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Black Hair Styles & CareThis page is to give our visitors a chance to ask Asha questions concerning all aspects of black hair care, growth and treatment, as well as to view some of her responses. It's best to try and take the time to read through as many responses in the Forum as you can. As Asha has tried to cover a broad range of questions regarding black hair care and hair care in general and your questions may have already been answered.     

     

Since Asha cannot possibly acknowledge or answer each and every question submitted. From time to time she will select a question, and answer here on the Forum, those that may be relevant to a large majority of people when possible. So your questions may be one she chooses to answer in the Forum. 

     

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Dear Asha:
                
Is your relaxer a more natural relaxer? I have gone natural right now, I am  looking for an alternative to the caustic products that have caused me and  my friends any number of problems. What about these new relaxers I see advertised  as "natural relaxers", how natural are they really? Also, you seem to care a great deal about your clients hair why not promote more natural styles? Is there any way to tell in advance if I were to have a Wash & Wear relaxer what my hair would look like, as I've never really heard of your products before. Sorry for so many questions.  
       
           

Jowanna
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania     



Dear Jowanna,

First of all I need  you to know from the start that I am quite skeptical of so called "new natural technology"  products especially when brought to market by small companies that I have not heard of. I do include our company in this list of companies that people have not really heard of. However, just because we are small doesn't mean we can't have a line that's exceptional and unique and to have developed some pretty innovative application techniques.
        
Our company is a small one that does not possess the research resources it would take, as well the financial resources, to bring truly "new technology" to market in terms of a real breakthrough in relaxers. We like to rely on the tested and the well proven, as we refuse to experiment on our clients and customers, as part of our job is to protect them. Let me put a  question to you. If the major companies who make Black hair products (I will not call names but we know who they are) that you and I both know that are valued in the hundreds of  millions, at least one in the billions, and who have many high priced cosmetic research chemists on staff are still using sodium hydroxide as their active ingredient in their relaxers, don't you think there is a very good reason for this? Could it be that they have yet to find anything that does a better, safer or more reliable and consistent (this is key) job in relaxing hair? I truly believe this to be the case. 
        
I know when to lead and when to follow, and I know we will not be using any "new natural technology" relaxing products on our clients or in any products we manufacture until this "new technology" is co-signed by companies I have known and have respect for, begin to use these "new" chemicals. I will only develop a "new" relaxer to suit our needs with "new technology" when these specific requirements are met. The chemicals have to be deemed and reported safe and consistent. When I have tried them on my non-paying models, whom I have followed their progress over a period of time and I have full confidence in the "new technology", only then I will consider using new technology.
 
        
So you see why we are not using "new technology" in our relaxer system, we are relying on sodium hydroxide as our active chemical in our Release Conditioning Creme Relaxer, with some unique modifications and additions to suit our Wash & Wear process. The reason being, as I state in our Q&A archive to be found at Wash and Wear FAQ is that although I have tried a number of different relaxers and  formulas, including the so called "natural relaxers". Over the years I have yet to find one with the reliability and performance characteristics of a good sodium hydroxide based formula. These sodium hydroxide based relaxers will almost without exception leave Afro textured hair in  better over all condition, when used by a skilled and knowledgeable stylist than any other type of relaxer available on the market I have so far encountered, period. An additional advantage of using sodium hydroxide as our active ingredient is this makes our Wash & Wear relaxer system compatible with many other relaxers on the market, a benefit for those wishing to safely convert from a traditional relaxer to our Wash & Wear system
        
There are a number of web sites and companies out there offering so called "natural" relaxers, but once a product is applied to the hair and is able to break chemical bonds to cause a permanent change in the curl pattern of the hair, it most definetly has to contain an active chemical to do this. There are no two ways around this fact. If any company will not tell you specifically and clearly, as we do, what their active ingredient is, even if  they claim it is derived from "natural sources"  the active ingredient will have a specific chemical name, and start to talk about "trade secrets" or "a proprietary formula" I would be extremely wary. We consider our formula to be proprietary, what all the exact ingredients and the amounts added in our relaxer are, but we have no problem at all about being quite specific what our active ingredient is. According to my brother who has a PhD in chemistry there is only one truly natural relaxer and it is heat, as when we do a press and curl, anything else you are using is a chemical (even water used in wet-setting is a chemical, H2O). To make an informed decision myself  as a hair stylist, I personally want to know specifically and exactly what it is I am applying to my clients hair, and just as important I want my clients to know as well.
        
