Why relaxers damage your hair and 5 tips to recover from hair damage.

I have used relaxers in my hear from 13 years old till 20, and I completely stopped using them. My hair is permanently damaged, and I feel like it’s not a subject we talk about. I have Afro hair, since I’m originally from a tiny country called Suriname, an old Dutch colony.

If you use a relaxer in your hair, it will chemically alter the structure of your hair. Relaxers contain harsh chemicals, such as sodium hydroxide or calcium hydroxide, that break down the bonds in the hair shaft, making it straighter.

Relaxers are used by more than two thirds of African females to straighten hair! With easy grooming and increased length often cited as reasons. A study from 2010 reported relaxed hair lengths much shorter than expected, suggesting increased fragility.

Relaxers can also dry out the hair, making it more susceptible to breakage and split ends. To minimize damage and maintain healthy hair, it is important to follow up with a regular hair care routine that includes deep conditioning treatments, moisturizing products, and regular trims to remove damaged ends.

If your hair is damaged due to the use of relaxers, there are several treatments you can use to help repair and restore your hair. Here are some options:

1. Protein treatments: Relaxers can strip the hair of its natural proteins, so using a protein treatment can help to strengthen and repair the hair. Look for treatments that contain hydrolyzed proteins, which are broken down into smaller molecules that can penetrate the hair shaft more easily.

Protein treatments

2. Deep conditioning treatments: Deep conditioning treatments can help to restore moisture to the hair, which is often lost when using relaxers. Look for treatments that contain ingredients such as shea butter, Peppermint Oil, or argan oil, which are known for their hydrating properties.

Deep conditioning treatments

3. Hot oil treatments: Hot oil treatments can help to nourish and moisturize the hair, making it less prone to breakage and split ends. Look for treatments that contain natural oils such as olive oil, jojoba oil, or avocado oil.

Hot oil treatments

4. Scalp treatments: Relaxers can cause damage to the scalp as well as the hair, so using a scalp treatment can help to soothe irritation and promote healthy hair growth. Look for treatments that contain ingredients such as almond oil, honey, or chamomile, which are known for their soothing properties. The Vitamin-Infused Scalp Serum is a good example of a scalp serum packed with active ingredients.

Scalp treatments

5. Trim the ends: Regular trimming (and with regular, I mean; every 2 weeks!) can help to remove damaged ends and prevent further breakage. If your hair is severely damaged, consider getting a haircut to remove the damaged hair and start fresh.

Trim the ends

The Mudmasky Root Feeding Hair Mask is formulated to nourish and strengthen the hair from the root to the tip, and to promote healthy hair growth. The mask contains a range of natural and organic ingredients, each with a specific purpose:

1) Kaolin Clay: This is a natural clay that is rich in minerals and is known for its ability to gently cleanse the scalp and hair, removing dirt, excess oil, and buildup without stripping the hair of its natural oils.

2) Cetearyl Alcohol: This is a fatty alcohol that is derived from natural sources such as coconut oil. It acts as a conditioning agent, helping to soften and moisturize the hair.

3) Behentrimonium Chloride: This is a quaternary ammonium compound that is commonly used in hair conditioners. It helps to detangle the hair, reduce static electricity, and improve the hair’s overall manageability.

4) Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein: This is a protein derived from wheat that helps to strengthen and repair the hair. It can also help to reduce breakage and split ends.

5) Aloe Vera Leaf Juice: This is a natural ingredient that is known for its moisturizing and soothing properties. It can help to reduce scalp irritation and inflammation, and it can also help to improve the overall health of the hair.

6) Jojoba Seed Oil: This is a natural oil that is similar in composition to the sebum produced by the scalp. It can help to moisturize and nourish the hair, and it can also help to prevent hair breakage and split ends.

7) Rosemary Leaf Oil: This is a natural oil that is known for its ability to stimulate hair growth and improve scalp circulation. It can also help to strengthen the hair and prevent hair loss.

8) Peppermint Oil: This is a natural oil that is known for its cooling and refreshing properties. It can help to soothe an itchy scalp, and it can also help to promote hair growth by increasing blood flow to the hair follicles.

Overall, the Mudmasky Root Feeding Hair Mask is designed to provide deep nourishment and hydration to the hair, while also promoting healthy hair growth and reducing breakage and split ends. This makes it a good choice for those with sensitive or damaged hair.

