How to Use Motions Hair Relaxer

by Tammi Clements

Hair relaxers are beneficial to African-American men and women. If you have extremely curly or kinky hair, a relaxer will make your hair visibly straighter and more manageable. Some hair styles require a straight head of hair. For those particular styles, a hair relaxer will do the trick. You can invest a large chunk of time and money by having your hair straightened at a salon, or you can attempt the job yourself. There are dozens of home hair relaxers on the market. Motions relaxer is one of the most popular. The Motions relaxer method is fairly easy, so you should have success in very little time.

Items you will need

  • Motions relaxer
  • Rattail comb
  • Plastic gloves
  • Neutralizing shampoo
  • Conditioner
Step 1

Apply Motions relaxer around the hairline.

Step 2

Divide the hair into four sections using the tail end of a rattail comb.

Step 3

Apply the relaxer to the rear crown section of your head approximately 1/4 inch from the scalp out to the ends using the back of a rattail comb.

Step 4

Repeat Step 3 on all four sections of hair.

Step 5

Starting in the rear crown section, smooth hair from root to ends using the rattail comb.

Step 6

Repeat Step 5 on the entire head.

Step 7

Follow timing guidelines on the relaxer packaging to determine how long the relaxer should remain on your hair.

Step 8

Rinse out the relaxer thoroughly with warm water.

Step 9

Wash your hair using a neutralizing shampoo.

Step 10

Apply conditioner to your hair following instructions for the conditioner.

Step 11

Rinse the conditioner from your hair.

Step 12

Dry your hair and style as normal.

Tips

  • Use only neutralizing shampoo when washing hair directly after rinsing out relaxer. Neutralizing shampoo will stop the chemical process and remove any remaining relaxer.

Warnings

  • It is imperative to follow the timing guidelines that are supplied with the relaxer to prevent over-processing the hair. It is also important to make sure your hair is completely dry before attempting to apply a relaxer.

References

Photo Credits

  • IT Stock/Polka Dot/Getty Images

About the Author

Tammi Clements is a Los Angeles, California based fashion, and entertainment writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications from the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her articles have appeared in Jane Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. She is currently writing her first novel, and travels the globe in her free time.