What we understand by the blanket term hair relaxing is an organised destruction of hair bonds due to strong chemicals. That is what you go through to straighten your hair. Doesn`t sound very relaxing, does it? When you go for hair straightening using the relaxation method, your hair sustains controlled amounts of damage. There is no need for you to apply harsh chemicals to your hair just to relax it.
Here are some natural alternatives that can help you in relaxing your hair. It may not give you the straight mane of hair you desire, but it will surely make your hair much more manageable.
Natural Ways Of Relaxing Your Hair:
Castor Oil Massage: The normal definition of relaxation has little to do with straightening. So let us start with a hair therapy which will only relax your hair roots without having any effect on the texture of your hair. Massage your scalp and the length of your hair with castor oil. It will increase the volume of hair and also relax the hair tensed scalp muscles. Massage castor oil into your hair twice a week to get more manageable and softer (if not straighter) hair.
Coconut Milk & Lime: Mix equal proportions of coconut milk and lime juice in a container. Massage your scalp with this mixture and soak the entire length of your hair in it. Wrap a hot towel around your head and sit for an hour. You need to do this 3 times a week for a month to get noticeable results and continue to do it 3 times a week to maintain straight hair.
Plain Milk To Set Hair: If you need a quick fix solution for relaxing you hair then this is it. Mix equal amounts of milk and water in a container. Pour it into a spray dispenser. Spray your hair with milk diluted with water from root to tips. Then comb your hair with a fine comb to distribute the solution evenly across the thickness of your hair. Then wait for it to dry. Follow this up with a hair wash and use a good quality hair conditioner. This will keep your hair straight till the next wash.
Olive Oil And Eggs: This hair therapy mask is rare but very effective. It may not straighten your hair radically, but it will relax your hair immensely. Break 3 eggs into 100 ml of olive oil. Whisk it together with a beater. Apply this hair mask and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off. Rinse every last bit of the mixture from your hair because it is very foul smelling. You will find your hair much relaxed after going through this hair therapy.
These are some of the natural ways of relaxing your hair. Would you go for a natural (temporary) or chemical (permanent) method for hair relaxing?
BDST: 1546 HRS, AUG 14, 2012
Edited by: Sharmina Islam, Lifestyle Editor
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