This year will be over in less than 60 days and with the holiday season comes busy schedules; Thanksgiving, holiday parties, Christmas celebrations and New Year’s Eve are just around the corner. We know, you’re thinking about your do, Clutch ladies, we are too.
For those of us with relaxed styles, the four-hour visit to the hair salon may not fit into the calendar, so we’ve put our savvy heads together to come up with these tips to keep your coif looking like you just stepped out of the salon.
- As your hair starts to grow out of the relaxer, your edges are the most obvious of that new growth. You’ll need two simple items to help at this stage: a silk scarf and a light leave-in conditioner. Lightly mist your edges with something like Biolage Daily Leave-In Tonic and secure the scarf around your edges overnight or until they’re dry. The daily tonic is great conditioning without build-up.
- Chemicals deplete the hair of proteins and oils so it must be conditioned regularly. Plus, conditioned hair always looks healthier, so make sure to treat your entire hair shaft with products that will restore moisture and vibrancy, especially if you are using heat (occasionally and on a low-heat setting) to style your‘do. As a dry heat alternative, try steam curlers, which give you a nice bounce in just a few minutes and add moisture to your strands instead of stripping them.
- We may not always been in the mood to wrap our hair after a long day—or reveal our scarf look to our men—but wrapping the hair is a two-fold lifesaver. Not only does it save you time in the morning, but it also protects your delicate tresses while sleeping. When you mold your hair to the shape of your head, you preserve body and volume in a low-maintenance fashion and save your hair from drying heat tools.
- Be gentle with the combing. For the first few weeks you can comb your hair normally, but after the third or fourth week, you should avoid combing all the way from the scalp unless you are using a wide-tooth comb. According to Rahni Michael Flowers of Van Cleef Hair Studio in Chicago, “The new growth will have a tighter texture than the hair that has been relaxed. The point where the two meet will be more fragile, so be very careful even using a wide-tooth comb.”