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Since the growth of the natural hair movement, most advice centers on how to have healthy natural hair and the majority of commercial products and services are now targeted for the natural hair audience, leaving relaxed gals to fend for themselves. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you and your specific needs when it comes to maintaining length, preventing breakage, and improving your hair’s health all around. Follow these tips to achieve your healthiest mane yet.

Do weekly deep conditioning treatments

Deep conditioning repairs and reconstructs tresses after manipulation from regular styling which puts stress on the hair. Give your locs some love with a deep conditioning protein treatment once per week. Simply apply the product, cover your hair with a plastic cap, and sit underneath the dryer for 10-15 minutes.

Use products specifically designed for chemically treated hair

Thought you could get away with using natural hair products for chemically treated hair simply because they’re more accessible? This is a big no-no. The natural hair products that you’ve been using aren’t suitable for your hair in its chemically altered state and therefore won’t keep it in it’s best health. Take the time to research and seek out products specifically made for relaxed hair; this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to use natural and organic products, you just need to make sure these shampoos, conditioners, and styling creams are made with your hair in mind and not naturals’.

Dust your ends

We understand how important it is to maintain length with relaxed all hair, however regularly dusting your ends is a necessity. Dusting is not as harsh as a trim, but it will get rid of ends that may be splitting or breaking. The sooner you get rid of those ends, the less likely it is that you’ll need a full on trim or cut down the line because most of your hair shaft is damaged. To keep your ends healthy, dust your hair about every 6-8 weeks.

Stop overusing styling tools

This tip cannot be stressed enough. When your hair is chemical treated, it’s in a state of distress. Relaxers throw off your pH balance which alters your hair’s ability to retain strength. Constant straightening of relaxed hair weakens its protein structure, causing dry, brittle hair and stunting hair growth. Be sure to use a heat protectant and don’t pass strands over more than twice with a flat iron.

Don’t over relax

Seeing new growth too soon? This can be a struggle but remember that relaxed hair is more susceptible to breakage and damage and using chemicals too often will only break your hair down more. If you must relax your new growth every 4-6 weeks, be sure to only apply the relaxer to your roots. If you can stretch the time between relaxers to 8-12 weeks that’s even better.

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