Stretch my new growth

This is something I learned from other relaxed hair bloggers. My natural hair has some tight curls in certain places which result in the curls tangling or curling around each other. So stretching my new growth helps to lessen or eliminate the tangling.

Here are the two ways I stretch my new growth:


Drink lots of water

Having healthy hair is not just about the external, but also about taking care of yourself internally. When you're dehydrated the hair closest to your scalp starts to feel it first. Not getting enough water into your system can make your hair feel dry, brittle and rough.

When I don't drink a lot of water and start getting dehydrated my scalp and new growth begin feeling dry. As a result, my new growth starts tangling and doesn't stay stretched.

How I manage my new growth durnig relaxer stretches | arelaxedgal.com

What I don't do

One thing I don't do, particularly on a regular basis, is flat iron my new growth straight. I used to do that in the past before I started my healthy hair journey and I experienced thinning and breakage. Once I started my healthy hair journey I cut back on the flat ironing to the point where my flat iron hasn't seen the light of day in a while. While I don't think heat should never be used on relaxed hair, I do believe that using a lot of direct heat on relaxed hair does more harm than good.

What do you do to manage your new growth between relaxer stretches?





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11 comments

  1. Stretching it during washes certainly helps, great tips!

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    1. It really does. I wish I had thought of how to do it without direct heat years ago. I could have avoided a lot of hair damage.

      What else do you do Tomes to manage your new growth during your relaxer stretches?

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  2. I used scurl moisturizer a lot when I was transitioning.it softened the new growth.

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    1. I've seen a few other bloggers mention scurl. What turned you on to it? Do you still use it now that you're natural?

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  3. I enjoyed reading your tips between relaxer touch ups...I usually strectch mine more during the Fall/Winter/Spring months and deep conditioning is a must! Right now, my relaxed hair is down to shoulder/back bra length but I will be doing a new hair grow plan in my blog by the end of this week!

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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    1. Thanks for reading Ursula. What's your favorite deep conditioner to use during your stretches?

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  4. Saw the title of this post and couldn't click fast enough! I'm on Week 15 and decided to airdry this week and understand the struggle!

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    1. Haha....thanks for reading! What tips do you have for stretching 15+ weeks?

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  5. When I was stretching my relaxers my key was finding a style that complimented all the textures of my hair. My go to style ended up being bantu knots. It's heat free, blends all of the textures into one and makes the perfect set to give high buns a little oomph!

    KLP @ www.savingourstrands.com

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    1. I've tried Bantu knots, but have yet to master them. Or even get decent results (Sigh). Great tip about blending textures. Thanks for sharing KLP!

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  6. Is it ok to deep condition overnight if you don't have a thermal heating cap?

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