As a Nigerian woman, or other woman of color, you are well aware of how dry your natural hair can get. This problem is only compounded with the use of a chemical agent like a relaxer. This does not deter women who are seeking long and healthy relaxed hair, but it does present a problem when they are not properly taking care of their hair.
There is not a one size fits all type of diet, and the same is true for relaxed hair. Every woman has her own unique issues and challenges that she is going through on her journey to longer hair. You can ask other people for their hair regimens, but you will have to take a proactive approach to see what does and does not work for your hair. You will also need to make a list of the things you should be doing every day in order to achieve your goal of having healthy relaxed black hair.
The following tips will help steer you in the direction you should be headed in regards to your hair’s health. You will see the things that you should be doing on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
What You Should Do To Your Relaxed Hair Every Day
Drinking water is not only good for your body; it is also good for your hair. If you really want to moisturize your dry proned hair, you should start by increasing your water intake.
Take a vitamin every day. Of course, the more optimal choice would be to eat a diet that is full of fresh fruits and vegetables with protein. Try to also limit the amount of junk food and alcohol that you consume.
Make sure that you moisturize your hair and seal the moisture in. Some women simply spray water on their hair, and then seal the water in by applying natural oil like coconut to their hair.
What You Should Do To Your Relaxed Hair Every Week
You should prepoo your hair before your weekly wash. A prepoo simply means prepping your hair for a wash by applying oil to it. You can choose the type of oil that you want to use. Some relaxed women choose extra virgin olive oil to coat their hair before shampooing.
Then, shampoo your hair preferably with a sulfate free shampoo, and deep condition your hair with heat for least 20 minutes. You can also opt to conduct a steam treatment instead.
What You Should Do To Your Relaxed Hair Every Month
These are some things that you can do to help retain your length. Protective styling is a great way to grow you hair by protecting the ends of your hair from the elements like wind and sun. These things can have an adverse effect on dry hair and cause hair breakage.
You can also invest in some oils for your monthly hot oil treatments. This helps strengthen your hair so you will not get excess hair breakage and shedding.
These are some of the things you can incorporate into your hair regimen so you will retain your hair’s length.