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The Art of Afro Hair Relaxers : Unravel Your Locks with Mimi et Mina

Written by: Marie Darmyn



Time to read 4 min

If you've spent the better part of your life untangling, moisturising, and generally trying to keep up with the tempestuous moods of your afro hair, then you know how much of a kerfuffle it can be. But guess what? It doesn't always have to be this way. This is where our top-notch service at Mimi et Mina - the hair relaxer - comes to your rescue.

So, why not sit back, sip your morning coffee, and let me take you on a little tour of the world of relaxers? Together, we'll explore the who, the what, and the how, and maybe, just maybe, you'll find yourself booking that much-deserved hair pampering session.

The "Magic" behind the relaxer

Relaxing. The word itself feels like a soft sigh after a long day. That's exactly how we want your hair to feel. Afro hair, in all its glory, is naturally coiled. The tight pattern is not just a beautiful aesthetic feature, but it also gives your hair its strength and elasticity. But managing it can be a task, right?

A relaxer is a method where we use a special cream or lotion, rich in chemicals that alter your hair's structure. We apply this concoction to the base of the hair shaft, and voilà! Your curls elongate, and your hair becomes straighter.

This straightening isn't about taming those wild, fierce locks into submission; it's about giving you a little more manageability, a little more time, and a whole lot more versatility with your styles.

Caring for your new hairdo

Now, let's talk about aftercare. Yes, even the Queen (rest her soul) needs her beauty regimen, and so does your relaxed hair.

After getting a relaxer, moisturising is your new best friend. Don't shy away from conditioners, oils, and leave-in treatments that promise to hydrate your hair. The chemicals used during the relaxer process can make your hair thirsty, and you've got to quench that thirst, darling!

Heat? Well, let's just say it's not your hair's favourite cup of tea. As much as you can, try to avoid using heat styling tools frequently. If you must, always use a heat protectant.

Remember, your hair is at its weakest when it's wet. So, be gentle. When you're detangling, start from the ends and work your way up to the roots. Trust me, your hair will thank you for it.

And last but definitely not least, book regular trim appointments. No one likes split ends, especially not your newly relaxed hair.

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Why, you ask? Why not, I say! At Mimi et Mina, our skilled stylists don't just apply a relaxer, they create art. With years of experience and a keen understanding of hair, our stylists tailor each service to your unique hair type and needs.

What's more? Our salon is more than just a hair salon. It's a community, a safe space where your hair can let down its guard and you can feel at home. We pride ourselves on offering a relaxing and welcoming environment.

Relaxing your hair is about more than just straightening; it's about opening up a world of new possibilities for your hairstyles, reducing time spent on daily hair maintenance, and letting your hair breathe a little easier. It's about letting your hair tell its own beautiful, relaxed story.

So, come along, beautiful, why not try the relaxer service at Mimi et Mina? It's time for your hair to take a much-deserved break.

Stay fabulous, until the next curl twirls,


CHEAT SHEET: how to look after your relaxed hair at home

  • Moisturize Regularly: Use leave-in conditioners, hair masks, and oils to keep your hair hydrated. Consider investing in a good quality deep conditioner for a weekly treatment.

  • Limit Heat Styling: Try to minimize the use of heat tools like hairdryers, straighteners, and curling irons. When you do use them, always apply a heat protectant first.

  • Be Gentle when Detangling: Always remember to detangle your hair starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. Using a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush can help prevent breakage.

  • Regular Trims: Keep split ends at bay and promote growth by getting regular trims at your salon.

  • Eat a Balanced Diet: Your hair health is also dependent on your nutrition. Include foods rich in proteins, vitamins A, C, D, E, and minerals like iron and zinc in your diet.

  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Opt for shampoos, conditioners, and hair products that are free from sulfates and alcohol, which can dry out and damage your hair.

  • Protect Your Hair at Night: Use a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction while you sleep, or consider wrapping your hair in a silk or satin scarf.

  • Space Out Relaxer Applications: To minimize damage, ensure there's an adequate amount of time (usually 6-8 weeks) between your relaxer treatments.

  • Touch-Up Only the New Growth: When getting a relaxer touch-up, ensure the relaxer is applied to new growth only. Applying relaxers to already-processed hair can lead to severe damage and breakage.

  • Keep Your Scalp Healthy: Maintain a clean and healthy scalp by regularly oiling and massaging it, and using a gentle shampoo to cleanse.



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