African hairstyles: How to style relaxed hair

African hairstyles: How to style relaxed hair
More manageable hair is something most women want and relaxers offer that. However, an important factor to consider when you decide to take a relaxer to your hair, is that the wrong technique could mean the difference between sleek or broken hair. Now that’s a gamble nobody wants to take! So in order avoid a full cut, follow our simplified list on how to relax your hair.

Get educated

The proper technique makes all the difference to managing that growth in your hair. So before you start, look at the texture of your hair and determine how much chemical it can handle. It’s so important to leave a little elasticity in your hair, so that it still has that fabulous bounce. Relaxers loosen up the curl pattern so that it’s not so tightly wound and springy, this makes it a million times easier to comb in the morning. Something any lady will love when their mornings are busy and there’s no time for your hair!

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how to relax hair.

Choosing the right one

Picking the right relaxer, is as important as finding the ONE. Your hair is unique to you and as a result, there are many different types of product that will have different effects. The right relaxer is dependent on the texture of your hair, porosity and how sensitive your scalp is. If you have sensitive skin, don’t go for the product that’s harsh, rather go for the one that’s a no-lye relaxer.

Then you have to check the texture of your hair, ranging from coarse to fine and everything in between, each type requires a different level of care. Not sure which range your hair falls in? Find out here: http://blacknaps.org/know-your-hair-type/. If you have fine to medium textured hair, a normal strength relaxer will work best, while if you have coarse hair, you can go for the extra strength one.

Relaxing Your Hair

equipement for relaxing your hair

Prep time

We often throw away instructions, but that’s a big no-no. Carefully read the instructions on your box and follow them to avoid mistakes. Protect your hairline, neck, ears and scalp with a protective base like Vaseline. You will then need an activator, neutralizing shampoo, conditioner and styling products, to fully achieve the effect you want. You’ll also need a few extras like a mixing bowl, a spatula, a towel, gloves, a comb and a few clips.

How to relax your hair

Donut Bun

Buns are sophisticated and cute all at the same time. Whether you tie up your hair and roll it till it resembles a bun or add a bit of a volume with a donut bun, you can pull this look off!

The donut bun

The bun is a great way to show off your pretty face

High pony

Sometime a girl likes to add length to her hair and what style can do that better than a high pony! The great thing about it is that in can be adapted into a bun. It’s as easy as tying up your hair in a natural bun, then attaching extensions. Kinky stores have attachable ponies that are suited to whichever look you are going for. Some of them come in drawstring form or you could use bobby pins to keep everything in place.

High pony

The bun is a great way to show off your pretty face.

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