5 Tips to Transition From Relaxed to Natural Hair [The Science Behind Relaxers]
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Many people use the terms "perm" and "relaxer" synonymously. The difference is that a perm makes straight hair curly while a relaxer makes curly hair straight. However both of these chemical processes split disulfide bonds within your hair strands to achieve a new hair composition. The pH levels in chemical relaxers are typically very high ranging between 9 and 14. The higher the pH, the higher the strength of the relaxer. The high pH of relaxers cause the hair cuticle to lift and the hair fibers to swell. The more the hair shaft swells, the more damaged the hair cuticles becomes.
Depending on the type of relaxers you use, your hair and scalp may experience different affects, some worse than others. However the chemical process of relaxing textured hair should always be taken very seriously because one wrong application can potentially destroy your hair. Before applying a relaxer we advise for you to be aware of your hair's current condition before relaxing your hair. This is important because using a relaxer on top of an existing hair problem will only worsen the condition of your hair by weakening the hair fiber and making it more susceptible to damage.
Do you have relaxed hair and are thinking about going natural? We know that this is not an easy decision, but we are happy to help you on your journey. If you are like many other women with relaxed hair, you probably do it because of the convenience that having relaxed hair brings. However, without the proper maintenance for relaxed hair your hair may be in danger of damage, breakage, and thinning. The truth is, textured hair endures a lot of trauma upon relaxing as the chemicals physically rearranges the disulfide bonds within the hair strands making the hair more fragile and prone to damage.
Transitioning your relaxed hair to natural can greatly improve your hair's overall health and growth potential. Rocking your natural texture can also be a more fun, and cost effective way to express yourself and your culture. If you are thinking about transitioning your hair from relaxed to natural, we applaud you for your courage! This process is not for the faint of heart, however it is can be extremely liberating.
When transitioning it is imperative to have a healthy hair care regimen that'll encourage natural growth and define your natural curl pattern. Below we have listed 5 tips that you can use for a healthy transition. Let's get into the tips!