Stretching between relaxers has several advantages to the person who does it. The chief reason, is that stretching gives a clear line of demarcation between the new growth and the relaxed part of the hair; this lessens the occurrence of over-lapping or relaxing an already relaxed part of the head. There is also the added benefit of the hair growing in thicker and stronger than before. Hence, stretching between relaxers is something than can be considered if you want a healthier head of hair in the long run.
Here are five tips that will help you in your quest to stretch between relaxers.
1. Embrace your new growth- It is not something to be ashamed of or treated with disdain. Your new growth is to be cultivated like a finely blooming flower; it is not a bad thing to have two different textures at the same time, think of the long term benefits of stretching, such as thicker hair when you finally relax or the fact that you will have less breakage over time when your line of demarcation is clearly seen by your stylist. However you want to spin it, embrace the new growth and nurture it.
2. Moisturize your hair like never before- the truth is the more post relaxer you are the more moisture is needed for both your hair types, especially at the demarcation line. This area especially should be moisturized daily. There are a variety of ways that you can moisturize this area: condition wash every other day, do not use shampoos with sulfite to wash hair during your stretching time this can dry the hair and cause breakage, deep condition with a moisturizing conditioner every week and use a moisturizer every day. After moisturizing remember to seal in moisture with a natural oil, the very best oil to use as a sealer while stretching is castor oil, though this is debatable, it seems to be the preferred choice among persons who are known for long stretches.
3. After moisturizing thoroughly every week, you will need to do a strand test to see if your hair needs added protein. This strand test includes, getting a wet piece of hair from your comb or that has naturally come out of your head and pull both ends, if the hair is very elastic, which means you pull and pull and it stretches like an elastic band, then protein is needed. Protein cannot be overlooked in hair care and is very useful for hair strength. If your hair needs protein, add light- weight proteins to your regimen, every two weeks or so. Light- weight protein includes products like: ORS Hair Mayonnaise, Motions CPR or you can add eggs or yogurt to your moisturizing mixture.
4. Detangling can be a beast when dealing with your two- textured hair. It is advisable to use a detangling conditioner for a final rinse to get the hair as smooth as possible after washing.
5. Wear your hair in curly hairstyles. This will make your relaxed hair and your straight hair blend in together somewhat and the styles are easy to do and ensure that there is low manipulation of your hair. Curly styles are a great way for you to blend in the two textures and practice low manipulation. Do not comb out curly styles, co-wash them out instead. Attempting to comb out curly styles will make your hair break easily.