… start and stop. If you skip the neutralizing shampoo, you skip the stopping point – and headed straight for a seriously damaged head of hair.
You will also need a nutrient-rich moisturizing conditioner. Relaxers rob your hair of natural moisture and nutrients. There is no way to avoid it, so you have to replace what has stolen if you want healthy hair. In addition, you need to continue nourishing your hair until the next wash.
Relaxed Hair Care
Do not over-relax. Though six to eight weeks is normally the minimum recommended time frame between perms, the decision should actually be based on need. If there is minimal new growth or if you are still able to manage your hair to your satisfaction, hold off and allow as much time as possible between chemical processes.
Color with caution. Also, avoid getting a perm before permanent hair coloring. Both of these processes involve using strong chemicals that open the hair shaft. You do not want to do this twice within in short period. Doing so can severely weaken the hair. So, at least two weeks should lapse between a perm and chemical coloring.
Braid with care. Finally, be careful getting a relaxer directly before braids. Some hair, especially that which is fine, may be too fragile to withstand the combination.
Cover if you can. For added protection– which is recommended– cover your hair with a silk scarf or cap when you go to bed. If you are a thoroughbred diva and can’t bear to the thought, get silk or at least high thread count sheets. It will help to reduce the rubbing and pulling stresses that can occur during sleep.