We caught up with Ron Robinson, Cosmetic Chemist for Aviva Hair Revitalizer to give us an idea of which ingredients are best for relaxed hair. His first pick? Organic coconut oil. “Its fatty acids hydrate the follicles, ensuring shiny, lustrous strands,” he says. “Coconut oil also contains vitamin E, vitamin K and iron—use it for cooking as well!” Take a peek at his other suggestions for healthy relaxed hair.
For Fine Hair
Fine hair is very susceptible to breakage, especially if not cleansed correctly. Prevent unnecessary damage by using a gentle shampoo that does not contain harsh sulfites like ammonium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, or that is labeled as a “cleanse” shampoo. These products can strip the brittle hair of its moisture, leading to more breakage. This is especially harsh on hair that is already chemically relaxed.
To protect from damage and make your hair more soft and manageable, use protein and moisture treatments to help rebuild the structure of relaxed hair. Choose products that contain organic ingredients and try to avoid ones with mineral oils, as they can actually prevent moisture from penetrating the hair shaft.
Many turn to heat straightening for texture and manageability, however avoiding excess heat is key for healthy hair. Instead, try adding a nutritional supplement to your beauty routine that is high in complex B vitamins and folic acid.