How to Treat Damaged Relaxed African American Hair

by Sarah Meem ; Updated April 24, 2017

Many people choose to relax their hair because they prefer straight hair.

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Black hair is more naturally prone to damaging, split ends and tears. The potential for damage is intensified when the hair is chemically relaxed. The chemicals damage the hair and make it harder to keep the hair healthy. There are several steps you can take to try to repair damaged black hair. These steps will take some time for results to appear and treat the damaged hair. It is important to maintain consistency with your hair treatment plan.

Step 1

Condition the hair daily by wetting the hair, applying conditioner and letting it set in for three minutes before rinsing it out. The conditioner will help restore damaged cuticles.

Step 2

Limit hair washing to no more than two or three times a week because shampoo will remove natural oils that treat hair.

Step 3

Apply leave-in conditioner several times a week to the tips of the hair to help seal and repair split ends. The hair can be dry or wet. Apply the conditioner every time you wash your hair.

Step 4

Wrap the hair in a satin cloth before going to sleep. The satin will protect the hair from breakage that occurs when hair rubs against harsher fabrics when sleeping. Alternatively, you can use a satin pillowcase.

Step 5

Use hot oil treatments to replenish the natural hair oils that are lost with chemical treatment. Use the treatments at least once a month.


  • Avoid using hot tools on your hair.

    When blotting hair, use a towel instead of rubbing.

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About the Author

Sarah Meem began writing in 2007. She specializes in coverage of Middle East topics, human trafficking and human rights issues. Meem has a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and Arabic from the University of North Carolina. She is pursuing a master's degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago.