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Amaryllis hairstylists have been working with curly hair for years.  This naturally curly headed hair maestro helps people with curly hair deal with their hair and enjoy it. Healthy hair can take a mild form of straightening with no damage if the hair relaxer is done propely… 

Relaxed Hair Needs Traitements

Once hair has been chemically straightened it requires extra special care to overcome the effects of the drying chemicals.  Relaxed hair will require deep conditioning treatments at least 1-2 times a week.  Be sure to use a good detangling product and to use a wide toothed comb to detonable from the ends of the hair to the roots.

Consult a Professionals

Chemical hair straightening is not a difficult procedure, but it does require a thorough technical knowledge of the relaxing process.  Therefore it should always be performed by a hair care professional with a track record of success with straightening.

How hair relaxer works ?

Hair relaxers work to straighten hair thanks to two very powerful chemicals: sodium hydroxide and guanidine hydroxide. Sodium hydroxide is also called a "lye" relaxer. Guanidine hydroxide is also called a "no-lye", but it can be just as damaging to the hair as sodium hydroxide. Moreover, both chemicals work in a similar fashion to straighten, or "relax," hair by changing the basic structure of the hair shaft. The chemicals in hair relaxers penetrate deep into the hair shaft and loosen the natural curl pattern located inside the hair cortex. Once the curl has been loosened, the hair becomes straight and this structure cannot be reversed.

Relaxings eventually go away, not because the bonds reform, but because your original hair simply grows in, replacing your straightened or curled hair with what you had originally.

 These chemicals, however, have a tendency to damage your hair, until eventually your hair starts to thin and break, so too much styling can be bad for your hair's health. That why it would be prudent to found a reputable hair care professional of with a record of success with healthy hair care and chemical straightening.

The first thing he should advise is that you come in for a consultation. A “strand test” should be performed during your consultation to determine the best type of chemical to use on your particular hair type. Remember not all hair types (even if they are naturally tightly curled) are the same. Everyone's hair is different….

During this consultation the hair may be felt to determine its elasticity and strength. Your scalp should also be inspected. And any problems you currently are experiencing with your hair or scalp should be disclosed to the stylist at this time. The stylist may also ask you pertinent questions regarding your current hair regimen and products you typically use. Your stylist may even recommend other methods to style your hair besides chemically straightening it. Even after you've personally done your research the stylist may strongly recommend that relaxing your hair ought not be done or that it is not needed. Their recommendation should also be carefully considered.


Hair relaxer for caucasian or arabic hairs ?

Classic hair relaxers called lye relaxers are too strong for this kind of hair.  Be sure that this process which produces the desired effect of “straighter” hair at the same time will leave hair weak, very dry, brittleness and extremely susceptible to breaking and further damage.

So forget those strong hair relaxers. On this kind of hair you shoud use very gentle hair relaxer called « assouplissement » in France.

« L’assouplissement » is an hair relaxing technique with no lye and fery gentle. Your hair will not be fully straightened, it will just be lightly relaxed and still will be curled but with less volume. That' will also may make hair more manageable and easier to control but no damages.

An « assouplissement » just works for two or three months.Typically this gentle relaxing treatment will last up to 3 months depending on the hair's texture and growth. Most experts agree that hair should be relaxed no more than everytwo or three months. After that they go back the way they are naturally.



How to succed it’s hair relaxer

So after careful consideration you've decided to chemically straighten your hair. What would be prudent to do? What to expect? Weakened hair shaft, hair breakage and some hair loss. These are often the result of human error or mismanagement of the powerful chemicals !Well, when you have found a reputable hair care professional, here are some tips in order to get the best hair relaxer.

