How To Relax Hair At Home
Learn how to relax hair starting with preparing your hair for a relaxer.
Never suffer through burns or over processing again!
What You Need
- Part your dry hair into four sections going horizontally from ear to ear and vertically from the middle of your forehead to the nape of your neck. Pin each section up with a hair clip.
- Start parting thin strips of hair and use scalp base in a small tipped bottle to apply a thin line of gel to your scalp.
- Continue making thin parts and applying the base to your scalp until you've done your whole head. Keep the four sections separated for when you start applying the relaxer crème.
- Apply the base gel all the way around your hairline, making sure to cover the top of your forehead, ears and the nape of your neck completely.
- Using gloved hands, rub the same hair basing gel or a creamy conditioner between your hands. Work it in to each section of hair starting just above the line of demarcation (where the new growth meets previously relaxed hair) until your hair is completely pretreated.
Tips For Protecting Your Hair And Scalp
- Always pre-treat the ends of your hair with conditioner to avoid over processing.
- Feel free to add more base gel to your hairline if you feel like it's melting away.
- You can substitute the base gel with petroleum jelly but a water based gel based product is much easier to rinse out.
How To Relax Hair Application Steps
Learn how to relax hair properly without overlapping or over processing with these simple steps.
What You Need
- Make sure that you've completely prepared your hair for the relaxer.
- Drape a towel around your neck and shoulders to catch any of the relaxer crème that might fall when you're applying it.
- Use the tail of the brush to part your hair into equal sections. Go horizontally from ear to ear and vertically from your forehead to the nape of your neck. Use a clip and pin each section up.
- Start from the back of your head and part a one inch section of hair horizontally.
- Dip your applicator brush into the relaxer and apply it to either side of the parted piece of hair, staying close to the scalp and not passing the line of demarcation (where the new growth meets the hair that's been relaxed already).
- Move quickly when you're parting and applying the relaxer. Each quarter of the hair shouldn't take longer than 3-5 minutes to apply. Be sure to keep the 4 sections of hair separated during the process.
- After you've done your whole head use gloved hands to go through your hair the same way you did with the brush. Gently smooth the hair with your fingers (remember not to pass the demarcation line).
- Continue smoothing until the line of demarcation disappears (or up to 10 minute).
- Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water until most of the relaxer is removed then use the neutralizing shampoo/conditioner that comes with your relaxer system.
Shampoo and rinse 2-3 times or until all traces of the relaxer are removed from the hair.
- Use a fresh towel and gently squeeze the extra water from your hair.
- Apply deep your conditioning treatment, cover your hair will a plastic cap and sit under a warm bonnet dryer for 20-30 minutes.
- Rinse your hair thoroughly; apply leave-in conditioner and style.
Tips On How To Relax Hair
- Never scrape or irritate your scalp before a relaxer or with comb teeth as you relax.
- If you feel any uncomfortable burning sensations stop and rinse it all out.
- Stretch the time between relaxers by wearing no-comb hairstyles like rod sets, twist outs, braid outs and braids.