Nothing makes me happier than when people are skeptical and question our products and what we do. I like people to know what we do is much more about technique and following a system than just a product. At Jazma we have been doing Wash & Wear relaxers for more than 22 years and been teaching our methods at beauty industry trade shows for the past 12 years. We have developed a system and products for achieving consistent great results in what we call Wash & Wear relaxers for Black hair.  Most stylists can do shorter hair texturizers and achieve good results their clients are happy with. However, once the hair starts to get longer there are a number of problems that start to present themselves. One of them that I will mention is being able to perform the relaxing service each time consistently so the textures match from one relaxing service to the next, both on the new growth and on the previously relaxed hair. This ensures that there is no friction at these meeting points that will result in breakage if these textures are not correctly matched, from touch-up to touch-up, throughout the whole head, especially as the hair gets longer.  We have a way to ensure that this texture matching problem does not take place. This is one of a number of problems we have solved using our techniques, so we are not just "guessing" we have a system in place to ensure consistent results.
        
With the techniques we have developed we are just trying to save experimentation with timing and application methods because we've been over that ground and overcame those obstacles in the beginning years of perfecting this service. When mistakes are made in timing and application it can mean that someone who has grown their hair out natural, for years may have to start again. Therefore, these kind of mistakes just can not afford to be made. The penalty is just too high.
        
You're quite right, I do care about hair. If you've been through our site (which obviously you have) you will see this is the real reason I have pioneered the Wash & Wear relaxers. My feelings were, and still remain, that a large segment of women with Black, Afro, curly textured hair are going to apply relaxers to their hair no matter what anyone thinks or says. They do this for any number of reasons, mainly fashion and ease of style, and I respect every women's right to make choices concerning their bodies. Therefore, I tried to find a way to give them what they wanted without doing the damage to their hair and scalp that has been going on for far too many years. I do receive many e-mails asking me to promote non-chemical styles, stating that Black women should not be using chemicals on their hair. I do understand the basis of this thinking and respect it, but it is not realistic to believe all women with Afro textured hair are going to go totally natural. So to me the best way to deal with this was to develop a safer and  proper way of relaxing hair and to provide as much pertinent information on Black hair care as I possibly can. 
        
        Things to know about having a Wash & Wear Relaxer done:
       
        1.)    The first few relaxers will feel to people as though they did not have their hair permed much at all, since the hair when processed Wash & Wear will have a more natural and thicker feeling.
       
        2.)    Depending on the length you like, or will like to maintain your hair at, it may take up to two or more years to get your hair to a length they are happy with and that will hang into a coily, crimpy, curly, corkscrew look you desire.
       
        3.) One can tell in advance relatively how their Wash & Wear relaxer will finally look, in a semi natural texture when the hair is soaking wet with conditioner in it. Keep in mind direct heat which is too hot can result in the bonds to loosen the texture further. The natural texture of their hair will dictate the type of curl, wave or coil.  Very few people in our salon who have  Wash &Wear hair look exactly the same. However, if for what ever reason anyone does not like their Wash & Wear relaxer or gets tired of it, the hair can always be made bone straight at their next relaxer service with no harm to the hair. 
        
I like to be very honest with people in the fact that this service is not an "instant" one for most people. That to end up with their hair as people envision it will take commitment and time. The key to having healthy Black hair, is to have a plan, follow it, and be consistent and most of all have patience.
       
       
       
Hope this helps,             
Asha 
Dear Asha:
                
I have been relaxing my hair for many years and it is in reasonably good health. However, I'm getting really tired of the scalp burns and irritation I get. Do you have a solution? Thanks.  
                 
Dorothy
Little Rock, Arkansas  
Dear Dorothy:
                       

The problem you are experiencing is an all too common one, with regards to the relaxing of hair. The solution is really quite simple. Try not to have the relaxer touch your scalp when you are relaxing your hair. Products that are meant to relax your hair are meant just to do that - relax your hair. Your scalp does not need to be relaxed, just your hair - and just the new growth at that. When the relaxer is applied to your hair it should be applied to the new growth only, near its base at the scalp (about 1/8" away), doing this during the entire application. If you cannot manage this you will need to apply a thin film of petroleum jelly (base) throughout your entire scalp. Taking your time to keep it off the hair, which will retard the relaxing process where it covers the hair and therefore cause an uneven processing.
    
