If you are in pursuit of long strong healthy RELAXED OR TEXLAXED hair – you know the type of hair you see on all the popular YouTube gurus who seem to have mastered the art of growing amazing relaxed/texlaxed hair – this post is for you. Below are 9 fairly simple tips for stretching your relaxer for the win!
Oh no, wait! You don’t know what “stretching a relaxer” means? No worries, we got you. Stretching a relaxer means prolonging the amount of time between each relaxer application. This means instead of retouching up your relaxer the recommended 6-8 weeks, you wait 10-12 weeks if not more to touch up your relaxer. Believe it or not, some ladies are able to reduce their relaxer applications to twice a year.
There are tons of benefits to stretching your relaxer. Benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Thickening your hair (over time, of course)
- Preventing over processing
- Increasing the strength of your hair strands
- Reducing exposure to chemical damage
However, if done improperly, stretching can cause serious breakage. So we suggest that if you are going to commit to the stretch life, you commit wholeheartedly.
Now for the tips…
Tip 1: Pre-Poo or perform a hot oil treatment before washing your hair.
Tip 2: Detangle with a wide toothed comb.
Tip 3: Deep Condition weekly with a MOISTURIZING conditioner. As a bonus add extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil for a supreme boost.
Tip 4: Use a light or heavy protein treatment when necessary (i.e. when your hair is super mushy, limp, too soft, or overly flexible that it snaps).
Tip 5: Co-Washing is your best friend…so co-wash twice a week if possible
Tip 6: Be weary of shampoos containing sulfates – they are not your friends, they are your enemies.
Tip 7: Moisturize and seal you hair or perform the Liquid, Cream, Oil (LCO not to be mistaken with the LOC) method daily or every other day depending on how moisturized your hair is.
Tip 8: Protective styling will guide you to the finish line.
Please don’t be afraid to switch it up especially if you are using buns as a protective style because you don’t want to cause breakage from wearing the same bun in the same place for an extended period of time.
Tip 9: Wrap your hair with a satin or silk scarf every night.
I get it you want to be cute for the boo, get a satin or silk pillow case and secure your hair in a pony or bun with a satin or silk hair tie. No one has time to be losing hair because bae wants to spend the night.
Hope this helps my relaxed and texlaxed hunnies! Let us know if you have questions.