CHOOSING THE BEST PRODUCTS TO TAKE CARE OF RELAXED HAIR
Relaxed hair can open lots of doors for fun, versatile styles—but it’s important for our relaxed friends to understand that the health and strength of chemically-treated hair is more fragile than straight or curly hair in its natural state. Because of this chemical manipulation, relaxed hair is highly prone to breakage; with more women regularly coloring or using heat tools to style their relaxed styles, the stress on your strands will increase over time, leading to dryness and breakage.
Here are some of our favorite tips to care for relaxed hair, as well as a few product recommendations that keep your relaxed hair strong, healthy, and shiny.
Caring for Relaxed Hair
Schedule Weekly Washes
Clean, hydrated scalps are key to new hair growth. Like we mentioned, relaxed hair strands tend to be drier than naturally straight hair because of the nature of chemical treatments. So, it’s important to use a shampoo that doesn’t harshly strip the hair shaft of its remaining sebum.
Royal Oils Moisturizing Co-Wash works like a cleansing conditioner to refresh hair on wash day. Free of parabens, sulfates and dyes, the co-wash helps relieve itch with safe ingredients your relaxed hair will love. If you’re experiencing more product build up, the sulfate free Scalp Care Shampoo will gently cleanse with a rich, creamy formula to hydrate hair—leaving it feeling clean, yet moisturized.
For the best results, we recommend pairing the shampoo with Royal Oils Moisture Renewal Conditioner, to restore softness and shine to relaxed hair, and lock in moisture.
Silk Protection at Night
Cotton pillow cases can absorb the oils from your hair, and the fibers can pull and tug at hair, causing breakage along the hair shaft. To keep hair length and make sure your relaxed hair remains strong, we recommend using silk or satin pillow cases, a satin bonnet, or silk head scarf to wrap and protect your hair while you sleep.
Add Scalp Treatments to Your Hair Care Routine
Using a scalp treatment regularly can help chemically treated hair strands, and keep scalps conditioned and flake-free. Moisturizing products, like Royal Oils Daily Moisture Scalp Cream, are light enough to not weigh down hair, prevent itch from dryness, and promotes shine.
Experiencing an itchy or dry scalp is often part of life, but can be a peculiar problem for those with chemically-treated hair. Because your scalp still produces the same amount of daily sebum, sweat, and dirt will build up at the scalp. But since the hair shaft is more fragile, it’s not recommended to wash your hair daily—leaving many women confused on how to address this issue. The Royal Oils Instant Soothe Scalp Elixir uses menthol and peppermint oil to relieve itchy scalps and keep you comfortable in between wash days—so compromising style or time is never an issue.
Avoid Damaging Heat
We love switching up our hairstyle regularly, but it’s crucial to know how to achieve curls waves, or pin-straight styles without heat. While heat treatment will still likely be part of your routine, using heat protectant and spacing out how often you apply heat is important.