Do not manipulate and smooth the relaxer into the hair and scalp to help it achieve straightness. The relaxer will by itself relax the hair with very little manipulation. I know many people do this but it creates many problems and really does not improve the service in my opinion. Just to name a few of the problems it causes; overlapping of chemical on to previously relaxed hair. If the relaxer gets on the scalp, it may cause unnecessary irritation and burns. Moreover, once on the scalp it can it get into the hair follicles. This is probably the most detrimental of the problems in my opinion. 
    
With traditional hydroxide based relaxers "neutralization" is brought about by a change of pH in the chemical not through an oxidative re-bonding process as with a thio perm. So when you use a neutralizing shampoo to "neutralize" the relaxer you are not truly "neutralizing" the sodium hydroxide (or any other hydroxide). What you are really doing is using the shampoo, typically a low pH formulated shampoo to help the process along, along with the water to severely dilute - therefore reducing the pH - and remove the relaxer from your hair.
    
If any small trace amounts of relaxer are left trapped in your hair follicle that are missed in the shampooing process or have just penetrated too deep to have been properly removed, residual chemical action from these trace amounts will now take place. As I just mentioned hydroxides are "neutralized" from a change in pH. So to stop working, these trace amounts will continue to break down organic material (i.e.: your root follicle and attending area) until mixed with enough of  this dissolved material for a change in pH to occur to it, hence stopping the trace amounts of chemical action.
    
When done repeatedly the risk is cellular damage. This may cause the follicle to produce an inferior hair shaft or may reach a point where it can't produce a viable shaft at all. This in almost all cases takes place over an extended period of time, sometimes many years. You may end up with thinning hair for no apparent reason. This process may be very gradual and may be seen as a part of the aging process by mature women - this may very well be the case in the majority of instances - but for some it was a constant assault on their scalp and follicles by improper relaxing techniques that brought this result about.
    
Your hair follicle is really the goose that lays the golden egg, in that any damage inflicted on your hair can be regarded as a temporary set back. You will produce new healthy hair in time. However, if you abuse your follicles, even inadvertently or unbeknownst to you, you may end up in a position where your follicles are producing a poorer quality of hair or perhaps no hair. For people who have noticed over the years a change in the quality of the hair they are now producing or are experiencing thinning of their hair, this may be the answer.
    
Dorothy my apologies for the long answer and if I went a little further than maybe you wanted. I do receive many letters from people, especially older Black women, who have relaxed  their hair for many years and whose hair has started to thin and feel different than it used to for no apparent reason. I thought I would provide some background information and a possible answer in your question.
   
By always taking the proper time and precautions when relaxing your hair, it will pay off  in the end.
   
Asha               

Dear Asha:
                
Hello. I am presently teaching overseas and the weather conditions here are severe. The summers and winters are extreme! So, I have opted to braid my hair, as I have been doing that for years. I recently took my braids out and my hair is thick, long and healthy. I was planning on putting the braids back in but was advised that my hair needs a "rest". Is this necessary? I do not have the time to style or care for my hair and braids is the most feasible option. I wash my braids regularly and take good care of my hair while in braids. What should I do? Please help! Thanks.   
         

Pamela
Seoul, South Korea                  

Dear Pamela:

Thank you for your letter. 
    
The majority of the letters I do receive on Black hair care have to do with hair growth and/or hair breakage concerns so it's nice to hear things are well with your hair. As my grandmother used to say "the proof is in the pudding". Meaning  that it sounds as if you are doing a very good job in looking after your hair. If you weren't the adjectives "thick", "long" and  "healthy" would not be in your letter. I don't think your hair really needs a "rest" or else it would not look as it does, plus you would most likely feel like you had some sort of problem or other things happening and you don't. You know better than anyone else does whether a problem exists anywhere on your body.
    
The only real suggestions I may have are that your braids be larger than smaller (such as micro styles), and looser tension than tighter. For the "rest" you can vary the braiding pattern so that your hair gets a break from the same repeated direction in tension from doing the same braiding style.  Remember too tight can leave nicks on the cuticle and follicle damage. Also is is best to keep you hair hydrated daily with water based products such as the Revival Curl Revitalizer an dthe Quench Moisturizing Spray.                                                               

Good luck.
Asha            

Dear Asha:
                    
I recently texturized my hair with the new texturizer from a major manufacturer. It came out great. I then tried to bleach and color it a month later. It didn't produce the color I wanted. I dyed it back the original color. I recently tried to re-texturize it again because it had grown out. The texturizer didn't take and it came out looking straight. I wanted to know what does the straightness indicate. Was it over processed or under-processed. In the texturizing process when does the curl pattern take shape, after it straightens or before. Thanks in advance .     


