People with curly, kinky or frizzy hair who want to achieve a smoother, more polished look, might be tempted to have their hair chemically-straightened by a professional. The effects of a chemical straightening procedure can typically last for up to three months or longer and make it easier to style unruly hair. However, before you make the commitment to have this done, understand that there are things you will need to do to take care of your hair afterward.
- Realize that you will need to be diligent about taking special care of your newly-relaxed hair to prevent it from becoming drier and more brittle.
- Hair that has been relaxed can soak up the residue from shampoo and other hair products, so it essential that you rinse them thoroughly to prevent them from making your hair look dull.
- Use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, or look for ones specifically formulated for chemically treated hair.
- Select a good leave-in conditioner and use it daily to prevent your hair from breaking.
- Undergo deep conditioning treatments at home at least once a week or more often if your stylist recommends it. You could also try a moisturizing treatment or a hot oil treatment as well.
- Leave your brushes in the drawer and detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb or pick instead, which will be gentler.
- Use your blow drier and curling iron as infrequently as possible, since their heat could further dry or damage your hair. If you must blow-dry your hair, at least put the drier on a low setting.
- If you color-treat your hair, make sure that this is safe to do once it has been chemically straightened.
- Ask your stylist for other tips and advice for helping to keep your hair looking healthy and shiny.