15 Products I Use on My Relaxed Hair, Whether I'm Blow-Drying or Air-Drying

Whether you already have or are now considering a hair relaxer, you should know this process can make ends more prone to dryness and breakage, and extra care is needed after it's done. And, as someone who currently has relaxed hair that's also color-treated, I know all too well how multiple chemical treatments can only multiply the potential problems.

Now my hairstylist uses a milder, no-lye relaxer to account for my sensitive scalp, and this does leave me with curls straight out of the shower (as opposed to bone-straight results). I do still limit how often it's styled with hot tools (even more so now with salon closures), so there are products I use when I want to slick it back before air-drying, others I opt for when I'm wearing it curly, and some I choose when I do pick up a flat iron.

Since not all products work for all three things, I've rounded up some of my favorite hair care found right at Sephora. From hydrating shampoos and conditioning masks to protective oils and smoothing creams, ahead are the ones I like best for relaxed hair.

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