 Swade
 Rochester, New York                                            

Dear Swade:
                                     

You have run smack-dab into a  major pitfall in colouring and relaxing Black hair and I'm sorry but I don't believe there is much that can be done for you to correct it at this point.
    
The double chemical processing of hair can be tricky. One of the pitfalls is if you don't colour and relax the hair in the right order to see the right order then do it properly and with the right timing you can have a problem like what you are now experiencing and writing about or in some cases even worse problems with severe breakage taking place. 

 Where you went wrong is in not realizing in order to achieve the change in colour in your hair, that the chemicals involved in permanently colouring hair, as they are processing, weaken the same bonds in your hair that a relaxer works on as well when they release the curl and texture from your hair. 
    

Once the colour was in your hair (two times, plus bleach to exacerbate the problem), your hair needed a real reduction in processing time in your re-touch service to match the same texture you desired from the first time you did it without the colour in it. Hence the over-processing which you see is it coming out straight and not in a texturized look.
    
You will have to start again with the new growth, the key is to never let 20 volume peroxide or higher touch relaxed hair. We colour 3-5 days after a relaxer if it is highlights, and to avoid the relaxer overlapping on to the colour areas in the next touch up. A demarcation protein filler can be used on the coloured areas to retard the relaxer.
   

Asha    

Dear Asha:
                         

I'm planning to get braids for spring break but I only wanted them for about a month. My hair is currently relaxed and a little past my shoulders, I have healthy hair. I read elsewhere on your site not to perm too soon after removing braids. What damage will I do to my hair if I get a relaxer the day after I take my braids out? 
               

Tiffany
Cookeville, Tennessee  

Dear Tiffany:
                     

One of the things  that may happen when you put braids into your hair is that micro nicks and abrasions can occur at the areas where the extended hair attaches to and  comes in contact with your own natural hair. This happens as a result of the extended  hair and your own rubbing together as you go about your day to day  activities. Over time this rubbing and movement, although seemingly slight, can wear at the outer cuticle layer of your hair and thus cause nicks and abrasions. When present, these areas will not be visible to the naked eye. However, I  always find it best to err on the side of caution and assume they are present in anyone who has had braids in their hair for an extended period  of time and is coming out of them.
      
These areas I just mentioned are referred to as "hot spots" and  any relaxer - colour as well - applied to the hair will process at these weaker links in your hair the fastest, thus over-processing them as your hair is being serviced. What happens is the areas without micro nicks and abrasions      will take longer to become straight so by leaving the chemical on longer to process you inadvertently end up with hot spots. These over-processed hot spots may now have become too weak to keep the hair shaft intact on your head and will start to break at these points. 
      
I have always found it best to wait a week to do what we call "filler" treatments. At Jazma, we use a professional use only product called Kerabond made by Kerasoft to do this, it is a special polymer, amino acids and protein product used to help strengthen and fill in these weakened hot spots to ensure a more even process. This can be done before a relaxer, our Show and Tell DVD Vol 2 explains how to properly apply a Filler. 
      
     
Asha 

Dear Asha:    
                    

I have been wearing braids in my hair for  years and the sides are beginning to thin out. This problem has become very noticeable. Also, when I take the braids out of my hair and perm it, I notice that my hair is very thin. What should I do to thicken my hair and how do I get the sides to start growing back?   
 

Heather
Pierrefonds, Quebec                       

Dear Heather:
                             

The problem you are most likely experiencing is one I see quite often on Black women who come to our salon looking for answers on thinning hair, especially at the hairline and temple areas when they have been wearing a tension hair style, such as braids, as you have for years.  
      
The name for this condition is traction alopecia. This literally means: loss of hair (alopecia) from sustained pulling or tension (traction). This can occur to areas of the scalp where over a period of time too great a tension has been placed on the hair follicles - where the roots are located, and they are torn out of  the head. When this happens, you may not notice it, but these hairs are quite different from the 50-100 hairs you lose every day that is a normal part of the hair growth cycle. These hairs have been ripped from their sockets and if you could see a magnified view of the follicles where this has happened you would see cellular damage and trauma in this area.
      

The body is quite miraculous in its ability to heal itself and will do so to these damaged hair follicles. However, as this repeatedly happens to the same follicles by continued use of hair styles that involve pulling and securing, scarring will occur and over time these follicles will loose their ability to produce a viable hair shaft. These follicles become barren and you have the beginning of areas of traction alopecia. This may be happening all over your scalp to you, hence the thinning all over.
      
