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Relaxed Hair Styling 101: Tips and Tricks from LaVar Hair Designs

A good hairstyle can make you feel like a million bucks, but that’s not just because of the style itself; it’s also because of how it makes you feel. After all, your hair is an outward expression of who you are on the inside. Therefore, you should take care to give yourself the relaxed hair styling that works best for you and allows you to show the world your true colors and personality. Here are some tips to help you get started with a relaxed hair style from LaVar Hair Designs in New York.

How to Prep for a Relaxer?

When you’re getting a relaxer, you want to make sure your hair is completely healthy before you take a chemical to it. Exfoliating first can help remove any dead skin cells, which will allow for a smoother application of your relaxer. If your hair is damaged or you have dandruff, exfoliating can help rid those problems, too. Adding oil will also make your scalp less sensitive to chemicals. Coconut oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, and olive oil are all great options. Just be sure to use them sparingly—you don’t want your hair looking greasy! 

One last thing: Stay away from heat treatments like blow-drying or flat-ironing until 24 hours after you get a relaxer; heat can affect how well it works. You may even want to consider wearing a hat while you wait out that period so that you don’t accidentally do anything to compromise your new look!

How Long Does it Take?

How long does it take to relax your hair? The amount of time it takes to do a chemical relaxer depends on whether you’re getting a touch-up, full-hair relaxer, or just adding some curls. It also depends on how long your hair is — short hair can be relaxed more quickly than longer tresses — and if you need to leave it in conditioner afterward. Touch-ups generally take 30–60 minutes; full-hair relaxers typically take two hours or so; and curl sets (adding curls using small clamps) take around 45 minutes.

If you opt for a wash-and-go style that doesn’t require any type of styling product, it could take as little as 10 minutes. Remember that relaxers are potent chemicals, so always use gloves when applying them to avoid burns. And don’t forget to add moisturizing cream or oil after rinsing out your treatment!

Choosing the Right Style

It’s a good idea to have your stylist give you a personalized consultation before cutting your hair. Let them know what sort of lifestyle you live—how active you are, how much time you spend in front of a mirror, etc.—so they can recommend something that works with your lifestyle.

For example, if your hairstyle is going to require lots of product or an iron, make sure it’s something you’re prepared to maintain on a regular basis. Above all else, remember that relaxed styles are supposed to be easygoing and natural-looking. Don’t be afraid to express yourself! Your hair is there for fun, after all.

How to Maintain your New Look?

To maintain your new look, avoid combing your hair when it’s wet, and this can cause excessive breakage if you pull on wet hair, which is more delicate than dry hair. Also, make sure to use protective styling products like oils, sheen sprays, or thermal protectors while straightening your hair. Products that contain these ingredients will help smooth and soften strands so that less damage occurs during flat ironing. With proper care and maintenance, your natural curls can be as strong as ever!


Relaxing your hair is a great way to update your look, whether it’s for a special occasion or an everyday change. LaVar Hair Designs encourages all of its clients to explore their style with relaxed looks that flatter their unique features. If you’re considering relaxing your own tresses, take time before you make a decision by reading about different styles. Then, visit our salon in New York or get in touch to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to help you reach your relaxed hair styling goals!