A friend of mine recently commented that relaxed hair is boring. Her beef with the whole relaxed hair process is that your hair is straight and if you don’t want it to break off you can’t do many things with it. Well, that’s not really true, there are several ways to wear relaxed hair that will give the hair body and even create some curls in it. The following are three suggestions with steps:
Now this is an easy style to create with your hair and the best thing about it is, it does not take up much time and it does not require any heat. The style is best created on damp hair. Hence, the first step is to wash, condition and detangle hair, then to seal with your favorite natural oil. If the hair is too wet, air dry until it is about half dry. Next step is to part your hair in two and then plait it, four on each side of your head. This should give you big bold waves when you loosen the plaits. Finger comb through the plaits so that any partings can be hidden and voila you have sexy beach waves. Works especially well on hair that is several weeks post relaxer. To refresh hair style use a spray bottle and lightly spray on hair at night and then reform your plaits, it will look as good as new in the morning.
Corkscrew curls are a breeze to create on relaxed hair, they can be done in three main ways: fine plaits, cane rows and two plait twists. For each of these styles your hair needs to be dampened and then sealed with a natural oil before you proceed. These styles generally work best on freshly washed hair. For fine plaits, the hair needs to be parted into small parts and then plaited. Leave to air dry and finger comb as usual. For cane rows, the finer the rows the tinier the curls, what makes this style so gorgeous is that the curls are defined from the root, which makes this a great style for persons who are several weeks post relaxer or transitioning. It is best to do the cane rows when the hair is wet. The third way to get corkscrew curls is through a two plait twist, indeed this is workable on both natural and relaxed hair and looks gorgeous with both, the usual steps are to be followed, the hair has to be dampened and sealed in order for it to be set in the curly shape. Just do two finger twists throughout the hair, the finer the twists the finer the curls. Finger comb after the twists are dried.
Bantu knots are a good alternative to setters and they are easier to sleep in. This curly style is so stunning especially when it is done with castor oil as a sealer. For some strange reason the castor oil makes the hair look luxurious with this style. The Bantu knot is created by doing a two plait twist and then wrapping each twist around itself until it forms a knot. It is also known as ‘chiney bump’ or Nubian knots, think Jada Pinkett Smith in Matrix. The thing about this style is that it is so versatile and is much cheaper and less time consuming than a rod set. The thing about this style is that the first day or so there is a lot of shrinkage especially if you do it on very wet hair. The best thing to do if you still want your curls but without the shrinkage is to lightly spray your dry hair and then seal with natural oil and then proceed.
It is best to note that when doing curly styles combs should not be used at all, combing out the hair in any way will make your curls frizzy or puffy.