Saving the Straightened Strands: 6 Tips for Taking Care of Relaxed Hair

May 30, 2012 ‐ By Kendra Koger

Dear Readers, we at Madame Noire have heard your requests.  We know that a lot of our hair articles are about natural hair, and a few of our relaxed hair readers were feeling neglected.  I feel you; therefore, I’m giving you an article on taking care of relaxed hair.  Not only banking from my own personal experiences of things not to do, but I also got tips from a few hair consultants.

Okay, first, let’s talk about the basics of our hair.  I learned in a health class once that while a strand of Caucasian hair averages about three breakage points per strand, our hair has twice that, averaging about six to nine.  Therefore, our hair has a higher likelihood of breakage, but by taking proper care of it, it doesn’t have to.  You can have long hair, it’s within your grasp, and here are a few easy ways for you  to attain it.

Oh, and just because we’ve honored your request for a relaxed hair article, we did not honor your request for an article that you don’t have to click through all the pages.  But I promise, if you just take the few seconds to click, you might find some information that will help shape your hair care regimen.

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  • Mel Stevens

    use th epro naturals argan oil treatment to keep the hair moisturized and healthy throughout the day

  • Kay

    I Have relaxed hair. How do you know when it is moisturized?

  • Im really going to focus on my hair beacuse my goal is to have long healthy thick relaxed hair

  • This was a really helpful site beacuse my relaxed will grow only in the roots but my ends break all the these

  • I would also add that pre poo your hair and toss out those shampoos with sulfates

  • If you heat style you need to use good quality products like the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Styling Iron, it’s great for relaxed hair because of the pure ceramic tourmaline plates and ajustable heat (up to 460F!). I love using it, makes my hair conditioned and silky soft 🙂

  • LaceWigs Front

    Oh,My god, this hair is so gorgeous! like it~

  • Guest

    Oil is not a moisturiser. The only thing that can moisturise your hair is water. Just a bit of a water based moisturiser is what you need. Not enough to make the hair wet, but enough to give the hair some moisture.

  • oOBubbles21

    MN:  You wrote:  
    Or in my case, I once got it by how I tied my do rag on my hair line after I wrapped it. 

    How do you tie your hair at night??
    Do you use the female do rag?

    • Juss Jenn

       Its a satin scarf and definitely looks like the female do rag. Sometimes I get lazy and put on a satin bonnet.

    • Kendra Koger

      I was going to include a pic, but I figured I’d shown too much of myself on this site, but Juss Jenn described it perfectly.  I would wrap my hair, and then use the female do rag to keep it.  But now I’ll wrap it and use a silk scarf.  When I’m lazy I will drape the scarf over my pillow.

    • oOBubbles21

      Ok great thanks everyone!!
      I don’t like sleeping with my hair out, I wake up to a tangled mess.
      I used to wrap my hair every night but my scalp felt tender the next morning.  Now I put it in a loose ponytail and tie my scarf on.I still have a sore scalp in the mornings, no matter how loose I tie it.  Guess that’s the price I pay huh?  🙂  It’s worth it.

  • Islandgyal

    I don’t use oil in my hair. I rely on a leave in conditioner like Nexxus or Aveeno. I wash my hair twice a week & have found my scalp is much healthier when I do that. Thanks for tips on relaxed hair. I love natural hair, however with my fitness regimen & 60-70 hrs. of work it’s easier for me to do a quick blowout or a simple braid then wear it wavy next day.

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  • Guest

    Lol yall happy now?

  • LAME

    I’d add to make sure you wash your hair weekly or bi-weekly. I know black women tend to not wash their hair as frequently but dirty scalps do stunt growth. Also, OIL IS NOT A MOISTURIZER. Water is the only true moisturizer and oil is used to seal in the moisture. If your putting oil on your dry hair, without spraying water or using a water based leave-in conditioner 1st, all your doing is making your hair shiny and dry.  The only moisturizing oil that I know of is pure coconut cooking oil, found in the grocery store, I’d recommend organic coconut oil.

    • Carter

      I was just going to say that. I used to make the mistake in thinking my hair was getting moisturized with oil. Bad idea.

    • Juss Jenn

       I was going to say the same thing…using Extra Virgin Olive Oil to moisturize your hair won’t do it. Adding it to your Deep Conditioner or conditioner, sure. No oil will moisturize you hair…Only Water!!

      • oOBubbles21

        I thought water makes your hair weaker and more prone to breaking or tangling??  There’s no way I will wet then air dry my relaxed hair.  I’d be a mess.
        I wash once monthly now since having my baby.  Been doing that since he was born.  My hair has not been healthier.  I do keep my scarf on in the house though, so I think that helps.  I can’t stand oil or the thought of putting olive oil or coconut oil in my hair.  That sounds like a greasy mess.  I use Ashtae Sili-Gloss.  It’s perfect (for me).  Wish I could share pics 🙂