The basics of maintaining healthy relaxed hair, is to balance moisture and protein. That is it in a nutshell.
All that means is to implement measure that will promote hair moisture such as daily spritzers, deep conditioning, oil treatments, ect.
Methods of adding moisture to hair:
- Deep Conditioning
- Baggy your ends
- Oil Rinses
- Moisturizing Hair Lotions
Implementing most of these in your daily,weekly, or monthly regimen, then you will need to balance the moisture out with a protein treatment.
When you fail to moisturize your hair properly you may experience what is known in the world of hair journies as " Protein Overload".
Signs of Protein Overload:
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Likewise, if you moisturize so much, and fail to maintain your protein balance, you will end up in Moisture Overload
Signs of Moisture Overload:
- Hair feels mushy
- Stretch excessively then breaks off
- Stretch excesively and does not return to normal length.
To correct your hair in "moisture overload" you will simply need to perform a hard protein treatment. Generally one treatment will be enough, and you should be able to return to maintenance level; where as with "Protein Overload" it will take time, and several moisture treatments to correct hair balance.
In addition to maintaining a proper balance between moisture and protein, a great way to grow your hair out is PROTECTIVE STYLES!!!!!
Protective Style is simply wearing your hair in a way that hides your ends, or "protects" them from the environment.
Common Protective Styles are:
- Wigs or Sew ins:
- Or simply Buns or Bantu Knots.
Keep Hair Cleaned, Moisturized, Strong (protein), & Protected and you are on your way to long healthy hair!!!