I know you shouldn’t wash it so often, because it dries your hair out and makes the relaxer not last at long. The thing is though, I’m a serious athlete so I swim 4x a week and I play tennis 4x a week. So I get extremely sweaty, and after I swim I need to use a clarifying shampoo after it. So I wash my hair about 4x a week, sometimes more. Is that fine for relaxed hair? Any other advice?
Shampoo & condition the hair as usual, every 4-7 days, but continue to trim off the damaged hair, allowing new growth to take over. Use GENTLE shampoo. Applying a small drop amount of oil to wet hair can also act as a leave-in conditioner and provides excellent conditioning in preparation for the next shampooing.
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Watch: Good Hair a documentary by Chris Rock 2009 on BET or HBO. According to Tyra Banks, 80% of the black population are part of the billion dollar hair industry. Clips on youtube videos, also.
Chemicals can enter the body through the skin.
Google FDA.gov & search for Hair Dye & Relaxers.
Google: Hair Dye FAQ’s Are Hair Dyes Safe?
if your going to continue to swim as often you do i recommend you deep condition your hair at least once a week after you use a clarifying shampoo make sure you keep your hair moisturized because it make it extremely brittle. also maybe try a protective style while swimming like braids or a sew-in so you can take care of your hair and still have the versatility of styles to choose from. and if i were you i would try to stretch your relaxer.
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