If you’ve been relaxing your hair for years, it may be hard to think about going back to your natural hair. You may wonder what will happen if you stop relaxing your hair. But fear not! Many people take this step to stop shedding their hair, even after years of treatment.
Relaxing your hair is very hard on the hair itself and your scalp, and often results in chemical burns. If you’ve been relaxing for years, you may have experienced this.
When you stop relaxing your hair, you will notice the following:
- Your hair follicles seem to be getting thicker.
- Your hair will feel stronger.
- Your scalp will be healthier.
Many people who choose to stop relaxing their hair simply get rid of all their relaxed hair by buzzing it and start over once they see new, natural hair growth. Although it’s an option, you don’t have to cut off all of your hair when you grow it out naturally.
Eventually, though, you’ll have to cut off your relaxed hair—it’ll look so different from your natural hair growth that you’ll have no other choice, but you don’t have to go bald right away if that’s not your style.
How to take care of your hair when you stop relaxing it
Here are some essential tips to help you get your natural hair back after all it has had to go through with relaxing, straightening, pulling and all the other pain you had to go through.
Shampoo less often
It is better to wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo once a week. You don’t want to disturb your healing scalp or disrupt the strengthening of your hair follicles more than you need to.
Shampooing once a week is fine, but you can still treat as we mentioned above (you can even use hair masks to moisturize).
Regular towel drying is a no go when growing out your natural hair after you’ve stopped relaxing it. You should squeeze as much water out of your hair as gently as you can, then use a microfiber towel to get most of the water out. and let your hair air dry.
In theory, you can’t give your natural hair enough moisture. You need to give it time to get strong and healthy and give it a chance to be your new highlight. To do this, you can condition it with a leave-in conditioner at least once a week, especially when you notice new growth.
We all tangle, but when you do, you need to be extra gentle when tying your hair to avoid breakage. Separate your hair into sections and use a wide tooth comb with a neutralizing spray slowly and gently when you have tangles.
You can even style your new natural hair in a way that prevents tangles, or at least most of them. These styles include using foam curlers, top knots, braid extensions and cornrows.
So, are there benefits to not relaxing my hair?
of course! You will no longer weaken and thin your hair follicles, so look for weaves and wigs to cover the breakage. You’ll have fuller, fuller locks that you’re free to braid, dread, or style any way you want.
Or you can leave your hair free in all its natural glory. No more chemical burns, no more pain, and when the negativity is gone, you can feel empowered to be fully you.