Some hair styles I have seen this occur in are braids, weaves, cornrows and pony tails. Please remember it is usually when these styles are done with too much tension and too often that traction alopecia may occur, this usually happens over a long period of time, perhaps years and the results are cumulative.
      

The answer to solve this problem is the same for people in the early stages of this condition as well as for people in a late stage advanced state (this condition is much more easily reversed in the early than late stages). You must stop all tension styles to your hair and avoid doing them again in your life especially to the affected areas. I do live in the real world and I am not saying that from time to time you can not put your hair in a pony tail or an up-do, but these occasions should not be frequent and when you do they should be with as very little tension as possible if they must be done.
      
As I said, the body will try to heal itself and this could take many months or even years with no further assaults to the scalp. I do find for some people that natural source vitamin E purchased in capsule form, and pricking a capsule and applying it to the affected area is of some benefit in helping soften and heal scaring (you most likely will not be able to see this scarring, but it is there if this condition has been present for any period of time). For many people the areas of loss will not come back as it is too late to remedy and the best that can be hoped for is that by refraining from tension styles this will stop the gradual progression and spread of this condition.
      
I do highly recommend you see a dermatologist in your area who has experience with traction alopecia. There are specific tests that can be  performed on your scalp to confirm whether or not you are experiencing  this condition and he can make much more specific recommendations for you.
     
Asha         

Dear Asha:     


What is the best hair relaxer and most gentle for children's hair on the market? At what age should you give your child a relaxer?
       



Judy Willard
Tampa, FL

Dear  Judy:


                                We have to realize that recommending loose cornrows, twists or plaits with hydrating products was the only safe option, but not realistic for all families. Since pressing is risky and can lead to permanently melting the bonds within the hair or scorching. We now start relaxing hair at any age where the child will sit still and not cry, usually 3 -5 years of age.

 

However, when we do apply a relaxer it is always the Wash and Wear Relaxer System and we only apply it to the midshaft, ends and 2" -4" away from the scalp.  As they get older we will apply the relaxer closer to the root area. Thereby, the child will only have to get Touch ups every 6 - 12 months. The looser the hair is relaxed the more frequent the touch ups. Therefore, we recommend 50% - 60% looser while keeping blowdrys and irons to a minimum if at all. Just a reminder, heating implements, the sun, chlorinated pools, unlined wool or cotton hats, and sharp hair accesories can all lead to damage.


Asha

Dear  Asha:
                                 

I am a lady of mixed  race, but have quite kinky hair and therefore I relax my hair on a regular      basis. I also colour my hair (which I also do regularly - two weeks after  a relaxer). But recently I notice that every time I wash my hair, it breaks when I comb it when wet. But when my hair is dry, I can comb it, brush it but it does not break (except for the few strands). Please help, I am scared to wash my hair. 
 

Marilyn
Harare, Zimbabwe                                     

Dear Marilyn:

Part of the balancing  act in relaxing and colouring Black / Afro textured hair, or as you say kinky hair, is that they both permanently break internal bonds in the hair which is needed to retain its structural integrity. It seems to me, without being able to see and fully analyze your hair, that your last colour crossed a barrier point that has now taken too much of this integrity out of your hair. You now notice this when your hair is wet because relaxed hair (and coloured treated hair as well and you have both) is at its weakest when it is wet in regular circumstances. Now when you wet your hair it really doesn't take much stress to cause breakage to your hair because this wetting now tips the scale and moves you beyond the breaking point for your hair.
      
My best answer for you is to seek the advice of a good stylist in your area. There are special protein filler treatments that may be able to help with your breakage problem and it is best to at least see someone who knows what they are doing and then if you don't want to go to the salon on a regular basis, keep up their recommendations at home. You could order our Kerabond Filler Treatment and the Show and Tell DVD Vol 2 for the instructions.
      
In the meantime you will have to be extra, extra gentle with your hair (please see our tips on shampooing and conditioning hair) until all of the hair that is damaged is eventually cut off through regular trims. In the future you may want to give consideration to a colour specialist colouring your hair and you should reduce the time to colour your hair after a relaxer from two weeks down to 3-7 days, no longer.
     
 Asha  
Dear Asha:     


I just had a texturizer put in my natural   hair and it did not take I want to know how long should I wait before I put a perm in my hair? I'm not sure at this point what I want to do, will it be safe to put braids in also? My hair is soft but for some reason all  it did was loosen up my hair into an Afro. I need help, please.  
      

