A Healthy Hair Regimen For Relaxed Hair

Pretty woman with relaxed hair smilingRelaxed hair care can be a touch cookie to crack if you don’t know what you are doing but not at all difficult to care for when done right.

If you have resolved to have healthy relaxed hair this year then you may want to get cracking on planning and executing a healthy hair regimen for your hair.

The best way to start your journey is to create a plan of action and stick to it. Here are Five steps you can take to start a basic regimen geared towards healthy hair.

1. Make a list of all the products you will need – a basic list should include all or most of the following:

– A water based moisturizer- This will help with combating hair that is naturally dry, make sure that the moisturizer has ‘water’ as its first ingredient on the list.

– A light oil or heavy oil depending on your needs, the oil will be used to seal the moisture into the hair, for pre poos, scalp massages or just adding a natural sheen to the hair.

– A moisture based shampoo – Try any sulfate free variety.

– A clarifying shampoo- These can be easily found online or at your local beauty supply store.

– A moisture based conditioner – This will be used in between washes for an additional boost of moisture.

– A protein based conditioner – Proteins are essential to any hair regimen but they are especially important with relaxed hair; they help to build and make the strands strong so that they can resist breakage.

– Henna is optional however trying a henna treatment can serve as a natural alternative to protein. Henna adds strength to the hair and helps it to withstand the effects of the relaxer.

Heat Protectant – You may decide to use heat occasionally or regularly it just depends on what you want for your hair. Using heat sparingly helps with keeping the hair healthy and using heat protectant can help to protect the hair during those times when using heat is necessary.

– The relaxer – Pick the relaxer that is best for you and stick with it. It may take some trial and error as you experiment with different brands, but once you find your match, no need to keep trying new ones.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

  • PrincessKim

    After reading the blogs and links on here and FB, I am excited to start a new routine for my relaxed hair. This will be very helpful to start. I will be starting as soon as my stylist can give me the fresh start (new relaxer and fresh trim)

    • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/ Alma

      Remember to ask her to Texlax instead of relaxing bone straight. And don’t forget the protein! Good luck.

  • lillieann

    love reading your news letter they have help me out so much when I started my relaxed hair journey July 2012

    • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/ Alma

      Glad to hear it Lillieann! Good luck with your journey.

  • darkknight

    I dont normally wash my hair mid week nor do i let my hair air dry, it will frizz and be almost impossible to tame after, any suggestions?

    • Tenieka

      How about a rollerset? You get smooth straight hair without heat from a flat iron. I can never retain length with my relaxed hair while using heat.

  • atm

    I need help with getting a daily moisturiser and the oil. I recently got olive oil incredibly rich oil moisturising hair lotion. I don’t know it is good for it. I’m currently self treating my hair from dryness induced breakage. you mentioned a particular one but I haven’t been able to get that. I keep checking ingredients but could you please help with other products. thank you

  • josialfa

    This site has such great info. Got a “fresh start” in Mar 2010 and have going great following tips etc. I have let style set me back in my length journey however, as I spent most of 2012 cutting and coloring, but never did I jeopardize hair health. Thanks so much to this site for the info that ive been able to monitor and advise my hairdresser to my benifit.

    • josialfa

      Additionally, my hair is back to shoulder length and goes neatly into a low ponytail now, after my last major cut in July 2012. I also havent coloured for 2013.

    • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/ Alma

      Happy to help! Good luck!

  • http://www.blackplanet.com/Exquisite_gem nadine_p88

    nice information :-)…

  • SimplyUniqueBTS

    I am pursuing a HHJ (gathering products), I am relaxed, and its been 7 weeks since my last touch-up with and 1/2 inch of new growth, in regards to starting fresh, should I touch-up and trim, or trim and touch up as i plan to in July

    • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/ Alma

      Glad to hear it! I would imagine that the consensus is to touch up first then trim. It doesn’t sound right to trim your hair before your roots have been straightened.

      • SimplyUniqueBTS

        Thanks! I’ve heard a little bit of both. what about the split ends, I have a lot of them, should i wait til my touch up in July?

        • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/ Alma

          I would say do a search and destroy or light dusting for now to get rid of the splits. :)

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    She is BEAUTIFUL

  • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/wp-comments-post.php Shai

    I had stopped getting a relaxer for two years. I relaxed my hair for the first time in May of this year, then again in September. After the second relaxer, my hair started shedding excessively. Later I realized, it wasn’t shedding, my hair was literally falling out! I would apply my leave in conditioner and clumps of hair are coming out and it’s all through my fingers. Any suggestions on what I can do? I have a hair care regimen. I wash and deep condition once a week. I moisturize and seal. I clarify as well as protein and hot oil treatments as needed. I’m trying to “self medicate” my hair but it’s not getting any better