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How often should I wash my (relaxed or chemically treated) hair?

When it comes to washing your hair there is only one rule to keep in mind – Do what works for YOUR hair! With that being said there are a few tips worth taking note of when it comes down to how often to wash your hair (whether you are a relaxed head, completely natural or have chemically treated or dyed hair).

How often should I wash my hair?

You should wash you hair as often as you need to. All hair types are different and you need to do what’s best for your particular hair type.

Remember, washing your hair is good with regards to the extra moisture you’re instilling within it but it can also be negative with regards to the fact that depending on which shampoo you’re using you could strip your hair of needed natural oils causing it to dry out instead of retain moisture.
In order to help your hair stay moisturised and protect it from the negatives of shampoo it’s best to use less shampoo. Try and use shampoo only when you’re hair is really dirty (maybe once a week at the very most). On other days when you feel that your hair might be too oily, need additional moisture or need a rinse due to training – co-wash your hair.

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Co-washing is the same process as a normal wash but without the negatives often associated with shampoo. When co-washing the hair a conditioner (any ordinary rinse out conditioner) is used in place of a shampoo. You lather it up in your hair and rinse it out just as you would shampoo. This process moisturises your hair (especially if you’re using a moisturising conditioner) and cleans it out for a fresh feel.

Read up on shampoos and which would be the best for your hair here

  • Extremely oily hair – needs to be washed / co-washed quite often (maybe two or three times a week)
  • Dry hair – Needs to be washed / co-washed moderately often (twice a week should be okay but it depends on whether or not you’re finding other ways of balancing your hairs moisture)
  • Sensitive hair – needs to be washed / co-washed less often due to the fact that you might experience more breakage or hair loss than you’d like to every time you wash your hair. Some hair types find hair washing to be too much manipulation to take too often ( a wash once a week at the most should do).

I wash my hair once a week and if I feel that I need a rinse or extra moisture before those 7days are up I do a co-wash. My hair is extremely sensitive to washing so I hardly ever co-wash. I keep my hair moisture up by moisturising my hair.

For a video and tips on washing your hair, visit how to wash relaxed hair.

I personally cannot wash my hair more than once a week. It just gets too dry, regardless to the amount of moisture I add.

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I’m a twice a week girl but I’m trying to hold out to one whole week. It’s hard for me though!

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IMO, it’s pretty much an individual thing / what your hair prefers.

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I currently try to wash 2 times a week but my life tends to be so busy sometimes that I can’t always do that. But I always manage to get in at least 1 wash.

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Those that wash their hair everyday what do you do to style it, esp. now that it’s getting colder?

And when you say wash is this with shampoo or a conditioner wash, because I wouldn’t advise anyone to wash with shampoo everyday *too drying*.

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How often should you wash relaxed hair

When growing out relaxed, texturized or texlaxed hair, there is one thing that you must remember. Moisture! Without it your hair will break, period. With any relaxed hair regimen this must be taken into account. The following are other points to consider:

  • How often to wash your hair
  • How often to deep condition
  • How often to have protein treatments
  • How often to clarify your hair
  • How to style it to retain the most length
  • How often to trim your hair
  • How often to have hot oil treatments
  • How often to rotate your shampoos and conditioners
  • How often to have retouch the new growth

Outlined below is a moisture rich regimen for relaxed, texturized or texlaxed hair:

1. Co-wash (condition wash) hair on Monday with a moisturizing conditioner*, wet wrap with minimal oil or silicone serum to seal and air dry overnight for a straight style.

2. Co wash with a moisturizing conditioner* on Wednesday and air dry making sure to seal with oil or silicone serum. Pin curl the hair overnight for a curly do.

3. Never brush the hair when it is wet as this is when relaxed hair is weakest. Use a wide tooth comb* to detangle dry or mostly dry hair.

4. Keep hair moisturized daily between washes with a coin sized amount of a good hair moisturizer dabbed through the hair with fingers. Avoid combing excessively.

5. On Saturday, wash hair with a sulfate free shampoo* and deep condition with a light protein conditioner. Roller set the hair, sitting under a dryer for a smooth straight style.

6. Rotate the conditioners (both moisturizing and protein) every other week so that the hair does not stop responding to it.

7. A hot oil treatment should be used on the hair every 4th Saturday.

8. For special occasions smooth the hair out with a flat iron* for a straight style. Make sure to use heat protectant* beforehand.

