Do relaxers slow hair growth?

In some cases, if you continue to relax your hair, you can cause permanent damage to your hair follicles, when this happens, your hair will not grow back. Below is a picture of scarring alopecia on the top of the scalp. Scarring causes the hair follicle opening to close. This causes permanent hair loss.

Does relaxing hair make it grow faster?

When your new growth is not visible, it’s much easier to overlap the relaxer on the previously relaxed hair. This can cause thinness, breakage and overall damage. Stretching your relaxers makes your hair stronger and thicker over time.

Do relaxers damage your hair?

Hair relaxers straighten hair by penetrating the cuticle and the cortex layers of the hair shaft to loosen the natural curl pattern. This process leaves the hair weak, brittle and prone to breakage. It can even burn your skin, cause permanent damage to the scalp and lead to hair loss.

Can relaxer damage hair follicles?

In some cases, if you continue to relax your hair, you can cause permanent damage to your hair follicles, when this happens, your hair will not grow back. Below is a picture of scarring alopecia on the top of the scalp. Scarring causes the hair follicle opening to close. This causes permanent hair loss.

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How long does hair relaxer last?

Take your hair texture into consideration before choosing a relaxer. How long do relaxers last? “Depending on your hair texture and growth, relaxers last from six to 12 weeks before needing a re-touch,” says Sanders.

Can relaxed hair go back to natural?

Relaxers are permanent, so whatever parts of your hair that have been in contact with a relaxer will never grow back naturally. Therefore, at some point in time your hair must be cut off to above the demarcation line. If you’re not willing to go for the big chop, the next step is to do regular trims of your hair.

Can relaxed hair be healthy?

Having relaxed hair isn’t synonymous with damaged hair. It’s possible to have healthy, thriving hair even if it is chemically treated, however, overprocessing the hair with additional chemicals like hair color, heat styling, and skipping regular trims can lead to damage.

What happens when you stop using relaxer?

There is no product to remove relaxer; when you relax your hair, it’s permanently straightened. When your relaxer does come out, you will be left with Afro hair (depending on your hair type; only 4a, 4b and 4c hair are Afro). If you skip the perm or relaxer, the new hair growing underneath will be your natural hair.

Is relaxed hair better than natural?

Relaxed hair is less maintenance in many respects, but it’s also weaker than natural hair because of the chemical process used to break down the protein bonds. So if your goal is long healthy relaxed hair you still have to put in the work.

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Do relaxers change hair porosity?

Like other hair characteristics, porosity is genetic. The only way it is altered is from over-exposure to harsh elements like extreme amounts of sun, or over-processing/damage with chemicals such as dye or relaxers/texturizers.

Why you should not relax your hair?

Breakage. The chemical processes of relaxing hair can leave your hair very brittle with increased breakage as it loses its distinct elasticity. Relaxing increases scalp sensitivity which may lead to severe irritation, chemical burns, scarring and permanent hair loss as reported by almost 100 participants.

Are lye relaxers better for your hair?

Because lye relaxers break down the hair straighter, silky, softer hair will result after completion. Lye relaxers don’t leave calcium build up on the hair, and allow your hair to receive moisture easier than a no-lye relaxer. As a professional hairstylist, I prefer to use lye relaxers.