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.

Try Macadamia Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo specially formulated for sulfate-free cleansing.

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Deena Campbell
May, 05, 2014

If you don’t know by now, the internal structure of our hair is far more susceptible to breakage than any other hair type. Therefore, it must be treated with care and nourished to grow long and strong. And if your hair is relaxed, even more care is necessary. Relaxers straighten the hair strand by breaking down protein bonds in the curl to loosen the curl pattern. Due to the damaged protein bonds, the basic hair structure is altered and necessary protein bonds are broken, stripping the hair of its strength and elasticity. But, there’s hope!

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.

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