It’s important to remember that damaged hair can take time to repair, so be patient and consistent with your treatments. It’s also a good idea to avoid using relaxers or other harsh chemicals on your hair until it has fully recovered.

About me: My name is Shanda Pinas and I’m a certified Trichologist. I have worked at a Dutch clinic for almost 15 years and I have helped thousands of men and women battling scalp psoriasis, hair shedding, scarring alopecia and (extreme) hair loss. My “hair-life” slogan: Your nutrition and life style (stress etc) plays an important part in heaving healthy hair.

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6 thoughts on “Why relaxers damage your hair and 5 tips to recover from hair damage.

  1. I used used a hair relaxer a monthe ago and my hair fell off especially the hair at the back , front and sides (it’s looks horrible ) . even though I cut my hair it’s. Still breaking and I found out. That whenever my hair is wet .once I pull it’s falls off very easily.i don’t know what to do.i really don’t want to shave my hair off. Right now my hair 1/3 of what it used to be .please help me

    1. Hi Stephanie,

      So sorry to read that! It really sounds you have severely. I’m not a medical professional, but I can offer some general advice that may help you with your hair issues after using a hair relaxer. It’s important to consult with a trichologist for a proper assessment and personalized recommendations. Here are some steps you can consider:

      Stop Using Chemical Hair Relaxers: It’s crucial to discontinue the use of chemical hair relaxers to prevent further damage. These products can weaken hair and cause it to become brittle and prone to breakage.

      Deep Conditioning: Invest in a good-quality deep conditioner or hair mask like the Root Feeding Hair Mask from MUDMASKY. Use it regularly to help repair and moisturize your hair. Or look for products that contain ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, or argan oil, as these can provide nourishment to your hair.

      Trim Regularly: Trimming your hair regularly can help remove damaged and split ends, preventing further breakage. You don’t need to cut it extremely short, but consistent trims can promote healthier growth.

      Gentle Hair Care: Be gentle with your hair. Avoid using harsh shampoos, and opt for sulfate-free and moisturizing ones. Use lukewarm water when washing your hair, as hot water can strip natural oils and further damage hair.

      Avoid Heat Styling: Give your hair a break from heat styling tools like straighteners and curling irons. Heat can weaken hair and make it more prone to breakage. If you must use heat, use a heat protectant spray.

      Protective Styling: Consider protective hairstyles like braids, twists, or buns that keep your hair tucked away and reduce manipulation, especially when it’s wet.
      Diet and Supplements: Ensure you have a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals like biotin, zinc, and vitamins A and E, which can promote hair health. Consult a healthcare professional before taking supplements.

      Hydration: Drink plenty of water to keep your body and hair hydrated. Proper hydration is essential for hair growth and overall health.
      Consult a Professional: If your hair loss continues or worsens, consult trichologist who can examine your hair and scalp, identify any underlying issues, and recommend appropriate treatments.

      Patience: Hair regrowth can take time. Be patient and consistent with your hair care routine. It may take several months to see significant improvement.

      Remember that everyone’s hair is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s essential to get professional guidance and tailor your hair care routine to your specific needs. Additionally, consider embracing your natural hair texture during the recovery process to minimize further damage.

      Best of luck Stephanie!

  2. I’m super stressed right now. I damaged my hair trying to DIY a relaxer. My sides (above the ears) are all bald, the hair on both sides just slipped of as i was shampooing it was a horror show before my eyes. Please help me out on how to restore moisture and regrow my hair. I’m dieing here.

    1. Hi Hallymah! `It sounds like the chemicals have burned your hair off 🙁 I would advise you to see a trichologist near you for advise. Please never use Chemical relaxers again. Wish you the best and I hope you will recover fast!

  3. I damaged my 7 year old daughters hair by using a kid relaxer now her beautiful curls are dry and kinky gets frizzy and puffy. I don’t know what to use to put moisture back into her hair please help me I’m struggling

    1. Hi Jasmin,

      This is Shanda, is your daughters hair only damaged or also the skin on the scalp (does it have flakes?).
      How long ago did you used the relaxer? Did you also cut her hair?
      Please let me know and we will find a solution.

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