Chemical relaxants can be an easy way to straighten hair; however, there are some side effects that can occur when using chemicals and one of them is a chemical burn. A chemical burn can occur when the scalp is exposed to the lye in the relaxant for a long period of time or if the skin is sensitive. This type of burn can be very painful depending on the severity of it. If you receive a chemical burn, your scalp may need a little extra care until the burn heals.
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Things you need
- Wide tooth comb
- Skin healing ointment
- Cotton swab
- Gentle shampoo
Do not pick or scratch the scab that has developed on your scalp from the chemical relaxer burn. If you scratch at the scab and cause it to bleed, it will greatly slow down the healing process and could cause additional scarring.
Using a wide tooth comb untangle hair that is near and within the area of the burn. Using the comb get as close to your scalp as possible and pull hair away from scalp without irritating the burn.
Gently apply an antibacterial ointment to the burn with by a cotton swab. Follow the manufacturer's directions on the ointment package.
Wait a day after getting burnt to shampoo the area if it is very painful. After this, it is safe to continue to shampoo and condition as usual, but proceed with caution. Do not use any hair care products that contain alcohol, scents or harsh chemicals because they may irritate the burn. Be careful when shampooing near the affected area. Gently comb hair for the next week or so until you notice the burn is healing.
Depending on the seriousness of the burn, after a few days or a week, your scalp should show signs of healing and a return to its normal appearance.
Shampooing Hair After A Relaxer Chemical Burn
Tips and warnings
- Always conduct a patch test on your skin before using hair colour or any chemical on hair for the first time, to determine if there if you have an allergy or sensitivity reaction to the product.
- If your burn becomes infected or is not improving, consult a physician.
- If you use a chemical relaxant in the future, avoid prolonged exposure to the product because this also can be one of the primary causes of burns.
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