Tips for relaxed(permed) hair



  • Don't shampoo your hair up till at least four days after relaxing. Reversion will take place and your hair will look almost like it hadn't been relaxed(permed)
  • Never press relaxed hair, this will only cause serious breakage. Sweating causes pores to open up and if this occurs shortly before relaxing the hair, irritation of scalp will occur. It is best to take a little time to cool off before relaxing so the pores can go back to their normal size, to prevent this from happening
  • If your hair still has a significant amount of curl after relaxing, ask your hare care professional to strip the hair one week before relaxing
  • When, virgin hair is processed, the hair should be coated from root to tip with the chemical relaxer
  • If you get burnt while using your relaxer(perm), apply some aloe vera to the area to speed up healing
  • Do not wash hair a few days before relaxing, as this will irritate your scalp
  • Trade your hat for a scarf if you need to cover your head, it will cause less irritation and so your less likely to experience burns
  • Ensure that the time specified in the instruction is followed when relaxing so as to avoid over-processing
  • Deep condition your hair after relaxing as help fight any damage that the hair might be prone to
  • No lye relaxers tend to dry out hair. If you are using a no lye relaxer and find your hair is very dry and brittle try switching t0 to a mild lye relaxer to see the condition improves
  • Ensure a neutralizing shampoo is used after relaxing to stop the action of the chemicals. If not, this will lead to over-processing. This will cause significant damage to the hair
  • When retouching the hair the relaxer(perm) should only be placed on the new growth to protect the hairline. Petroleum jelly can be used to protect skin and scalp from burns
  • Ensure that chemical relaxer does not come in contact with your scalp
  • Wait at least 3 weeks before relaxing(perming) your hair, and proceed only if hair shows no sign of damage
  • Avoid shampooing hair one week before getting your hair relaxed nor should you get your scalp wet or irritated a few days before application. This causes you to be more prone to getting burned quickly.
  • If your hair is braided, remove braids then shampoo and condition hair approximately one week before using relaxer.
  • If you use a conditioning shampoo, watch out for a build up of conditioning agents in your hair. These will prevent your hair from looking as good as it used to when use the shampoo. Instead, switch to a non-conditioning shampoo for the next 2 times you wash your hair then revert to the conditioning shampoo.
  • As it your new growth comes in, the area between the new growth and your relaxed hair is very susceptible to breakage. Try a hot oil or any strengthening treatment as your new growth comes in, like after week 3 or 4 to reduce the breakage you experience. Remember though that by waiting longer than 3 or 4 months to touch up you are running the risk of your hair breaking from the roots