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Message started by ummabbaas on Apr 7th, 2006 at 12:49pm

Title: "relaxed" and strong ?
Post by ummabbaas on Apr 7th, 2006 at 12:49pm
Hey all,

I'm new to this site so ppl may start noticing me posting all over...

I don't know much about hair. what I know, is that relaxing hair weakens it but, i'd really like to know do any of the african american women here have their hair relaxed and it still holds up strong? By strong I mean is it growing long? Is it brittle, won't regular routine care make it stronger ?

Title: Re: "relaxed" and strong ?
Post by La_Diosa on Aug 26th, 2006 at 3:22am
I know this is a very old post but I'll reply anyway.  My hair is relaxed and fairly strong (I say fairly, because my hair type is 4a, which is naturally very dry and naturally fragile).  When I didn't have a relaxer, wash days litterally took forever like 12 hours to wash, condition, dry, detangle and press.  I reluctantly made the decision to get a relaxer because I just couldn't take it anymore.  

My relaxer trick is to keep the relaxer on only long enough to "relax" your curl pattern just to where your hair doesn't draw up when wet.  Everyones hair is different, so you'll need to see when this time is for you.  My hair is not bone straight at all.  It still looks and feels natural but, it is now much more manageable.
I also deep condition under a hood dryer almost every time I wash my hair.  Conditioning is very important.

As long as you don't use heat on your hair regularly, or use color, you can still have strong hair if you relax this way.  If you do decide to use heat, don't do it everyday. I read that 3 times a week, with low to med heat is the absolute max.  Molecular rollers are good to use too.  :)

Title: Re: "relaxed" and strong ?
Post by brunette85 on Oct 5th, 2008 at 7:10pm
I am not African American but I do have curly hair and do get mine relaxed. I used to get mine relaxed every 3 months, then every 4 months, then every 6 months, and now, I'm trying once a year.

My hair has not had a problem with gaining length. I wash my hair once a week along with deep contioning and using an oil recipe. Once relaxed I wait a week to wash it again. Which works our for me since I was mine once a week.

My hair is strong and does is in great condition. Everytime I go for a trim, my hairdresser compliments how healthy it is considering I do get my hair relaxed.

Also, I like to wait 6 months between trims. This way I can gain length without over-doing the split end department.

I hope this helps :)

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