We all know that chlorine in pools is so harsh it strips the hair of its natural oils and moisture. What's more, according to Hair Foundation, chlorine “causes severe damage to hair keratins. Thus, chlorine in the swimming pool can both lighten and weaken hair.” Relaxed hair is even more susceptible to keratin damage, as the hair fibers have already been chemically altered. Over time this can cause excessive dryness, increased porosity and breakage. Before you jump in the pool here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned to help protect my relaxed hair from unnecessary damage caused by chlorine and saltwater.
Many relaxed haired ladies believe it’s impossible to maintain relaxed hair and workout at the same time. I think it’s safe to say that many are fearful of “sweating out their edges” and they skip the gym in order to “save” their style. Adapting a “health over hairstyle” mentality is key! Besides, working out promotes healthy hair growth! Here’s several ways you can take care of relaxed hair while visiting the gym.
Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp—plain and simple! Our scalp is the foundation of our hair growth; therefore, it should be in the best condition. A flaky, oily, itchy scalp is no environment for healthy hair or hair growth. The scalp requires attention, just like our ends, so a consistent scalp routine is essential for maintaining a healthy scalp. Here are a few tips to get your scalp in tip-top shape!
Shedding takes place when we wash our hair, comb our hair or style our hair. On average, we lose about 100 hairs a day. An easy way to tell the difference between a broken hair and shed hair is simple. If you notice a tiny white bulb at the end of your strands, that’s hair that shed! The bulb means the hair has gone through a complete cycle of growth and as a result has fallen out. If your going through a shedding spell, here are three main reasons why…
Overlapping and over-processing are two of the biggest hair crimes you can commit when you have relaxed hair.
Having thick hair is a common desire among relaxed haired ladies. That sought-after thickness and body in the hair gives you more styling options and signifies overall hair health. When I first began my hair journey, my relaxed hair was thin, damaged and lifeless. Here are a few tips on how I increased the thickness in my hair.
Eggs are known to strengthen our hair, but research shows that any proteins that have not been hydrolyzed are too large to penetrate into the hair shaft and bond onto the hair.
When I first met Steve he had no idea what a hair journey entailed, now he requests certain styles keeps me on track with my routine.
Baggying is simple: Apply a moisturizer to your hair and then put a plastic bag over your head for 2-3 hour (or even overnight) to lock in moisture and promote growth.
Determining when our hair wants moisture and/or protein is vital to its overall health. Luckily, there are common indicators that will help you decipher what your hair is in need of.