Tired of not being able to stretch beyond 10 or 12 weeks, I made it a personal goal to learn to stretch indefinitely without issue and frustration. I desire the freedom of relaxing when I am ready rather than allowing my hair to dictate my life. I participated in various relaxer stretching and transitioning discussions to learn valuable stretching tips and techniques. After many failed attempts to stretch my relaxer, I now have a recipe for success that I have packaged together to be 15 Tips to Stretch Relaxers without Breakage.
— Stretch Relaxers without Breakage —
1. Pre-Poo for a minimum of 30 minutes with oil or conditioner to soften new growth and assist with detangling.
2. Detangle in sections! Smaller sections are easier to manage and lessens breakage.
4. Use a slippery conditioner with amazing slip for shower detangling. Related Article: TRESemme Naturals Moisturizing Conditioner. It is an excellent conditioner with excellent slip.
5. Deep Condition often to keep the new growth moisturized and pliable. Related Article: Silk Elements Kera Minerals Deep Conditioner Review
7. Apply deep conditioner to the ends before applying to the roots to keep tangle prone ends from snagging and tangling upon itself.
9. Keep the hair stretched with braids or banding throughout the week to keep the hair stretched.
10. Co-wash as often as possible to increase hydration.
11. Detangle with seamless combs to minimize breakage and mid-shaft splits.
12. Lightly comb the hair daily to keep the hair free of shed hairs and tangles.
13. Avoid protein on new growth as it can cause massive tangles and dryness. Apply protein to the relaxed hair only!
15. Patience, patience, patience: enough said!
— Stretching Relaxers without Breakage | My Thoughts —
The longer I stretch, the more I am realize, less is more. The less my hands are in my hair, the less of a possibility that it will break. I no longer feel pressured to wash weekly because it is the healthy hair community norm. Instead, I wash when my hair requires it — product buildup, dryness, etc. Now that I am listening to my hair, things are going great! Back in the day, I rarely used product in between wash days so product buildup was never an issue. I now use product as needed but I do not go overboard. Back when, I washed once every two weeks or once a month and my hair did just fine. I have returned to this very schedule and it is going great with no issues. You can kind of say I have returned to the basics and maybe so should you. Give it some thought!