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Q&A: Is it Ok to Relax Hair Soon After Giving Birth?

Name: Diane

It is safe to relax hair soon after giving birth, as long as you leave chemicals on for recommended time, however over-processing the hair will lead to dry and brittle hair. This means the hair is likely to break and hair loss is more likely to occur.Question: I am a black Caribbean lady who has just had a baby 5 weeks ago. Is it ok to relax my hair now or should I wait a few months?
 
Answer: If you used to relax your hair regularly, it should be perfectly fine to relax your hair now even though you had a baby 5 weeks ago. As you probably know, once you start relaxing the hair, it must be done regularly to prevent breakage on the point of natural growth and the relaxed hair. You simply need to take the usual precaution such as not leaving the chemical on the hair longer than the recommended time. Overprocessing the hair can lead to hair breakage though, so it is important to use products suited for your hair type and monitor the condition of the hair. Using chemicals too often can result in weak and brittle hair which in turn makes a person more susceptible to hair loss

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4 Comments

28th May, 2016 at 10:28 pm

Tanesha Harris

Is it safe to perm hair after 2 weeks of having a baby

31st May, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Tanesha, this should be ok but you will need to check with your hairdresser, or with the manufacturer if you are using a home perming kit. This is particularly critical if you are breastfeeding. To find out more please read the full response one of Belgravia's hair loss specialists has provided in answer to your query.

17th May, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Muzna nushrath

I'm breast feeding mom. nw baby z pasing two months.im going to relax hair for the first time. Is it safe to relax my hair? Plz rply.

17th May, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Muzna, aside from reading the general advice given above, we recommend you to speak to the professional who will be doing your relaxing treatment. Or - if you are using a home kit - then please contact the manufacturer or brand's helpline, there is usually a number on the box or on their website. We do not offer hairstyling services so it is best that you speak directly to someone who can confirm this for you in relation to the specific product being used.

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