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If you’ve been on team natural for a while and are considering a change to relaxed hair, there are some things to consider before making the switch.

Why do you want to relax?  Tired of spending entire weekends doing your own box braids or Havana twists?  Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to try a cute cropped Malinda Williams cut?  A relaxer is a great option in either situation.  It’ll eliminate all the braiding and twist time, and is your best bet for keeping a short cropped ‘do, or many other styles, fresh and easy to manipulate.

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Why did you go natural in the first place?  Were you curious about natural hair and wanted to try something new? Or was your hair damaged and in need of a break from chemicals? The good news is, it is absolutely possible to boast healthy chemically straightened tresses.  You simply need to find an amazing stylist (that’s where WE come in!) and be willing to learn and adopt healthy hair habits, i.e. using the right good products, etc.

Which leads us to, what is the current condition of your hair?  If your natural hair isn’t in the best shape, you’d be best off to delay a change to relaxed hair, and work for a while getting your hair healthier.  We can help you speed up that process with very affordable regular conditioning treatments and again, GOOD products. (Do you see a pattern here?  ;) )

Come see us at either of our two locations. We can analyze your hair and help you determine if your hair is ready for a change from natural to relaxed, and if not, get you on a plan to get there!

 

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What’s not to love about the style versatility of natural hair, right? It can be straightened, colored, roller set, and blown it out while maintaining its fullness. With that being said, hair is still hair; natural or not, it’s not invincible. Part of proper maintenance and length retention is low manipulation. Since curly and coily hair is naturally drier than straight hair, it is more vulnerable to breakage. It cannot withstand high manipulation and here are four ways you might be breaking your hair without realizing it.

Layed edges
Although you may love the polished look of a puff or an updo with smooth edges, constantly putting stress on the hairline can cause breakage. The hairline is naturally fine, so frequently using a boar brush with pomade, gel, or edge tamer can cause the hair to break. It is ok to not have the sleekest edges all day, every day. A little frizz never hurt anyone. If you insist on having flat edges, then consider using your hands to smooth your hairline down, cover it with a satin scarf, and let it set overnight.

Re-twisting

Definition and volume is the perfect combo, which is why naturals love doing twist outs and flat-twist outs on dry hair. Many women with short or medium length hair re-twist their hair nightly to prevent tangles and matting, but once your hair gets longer, it is probably best to start pineappling. Unless you are re-twisting in four or five large sections every night, then re-twisting 20 or more sections on a daily basis is stressful on the hair. It leads to the same result as fastening your hair in a ponytail everyday in the same spot, which is breakage. The wisps of hair that you see on your bed, sink, or wherever you twist your hair is a result of over manipulation and potentially a sign for a trim. Remember, the longer your hair gets, the older your ends are.

Daily detangling
Some hair thrives off of daily co-washing, especially with a TWA (teeny weeny afro), and quite naturally when you wash your hair, you detangle it in order to avoid matting. Daily detangling can lead to breakage. Before you think about skipping the detangling step when you run hair under the shower stream, consider this: washing your hair without detangling can lead to a major problem since the hair expands while wet and shrinks while dry. Shed hair that has not been removed will entwine with the other strands as they expand while wet and retract while dry and this can cause matting. So, unless your hair is strong enough to withstand daily detangling, your daily co-washing may be causing breakage.

Frequent color touch-ups
Just like a relaxer, when the color treatment is being rinsed off the scalp, the chemicals are running down the hair strands and slightly processing the length of the hair that is already processed. Color-treated hair is naturally drier than virgin hair, so over processing leads to dry, brittle hair that turns into breakage. You needn’t completely give up coloring your hair, just try to stretch your color treatments as much as possible.

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Regular conditioning treatments can make a world of difference in maintaining healthy hair. And with ours starting at only $6, they’re super affordable!  Call today to schedule at either of our two locations.