To make relaxed hair grow faster there are few basic elements you need to get right. The general advice below should make growing your hair easier, and these tips are also applicable even if you have a hair texturizer.
5 Tips for growing Relaxed hair longer Relaxed hair often appears not to grow, simply because the rate that is breaking at is faster than it is growing. If your roots always need a touch up then you know your hair is growing. The factor you need to get right is - retaining hair length. This involves ensuring two elements - that your ends are never dry and they are strong. The basic steps you need to take are mentioned below followed by detailed descriptions on how to shampoo, condition and dry your hair to avoid breakage.
Relaxed hair often appears not to grow, simply because the rate that is breaking at is faster than it is growing. If your roots always need a touch up then you know your hair is growing. The factor you need to get right is - retaining hair length. This involves ensuring two elements - that your ends are never dry and they are strong. The basic steps you need to take are mentioned below followed by detailed descriptions on how to shampoo, condition and dry your hair to avoid breakage.
1 Relaxed hair is extremely dry and dry hair breaks easily. So use deep moisturising conditioners or oil treatments weekly to boost moisture.
2 Relaxed hair is fragile. To retain hair length. Wear you hair in a hair style that prevents your ends from rubbing on your clothes and breaking a bun or updo is an ideal style.
3 Relaxed hair breaks when flat-ironed daily. Use a hood dryer instead or at least only flat iron weekly and use a heat protection. Ideally air-dry, your tresses will love it.
4 To promote hair growth massage, massage, massage your scalp use natural oils.
5 Dust your ends – Only trim them ¼” every 3 months.
Okay, so those are the basics now let's move on to the detail.
Making Relaxed hair grow faster
The single most effective method to use to promote hair growth is to massage your scalp weekly. Use a natural oil . Suggestions of what type of oils to use are shown below, also follow this link for details on how to massage your scalp. As eveyone is different, the amount of growth you achieve through of weekly massage can vary. Although the photographs at the top of the side bar gives indication of what can be acheived after 3 months of weekly massage.
Relaxer/Texturiser and Touch ups
Never touch up the your roots before 6 weeks. As the overlapping of fresh relaxer/texturiser product on previoulsy relaxed hair is a hair breaker. Infact you should try to leave a gap of 12 weeks inbetween your touch ups. This way you will find that you have plenty of new growth to touch up and the risk of over lapping is reduced
If whilst you are “stretching” touch ups you see signs of breakage at the demarcation line - the point where the new growth and relaxed hair meet - relax hair immediately. To begin with it may be easier to stretch for 8wks then 10 and finally 12.
How to Handle new growth whilst stretching touch ups - Relaxed/Texturised hair
As your hair grows you will have two different textures of hair . To prevent breakage at this point work with the curly nature of the new growth and wear curly hair styles. Use braid outs, twist/twist outs, chiney bump/bantu knot outs and straw sets to style you hair. For others ways to deal with your demacation line -visit- How to manage your Demarcation line
Relaxed hair and retaining length
Retaining hair length in chemically processed hair is mainly down comes down to boosting the moisture levels. Especially in the ends because they are the driest part of the hair. Essentially you need to wash your hair weekly and deep condition. Deep conditioning with heat is highly effective. Take time to look for deep conditioners and hair masks. Many good deep conditioners often require heat and need to sit on your hair for 20 - 30 mins. These treatments are usually well worth the wait.
Hot oil treaments or overnight conditioning with oils is another fantastic way to maintain the moisture levels in your hair. Along side this you should aim to reduce the amount of direct heat used on your hair from straightners, curling irons and hair dryers. Replace direct heat with indirect heat from a hood dryer, use rollersets to get a smooth style. Wrap hair your at night to retain smoothness.
Reduce Heat, Reduce Breakage - Relaxed hair
Increase the use of no heat styling methods such as rollers, chiney bumps (bantu knots), two strand twists and twist/braid outs. Whenever possible air-dry, because this is the healthiest way to dry your hair and it will make your hair "water juicy". Keep your straightners, curling irons and all that hot stuff for special occasions. If you have to use straighteners select the lowest setting to get the job done, also ensure that when using a blow dryer that the temperature is it is set on cool.
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How to wash & condition Relaxed hair to minimise breakage
How to wash Relaxed hair
Alternatively you may find it better to apply the leave-in conditioner,hair lotion, and natural oil to soaking wet hair and then dry.
How to Dry Relaxed /Texurised Hair
There are three different methods for drying your hair that are least damaging. Namely Air-drying, Hood-drying and blow drying on a COOL setting.
How to Air dry Relaxed/Texturised hair - (least damaging method)
To create a smoother, straighter look when air drying, follow the method below.
Hood drying Relaxed /Texurised hair
How to Blow Dry Relaxed hair
How to deep condition relaxed hair
Alternate between using a deep moisturising conditioner and a deep protein conditioner. To begin with use a deep moisturising conditioner weekly and a protien conditioner once a month. Initially you may want to try waiting until the 6th or 8th week before using a protein conditioner to add strength. However if your hair feels particularly stretchy or limp use a protien conditiomner immediately to add strength, otherwise it will break.
Finally you may find it beneficial to use a protein conditioner more often. Try using a light protien designed for weekly use along side your monthly treatment. Do not make the mistake of over using strong protein conditioners as this will damage your hair. To ensure you have the right protien/moisture balance in your hair vist How to Stop Black hair Breakage.
So there you have it a basic guide on how to make your hair grow faster when it has been relaxed or texturised.
Reduce the heat and see your hair flourish
The indirect heat of a hood-dryer is better for your hair.
Hair straightners are great for that sleek finish. Try to use them just once a week.
Heat Protection is a must when flat-ironing your hair
Experiment with heatless ways to curl your hair - Your hair will ♥ you for it