A woman’s hair tells a lot about her personal style and outlook on life. Dry and brittle is not the way you want to be perceived. Relaxed hair takes nurturing and care to remain strong and beautiful. The following tips will steer you toward putting you best, mane forward.

Don’t shy away from hair oil.

Oil is excellent for relaxed hair. It serves as a heat protectant, nourishes the scalp and eases dryness to help eliminate breakage. Some people fear that using oil will give locks a heavy greasy look, but this is not true. Coconut oil, jojoba oil, argan oil and olive oil are all lightweight. It’s all about the amount of oil that is used and how it’s used. Always take the less-is- more route when applying oil to hair and scalp.

Wash hair at least every 10 to 12 days.

Clean hair is the foundation to healthy hair. Depending on whether your hair is healthy or damaged, how often you wash can vary. If you feel the need to wash hair more often, try doing a co-wash; that way, you’re locking in moisture and not stripping hair of essential oils and nutrients that can be lifted with shampoo.

Condition, condition, condition.

Whether it’s a daily or weekly formula, your hair craves conditioner. Choose a daily conditioner that’s lightweight and meets the specific needs of your hair, for example if you have a dry scalp look for shampoo that’s specifically for that problem. Deep condition hair a minimum of once bi-weekly. If you use conditioner on wet hair, be sure to use a wide-tooth comb during the detangling process to avoid breakage.

Limit the amount of heat you use.

Some of the worst hair horror stories that I’ve heard are those involving heat damage. Using too much heat on tresses is never a good idea. Instead of blow drying hair right after a wash, try letting it air dry. If you are on-the-go, let hair dry for about 15 minutes and set the blow dryer on medium or low heat. Ceramic hot rollers are also a nice option for a style that’s full of body, but not to taxing on your hair’s health.

What tips do you use for healthy relaxed hair during the winter months, Clutchettes?

-Margaret Francois

32 Comments

  1. Mademoiselle

    Wow Perspective, you managed to completely derail this entire article. The light skinned woman in that picture must’ve really done a number on you to turn an article on relaxed-hair care into a debate about shadism.

  2. Bosslady

    Soooo…. I think I’ll throw in a comment actually relevant to the article! Lol. Coconut oil and Extra virgin olive oil is a beast for thick, relaxed hair in these cold climates!! Bought my first tube of pure cocunut oil two days ago and used it after washing my hair. My hair is actually moisturized and hydrated, without my having to use half a bottle of hair lotion #Loveit

    • IslandgirlDesi

      @BossLady…..Thanks for your comment. I will try that because my hair gets really dry during the winter months and “hair” lotions doesn’t work well with my thick hair. Can you elaborate on how you use the coconut oil? Do you use it as a hot oil treatment or just a daily moisterizer?

    • Nambi

      Stop putting chemicals in it maybe lol

    • Bosslady

      Hi IslandgirlDesi,

      I use coconut oil as a daily hair moisturizer, Coconut oil is seldom sold in liquid form, though it does liquidify in hot temperatures. I deep condition my hair by mixing equal portions of conditioner (usually Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak) and olive oil, and sit under a steaming cap. I then blow it out with the comb attachment will a little olive oil, and maybe some serum, but I use coconut as a daily moisturizer. It’s so rich I don’t necesarily have to use it everyday, and it doesn’t leave my hair with that greasy feeling, it literally penetrates into the cuticles.

      Nambi,
      Using chemicals has nothing to do with my being getting dry my dear, my hair is long, thick and healthy. Maybe you live in the Sahara Desert, however where I live, winter is not a game! Whether relaxed or not, due to extreme temperatures and the thickness of my hair it will be drier this time of year!! And I haven’t actually relaxed it since July/August…But that is off the topic, and unrelated

      However, your concern is most sincerely appreciated…But don’t loose any sleep worrying about my hair, because I certainly am not!

    • Bosslady

      Hi IslandgirlDesi,

      I use coconut oil as a daily hair moisturizer, Coconut oil is seldom sold in liquid form, though it does liquidify in hot temperatures. I deep condition my hair by mixing equal portions of conditioner (usually Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak) and olive oil, and sit under a steaming cap. I then blow it out with the comb attachment will a little olive oil, and maybe some serum, but I use coconut as a daily moisturizer. It’s so rich I don’t necesarily have to use it everyday, and it doesn’t leave my hair with that greasy feeling, it literally penetrates into the cuticles.

      Nambi, using chemicals has nothing to do with my being getting dry my dear, my hair is long, thick and healthy. Maybe you live in the Sahara Desert, however where I live, winter is not a game! Whether relaxed or not, due to extreme temperatures and the thickness of my hair it will be drier this time of year!! And I haven’t actually relaxed it since July/August…But that is off the topic, and unrelated

      However, your concern is most sincerely appreciated…But don’t loose any sleep worrying about my hair, because I certainly am not!

    • IslandgirlDesi

      @Bosslady…Thanks! I will try it this weekend and Nambi….your a non-factor. Your ignorant comment speaks volumes about your intelligence….its seriously lacking.

    • Nambi should have put it differently but it is kinda true I love relaxing my hair but its kinda disheartening fighting against the breakage that the chemicals cause jus not ready to go natural and don’t know if I ever will be

    • Bosslady

      Dee,
      I beg to differ, It had nothing to do with bad articulation, and everything to do with an illogical presumption. As others have mentioned, one is suppose to change their hair and skin products according to the season, for me, having dry hair in the winter has nothing to do with using relaxer, it was actually my natural-haired friends who recommended I use coconut oil, as they use it in their hair to combat the harsh winter weather. My hair doesn’t suffer from any breakage. If relaxer is causing your hair to break, then yes,you should stop relaxing it, or at leastseek professional advice.

  3. Candigirl

    Remember that your summer products may not be enough in the winter. Just like you change your lotion from summer (lighter) to winter (darned near petroleum jelly), you may have to do the same with hair products.

    Winter air is very dry. Use a humidifier. Drink a lot of water. A whole lot of water.

    Amp up your intake of Omega-3 rich foods and foods high in Vitamin A & E , like kale and other dark leafy greens, which are in season in the winter.

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