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Today’s question is from S.K. in Kenya. She’s transitioning after a bad relaxer experience. She also has post acne issues:-
“I’m glad to have this opportunity to talk to you. I’m transitioning after a terrible relaxer application that left my hair weak, falling off and with a dull brown color. I also happen to be improving from my severe acne that I’ve had for about six years now. I would like to know which oils are the best in healing the scars and clearing the appearance of marks on my face? “- S.K.
Thanks for reaching out. A terrible experience with a relaxer is the reason I finally went natural so I understand what you’re going through with your hair now.
Hair Recovery Regimen After Relaxer Damage
One of the main problems after you stop relaxing is weak and damaged hair because the relaxing has broken down the structure of the hair completely stripping it of its natural protective layers.
The first thing you want to do is stop any other harmful hair care practices you might have such as wearing tight buns; using strong hold hair gel to slick back the hair or weaves, sulphate shampoos, etc.
Next up is adding an intense moisturization and protein treatment regimen into your routine for strength, elasticity, and moisture but in a natural way. The following resources should help:-
- When To Use Protein Deep Conditioners & 10 Best Protein Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair
- Daily Conditioners vs Deep Conditioners: What Are the Differences?
Do not skimp on using heat whenever you deep condition your hair. Deep conditioning with heat will open up your cuticles and help products penetrate better.
Read below articles for the best natural oils you can use to attain elasticity & moisture retention:
- Restore Hair Healthy with Grapeseed Oil
- Seal in Moisture More Effectively with Sea Buckthorn Oil
- Replenish Dry Hair Moisture with Canola Oil
- Hydrate & Smoothen Your Hair with Argan Oil
- Smoothen Out Dry Hair with Sunflower Oil
- Rescue Dry & Dull Hair with Baobab Oil
- Intense Dry Hair Treatment with Wheatgerm Oil
- Achieve Smooth & Moisturized Hair with Babassu Oil
- Hair Conditioning with Kukui Nut Oil
- Intense Hydration for Dry Hair with Mafura Oil
Do this at least twice a week at the beginning of your rescue regimen. Once your hair is in recovery mode, you can drop to once per week.
For protein, I recommend initially, Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment for Damaged Hair (read and follow the instructions very carefully so you don’t cause more damage.
For more on this product, this article breaks it down – Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment for Natural Hair
Follow this up with Aphogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor for maintenance. Once your hair fall has reduced, look into the following oils for continued maintenance and restoration:
- Luscious & Lustrous Hair with Coconut Oil
- Reduce Protein Loss from Hair with Peanut Oil
- Strengthen Hair with Carrot Oil
Do not overdo protein treatments as this will make the problems worse. Once a week is fine with these oils. With Aphogee, follow the instructions on the packaging closely to avoid hair loss.
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars
Your severe acne might have been caused by your lifestyle, diet and/or medication you are on. The recommendations below take into consideration that your acne scars are superficial and not too deep.
The best oils to help with healing facial scars and reducing their appearance include tamanu oil, vitamin E oil, rosehip seed oil & watermelon oil.
Read the following articles for more assistance with refining the appearance of acne scars as well as recipes and products:-
- How to Heal Damaged Hair with Tamanu Oil
- 7 Best Ways to Use Vitamin E Oil on Skin
- Rosehip Seed Oil for Hyperpigmentation & Acne Scars
- Watermelon Oil Recipe for the Skin
- Emu Oil for Acne
- The Amazing Benefits of Marula Oil for Hair & Skin
- Maracuja (Passion Fruit) for Dry & Damaged Skin Care
There are other oils you could use for acne scars as well but I’m in the research stage for those and so won’t be recommending them here. The list above is a good place to start.
You don’t have to try everything at once. Start with one or two oils or recipes and stay with them for up to 8 – 12 weeks before changing over.
If your scars are deeper, then you may need to consult a dermatologist for more effective treatment options, which could include derma rolling and microdermabrasion sessions.
Please note that in all cases, in order for any remedies to work, you will need to eliminate the harmful practices that led to the issues in the first place.
Let me know how you get on in the comments section. Good luck!