Originally posted 2010-02-12 21:34:58.

About Alma Ruddock

I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com 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 help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Would you be able to give a list of hair products to use for all stages of the procedure please?
Thanks

I thought all "cones" were bad, so what product has silicone serum?

The 'evils' of cones are exaggerated. Everyone's hair is different, just the way some people are protein sensitive and others love protein. I use lots of products with cones and they have been nothing but helpful for me so I would say that it depends on your own hair.

Hello Alma,
The described regimen is similar to what I was doing before I started work. I found it difficult to keep up the dc’ng during the week but did so on the weekends. I’m finding that my hair really loves the water and need it. This is my last week of work for a minute and now I can get back into the swing of really caring for my hair. One question I have is what is a caramel treatment?

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About How To Keep Relaxed Hair Healthy In The Summer

  1. Wash Your Hair Weekly and Double Up on Moisture.
  2. Get Ends Trimmed Regularly.
  3. Go Easy on Heat Styling.
  4. Drink Water and Pay Attention to Your Diet.
  5. Avoid Overprocessing.
  6. Wait Awhile Before Installing Protective Styles.

How often should relaxed hair be washed?

Relaxed hair should be washed at least once a week, especially during warmer months when sun, chlorine and saltwater can negatively impact chemically treated locs. Invest in a shampoo with hydrating properties to help you clean, maintain and restore hydration.

How do I stop my relaxed black hair from breaking?

How to Prevent Hair Breakage

  1. Keep your hair moisturized. One of the main reasons your hair is breaking off could be that you aren’t applying enough moisture to your hair.
  2. Target split ends early on.
  3. Braid your hair up before shampooing.
  4. Go easy on the heat.
  5. Use a pre-wash moisturizer.
  6. Shampoo correctly.

How can I stop my relaxed hair from breaking?

5 Ways To Avoid Relaxed Hair Breakage

  1. Do protein treatments.
  2. Keep hair moisturized.
  3. Use a seamless comb.
  4. Be careful with the chemicals.
  5. Wear looser hairstyles.

How do you stop relaxed hair from breaking?

The best way to prevent over-processing is to protect previously relaxed hair when root touch ups are done. Ensure your stylist coats your ends with an oil or heavy conditioner prior to the relaxer service as this creates a barrier against the relaxer which runs down the length of the hair when it’s rinsed off.

How often should a black woman wash her relaxed hair?

Wash your hair 1-2 times a week to prevent excessive dryness. African hair should not be washed every day. To preserve your natural oils and prevent breakage caused from dryness, wash your hair about 1 time a week. If your hair is greasy or your scalp is itchy, you can wash your hair more than once a week.

How many minutes should relaxer stay on hair?

Be sure to work quickly and carefully within the processing time for your chosen relaxer. Ten to 15 minutes is usually sufficient and anything longer can cause damage. If you feel tingling and burning, you’ve waited too long to rinse the relaxer out of your hair.

How do I keep relaxed hair straight after washing?

Air drying is the healthiest option to dry your relaxed hair. To help your hair stay straight, wrap it into a cross wrap and tie it with a satin or silk hair scarf. Another way to get straight hair without heat is to smooth all the hair back into a loose bun.

What is the most gentle hair relaxer?

Best Gentle: Just for Me No-Lye Regular Conditioning Creme Relaxer.

How do you keep black hair hydrated?

We offered these seven tips:

  1. Use a true moisturizer that has water as 1st or 2nd ingredient.
  2. Seal in moisture with an oil like Shea butter, castor oil, or avocado oil.
  3. Trim your ends regularly.
  4. Avoid heat.
  5. Keep your hands out of your hair.
  6. Sleep with a satin bonnet or pillow.
  7. Deep condition regularly.

What is good for hair breakage?

Certain nutrients help your hair grow and stave off breakage from damage. Make sure you’re getting enough zinc, iron, and folic acid in your daily diet. Adequate protein and antioxidants (found in plant foods) can also keep your hair damage-free.

Why is my relaxed hair so tangled after washing?

Not Rinsing Well Enough After Washing One of the most common reasons tangled hair happens is that people leave product in their hair without rinsing it out thoroughly. This can lead to tangled strands and knots. If not rinsed out properly, conditioner can easily weigh down your hair making it more prone to tangling.

