How to reverse hair relaxer

Written by marina hanes
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People with coarse, curly hair often turn to hair relaxers so that they can achieve a smooth and straightened look. While hair relaxers are effective, they are sometimes too effective. Relaxers chemically alter the hair so that it lays straight and no longer has a wave or curl, so it's important to think about if you really want one. However, if you already had the treatment, read on to learn about lessening its impact.

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Things you need

  • Straightener
  • Hair grease
  • Scarf

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    Allow your hair to grow out completely so the chemically treated hair can be cut off. Schedule hair cuts every six weeks, and cut off a few inches each time until your natural curl begins to take over again.

  2. 2

    Apply some hair grease, especially if your hair is coarse and use a straightener to smooth down curly roots while your hair grows out. This enables your natural hair to blend in with the chemically treated hair. This is a temporary fix until it grows out.

  3. 3

    Perm your hair to get the curl back. Visit a professional salon that is educated on chemical hair treatments. To avoid hair loss and dry and split ends, wait as long as you can before reversing your hair relaxer. Applying too many chemicals to your hair can fry it to the point where it falls out. Finer hair will not be able to handle stress as well as normal and coarse hair.

  4. 4

    Wash your hair with a protein rich shampoo so that the hair stays strong. Condition your hair after every shampoo and avoid washing your hair every day. It is best to wash it every other day so that your natural oils enrich the hair. Excellent hair care maintenance can pave a healthier way for your natural hair to grow back in.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear a scarf or pull your hair back until the chemically treated hair has grown out.
  • Don't maintain the hair relaxer, because it will only take longer for you to reverse it.

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