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Hair Tips on Maintaining Healthy Relaxed Hair

These are tips I have used to keep my relax hair long and healthy even after it was bleached .

Never relax before 6 weeks , I would normally relax every 6-8 weeks never let anyone tell you to apply relaxer anytime sooner . Never over process the hair , do not apply relaxer to already relax hair .

I would normally wash my hair with normal shampoo every two weeks (diluted) to get rid of products build up. You dont have to do this , if your hair is dry do not used so much shampoo , you can try only washing once a month to get rid of products and stripping your hair too much of its natural oil .

Co-wash at least once a week with your favorite moisturizing conditioner , some people do it twice a week it all depends on how long your hair lock in  moisture .

Do a deep condition treatment once a week / bi-weekly for extra moisture and strength. Protein  and moisturizing deep conditioner . Both are very important , whenever you do a protein treatment always follow up with a moisturizing treatment .

Keep your hair moisturize , always, this is every important . If your hair is moisturized you do not need protective styling . I am not a fan of protective style so I keep my ends moisturized at always . Apply moisturizer and seal with essential oil such as  Virgin  Olive Oil and Coconut Oil  .

I suggest avoiding direct heat , such as blow dryer , flat/curling iron . If you must used heat , always use a  heat protector/serum before applying heat to the hair . Do not used heat daily , it will dry your hair out and cause breakage ( tips on how to stop hair breakage) .

Let your hair air dry , this is what I do , I only used my hooded dryer when I have to and I be sure to used heat protector .

Used essential oil (natural oil) not  petroleum jelly ( Vaseline )  

I love using , Carrot Oil , Olive Oil and Coconut Oil . Always best to used virgin Coconut and Olive oil i, these are natural with little to no chemical . These will help to lack in moisture in the hair and condition the hair . There are many other essential oils to choose from .

Trim your hair when needed , if your ends are damage over time trim them .  I normally dust my ends every time I relax. This is a preference and optional .

Night routine , you should used Satan are silk scarf to wrap your hair at night . If that is not your style used a silk pillow case to prevent breakage you may get from cotton material .

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No-Lye Vs Lye relaxer

Curly and Afro texture hair girls might find their hair unmanageable and unpredictable and just want a break from all that . Relaxer will keep your hair permanently straight , you will just have to touch up the roots at any point after six weeks post relax . The truth about these two relaxers are, that they are both chemical relaxers that will get your hair permanently straight and if misused can lead to hair loss . The chemical that caused the burn in lye relaxer are sodium hydroxide while no-lye relaxer are made up of guanidine, lithium, or potassium hydroxide and that  is the main difference between the two and how they are physically prepare .

Lye Relaxers

The stronger the ph balance the faster the lifting and swelling of the hair cuticle , once this process begin it cannot be undone . Your hair natural ph is around  4-5 and lye relaxer ph is  about 12-14 and no-lye is 9-11. Lye relaxer never have to mix they come ready to go   .Though lye relaxer seems to be more irritating to the scalp its is never has hash as no-lye relaxer on the individual hair strands . No-lye relaxer tend to leave calcium buildup which makes the hair dull and lack moister after a while and cause it to break while on the other hand lye relaxer wash clean leaving you with silkier hair .

 So you see the higher the ph does not mean it worse for your hair , it penetrate the hair bond a lot faster which is good because of the irritation you normally gets with a lye relaxer, but if done swiftly and professionally you will not have any scalp irritation . The lye wash cleanly leaving no build up and should be wash with a neutralizing shampoo. Leaving your hair easier to receive moisture than a no-lye relaxer  .

No-Lye Relaxers:

No-lye relaxer main active ingredients is calcium hydroxide or guanidine hydroxide.No-Lye relaxer would be more suitable for people who want to relax their own hair or children . No-lye relaxer are best for children and people with sensitive scalp because its is less irritating to the scalp . Because no-lye relaxer tend to leave calcium buildup on your hair shaft this will cause brittle, dry dull hair that break easily , moisture will not be able to penetrate the hair resulting in damage hair .

A lot of people who used no-lye relaxer leave it on the hair for too long , resulting in their hair being over process . So even though no-lye relaxer or kinder to the scalp than a lye relaxer they or more damaging to the hair strands than a lye relaxer . Should be follow up with a neutralizing shampoo and a clarifying shampoo a week later and deep condition to help remove the calcium and add moisture .

Tips : 
If your going for a straighter look , its better to used lye relaxer
Clarify your hair once a month if you used no-lye relaxer
Always follow up with a neutralizing shampoo after relaxing your hair 
Follow the package instruction
Do not think no-lye relaxer cannot burn
Not recommended to switch relaxer brand

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