How to Protect Relaxed Hair From Falling Out
One of the most damaging things you can do to your scalp and hair is to chemically straighten it. Not only is it toxic and can causing cancer over the long term but the processing weakens and physically stresses the hair to the point where it can be very much in danger of falling out.
Depending on how careful you were while using the chemicals in the straightening and relaxing process you hair may become dry, damaged and brittle.
Even if you tried to avoid touching your scalp completely you might still loose your hair or stress the follicles because the process causes tension on the head.
Be Careful With That Comb
No matter what you do, relaxed hair is just going to tend to be dryer and break easier than hair that is not processed. When combing relaxed hair, it is best to use a large tooth comb and comb “in reverse.” Instead of combing from root to tip, comb from root to tip instead.
Use Lots of Conditioner
Any hair that is processed with lye or other chemicals is destined to become as dry as straw. You must remember to regularly apply a deep rich conditioner like cocoa butter or shea butter to your hair to keep it moisturized. Remember that the entire process chemically changed the structure of your hair so it will never be the same. As it is has lost its ability to keep itself healthy on its own you must make sure it is moisturized in a timely way or you will risk breakage and hair loss.
Limit the Use of Hot Styling Tools
If you don’t want to experience thinning, dulling or hair loss after processing your hair then you have to limit the use of styling tools such as curling irons, flat irons and blow dryers. The heat will only serve to damage it further.
It is also a good idea to stay away from gooey or toxic hair gels or sprays that can clog your scalp’s pores. Even the fumes from some of these hairsprays are carcinogenic enough to make you very ill. The long term consequence can be hair loss.
Things to Do to Boost Dry, Damaged Hair
If your hair is dry and damaged from this type of processing it really does help to eat a diet rich in vitamins A, B, C, E and minerals such as Zinc and Sulphur. It also is a good idea to regularly moisturize your hair and scalp with emu oil, shea butter or cocoa butter.
Protein is also one of the building blocks of hair so make sure you stay away from fad diets and eating empty carbohydrates and consume dairy products and meat.
Finally be careful about the way you groom your hair as processed hair is more vulnerable to damage and being pulled out by excessive tugging and pulling. Being kind to your hair will be the best way to keep it in the future despite the fact it has been treated with chemicals.