Another Post About Relaxer Stretching...Or is it?

I vaguely remember getting my first relaxer. There are some parts of that memory that I no longer have but I do remember some things. I remember that my mom, sister, and I got ours all on the same day, who the stylist was, how old I was, how I felt when the relaxer was applied, and after when I saw the results. Additionally one of the only things I remember the stylist telling us when it came to caring for our hair was to get a touch-up every six weeks.

For several years after that, we religiously would go to the salon about every six weeks to get our touch-ups. Once I got my first job in high school my mom had me start paying for and setting my own relaxer touch-up appointments. This resulted in me going whenever I felt like it and could afford it. So every now and then I would go every six weeks, most times I would go nine plus weeks.

Little did I know was that by getting my touchups every nine weeks or more I had started doing something that was good for my hair and wasn't talked about.

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So what was I doing? I was stretching my relaxers.

So what is relaxer stretching?

Simply put, relaxer stretching is going more than six weeks between relaxer touch-ups. I tend to stretch my relaxers for a minimum of 12 weeks.

Relaxer stretching isn't something I had ever heard of before and wouldn't hear until I started my healthy hair journey in 2014. Because when I first got my relaxer stylists and even hair experts in magazines were always touting the six-week rule. Now that has been debunked and I've seen stylists on Instagram and in articles saying that you should go longer than six weeks.

The benefits of relaxer stretching

When you stretch your relaxers you have more new growth which makes it easier to see where the line of demarcation is which is the line between the relaxed hair and natural new growth.  So it's clear how much hair is natural and should be relaxed which minimizes the potential for applying relaxer to already relaxed hair. This is called relaxer overlap and it can weaken your hair strands even more resulting in breakage and thinner hair.

How to relaxer stretch

Despite the fact I've been stretching my relaxers for a little while, even before I knew it was a thing, I'm still learning what I should and shouldn't do. One thing that's been helpful for me is reading articles and blogs to see what tips and tricks other women are sharing.

So instead of regurgitating more information that is already out there on the web, I'm going to share some of my favorite posts and tips on relaxer stretching from blogs and sites I frequent and a couple of posts with tips from me. Enjoy!

Just Grow Already: 6 tips for stretching your relaxer.

Longing 4 Length: Relaxer stretching tips | Divachyk of Relaxed Thairapy

A Relaxed Gal: How I Manage My New Growth During Relaxer Stretches

Healthy Hair by Ren: Healthy Hair Practices: Stretching Relaxers

Saving our Strands: 6 tips to stretching your relaxer 6 months

Below the Waist: Stretching it out (your relaxers that is) - benefits vs. drawbacks

A Relaxed Gal: 10 Tips For Successful Relaxer Stretching

7 tips for relaxer stretching | A Relaxed Gal: Hair + Beauty + Blogging + Finance 

Share in the comments your tips or favorite posts on relaxer stretching.


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