Relaxers are a permanent solution to getting straight hair. It is a popular treatment of choice for people with kinky hair. But before placing any chemicals on your hair, it is important to get your hair ready for this chemical process.
To ensure an attractive and effective result, follow these tips before using a relaxer.
Don’t wash your hair
It is recommended to wash your hair 3 to 5 days before the procedure. If possible, use a clarifying shampoo on your last wash so as to remove product build up or any deposits on your hair. The stylist may not relax your hair if you agitate your scalp by washing your hair.
This may sound weird to most people, but sweating should also be avoided as part of the preparation phase. Sweat contains salt and waste that could cause itching and irritation of the scalp. Irritated spots will be the first to feel the burn.
Do not disturb your scalp
Rubbing, brushing or scratching your head too hard before relaxing your hair is strictly prohibited. This may leave cuts on your scalp, which makes you prone to getting chemical burns.
Perform a porosity test
Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb moisture. Porous hair absorbs moisture fast. That means it will also absorb chemicals and color quickly and eventually damage your hair.
To test for porosity, get a bowl of water and dip a few strands of your hair in it. Porous hair will sink while healthy hair will float.
Toughen it up
Since chemical relaxers break down the protein bonds of your hair, we suggest that you indulge your hair with a protein treatment a week before relaxing your hair. This will prevent the relaxing process from compromising the strength of your hair.