l Are you lazy about going to the salon? If you are or you hate the dryer, then you need to consider whether or not chemical is for you. The 2 things you can not avoid once you apply chemicals are hot dryers and salon visits. You need a salon visit 7 days after a touch-up for post-perm treatments and you may have to endure 2 or 3 visits to the dryer on that occasion alone, depending on how your hair has reacted to the chemical used.
lAre you stingy with money or are you one of those who still do not know that for healthy hair, you get what you pay for? Good products are mostly imported and therefore cost more than the average. If you believe that you can get away with minimal spending on your ‘relaxed’ hair, then you will not get the results you desire. So, buying a relaxing product without any after-care for scalp and hair or worse, neutralizing shampoo is not cost-saving. The only way for your hair is downhill if you ignore those products that can help you get the best out of your ‘perm’.
l Are you a very busy person? Would it be too much trouble for you to attend the salon at least once a month for deep conditioning treatments that may last up to 3 hours a visit, including time for setting the hair in rollers? If you can not spare 3 hours monthly to treat your hair, think carefully before committing.
lDo you wear your hair in extensions such as weave-on or braids for the most part of the year? Then you may wish to consider stopping the use of relaxing creams and move over to a texturing cream instead. The point is that you hardly carry your own hair anyway, so why fry it only to place it under extensions and weaken it further? Your best bet would be a product to just soften the hair, remove the ‘kinks’ without frying so that the plaiting process is not painful.
Again, I repeat that the chemical relaxer is not for everybody. Some heads just have a hard time dealing with all that trauma and drama; you must be blessed with fantastic hair ‘genes’ for you to get away with murder when it comes to your hair. The main cause of damage among women of color is the ‘ordinary’ relaxer. It hurts when one is confronted with damage that could have been avoided if only more attention had been paid to what was going on to the hair. Before you undergo that next ‘reigning’ procedure, consider this: damage may be irreversible. If you have bald spots on your scalp that are shining like a baby’s bottom, you may well have suffered irreversible damage.
WEAVE-CRAZY: NO SHAMPOO HERE PLEASE!
At angel’s studio HAIR CLINIC, we do not shampoo weave-on. I took the decision for many reasons. Firstly, no matter how much you rinse out the shampoo from the weave-on, you can never get everything out. In a country where most salons are challenged with running water, it is difficult to accept that sufficient water will be made available to rinse thoroughly. At hairdressing school, we were taught to rinse hair for 5 continuous minutes to be sure to get rid of all traces of chemicals/product.
Now, I reckon that I would need at least the same time to be sure that the weave is clean. Moreover without water flowing from taps, it is difficult for the stylist to target the base of the weave; the woven area is where I find product trapped in. When you take out the weave-on, you find a lot of fluff while undoing the plaits. Above all, shampooing dislodges the weave; the threads used to attach the weave become stretched by water and all that scrubbing/moving the weave around, weakens it. I have found that the weave is never the same once it has been shampooed. I find that most women remove their weave within 8 days after shampoo because they say it is just not the same again; it lost its grip and ‘fall’.
This is why I advocate the cleaning of the lines of the scalp using cotton wool balls soaked with witch hazel solution or mentholated spirit to get rid of smells and itching. Make sure you allow the scalp to dry after cleansing with these solutions; pile the hair on top of your head and use a hand dryer, directing the heat towards the base of the weave.
If you feel really desperate for a wash, take out your weave-on shampoo/treat your hair before fixing the weave back. Yes, you can re-fix immediately ONLY if you are not applying any form of chemical to your hair.
QUESTION and ANSWER: CREAM FOR LONGER HAIR
Dear Angela, please tell me the cream I can use to give me longer hair. I am a student living in Cross River state.
Only in your dreams will you find a single cream that will perform the magic of giving you longer hair. There is no miracle in a bottle; the miracle of longer hair will only happen when you combine all the advice you read here every Sunday.
In spite of repeating that no single cream can ‘grow’ your hair, I find that women still are searching for one. Let’s think about this logically now: if there were such a product, would its owner not be celebrated worldwide, with recognition coming from even the Guinness book of Records? If there were such a miracle product, why would it be a secret, when its owners would probably be the richest manufacturers in the world? Do you think we are alone in this ubiquitous search for more hair on our heads?
Please, do not waste your time; I know you want a product name but it does not exist. Longer hair will only be possible if you stick with the good rules of hairdressing: conditioning, caution, more conditioning and lots of common sense.
Thanks for reading and writing in.
Do make it a great week!