Chemical relaxers put stress on African American hair while over-processing the hair shaft. Relaxers chemically force curls and waves to become straighter, posing the risk of hair breakage and loss. Proper ethnic hair care is a must to keep the already fragile hair in good condition. Treating hair loss caused by chemical relaxers is a daunting experience, but with a little patience and persistence, it is possible.
Massage your scalp with coconut or jojoba oil using a circular motion for five minutes every day. This keeps the scalp and hair shaft healthy and moisturized while increasing blood circulation to the follicle, according to Komaza Care. The added moisture will stop hair from breaking and falling out by adding an additional layer of protection. Vitamin E oil is also ideal for scalp massage.
Eat foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon, recommends the African American Female Hair Loss website. Omega 3 fatty acids are responsible for protein distribution and skin protection. This will add necessary proteins to your hair making it stronger and protecting the scalp and hair follicle from chemical damage.
Eat a balanced diet of fresh fruits, lean meats, vegetables, dairy, and whole grains. These foods add antioxidants, calcium, and proteins needed for proper hair growth and health.
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Wear a satin or silk scarf to bed over your hair. This will keep the hair from further drying out and breaking while you sleep. Relaxers can make the hair brittle, so using silk or satin scarves will keep moisture from being absorbed by a cotton pillowcase and keep the natural oil coating on the hair shafts.
Consider Rogaine for women. Rogaine contains minoxidil used for hair regrowth and is FDA approved for hair loss in women and men. Discontinue use of relaxers when using Rogaine.
Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.