Natural but manageable

Partial relaxing is a new way to turn kinky natural hair into something that is easier to handle and style.

Saturday February 27 2016

Partial relaxing is a new way to turn kinky

Partial relaxing is a new way to turn kinky natural hair into something that is easier to handle and style. PHOTO| MARTIN MUKANGU 

Partial relaxing is a new way to turn kinky natural hair into something that is easier to handle and style.

Many people want to make their kinky natural hair more manageable but without going all the way with hair relaxers. For such people, partial relaxing is currently all the rage. It is used by people who have natural hair, but would like it to have looser curls for

more styling versatility and manageability. This method straightens your hair by between 25 to 50 per cent. The hair is under-processed so the chemical doesn’t completely denature the hair protein the way full relaxing does.

The benefit of this is that the hair is left stronger, and looks as natural as you would wish.  It does not cause hair breakage during growth at the point of different textures because the textures are more or less the same.

It is ideal for those who like natural hair but find it challenging, yet do not wish to go bone straight.

This method requires perfect timing during the procedure in order to get it right. The choice of relaxer strength is mild, so as to rule out any chance of over-processing the hair.

Once the process is complete, the hair is washed and left curly, hence the wash-and-wear tag. Alternatively, it can be blow-dried or set in rollers. These styling options would be quite hard to achieve with fully natural hair.

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