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Long Healthy Relaxed Hair Pyramid – A Regimen At A Glance

Just like diets, it’s difficult if not impossible to create a one size fits all approach to relaxed hair care. Even with tools and example regimens already on the website the endless questions I was still getting told me that the subject hadn’t been covered well enough.

Better is this pyramid below that shows at a glance what you should be doing daily, weekly monthly etc for the health and length of your relaxed hair growth. The pyramid by no means encompasses all aspects of relaxed hair health but it does give you a general overview on what is needed to create a good regimen.

Long healthy relaxed hair pyramid

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You will notice that I have not included mid week co-washes here. This is because I don’t think that they are completely necessary during the grow out phase of hair care as they encourage more manipulation than is necessary. You can certainly include them in your regimen once you get to your goal length.

Here’s a quick rundown of the pyramid contents.

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About Alma

Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.

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  1. 1
    Seynabou Niang Seck says:

    very ingenious!

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    Hairtoday says:

    I agree, very clever and just what I needed to see today. I already knew that I was using my flat iron way too much (every two weeks) so I will definitely be changing that.

  3. 3
    Sharmaine says:

    This is very helpful. Its easier to see the relationship of hot oils and clarifying to aphogees. Thanks!

  4. 4

    Can you use green tea for the GHE treatment instead of oils or water?

  5. 9

    Can you use green tea instead of water or oils for the daily GHE treatment?

  6. 10
    Tiff Dizzle says:

    Is braiding your hair every week after you wash it considered protective or is that too much hair mulipuation ? I just cut my hair (big chop) like 2 weeks ago and I’m already noticing split ends ;( I don’t put heat on my hair at all and I don’t used combs. I wash condition And seal then I braid it, and I wear a half wig when I go out the house M I sleep on a satin pillow case n I use a stain bonnet

    • 11

      Braiding weekly is definitely TMM. Why don’t you try a 3 – 4 week rolling routine instead where you braid every 3 weeks to a month while washing your hair in the braids? You will definitely get fewer splits!

  7. 12
    Charity M.M. says:

    This is a great article! I love the fact that an entire regime is at a glance because it even makes it easy to explain to someone starting out on a healthy hair journey. I recently subscribed to your newsletters and I must say, I find your sight very detailed in black haircare information. Good job!

  8. 14

    Thanks for sharing this. A hair pyramid is a great idea.

  9. 15

    Hi Alma, I was wondering if I cn retain my lengths and grow my hair if I don’t use weaves, wear wigs or braid my hair? I wear my hair after retouching for at least 2 months and then I braid for one month before relaxing hair. I always wear my hair up but don’t like weaves and only braid when I can.

    The other thing is I moisturise and seal every night and do a DC once a week. Well my hair grow without weaves and braids? Thanks in advance

    • 16

      Hi Tyna. Absolutely, you can retain length with just regular low manipulation or protective styles. Length retention is inversely proportional to manipulation so the more you manipulate, the less length you retain. If you are combing your hair nightly as you moisturize and seal, then that’s obviously too much manipulation. The reason I mention weaves is because they help reduce daily manipulation to almost zero for the period that you are wearing them. Buns are a great low manipulation style.

  10. 17

    Okay, so can you explain to me like what to use/ do for each section of the pyramid and give me examples of productive styles, and what I can use/do to my hair. I’m twelve years old and I desperately want long healthy hair, but natural isn’t for me, I’ve tried. My hair stops about shoulder length. How long would it take to grow it waist length. I know it’s a big step, but I’m curious. Can you also tell me where I can buy the things I’ll need and what I’ll need. And my hair is thin and I hate it, is there any healthy product that could thicken my hair without damaging it. The products I use for my hair are dr. Miracles anti breakage cream, palmers olive oil gro therapy, and hot six oil treatment after I wash my hair. I also use dr. Miracle relaxer. Help please !?!?!?!

  11. 19

    I cant air dry my hair that much .. i tried so many times and it’s good only for 3 days … air- drying my hair makes my hair feel good , but i cant do it ..

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    Krystal Smallwood yes/no? or go for whatever works for your hair?

  14. 23

    Dondree Chappell

  15. 24

    I thought relaxers need a touch up every six weeks

    • 25

      I think it varies on how fast your hair grows too, some ppl may need a touch up in 6 weeks, others …10-12 weeks …if there’s not much new growth than its not necessary.

    • 26

      I get a relaxed every three months which can be trying at times due to new growth yet I see a big improvement I’m how healthy my hair is

    • 27

      That sounds nuts to to I relaxed every 3-4 months sometimes I would try to stretch for more time. I put my hair in plats and corniest in the mean time and undid them for Fridays or Saturdays. Moisturize everyday never put heat in my hair and kept combing to a minimum. My hair was half way down my back. Now that I am natural my hair is stagnant. I am thinking of going back.

  16. 28

    it seems like to keep relaxed hair healthy you do the same things you would being natural why relax

  17. 29

    You don’t have to get a relaxer every six weeks rose.if you use any heat in your hair your ends should be trimmed every 8 weeks per the girl at super cuts lol.most people who relax their hair every six weeks can go a week or two longer with a good hot oil treatment.

  18. 30

    Go for whatever works for you not everyone’s hair is the same Sierra Greer plus this right here () is to much work lol

    • 31

      Good, b/c that looks like another full time job lol…. Plus my schedule dont allow for all of this. I’m just trying to find a way to thicken my hair back up. I started using JBCO yesterday I hope it does what everybody claim it does

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    Shayah Pierre

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    I get a perm every month. .. my hair is to thick to wait any longer lol

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