Many African American women will spend several years using straighteners to style their hair. This can cause major damage if it isn’t done correctly. It may not happen immediately, but the problems can gradually develop over time. This is the reason it is so important to know easy methods to properly groom and care for the hair.
Some mothers will start using chemicals on their daughters’ hair during childhood. This is sort of always done out of fine intentions. In lots of cases, it’s because the hair is so tight with curls, that combing the hair can cause pain within the scalp. This is especially true for girls who are “tender headed.” Putting a permanent straightener in the hair makes the strands more manageable and decreases the tension thus taking the pain out of styling.
That’s the positive side of using chemical straighteners. Unfortunately, there is also a down side to this because it could cause major damage, especially if the processing is just not done correctly. Most beauticians will recommend that a person leave the hair relaxing to an expert.
This isn’t an option for everyone. Going to the beauty salon can cost anywhere from $50 to over $100 dollars, depending on how many and what forms of treatments are used. Also prices can vary from one stylist to another.
That is why many people choose to use their perms themselves. Before doing this, it is very important research the assorted products that are available. Start by asking friends which treatments work best for them and which of them they advise avoiding. Learn from the experiences from others and this may prevent money and time, not to mention this will spare you from hair loss.
Take into consideration your hair type. Are your strands fine or course? These factors may also help you establish which product will work best for you. It may also enable you to decide should you need a mild, regular, or super straightener. Carefully read the ingredients and the warning labels to see if it is going to cause an adverse reaction to other chemicals that you could be already be using.