Friday, January 7, 2011
HAIR FACT OF THE WEEK.
I've been wanting to talk about this subject for a while now. Relaxers! alot of women use them but don't know the truth behind them. A chemical relaxer is one of the most damaging things you can do to your hair. The principal chemical used are Sodium Hydroxide or Guanidine Hydroxide. Both chemicals are extremely strong and it takes alot of care and dedication to keep your hair healthy, once relaxed. One of the biggest mistakes I notice with my clients is how they apply there " at home" relaxer. All of these box relaxers claim to have "NO LYE"..but the ingredient they replace it with (Guanidine Hydroxide) is just as strong and just as damaging. If you feel you must have one, the best way is to let a professional hairstylist apply it for you. Some ladies may say its to expensive and prefer to do it themselves. That's fine, but it is very important to follow all directions when applying the relaxer. A BIG NO NO is after your initial first relaxer..meaning the very first time you got one..you could of been 5 years old..It doesn't matter. You MUST ONLY relax the new growth EVERY TIME AFTER your first initial relaxer. This should be done every 6-8 weeks, depending on the person's growth rate. Applying the relaxer to all of your (previously relaxed hair) will cause major damage. I notice a lot of clients may have length and confuse that with having healthy hair..but there hair is thin and not healthy at all. It takes a lifelong dedication to your hair to make sure it remains healthy once relaxed. In my opinion, keeping your hair natural is the best way. You still can achieve straight styles without an relaxer. I will be posting a video soon to show step by step instructions on how to effectively relax your hair. I will also be putting up tips and products to help you keep your hair in its best condition...Stay tuned!