Gold Member Badge


  • You're all caught up!

How to Grow Out Relaxed Hair Without Cutting It

author image Julia Michelle
Julia Michelle has been writing professionally since January 2009. Her specialties include massage therapy, computer tech support, land and aquatic personal training, aquatic group fitness and Reiki. She has an Associate in Applied Science from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in integrative medical massage therapy.
How to Grow Out Relaxed Hair Without Cutting It
How to Grow Out Relaxed Hair Without Cutting It

Growing out hair from a relaxer, or transitioning, may be tricky because hair breakage is a common side effect of growing out your permed hair, reports Additionally, relaxers, even the non-lye variety, chemically weaken the hair, making it more prone to split ends. In some cases, it may just be easier to take the plunge and cut off all but the new growth. For those who wish to try a slow transition and want to preserve as much length as possible, you'll need a step-by-step process to protect and grow out your permed locks.

Video of the Day

Step 1

Moisturize at every opportunity. Use a moisturizing shampoo designed for damaged or color treated hair. Use both rinsing and leave-in conditioners, designed to restore moisture to the hair. Deep condition at least twice a month and apply a hot oil treatment once a month. Use light, natural hair oils, such as olive or jojoba, and avoid alcohol-based styling products.

Step 2

Comb your hair carefully. Your hair may mat where the new growth meets the relaxed hair; combing too roughly can cause the relaxed hair to break off. Use a wide-toothed comb and spray your hair with a detangling agent to prevent breakage. Detangle the ends first and then work your way back to the root.

Step 3

Style your hair in length-preserving styles. Opt for braids or twists instead of heat-based styles. Curl your hair with rollers instead of a curling iron. Go for a wrap instead of a flat-ironed style. If you must use heat, use as little as possible. Braid your hair, or cover your head with a scarf when sleeping. Loose hair can snag on a pillow and cause breakage.

Step 4

Trim your hair regularly. Unlike cutting, you’re not removing significant length; you are simply removing damaged ends that can hamper hair growth. Get your hair professionally trimmed every 2 to 3 months, preferably with a stylist who specializes in natural hair.

Step 5

Go natural and avoid chemicals. Coloring and products that texturize and soften your natural curl can also damage your hair. If you must apply chemicals to your hair, go to a professional stylist rather than doing it yourself.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great! Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
  • Female
  • Male
ft. in.



Demand Media