For the girl on a hair journey, who stretches her relaxers there is no finer day than relaxer day. First, you finally get to say good-bye to the new growth that has been the thorn in your side for the last few weeks of your stretch. And secondly, you get to see (read: show off) all of the progress that you’ve made from your most recent relaxer stretch. With that it’s no wonder that most of us, myself included, will typically blow dry, flat iron and what ever else it takes to get our hair on relaxer day. Personally, I schedule my relaxers to land near major social events.
Why Do You Flat Iron Right Before Your Relaxer?
- Flat Ironing stretches my new growth so that there isn’t a sharp contrast in textures at the line of demarcation. A smooth transition at the line of demarcation means that manual breakage isn’t as big a fear during this week.
- Flat Ironing (and roller setting) requires that I thoroughly detangle my hair from root to tip, which makes keeping my hair relatively tangle free until relaxer day a lot easier. It also means that my shed hairs will have an easier time falling out of head instead of getting trapped and causing more tangles later on.
Having stretched and detangled roots on relaxer day, means that I won’t be slowed down by tangles as I am applying the relaxer to my roots.
- Lastly, I can wear my hair down and I can give my edges a break.
I spend the last few weeks of each stretch brushing and gel-ing down my edges into smooth buns and ponytails. A curly roller set or flat ironed hair is easier to wear out and it allows my edges to be free.