Naturalistas are known for the way they hype their hair. They have groups everywhere where they learn how to understand and handle natural hair.
However, it would seem like people with relaxed hair aren’t bothered. There’s little or no fuss about how to handle relaxed hair. And that makes me wonder if keeping relaxed hair is easier than keeping natural hair.
Curious about their haircare routine, I asked 5 relaxistas (not an actual word), people with relaxed hair, what their best hair care routine is and these were their responses.
Oreoluwa Elujolo – “Let Your Hair Breathe”
I prefer relaxed hair mbok! My hair can hardly be combed when natural. While grooming relaxed hair, it is important to let your hair breathe and grow. As a person, I don’t do too much. I’m as natural as possible. I just try to rub shea butter in once a day.
I think I wash my hair once every two months. I don’t wash too regularly so I won’t wash all the products in my hair away, besides, my hair is quite thick so I have to find a suitable day to do the battle of hair washing. It is however important to wash your hair to avoid product or dirt buildup.
The best protective style I know is weaving or didi, just neat and simple cornrows. I relax my hair once in a year. And if I’m ‘very happy’, twice a year, but it’s mostly once.
Otokiti Ife-Oluwase Obaloluwa – “Pamper Your Hair”
Pamper your hair. Natural twists, cornrows, and braids are excellent protective styles. Ghana weaving is a protective style too but it isn’t gentle especially on your edges.
I have a hair care routine, I wash my hair every 4-6 weeks. I pre-poo, shampoo, condition and deep condition my hair. I don’t forget to use leave-in conditioner and oils.
Deep conditioning should be between every 6-8 weeks. Leave-in conditioner and oils should be used at least twice a week as they serve different purposes. You use leave-in conditioning to introduce moisture into your hair and you use oil to lock the moisture in.
Adedeji Adedamola -“Fixing Weave-on Is Good For Your Hair.”
I wash my hair frequently, I oil and trim it often too. I believe it’s important to wash your hair before you have a new style done.
Fixing weave-on is good for your hair. I relax my hair every 2 to 3 months. I like my hair looking sleek. And that’s why I’ll choose relaxed hair over natural hair every single day.
Ola-Egbinola Olatide -“Enjoy Protective Styles”
I often weave my hair to help my hair grow. I have a thing for long hair and I believe black people can also keep long relaxed hair.
I wash my hair whenever I figure that it’s dirty. If it feels dirty, I wash it. I however relax my hair about 4 times a year, that’s once in 3 months. Girl likes her hair sleek and shining.
I enjoy protective hairstyles, weaving or didi, you know, properly made cornrows. I like big braids too. I do that for the culture.
Temitayo Adejumo -“Pay Attention To Your Hair Details”
See, it isn’t natural hair alone that deserves pampering and babying, your relaxed hair does too. The fact that you have chemicals in it makes it even more delicate, so please, pay attention to every little hair detail.
Don’t leave your hair to tangle or fly around anyhow, pamper life into it. Amen. If you’re loosening your hair, oil it, let the hair be looking like a billion dollars before you wash it. That would lubricate your hair.
Use leave-in conditioners for your hair, it moistures it. Don’t forget to drink water too. The water you drink is good for almost every part of your body, your internal organs, chapped lips, skin, scalp and hair.
I’ll recommend relaxing your hair every 3 to 4 months to avoid having too much chemical load in your hair. But between one relaxing and another, wash, oil and pamper your hair like the crown it is.
My beloved fashionistas, those are 5 hair care tips for your relaxed hair. If you want to add some more, drop them in the comments section below. Your hair is yours, rock it!