For those of you with relaxed hair, cleansing and washing your hair will involve a bit of a trial and error. Washing relaxed hair is rather tricky. Relaxed hair is often porous and extremely susceptible to outside aggravators, such as wind. Relaxed hair is most fragile when it is wet, so it is important to wash relaxed hair with the proper products and manual manipulation to improve your hair’s health and length retention.

Use the Right Shampoo for Relaxed Hair

How often should you wash relaxed hair

Because relaxed hair tends to be porous and susceptible to raised cuticles, it is important to use shampoos with the proper pH to cleanse your relaxed hair. Relaxed hair ladies should also avoid harsh shampoos that contain detergents, such as sodium laureth sulfate, which tend to be drying to relaxed hair. Mixing a bit of baking soda with your shampoo can make build-up and heavy oils easier to remove from your relaxed hair.

Wash Relaxed Hair in Sections

If you have a bit of length to your relaxed hair, consider washing it in sections. Similar to type 4 hair, relaxed hair can tangle and mat during washing sessions, even though the hair is chemically straightened. Braid the hair in two or more sections, and focus on cleansing the scalp only. Don’t worry about shampooing the length of the braids, the run off from the shampoo will glide down your tresses and clean build-up. If your relaxed hair isn’t long enough to wash in sections, just focus on cleansing your scalp with diluted shampoo to cut down on tangles and matting.

To Co-Wash Relaxed Hair or Not to Co-Wash Relaxed Hair

Co-washing is a great way to keep relaxed hair moist; co-washing is also a great way to keep your new-growth manageable in between relaxers. Co-washing isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but since relaxed hair typically needs more protein than moisture, it’s easy to over moisturize relaxed hair if you co-wash too often. If you decide to co-wash, it’ll take a bit of trial and error to find the proper frequency. If your hair’s protein/moisture balance is in check, it’s okay to co-wash up to a few times a week. However, if your hair’s protein/moisture balance is out of whack or completely nonexistent, it is best to skip co-washing until you get your protein/moisture balance under control.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

Relaxed hair, by its definition, undergoes controlled damage in order to straighten it. So let’s get this out of the way: Your hair is going to be damaged at least slightly anyway as long as you're relaxing it. However, maintaining straight hair in a healthy fashion is possible as long as you follow several simple steps. If you're not currently following most of these tips, your hair probably isn’t as healthy as it could be. It goes without saying that all hair should be pampered, but unfortunately relaxed manes require even more special treatment because they’ve been processed so heavily. Try these seven tips for maintaining healthy relaxed hair, and see if they can help you get your newly straight tresses into the best shape possible.

See a Professional for Chemical Applications

This is typically where you’ll spend the most money in maintaining relaxed hair, but it’s worth investing in a trusted stylist for touch-ups and/or coloring—they’re licensed for a reason. This may not be easy; you might even have to try several salons and get recommendations before you find someone you’re happy with. Once you find a professional and build a good relationship with them, they should be able to advise you as to whether a lye or no-lye relaxer is the best option for you, which cuts will most flatter your face, and how to care for your hair on a daily basis.

Applying relaxers to previously processed hair, leaving chemicals on for too long, and getting your hair processed too often are some of the most common mistakes made when it comes to straightening. While home kits are easier to use than ever and cheaper than having a professional apply treatments, these products also make it easy to overprocess the hair. Not waiting the recommended time frame between touch-ups is another risky move to make with relaxed hair. Even if you must apply your own relaxers (and we don’t know why you would), have a trusted friend help you with back sections of the hair whenever possible. Better yet, though, save those pennies and see a stylist for the task. It’ll ultimately save you money because you won’t need as many treatments to rehabilitate your hair back to health.

To help combat overprocessed hair, use a protein treatment, followed by an intensely moisturizing conditioner.

Choose Low or No-Heat Styling

Flat irons and curling irons are very convenient, but daily use will eventually lead to dryness and damage. Heat tools are fine for occasional use, but try to get into the habit of low or no-heat styling when you can. Examples of styling techniques that don’t require a lot of heat include:

Protective hairdos keep your hair’s ends up and out of sight, which allows them to retain moisture, which in turn leads to healthier hair. Even if your goal is not to grow hair down your back, well-moisturized ends are still important, because they‘re necessary for an overall healthy head of hair. This isn’t to say that your mane always needs to be up and out of sight; after all, if you have long, healthy, straightened locks, part of enjoying them is showing them off, right? But if you start to notice that your ends seem drier and/or are looking worse for wear, then incorporate more protective styles into your regular looks.

