Unfortunately, seeing hair that's been damaged by chemical abuse is par for the course. I see way too many heads of hair that are barely hanging on due to poor relaxer application and care. This is one of those hair services that I strongly suggest you get done by a professional, not a home kit.
A good stylist will make sure he or she follows basics of relaxing black hair so that you're left with straight, smooth locks that flow. I know it can seem pricey when a box relaxer costs less than $10 and a pro wants to charge you eight times that, but when it comes to your hair, consider yourself worth it.
More relaxer info:
- Base the scalp: yes or no?
- Maintaining healthy relaxed locks
- Relaxers vs. texturizers
- Can you strip a relaxer?
- Lye vs. no-lye
- When to touch-up your relaxer
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