Read the relaxer directions. Read the directions on your relaxer kit thoroughly and make sure you understand everything. While relaxing your hair is relatively simple, it can also be dangerous. Ensure your own safety by carefully reading through the instructions and warnings.
Don’t shampoo or scratch your scalp before relaxing your hair. Applying relaxer will be painful if your scalp is already irritated in any way. For this reason, it’s best to not wash your hair or scratch your head at all for at least the week leading up to application.
- If you do accidentally scratch your scalp, the relaxer will likely make your head tingle.
Put on gloves and a cape. You’ll be working with dangerous chemicals that can harm your skin and possibly damage your clothes. Get a hairdresser’s cape and plastic gloves and put them on before handling the relaxer to prevent any harm or damage
- Apply a protective base cream to the scalp and hairline. Because relaxer can irritate your skin, it’s a great idea to apply a base cream directly to the scalp to protect it. Part your hair in multiple places and apply the base to your scalp. Don’t forget to apply the base to your hairline and around your ears as well.
- Petroleum jelly is also a sufficient protective base option.
Apply the relaxer to the new growth in small sections. Use your comb or the opposite end of your applicator brush to get a small section of hair that’s no more than ½ inch (1.3 cm) thick. Using an applicator brush, carefully coat your new growth with the relaxer. Do this over and over until you’ve applied it to every section.If you’ve never applied relaxer before, you’ll be coating all of your hair. If you have, then you should only be applying it to your roots. Avoid getting the relaxer on your scalp.Don’t apply the relaxer to the parts of your hair that aren’t new growth. You’ll over-process the hair and may cause damage. Smooth the new growth with the back of a comb. After applying your relaxer, go back over all of the hair you applied relaxer to. Use the back of a comb to smooth out the hair to ensure that it straightens.
- Do not comb the hair.
Rinse your hair for at least 5-7 minutes. When the time is up, spend several minutes rinsing the relaxer out with comfortably hot water. In order to protect your hair, it’s important to get as much product as possible out of your hair. Don’t spend any less than 5 minutes rinsing
- Condition your hair. After rinsing, massage a regular moisturizing conditioner into your wet hair and then rinse it out just after application. This will bring the pH level of your hair back up to normal. It’s important to do this before shampooing while the hair cuticle is open. The conditioner will moisturize your hair much more effectively when the cuticle is open
- Wash your hair with a neutralizing shampoo. Finally, wash your hair with a neutralizing shampoo to stop the chemical process. This will ensure that the relaxer is completely removed from your hair