How to Cure Chemical Burns

How to Cure Chemical Burns

Ideally, relaxers straighten curly hair without making it limp, and shouldn’t cause any harm to the hair or scalp in the process. Unfortunately, many women know the pain of a relaxer burn. Sometimes the chemicals are left on too long; other times, the chemical mix causes an allergic reaction or the skin is simply too sensitive for the relaxer. If you’ve suffered chemical burns, follow these steps to restore the health of your scalp and hair.

Do not wear any wigs or weaves during this time. Your hair and scalp need to breathe as much as possible, not be suffocated under a wig. If your hair and scalp are in really bad shape and you don’t want to go out without a head covering, a silky scarf will have to do in the meantime.  It may take several days to a couple of weeks before your scalp improves, so be patient.

Treating chemical burn on the scalp is no picnic. Not only can it be unsightly depending on where your burns are, it can also affect your hair and scalp’s overall health. Try preventative measures before your next relaxer so that you never have to worry about burns in the first place. This includes knowing when to rinse your relaxer out (before the burning starts!), using the correct brand and formulation for you, and basing your scalp, neck, ears and hairline thoroughly if you know you’re prone to irritation.

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