Many women choose to relax their hair for the ease of handling and the many styling options that are achievable as a result. The downside of relaxers, however, is the harsh and potentially damaging effects that they can have on your hair. If you are a woman with fine hair who also relaxes it, you don't have to suffer with breakage or hair loss as a result of your styling preference. By taking special care of your hair, you can prevent excessive breakage and ensure that your locks stay healthy.
Use mild relaxers with care. Ensure that you have at least an inch of new growth prior to starting a relaxer touch-up. This will give you room to apply the product without the risk of accidentally overlapping the previously relaxed hair. Because fine hair relaxes quickly, apply and smooth your relaxer at a steady pace. To prevent breakage, do not perform touch-ups sooner than six weeks; too frequent touch-ups can result in over-processing.
Cleanse your hair using a volumizing or moisturising shampoo. Shampoo at least once a week to reduce excessive build-up. The use of a volumizing shampoo will help to add fullness and body. After shampooing, apply a deep conditioner to help strengthen and moisturise your hair. Comb the conditioner through with a wide-tooth comb and sit under a hooded dryer or with a cap over your hair for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing.
Remove tangles from your hair. Fine relaxed hair will be more susceptible to damage from rough handling while grooming. While your hair is wet, use a wide-tooth comb to gently work out any tangles after shampooing. To avoid breaking your hair, do not tug on it with a fine-tooth comb or attempt to brush while it is wet.
Avoid direct heat styling. Reduce your use of curling irons and blow dryers whenever possible. If you have fine hair, it can be difficult to hold curls, but curling irons are not your only option. Instead of curling with direct heat, wet set your hair with rollers. Spray a setting lotion to help the curls hold and sit under a hooded dryer until your hair has dried completely. Alternately, if you prefer curling irons, set the iron on a lower setting and curl your hair just the once after shampooing. Maintain your style with curlers, so you are not applying direct heat on a daily basis.
Keep your hair safe from breakage at night. Cotton pillowcases can be damaging to fine relaxed hair as a result of the friction between your hair and the case. Tie your hair up with a scarf or sleep with a satin bonnet at night. Replace your cotton pillowcases with satin ones if scarves or sleeping caps do not work for you.
Avoid the overuse of chemicals. Once you've relaxed your hair, stay away from other harsh and potentially damaging chemicals such as hair colour. If you must dye your hair, opt to use a colour rinse, which also may make your hair appear fuller.
Replace heavy hair products. Some hairstyling products are too heavy for fine hair and will weigh it down. Prevent limp hair by using light versions of products such as oil sheen and hair pomades.
Super or even normal strength relaxers may be too harsh for fine hair.