Try any of these hairstyles that don’t need to have ends “bumped” or curled:

  • Buns
  • Braids
  • Updos

Wrap and Protect at Night

Not only does wrapping your hair at night save you time in the morning, but it also protects your delicate tresses while sleeping, especially if you add in extra protection in the form of a silk hair cover or pillowcase. When you mold your hair to the shape of your head, you preserve body and volume in a low-maintenance fashion that requires absolutely no heat. You won't need to "bump" your ends with a curling or flat iron, so this heatless setting method is gentle on the most delicate part of your mane.

Condition Regularly

Relaxers strip away a ton of the hair’s natural oils during the process of straightening; replacing that moisture isn’t just recommended, it’s essential to keeping hair in good shape. Instead of using greasy, petrolatum-laden products which don’t actually moisturize the hair but only coat it, rely on good-quality conditioners and moisturizers to maintain proper moisture levels for your locks. Follow each shampoo with a rinse-out conditioner and deep condition two to four times per month, depending on your hair’s needs.

Trim as Needed

The ends of your hair can become excessively dry if not cared for properly. They’re the oldest and most fragile parts of your hair and they need to be treated with extreme care. However, they’re not going to last forever, so it’s better to get rid of split and dry ends sooner rather than later. The longer you keep them, the more hair they’ll damage. If you routinely pamper your hair and observe other good practices, you’ll need to trim less often than someone who flat irons daily or never deep conditions.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

I rocked a short pixie cut for about 5 years. I loved shedding the veil I was hiding behind –my hair. Deciding to cut my hair took me on an emotional love-hate rollercoaster.

For one, I got it cut and then didn’t know how the heck to style it. The journey I embarked on with learning how to manage and maintain it allowed me to learn so much about myself as well as gaining a ton of confidence – similar to going natural.

Here are my 4 tips for maintaining a pixie cut:

1. Keep it short

It goes without saying that with maintaining a cut as short as a pixie that you have to keep it cut. You will notice that your hair grows so much faster after you chop. As it continues to grow out you will notice the shape and definition will be lost when styling.

Find a good stylist (preferably the one who cut it originally) who can upkeep the cut without killing your pockets.

Another option, like I did, is to take the road of learning how to cut and style your own hair. Not only will this save you tons of money, you will be in control of it.

2. 1/4″ flatiron is bae

With short hair comes the requirement of curling and styling with a flat iron*. Be sure to purchase a 1/4″ flat iron* to be able to get all those layers in the back. You want to be able to go to the root and get a nice curl at all points of your hair.

I used a flat iron* to style my hair almost daily and while I know most are probably cringing at the thought of heat damage, I had relaxed hair and as fast as my hair grew I was chopping, thus damaged hair didn’t stand a chance. Be sure to take extra measures by using your favorite heat protectant* when styling.

3. Always tie down your hair

My next tip is to make sure that you are consistently tieing down your hair at night before bed. You can use a simple mesh head wrap that you can find at any beauty supply store.

This is vital for keeping the back and sides of your hair straight and so that you don’t wake up in the morning with your hair going in all kinds of crazy directions.

4. Wash frequently

Lastly, make sure you are washing your hair frequently. I washed my hair about twice a week but as long as you wash at least once you’re good.

This is important because your scalp produces a natural oil called sebum. With short hair it doesn’t have a very long strand to move down so it can build up quite quickly resulting in weighed down oily strands.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

Here are some tips on how to maintain short relaxed hair so that it does not break off and become severely damaged.

1. Only relax your hair every 8-12 weeks depending on your hair texture. DO NOT relax your hair every time you see new growth.

2. Condition and wash your hair every 4-7 days with a shampoo and conditioner designed for chemically treated hair. DO NOT use shampoos with Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Make sure you also use a leave-in conditioner after every wash. Only comb through the hair with a wide-toothed comb and never brush while it’s WET as black hair will surely break in this wet state.

3. If you need to wash your hair more often than every 4-7 days you should use conditioner only which has been dubbed “CO-Washing”. Black hair can never be over conditioned and many relaxed hair women cowash their hair 2-3 times a week. CoWashing is simply washing your thirsty roots with a moisturizing conditioner versus using a shampoo frequently which will surely dry out chemically treated hair.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

4. Avoid using extreme heat on your hair to style. When possible try to avoid heat all together. Use other methods of achieving curls and style settings like magnetic rollers, wet setting and curlformers. Heat should only be used on SPECIAL occasions and NOT everyday or 3-4 times a week. If you are going to blow dry your hair make sure it’s partially dry and turn the heat to medium. Just remember too much heat is damaging.

