It is important to allow the new growth to grow to at least 1″ before attempting a touch up. Relaxing your hair every 4-6 weeks is just too short for enough new growth. I stretch my relaxers for at least 10-12 weeks which gives me more than enough new growth for a touch up.
The normal interval between perms is three to four months for short to medium length hair, as long as the hair is trimmed or cut 2 or 3 times within this interval. Your stylist can help you with this decision.
Although eight weeks is the recommended standard time frame for relaxing relaxer refreshers, some people just don’t seem to want to wait that long.
In some cases, relaxing your hair further can permanently damage your hair follicles. In this case, your hair will stop growing. Below is a picture of scarring alopecia on the top of the scalp. The hair follicle opening closes due to scarring. This leads to permanent hair loss.
Straighteners straighten hair by penetrating the cuticle and cortex layers of the hair shaft to loosen the natural curl pattern. This process makes hair weak, brittle and prone to breakage. It can even burn your skin, causing permanent scalp damage and hair loss.
Unlike a traditional perm, where you create curls, a perm is a permanent hair procedure that relaxes your hair to make it look flatter. This is a great way to keep your hair styled if it has grown back but not long enough to trim.
Most perms change the shape of the hair through the use of a chemical solution, and root perms are no exception. For root perms, the solution is only applied to the root together with perm sticks. Root perms only focus on the first 2-3″ of hair, Dunning explains.
“I recommend an average of between 8 and 10 weeks for touch-ups,” says Wauchope. Although eight weeks between touch-ups is recommended, some may feel the need to apply relaxants more frequently.
To avoid damaging your hair too much, which is easy to do with relaxed hair, try trimming every 4-6 weeks depending on your hair texture and growth rate. When combining chemical treatments like relaxants and color, frequent moisturizing should be your top priority to prevent damage.
Eight weeks is standard for a retouch. You don’t want to reapply a relaxer to an area that has already been relaxed; it is very likely that breakage will occur.