leave in conditioner can be effective as well.
Using a mild strength relaxer in place of a super strength one. Instead of using a super strength, giving a milder one a try for that more protein bonds can be kept in the hair strands, leaving the hair more strength and durability. Therefore, less breakage can happen to your hair. Of course, your hair will be less straight if using a mild one.
Giving your hair a protein treatment. Now that your hair becomes weak because of the protein being broken down, it is definitely that a protein treatment is beneficial for your hair health. Giving protein treatments to your hair depends on your hair condition. In most case, once every two weeks is preferable. What you should keep in mind is that too many protein treatments will make your hair overload with protein which can have a reverse effect.
The tips above can be effective more or less. The final result may be determined by your hair condition. But the point is that you can reduce breakages as many as possible to avoid a hairstyle which comes along with a wide range of length. By eliminating breakage, you can surely at least keep the length of your hair.