Adding six inches to your current length requires some techniques, it should be quite easy to achieve once you have the right information (except for medical factors). I will give tips based on my personal experience because I prefer practical to theory.
- Wash with a moisturizing or conditioning shampoo, preferably the one without sulphate base (SLS)
- After washing, deep condition the hair, with deep conditioner and a mixture of oils or you could use your normal conditioner mixed with natural oils.
- Cover with a plastic cap for 30 mins, then rinse.(N.B. You dont have to sit down during that time, you could do house chores or something important, I spend that time reading or doing dishes)
- After rinsing, clean up excess water with a soft cloth or towel.
- Apply leave in conditioner and seal with oil.
- After washing the hair, on your wash day, apply the protein treatment and cover for at least 30 mins
- Rinse the hair with warm water
- Then condition the hair generously and cover for about 5 mins. I usually deep condition afterwards (works well for my hair).THEN RINSE THOROUGHLY.
- For ladies with relaxed hair, it is recommended that you do your roots once every 3 months. Some do 6-8 weeks, most times I stretch for about 4-5 months. When you stretch, it helps your hair feel and look thicker and fuller.
- Relaxer breaks up the protein bonds, so you need to do protein treatment immediately after every retouch. Organics hair mayonnaise repairs weak, damaged and overprocessed hair, you might want to give it a try.
- Deep conditioning is also necessary during this period.
THINGS TO AVOID
- Avoid rough handling the hair when using towel, i.e dont squeeze the hair in the towel. Just dab and wipe excess water from the hair, allow the rest to airdry.
- Avoid using sulphate based products on the hair, it strips the hair of natural oils. (sulphate is mostly used in shampoos)
- Avoid using petrolatum based products, it weighs down the hair and makes it greasy
- Avoid combing everyday, (yeah), this might sound weird, excess combing strips the hair of protein, Opt for finger detangling rather than fierce combing. Reduce it to 3 times a week or once if possible depending on your hair needs. I know there will be the temptation to always touch the hair, pls leave it, let it rest.
- Avoid combing from the roots: I used to do it too, so we are all guilty of this. Start from the tips and go gently towards the roots, some people comb like they are fighting with the hair. Be gentle with it and you will find little or no strand of hair on the comb.
- Avoid combing when dry. This will cause breakage and split ends. Comb only when properly moisturized. Practise combing in sections of 3 or 4.
- Don’t be shy when you get to your stylist, tell them what you would prefer, after all you are paying for the service. I have been to salons where the stylist tries to use that rat tailed comb(the blue one) to comb the whole hair. This practice will damage the hair, causing breakage, split ends, and weakening of the strands.
- Avoid excessive use of products: When you begin your hair journey, the temptation is always there to use almost a bottle of oil (especially castor oil) in a week, or 170ml of leave-in conditioner in a week(I did it too). Plzzz…this will make your hair look depressed. Moderation is key. Let your hair have enough but not too much. I would stress the part if oil, try not to use more than a teaspoon per scalp application. However listen to your hair, if it needs less, use less, if it needs more, use more.
Watch out for the next post on starting your hair journey!!!