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Is it ok to relax just the roots of your hair

abyzcabyzc Posts: 74Registered Users
I want to relax just the roots of my hair, they're way tighter than the rest of my hair. My hair is mostly 3A and underneath is probably 3C-4A
3B, dense, and dry
I'm trying to grow my hair to bra strap length!

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  • ~Ghost Poster~~Ghost Poster~ Posts: 2,264Registered Users
    Depends upon what you mean by "ok." Will it still damage your hair? Yes. Will the resulting relaxed curl pattern be unpredictable? Yes...it possibly won't match the rest of your hair or other parts of the relaxed hair...or it may look exactly the way you hoped.

    If these things don't concern you, then it should be ok. I guess I'm still not quite sure what you mean by "it" being "ok." You can relax any part of your hair you want to. You have to do what works for you, not what works for someone else.

    Personally, I'm not sure it's worth the risk of damage and wonky curl pattern, esp if you are trying to grow your hair out. Have you ever tried pulling the curl out of the roots manually with a blowdryer? That's what I do. May not work for everyone. I just aim the blow dryer--minus diffuser--at my wet roots, and pull the curl out with my fingers, usually upside down and with gel for volume. Experiment with it. Relaxer is the most damaging single thing you can do to your hair. Avoid it at all costs.
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  • AphroDivaAphroDiva Posts: 183Registered Users
    I agree 111% with Ghost Poster...a chemical relaxer can be so damaging.
    Why don't you use a tiny amount of temporary relaxing balm /gloss on the root and use a flat iron in low/medium heat to stretch the curl a little.

    I have a friend that do that when she wear her hair curly, and it look fantastic.
  • lodylody Posts: 334Registered Users
    The roots of your hair will grow and eventually become the middle and ends of your hair... so if you change the curl pattern there, it will in time change the pattern of all your hair!
    (or do relaxers wear out instead of grow out? I was under the impression they were a permanent affair.)
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  • ~Ghost Poster~~Ghost Poster~ Posts: 2,264Registered Users
    lody wrote: »
    The roots of your hair will grow and eventually become the middle and ends of your hair... so if you change the curl pattern there, it will in time change the pattern of all your hair!
    (or do relaxers wear out instead of grow out? I was under the impression they were a permanent affair.)

    Relaxers are permanent.

    The OP said that the roots are tighter than the rest of the curls, so that's not really an issue.

    AprhoDiva has a good suggestion. I forgot about those because they don't work on my tight, resistant curl pattern.
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