5. Don’t let the barrel cover of a curling iron to clamp down on your hair. When this happens it creates a super weak point in the hair which will break off. The barrel cover should be held slightly open for the ease of your hair moving over the curling iron barrel. This method avoids the pulling and tugging that comes from the pressure of the barrel cover if it’s clamped down.

6. Using an ionic, ceramic curling or flat iron will work well as long as they have temperature controls. 300-370 degrees is plenty of heat to style relaxed hair depending on your hair’s thickness. There is no need to run the irons over a section of hair more than once and definitely no more than twice. Before using the heat protect your hair with a heat protective serum or cream and not an oil. Keep in mind to use as little heat as possible because it can only do more damage to relaxed hair if frequently used.

7. Unless you Cowash regularly avoid using moisturizers with mineral oil and petrolatum. These ingredients DO NOT moisturize but rather function as a sealant. They protect the cuticle layer from damage and moisture loss.

8. Deep Condition your hair every two weeks to retain more moisture and strength. Use a creamy deep conditioner that has some mild protein and moisturizing ingredients on your damp hair after a wash. Let it sit in your hair for about 40 minutes before rinsing. Deep conditioning provides a measure of preventative damage from frequent manipulation and styling of your hair. This is extremely important as it truly helps prevent hair damage so do it consistently and make sure your product of choice has quality ingredients. Research Paul Mitchell and Aveda.

9. Lastly drink plenty of water and get an adequate amount of rest to reduce stress. You should exercise regularly to be healthy as your hair is part of your body and will suffer if it’s growing from an unhealthy scalp, skin and place of stress. If needed supply the body with supplements such as a multi-vitamin, Biotin and Omega-3 Oil.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

You’ve probably seen that beauty influencer in your feed with the perfect hair. you know, the one who claims to never wash it?

I know. I’m confused too. And while there is apparently some merit to not shampooing your hair every single day (you’ll help it stay hydrated and lessen the risk of damage), how often you pop open that shampoo bottle actually depends on your hair type.

From oily to thick to color-treated hair, here’s what hair stylists and dermatologists say about how often you should really be washing your hair—and what shampoo you should be using when you do.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

Thick hair should be shampooed every three days,” says Paul Cucinello, celebrity stylist and founder of Cucinello Studio NYC. “You’ll want to wash it with something that lathers well, so you don’t have to use an excessive amount of shampoo, and a conditioner that is rich and provides some slip so it is easy to work through.” Milbon Plarmia Hairserum Shampoo will do just the trick.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

Fine hair should be shampooed every other day using a volumizing shampoo and conditioner,” says Cucinello (he likes OGX Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen Shampoo). Fine hair can easily get weighed down by oil and product buildup—so it requires washing a bit more often. “The goal is to keep it clean so it can maintain volume but to also nourish the scalp with a volumizing conditioner that won’t weigh hair down,” Cucinello says.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

Coarse hair should be washed twice a week using a super-moisturizing, sulphate-free shampoo, like L’Oreal Paris Ever Creme Deep Nourish Shampoo, and followed with a deep conditioning masque, like L’Oréal Paris EverCrème Renourishing Butter, to keep it feeling soft and manageable,” suggests Cucinello.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

Thinning hair should be washed daily using a scalp-stimulating shampoo, like Redken Cerafill Retaliate Shampoo, that expands the diameter of each strand of hair making it thicker and stronger, and a conditioner that nourishes the hair follicle and encourages hair growth,” says Cucinello.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

“You can rinse and condition color-treated hair as often as you want,” says Cucinello, “but you should be shampooing no more than three times a week.” (This ensures you’re not totally stripping your hair of color or moisture.) He recommends conditioning your hair first, before shampooing with a high-quality color-safe shampoo like R + Co Gemstone Color Shampoo. It’s gentler, and helps preserve the color longer.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

“When your hair is damaged, you need to take extra-special care of it because over-washing could further damage or dry out your hair,” says Cucinello. Instead, he suggests shampooing twice a week using a strengthening shampoo (like Pravana Intense Therapy Cleanse Healing Shampoo) followed by a repair mask instead of regular conditioner.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

“I find that when clients complain that their hair is getting oily, it’s because they have been shampooing too frequently and not using any conditioner, which causes the scalp to become dehydrated,” says Cucinello. This causes your scalp to ramp up oil production to overcompensate.

