How To Choose The Best Relaxer For You

Contrary to previous belief, the best relaxer for your hair is not the relaxer that stretches it to the point where it loses all traces of its natural bounce, color and strength. Such relaxers tend to strangle your hair’s soul till your hair begins to hang dull and limp. Certainly your mane deserves to be treated better!

The ideal relaxer is the one that gently softens your hair whilst retaining its natural bounce, shine and strength.

Thus if you’ve been in the habit of killing your hair with harsh substances in the name of relaxing it, turn a new leaf today.

So what should you look out for when picking a relaxer for your hair?

  • Go for lower strength formulations such as ‘Mild’, ‘Normal’ or ‘Regular’: even as ‘Super’ sounds more effective and appeals to the eye, high-level formulations also mean higher pH levels. Most ‘Super’ relaxers have pH levels of 10-14 which tend to swell up the hair shaft and raise the cuticle thereby increasing its tendency to break and be damaged.
  • Choose carefully between lye and no-lye relaxers: Most customers believe no-lye relaxers are the safest. Not necessarily. Lye-based relaxers come pre-mixed and ready to use while most no-lye relaxers come with activators that activate the sodium hydroxide when mixed. The lye relaxer is good for women who want mild straightening because the disulfide bonds don’t get broken down as much as they do with no-lye relaxers. However lye relaxers are harsh on the scalp and if care isn’t taken, the highly corrosive lye can leave you with scalp burns. Thus it’s imperative that you discuss with your hair care professional which system is most suitable for your hair and scalp type.
  • Lookout for a relaxer kit that includes neutralising shampoo and replenishing conditioner: I know such relaxers are a bit more pricey but they are worth it. Unlike the ordinary shampoo you have at home, the neutralising shampoo lowers the PH of the relaxer in your hair and this protects your hair from excessive breakage. In the same vein, the pack must contain a replenishing conditioner that restores to a large extent the natural oils and protein your hair lost.
  • Go for relaxers that contain olive oil: Olive oil reduces the effect of the damage done to your hair by relaxers. Olive oil helps bring moisture back to the hair and is also rich in vitamins A and E.

Off you go then to purchase a more suitable relaxer for your hair and scalp type.

Peace, love and dodo,

John 14:27

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