  • Before coming in for your chemical relaxing treatments, avoid scratching, excessive brushing or combing all of which might leave lacerations on the scalp causing “burning” if any of the chemical comes into contact with the area.
  • Do not brush your hair 48 hours prior an hair relaxer service.
  • Do not wet your hair 48 hours prior an hair relaxer service.
  • Before getting your hair relaxer, condition your hair for 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Prior any hair relaxer service your hair must be free of any greasy matter and your scalp must be in good condition.
  • Avoid relaxing hair and then coloring it at the same time.  This can be very risky for the hair.  If you absolutely must color and relax your hair in the same time period it is best to relax the hair first and then wait 2-4 weeks before color is applied.
  • Always wait a week to do your hair relaxer after retiring french braid.
  • Your last shampoo should be from a week at least.
  • Get your hair trimmed. Remove any dead or split ends. If you don't, the damage may creep up the hair shaft. Generally, you should have a trim every 2 to 3 months to keep hair healthy.
  • straightening irons all dry and damage hair. Because your hair is already vulnerable, you should avoid such products altogether. Likewise, use warm or cool water to rinse your hair. Hot water will dry out your hair, making it susceptible to breakage.
  • To begin with, the stylist may gently detangle the hair with a large tooth comb to make smoothing easier. The base cream, or petroleum cream or gel, should be applied around the hairline and behind the ears. The hair will then be sectioned and the base cream applied between sections to protect the scalp and prevent over processing, burning and irritation. This cream used as a base for relaxing is lighter than petroleum jelly and is designed to melt at body temperature providing a sufficient barrier between the straightening chemicals and your scalp.
Excessive use of relaxers can be hard on hair.  The most typical misuse is not stopping with the re-growth only.Each case is different, but the average time period of a retouch is 10-15 weeks.

How to Care for Relaxed  Hair

If newly chemically straightened hair is not given special treatment it can become brittle, dry, damaged and break. Relaxed hair will tend to be drier and break easily. When combing it may be best to use a large tooth comb and start from the tips of the hair up to the roots. Regular deep conditioning is a must. Remember once you've made the decision to chemically straighten the hair you have also decided to commit to regular quality conditioning treatments to maintain not only the look you want, but the healthy hair we all desire.

Newly relaxed hair tends to become a lot drier.  Use a moisturizing shampoo designed for chemically treated hair

Relaxed hair will also break more easily.  Use a good detangling/ leave in conditioning product and a wide pick with smooth teeth to detangle wet hair.  Work from the bottom of your hair up towards the roots.  Take your time and be very gentle.

Chemically treated hair requires more careful and delicate treatment. If your hair does not respond well to the extra deep conditioning treatments you may want to do some moisture reconstructing treatments. Regular deep conditioning is a must on hair that is chemically relaxed.  Plan on doing a deep conditioning treatment once or twice a week and more if your hair needs it.
The only sure way to restore the appearance of chemically processed hair is through the application of good conditioning products.  Chemical processing can erode the hair and damage the cuticle. Conditioners will smooth the damaged outer surface of the hair by coating the hair and by putting back oils and proteins that chemical processing strips off.
When possible, limit the use of hot blow dryers and hot styling tools.  If you must use a blow dryer, use on the coolest heat and apply a good protective leave in conditioner first.

Add more protein to your diet. Hair is made from protein, so you must consume sufficient amounts to have healthy hair. You can find protein in meat, dairy and nut products.

Massage your scalp. This increases circulation so nutrients and blood can reach your hair follicles easily. Use even pressure to massage your scalp for 2 to 3 minutes at least twice receive the treatment at a reputable salon with an experienced hair stylist. Weekly deep conditioning treatments after getting your hair relaxed is imperative in promoting healthy hair that is less likely to break. The conditioner helps to restore some of the natural essential oils that have been stripped off by the harsh chemicals in the relaxers.

For added shine, spray with a light sheen once or twice a week. Do not use heavy oils, grease, creams, or gels. These weigh the hair down reducing body, bounce, or can cause extra flaking.

Hair Relaxers: Hair Discovers Lye 

His name was Garrett Augustus Morgan and he was born the seventh of eleven children of former slaves. He is best known for his invention of the automatic traffic signal and gas mask. But it was around 1910 that he stumbled upon what would become his contribution to the hair care products industry and what would pave the way for several other entrepreneurs and manufacturers over the next hundred years.

While working in a sewing machine repair shop attempting to invent a new lubricating liquid for the machine needle, it is widely believed that Morgan wiped his hands on a wool cloth, returned the next day, found the woolly texture of the cloth had “smoothed out”, and set out to find how the liquid chemical had changed the texture as it had. He experimented on an Airedale dog, known for their curly textured hair, and the effect was successfully duplicated.

Morgan then tried his lubricating liquid invention on himself, called it a “hair refining cream”, and thus patented the first chemical hair straightener. He founded a personal grooming products company which included hair dying ointments, curved-tooth pressing combs, shampoo, hair pressing gloss, and the one that started it all: the “G.A. Morgan's Hair Refiner Cream” (advertised to “Positively Straighten Hair in 15 Minutes”).




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