To get your scalp back on track, take a week to reset your routine by wetting your hair only four times. During two of those, rinse and condition hair only. For the other two, you can use a mild shampoo, too. “But make sure to really massage the scalp well with the conditioner to break down the buildup of excessive oil,” he says (just be gentle—you don’t want to damage your scalp).

“Once the cycle is broken, try using a scalp purifying shampoo, like L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo, and a hydrating conditioner three times a week,” Cucinello says.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

“Dandruff is caused when an overgrowth of a yeast species causes inflammation to the skin, and an overproduction of sebum and oils increase cellular turnover, all of which are the cause of white flakes on the scalp,” says Julie Russak, M.D., founder of Russak Dermatology Clinic in NYC. Cucinello suggests this hair type shampoo every other day.

When looking for an anti-dandruff shampoo, Russak suggests finding one that exfoliates (like Briogeo Scalp Revival Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo) or contains proven dandruff fighters like zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, or ketoconazole.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

“Relaxed hair should be rinsed and conditioned as often as needed but shampooed no more than twice weekly,” says Cucinello.

Even if it sounds basic, there are a few mistakes that many women make when washing their hair, actions that lead to losing hair. Maybe you consider it would take too much time, and you want to keep it quick, but, in reality, taking extra time to cleanse your hair will pay in the long run.

To stop thinning hair from falling, and keep it looking its best, consider how you wash your hair using our tips. Consequently, this list will help you learn about the most impactful factors that make your hair fall and break.

Don’t use hot water

First upfront, never use hot water! It’s relaxing, and all, but may also be harmful to your hair. It just makes sense — hot water opens the pores, making the hair follicles brittle, causing hair to break and fall.

What to do? Wash your hair with lukewarm water, and after that, with cold water to seal the hair follicles.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

Don’t scratch your scalp

Whenever you apply shampoo, masks, or you have an itchy scalp, always use your fingertips to massage it gently. The reason is simple. When you scratch the scalp repeatedly, the skin and hair follicles might get damaged, resulting in temporary hair loss, dandruff, and scabbing.

Furthermore, besides being relaxing, scalp massages can also help create an ideal environment for hair growth as they stimulate the hair’s follicles and blood circulation within the scalp.

Use shampoo just for your scalp

The shampoo is designed just for the scalp, so don’t apply it on your ends, but only conditioners and masks. Shampoo dries out ends because it is not as nutritive as conditioners and usually contains SLSs and ingredients that might weaken its structure.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

How to apply conditioner

Hair must be damp when applying conditioner, so before that, squeeze out the water. If you don’t do so, the excess water stops the conditioner from staying on, hydrating it less, and making it prone to break when you comb it. Leave the conditioner on for up to 5 minutes while you wash your body, then rinse thoroughly with warm luke water.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

When and how to apply hair-masks?

Always use hair masks to clean and towel-dried hair — once per week will do. To optimize the mask’s effect, cover your head with a hot towel, and leave it on for 20 minutes. Before rinsing it out, comb through your hair once with the mask to ensure you distribute it evenly throughout the hair. In this way, you avoid your hair to tangle and break.

Rinse well

It is essential not to overlook rinsing. Instead, take a few minutes to remove any shampoo & conditioner out of your hair to avoid post-shower build of the products. If you leave any product residues, these can seriously damage the hair follicles and scalp, leading to hair breakage.

Use cold water

Once you’ve done washing your hair, do not forget to rinse it with cold water. In this way, you close the hair pores, which helps seal in the moisture from your conditioner & mask, making it stronger and less prone to break.

Don’t overwash your hair

It is crucial not to wash your hair more than is necessary, as it dries out the scalp and might lead to hair loss. Not the same rule applies to everyone; it depends on the hair type and lifestyle. It’s OK to wash your hair twice per week. However, if you have excess sebum and prefer to wash it daily, use a shampoo for frequent use, which has more natural ingredients.

How often should you wash relaxed hair

Last thing!

When hair is wet becomes very fragile and is more prone to breakage. Let your hair dry for 10-15 minutes before combing it. You can gently run your fingers through it before to make it easier but never comb soaking wet hair! That should be all. Now all you have to do is to enjoy your super clean and healthy hair!