Are you tired of the constant battle with your relaxer-damaged hair? I feel you. As a woman who has conquered hair loss myself, I know firsthand the struggles and triumphs of this journey. My name is Ky Smith, your hair loss advocate and certified trichologist, and today I want to talk to all the incredible women out there who are transitioning out of a relaxer and seeking healthy, luscious locks.

You see, for years, women of all races with curly, coarse, hard-to-tame tresses have turned to relaxers. And hey, when done correctly, relaxers can work wonders, transforming any texture into sleek, straight locks. But times have changed, and the natural hair movement has gained momentum, empowering women to embrace their beautiful curl patterns. However, transitioning out of a relaxer isn’t always a walk in the park. Many women find themselves longing for straight hair while dealing with the damage caused by relaxers.


Relaxer Rehab: Bid Farewell to Chemicals and Unlock Luscious Locks!

First and foremost, regular trims are your secret weapon during this transition. Picture this: your hair is engaged in a tug-of-war, with chemically altered ends on one side and fresh, natural growth on the other. And guess what? The stronger hair will prevail. That’s why trimming those ends is crucial. By snipping away the weakest parts, you allow your new, healthy hair to shine.

Another fantastic option for those transitioning from a relaxer is a smoothing treatment. This fabulous choice softens your new growth without altering its natural composition. Plus, it does wonders for the entire hair shaft, strengthening it with amino acids, coating the cuticle, and adding a lustrous shine. But here’s the scoop: a smoothing treatment won’t give you pin-straight hair like a relaxer. Instead, it focuses on manageability and softness, reducing your reliance on heat styling.

Now, let’s address a common concern. Will a smoothing treatment eliminate shedding during the transition? Well, the good news is that it can significantly reduce shedding. The amino acid properties in the treatment strengthen your hair, allowing you to retain more of it as it grows. So say goodbye to excessive shedding and hello to healthier, fuller locks!

But how do you eliminate all traces of relaxer from your hair? Here’s the hard truth, relaxers permanently rearrange the bonds of your hair, transforming it from curly or kinky to straight. Once those bonds are rearranged, there’s no turning back. The only way to remove the relaxer completely is to embrace the “Big Chop” and cut it off. However, don’t fret! The smoothing treatment can help you maintain the integrity of your hair until it reaches a length where you feel comfortable making that bold move. So keep growing, trimming frequently, and bid farewell to the relaxer once and for all.

Now, you might be wondering, how often do you need a smoothing treatment? Well it depends on several factors. Your hair’s individual needs, how often you shampoo, the products you use, and your hair growth rate all come into play. On average, most people treat their hair every 12 weeks. But remember, listen to your hair. It will tell you when it’s time for some extra love and care.


Smooth Sailing or Au Naturel? Choose Your Hair Adventure After the Transition

Lastly, once you’ve completed your transition, continuing with a smoothing treatment is entirely optional. If you adore the strength, manageability, and shine it gives your hair, go ahead and keep treating it. You deserve to flaunt those fabulous locks! On the other hand, if you only used the treatment to infuse amino acids into your hair during the transition, you can safely discontinue its use.

As you embark on the transformative journey of transitioning out of a relaxer, it is crucial to recognize the paramount significance of partnering with a licensed hair professional. By aligning yourself with an expert in the field, you are ensuring that your path to optimal results is paved with knowledge, precision, and expertise. 

While it may require time, patience, and occasional trims along the way, rest assured that the outcome will undoubtedly surpass your expectations. By entrusting your tresses to a licensed hair care professional, you are empowering yourself to unlock the full potential of your natural beauty. Allow the nourishment and guidance provided by their skillful hands to be a resounding testament to your inner strength and unwavering courage.