Reader Mail: Should Relaxers Be Applied From Root to Tip?

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Reader Mail: Should Relaxers Be Applied From Root to Tip?

Taiff asks:

Hi Jen, my cousin always applies the relaxer to all my hair… like from root to tip, so new growth + hair that is already relaxed. My hair is constantly thinning and breaking off. I watched your self-relaxing video and saw that you only apply the relaxer to your new growth. I told her about this and and she said when relaxing your hair (for touch ups), you should apply the relaxer from root to tip. But I have a feeling this is wrong because your hair is healthy. Is she right?

Hi Taiff, very sorry to hear your hair cousin is applying your relaxers this way. She is incorrect 🙁 By applying the relaxer to hair that is already relaxed, the relaxer is over-processing your hair. The relaxer should only be applied to your new growth and the portions of your hair that are relaxed should be protected (by applying conditioner) to prevent over-processing. Try talking to her again about over-processing, find YouTube videos of proper application techniques and watch them with her. If you feel comfortable doing so, self-relax your hair. If your cousin is unwilling to apply your relaxers correctly, please find another person to apply your relaxers for you.

 

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