I’m dedicating this whole post to corrective relaxers. A corrective relaxer is done to correct any under processing from a previous relaxer. Under processed hair can lead to breakage because you are dealing with two different textures. The hair becomes breakage prone especially where the two textures meet on the hair shaft (known as the line of demarcation).
The first step to a corrective relaxer is to determine why the hair was under processed in the first place. There are many reasons why this could happen. This can be because the relaxer was rinsed off too soon, too little relaxer crème was used or that you had applied something to the hair that slowed down the chemical process of the relaxer. Often we have under processed hair in the nape because we cannot see the back of our heads when self-relaxing. Once you determine why the hair is under processed, it will help you avoid repeating this when relaxing again.
Make sure to wait at least six weeks before doing a corrective relaxer. In that time look after your hair i.e. wash and deep condition at least weekly and moisturise daily. Pay particular attention to moisture to keep breakage at bay.
After six (or more) weeks you should have enough new growth to relax your hair again. Apply the relaxer to your new growth as usual. In the last five minutes before rinsing off the relaxer, apply relaxer crème to the under processed parts / the parts that need ‘correcting’. This will prevent the under processed parts from becoming over processed which is also damaging to the hair. Remember that when it comes to the under processed parts, you are picking up from where you left off at the last relaxer – the hair has already been processed the previous time round. Do not apply the relaxer to all the hair, just the parts that need correcting.
As a final note, if you are not experiencing breakage, tangles or shedding and you don’t mind the different textures then you don’t need to worry about doing a corrective relaxer. The hair will eventually be trimmed off in time.
Do you sometimes get under processed hair when you relax? How do you deal with it?
- Relaxer burn – ouch! (africanhairblog.com)