How Often to Get a Relaxer Touch Up


“How often should I relax my hair?” is a question I always hear people asking. In order to determine what schedule you should use, you need to take into consideration your hair and you. This article will look at 4 factors to help you determine if your relaxer schedule is fine the way it is or if it should be adjusted.

Factor #1: New Growth

On average, people like to get their relaxer touch-ups every 8 weeks or every 2 months. Hair typically grows about a 1/2 inch a month. Waiting till you have at least an inch of new growth before relaxing is a good idea to consider. This will ensure the chemical is only applied to the new growth and allow enough room for it. If you only let ¼ inch of hair grow before getting a touch up, you run the risk of damage.

Factor #2: Hair Texture

You hair texture may also dictate how often you want to get a relaxer touch up.

Chemicals in relaxers are able to break down fine hair pretty easily. You stylist will have to be very quick with apply the relaxer in order to minimize the risk of damaging your fine tresses. You can risk over processing if you wait too long in between touch ups.

Coarse hair requires that the relaxer be left on your hair long enough for the chemical to begin to work. If you have a lot of new growth you can risk being under processed if you don’t wait long enough.

Factor #3: Level of Patience

Do you like to spend a lot of time with your hair? Patience plays a key role in determining a suitable relaxer schedule.

When you have mostly relaxed hair and over an inch of new growth, styling and caring for your hair can become a huge challenge!

Washing, conditioning, and styling will all require that you spend extra time and extra attention to avoid breaking and damaging your hair.

Factor #4: Hair Styling

How do you like to wear your hair on a daily basis? This is the final point to consider when thinking about a relaxer schedule. If you like your hair to be super straight and hanging down then, you may want to stick to a rigid relaxer touch-up schedule like every 8-10 weeks. If you’re OK with big, fluffy hair and wavy roots, then you can go ahead and stretch your relaxer.


As you can see, there is not one-size-fits-all method to choosing a relaxer schedule. You must see what works for your hair and for you. I hope this article will help you see if you’re on the right track with your own touch up schedule.