Hairstyles are a perfect example of how the grass is always greener on the other side!
Most women who have naturally curly hair crave for straight locks, and will sometimes go to drastic lengths to get their hair straight. For some of us, that means using harsh chemicals like hair relaxers that often do more harm than good, especially when overused.
Hair relaxers, also known as hair straighteners, help by lessening the intensity of curls or straightening curls completely. Generally, relaxers are made of strong alkali and lye. The lye gets into the structure of the hair and disrupts it by breaking the internal bonds. This process makes the hair lose its curl and makes it easier to straighten. However, these chemical hair relaxers lead to a lot of damage to your hair by making it lose its natural shine. Over time, your hair will become lifeless, brittle and riddled with split ends.
Curly hair needs a special care, both when cleaned and when styled. It is a must to use the appropriate styling tools and hair care products designed for your unique texture. A natural relaxer, of course, isn’t as potent as the chemical one and may take a few applications for the results to show — but your patience will be rewarded, because you’ll end up with a softer, stronger, and straighter head of hair!
If you want to know how to relax hair naturally as well as pick up a few deep conditioning treatments, look no further: check out our suggestions below.
One of the least known natural ways to relax curls and the best thing about it is that this effect is easily reversible which means you can have your tight curls back whenever you want them. Panthenol is derived from vitamin B5, also known as Pantothenic Acid which is commonly used in haircare products, because it acts like a natural silicone, coating your strands, giving them a smoother texture that results in relaxed curls or even waves.
How To Use: Panthenol is water-soluble which means you can add it to your shampoo, conditioner or mix with water to make a “curl relaxing” spritz. To avoid the feeling or dry or lank hair wash it with a clarifying shampoo before doing any deep conditioning treatment or applying hot oils. This will ensure all Panthenol build-up is removed, allowing the hair to soak in all the nutrients.
Coconut Milk Mask
Fresh coconut milk and lemon juice will do wonders to condition your hair and their repeated use is also said to make hair straighter! Not a single chemical to worry about, and a nice way to naturally relax curls.
How To Use: Mix fresh coconut milk with a half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and leave the mixture to chill until it thickens and it is a creamy consistency. Once mask is ready, apply on your hair and let it sit for an hour repeating the process two to three times per week until a desired result is reached.
One of the most popular natural ways to relax hair is combing olive oil in with your conditioner. This blend is more of a deep conditioner yet helps reduce curls and frizz while leaving your hair silky smooth. So reach in your kitchen cabinet and give it a shot!
How To Use: Heat olive oil to make a hot oil treatment, let it warm then mix your conditioner. Apply mask on your hair and let it sit for 45 minutes then rinse with warm water and let your hair dry naturally.
Milk and Honey
This nourishing natural deep conditioning treatment won’t only just leave your hair feeling incredibly soft, but loosen up the wave pattern as well. You will have to repeat this process once or twice a week until the desired result is reached and to make sure your curls will stay loose.
How To Use: Depending on the length of your hair mix two to five tablespoons of powered milk with enough water to form a thick paste, then drop a teaspoon of honey into this mixture mixing well until all the ingredients are blended. Apply on your hair for 20 minutes, then rinse with shampoo and let your hair dry naturally.
Blowing your hair dry won’t require any harsh chemicals. Before you blow dry your hair, you should always use a heat protection spray to prevent any damage.
How To Use: Add a comb attachment to your blow dryer. Working in small sections from the roots to the tips. Gently work the comb through as the air blows each section. What you should end up with is loose waves. Use Moroccan Oil for a finishing touch and prevent any frizz from occurring.
Hair Styling Tricks
There are several hairstyles that can enhance the relaxation of natural curls. Natural oils when applied after washing and conditioning can further detangle and clear curly hair. Choose a cute hairstyle as a twist or some classy braids. These will maintain the locks frizz-free and loosened. The larger, the better, since the small braids or tiny twists might still keep the tight and curly effect. By putting in a braid before you go to bed at night, you can wake up to just the look you want and crave. It’s as easy as having a hair elastic on hand.
How To: After washing and combing your hair, wait until it’s still slightly damp, but not wet. Separate your strands into three sections, loosely braiding them from just about your ears until you reach the end of your hair. Secure with an elastic hair tie then simply go to bed. When you get up, remove the elastic and give your hair a shake to remove the braid. Simple and natural!