You see it every couple of weeks. Creeps up on you unsuspectingly leaving you in a frizz. Curly and thick, it’s hard to part, needs constant moisture and looks completely different from the rest of your locks. It’s new growth, and although some like the sign of hair maturing, others rush to their nearest beautician to get a touch-up. The question is: when is it time to run to the salon and are you running too often?
The complexities of black hair are never ending, depending on hair strength and texture. And although looking bald-headed and crazy is tragic, it’s very preventable. We sat down with stylist Beatrice Kelly from Burzh Wa Salon in Brooklyn to find the answers to our ever-so-burning questions.
“[For those who get regular relaxers] at about an inch of new growth is when you should get a touch up and at six to eight weeks is the average time it takes for new growth to reach that inch,” she said.
For many black women, caught in the regular cycle of relaxing their hair, the fear of exposing roots leads to a burnt and dry mess. Kelly has seen her fair share of over-processed hair and gave two simple solutions, “The best treatments for over processed hair are deep conditioner treatments and trimming your hair. There’s no other way.”
If you’re one of those brave souls attempting to do your touch ups on your own, remember to only put the relaxing cream on the root of your hair follicle and gauge how long you leave it on based on your hair texture. “Hair can be under-processed when you get a relaxer and it doesn’t take. If that happens, don’t put the relaxer in immediately, wait the six weeks again to re-do,” Kelly added.