Hair care 101,  Hair relaxer

When is the best time to relax your hair?

There are two ways to wear your hair, natural or chemical processed a.k.a. relaxing your hair. Using a chemical to loosen up your natural hair pattern needs to be done with care. So when is it really the right time to relax your hair? Let’s dive into this question and explore the key factors that contribute to a healthy relaxer routine.

When I look back at on how I relaxed my hair, I’m giving myself a heavy side eye. I would relax my hair every time I had some new growth. Yes, I am not kidding. I wanted to keep my hair sleek & straight and didn’t care if I had just relaxed my hair a month ago.

New growth is the length grown hair since the last chemical treatment.

The moment I started my healthy hair journey in 2011, my approach in relaxing my hair changed for the better.


So what’s the key to a healthy relaxer routine?


1. Timing Is Everything

To relax your hair or let me rather say, to retouch your new growth, make sure that you do it after 8 weeks after your previous relaxer. You want to have a decent amount of new growth.

This varies per person, but hair grows from 1 to 1,25 centimeters (0,5 inch) each month. Relaxing your hair every month just means you are basically retouching previous relaxed hair a.k.a. over-processing your relaxed hair.


2. Give Your Hair Time To Heal

Another reason you want to stretch out your relaxer is to give your hair time to rebuild again. Using a chemical breaks down the natural hair bonds, and that takes time to strengthen your hair.

Stretching your relaxer is extending the time between relaxing treatments.

You want to stay away from over-processing and not giving your hair enough time to rebuild. This only leads to weak and unhealthy hair.


Best practice for retouching new growth

It’s recommend to at least wait 8 to 12 weeks for your next relaxer treatment. In my opinion if you really want to boost the health of your hair, then retouch after 3 months. I know, I know, 3 month sounds long, but believe me your hair will thank you for it.

If I was able to stop with relaxing my hair every month to stretching longer than 12 weeks, than so can you. In future posts, I’ll inform more about how to care for your new growth to keep it soft, manageable, and healthy. Stay tuned for more tips and insights on achieving your hair goals while prioritizing the health of your precious strands.

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