I have seen it time and time again. A new client comes into the salon desperate because they have hair damage from the misuse of a chemical relaxer.
The hair badly tangles, sheds, and is almost impossible to comb through while wet.
Most clients think that it is the end of the line for their hair and are almost certain that all the over processed hair must be cut off. But there are a few products for damaged relaxed hair that can give you the time you need to begin to grow fresh new hair.
When hair is chemically relaxed, the hair strand is permanently, chemically, altered. African American hair is naturally overly curly, and the relaxer penetrates the hair shaft and loosens the curl. Once this takes place, it is permanent.
There is a point where the chemical can be left on too long or has been applied to previously relaxed hair that will cause it to be depleted of much need moisture and strength. This is what’s called over processing
When this happens, the hair will tear easily, tangle uncontrollably, and shed unreasonably.
What makes the hair so weak is the fact that the polypeptide chain in the hair has been broken down too much. A polypeptide chain is a liner organic polymer consisting of a large number of amino-acid residues bonded together in a chain forming a part of a protein molecule.
When the protein molecules have been depleted too much, the hair becomes weak, fragile, and can even disintegrate. It can be a quick fix though, just by adding the much needed protein to strengthen the hair, the shedding, breaking, and tangling will cease.
WARNING: You must be careful when using pure protein. Using too much, or applying it when the hair does not need it can cause damage as well. I have had a few clients over the years that got their hands on pure protein for hair and thought it would be a good idea to give themselves weekly or bi-weekly treatments. After a few applications of the treatment, the clients always came to me and couldn’t figure out why their hair was so hard and brittle. This is what will happen if you misuse pure protein for hair.
One application is enough until the hair starts to shed and break again, then another application will be needed. This is not a permanent fix, but it can buy you quite a bit of time. Each treatment should last 6 to 8 weeks, sometimes longer. You just have to pay attention to your hair and it will tell you when it’s time for another application.
Nexxus products has a great protein system that works immediately, and can be done is 3 easy steps. I highly recommend this product, and have used it myself on many clients over the years. Here are the steps:
- Shampoo the hair with Nexxus Therappe Moisturizing Shampoo
- Apply the Nexxus Emergencee Restorative Strength Treatment – (usually 1 to 1 1/2 ounces is enough to treat the average relaxed head of hair.) Comb through with a wide tooth comb from ends to roots and cover with a plastic cap. Go under the dryer medium to high heat for 20 minutes. Rinse
- Follow up with Nexxus Humectress Moisturizing Conditioner.
I like to do the added conditioning after the treatment because African American hair is naturally dry and having damage from a hair relaxer makes it even drier. The Humectress gives it a much-needed punch.
I believe this is the best treatment for damaged, relaxed hair. If you’re suffering from hair loss due to relaxers give this a try. You won’t be disappointed.
February 2019 Update:
It has been brought to my attention that the Nexxuss products recommended above are becoming harder to purchase online or in store. The Aphogee Two-Step protein treatment is a great alternative. Back in the day, I started my career using the Nexxus, but I have found Aphogee just as effective. You can check it out below.