Angelia
Jacksonville, FL                                           

Dear Angelia:
                                     

If you are presently not having problems with breakage or any other concerns, then I would say that you could do either the perm or the braids to your hair as soon as you  want with no problems, outside of the usual precautions to take when you  do such services to your hair.
      
 It is not uncommon in our salon for our Wash & Wear Relaxer™  to "not take" on the first or on rare occasions even the second service. The reason for this in our salon is that we feel it is always better in getting to know someone's hair and how it will react to a chemical application to always err on the side of  under rather than over-processing that client's hair. This result sometimes may not present itself for a few days or so later as the hair settles in from the chemical change after service (in the salon the day of  service it may look wonderful then slightly revert over the next few days). Although this may happen infrequently, we do explain to clients that this may happen, and assure them that there will be no damage done to their hair to go back in, even in just a few days, and remove a little  more texture from their hair if this does occur to them and of course we also assure them there is no charge for us to do this as well. We want a great result for them and you can always take out a little more texture when you under-process but once it  is removed there is nothing that you can do to put the curl back when you over-process the hair, hence our caution.
      
I would suggest that if you had this service done in a salon that you could return to the salon and find out if it was under-processed and have them remove a little more texture out of your hair (you also have the option of forgoing the texturizer and have a traditional straight relaxer technique as well at this time if you desire). Another possibility could be a lack of or improper use of maintenance hair products to define and  maintain your texturizer, semi natural hair will look like a "blow-out" or "Afro" without the proper use of after care products.
      
People have a number of options to be able to wear their hair in the look you also desire. Some people can do it without any chemical aid at all, their hair is naturally that way. They can texturize it, a form of  what we call Wash & Wear Relaxer or use a curly perm, sometimes called a  Jheri curl, can also be applied, but is less commonly employed now days. However, these hair styles all really look their best when the right products are used to moisturize, soften and to also maintain a constant  level of moisture through the day and to enhance curl definition. This is critical if the hair is going to fall into cork screwy spirals, ringlets, crimps or coils which is the usual goal when wearing the hair this way.
      
The best test to see if you are experiencing a hair products issue is this. If after you shampoo and condition your hair and while it is still damp, if your hair has waves, ringlets, curls or a texture you like, it most likely is a  products issue. Water will moisturize and define for a while but it will then evaporate and you are left will frizzy hair with much less defined curls. Also if you pick or comb your hair, especially if you are not using  or are using improper hair care products, you will end up with an Afro as you describe. When your working with texturized hair you should refrain from using picks or combs to the daily styling of your hair as they will remove definition from your curls and instead work with your fingers and hands to scrunch, style and direct your hair. Picks and wide toothed combs should  be used after shampooing and conditioning to gently detangle your hair  (no rough picking or combing) when necessary before applying any care products to your hair.
      
If you find this is the case in your instance, we have four products we sell to maintain our soft curly looks. They are by Kerasoft and they are the Interlink Leave-In-Conditioner, Quench Moisturizing Spray, Revival Curl Revitalizer and Actisilk Curl Enhancer. These products are water based, non-greasy and without them our clients who have hair as described above would not look the same without them. Some people with fine hair also like to use a little of the Control Mousse to give their hair extra body.
      
These products will give you the result you desire for your texturized look, without a lot of weight or rub off and maintain a nice look and moisture level throughout the day. When you want to wear a straight style by blow drying and hot curling, a product such as our Glosify Hair Polish will provide an anti-frizz protective barrier that will help stop your hair from frizzing in a humid environment and the Interlink Leave-In Conditioner also can be used to aid in eliminating the frizzys' and as added thermal protection for your hair as well.
     
Asha
   

Dear Asha:     


My hair is presently relaxed. I have not  given it a touch-up because I would like to return to my natural hair. Do you have any solutions to wash the existing relaxer out. I was told a few years ago that washing one's hair with beer would get it off, though I have never tried. I do not want to wear a wig, extension or weave. I have very thick hair and its about 2 inches below my shoulder. Thanks    
    

Julita
St. James, Barbados                                                               

Dear  Julita: 

The reason that relaxers are sometimes called "perms" is that this term is short  for permanent. 
      
Permanent means just that, the permanent removal of texture from the hair (as in straightening). Contrary to rumors, there is nothing including beer, vinegar or anything else that will "strip" or remove a relaxer from the hair. 
     
 As I say in my answer above once texture is removed with a traditional relaxer, there is nothing that can be done to put that texture back into the hair again, outside of being patient and waiting for the hair to grow out. 
     
Asha