Relaxer run off happens when previously relaxed hair comes in contact with the relaxer as its being rinsed from the hair. This exposure can over process the hair and be very damaging.
Relaxer Run Off Theory
Without fail, when I reach mid-back length and beyond, my hemline thins over time. In past situations, I blamed myself because I thought my efforts were ineffective. However, this time around, I was doing everything right yet my hemline thinned yet again.
I had no concrete proof relaxer run off was to blame but it was the most logical.
- When my hair is shorter than bra strap length, it does not rest in the bottom of the shampoo bowl as relaxer is rinsed from my hair and my hair remains healthy.
- When my hair is longer than bra strap length, it rests in the bottom of the shampoo bowl which exposes it to relaxer run off and my hair thins over time.
If my techniques are to blame, my hair should be thin no matter the length. Tired of the struggle, I invested in a Komaza Hair Analysis. While I knew my hair had issues, I was shocked to learn it was over processed with cuticle damage and split ends. Frustrated and defeated, I decided to take a break from relaxers which proved helpful. My splits ends improved which in turn stopped further thinning of my hemline.
Protect Your Hair from Relaxer Run Off
You should coat your hair with vaseline to provide a thick barrier to protect against relaxer run off. I protected my hair with oil but it was not thick enough to protect against over processing. Please don’t make the same mistakes I did. Coat your hair properly before your next touch up.