Hair relaxer, otherwise known as hair straightener, is used on hair that is naturally curly or wavy in order to attain a straighter, sleeker look. It also helps women who are seeking a means of thinning out hair that is very thick or make it more manageable. Chemical relaxers, which either contain lye or a no-lye chemical formula, work to soften the hair and change its natural structure to a straighter form. Although hair relaxer is a permanent type of hair straightening treatment, it does have to be performed on a regular basis. Hair grows at different rates, so sooner or later there will eventually be new hair growth that is in its natural state.
Choose the right type of hair relaxer
Hair relaxer can be a bit of a tricky subject. A lot of people simply don’t know what it is or what it does to their hair. Which makes it hard to determine if getting this hair straightening is right choice. Sometimes it burns a little, and other times it’s a total breeze. But one thing’s for sure, your hair will look the way you want it to be. Because getting a hair relaxer is pretty much the only solution to making styling your hair an easier process. However, they’re not for everyone.
A good candidate is someone who wants to make their hair easier to manage. Typically someone who doesn’t wear their hair naturally curly, or someone who lives in a humid climate but wants to be able to wear their hair straight. If you’re getting a hair straightening you should expect a total change in your hair structure. Which can be either good or bad depending on what you want.
There are three types of chemical hair relaxers:
Sodium hydroxide (lye relaxers)
Sodium hydroxide or are good for wavy, curly or coily hair.
Calcium hydroxide (No-lye relaxers)
Calcium hydroxide relaxers, are designed for sensitive scalps and can also be used on curly, coily or wavy textures. They are, however, harsher to the hair than lye relaxers and can dry the hair out.
Ammonium thioglycolate isn’t suitable for very coarse or coily hair as they ‘re not strong enough to straighten it. However, it’s great for straightening fine, curly or wavy hair.
How to apply a hair straightening treatment
Most people who use a hair straightening get that itchy, dry scalp after they apply the relaxer. You can avoid that by simply applying apple cider vinegar to your hair after washing out the relaxer to preventscabbing. In worst case scenario use vaseline beforehand. Relaxers aren’t for the scalp, they’re for the root of your hair. If you’re not sure that the salon will have a base, do it at home beforehand with oil or vaseline. While most people stick to oils and hair masques, some prefer a steam treatment. When you sit under a dryer with a cap, it stimulates steam, and it opens up your cuticle to condition each strand. Keeping your hair fully hydrated using oils is super important, not just for the scalp but your whole hair.
Before applying the relaxer, basing the scalp with a light coat of petroleum jelly acts as a barrier and protects the scalp from chemical burns. When applying a hair relaxer for the first time to virgin hair, you should start applying it to the ends first. Than work your way up the roots, smoothing the strands in the process. The ends take longer to process, whereas the roots respond faster because of the heat of your body. Be sure to work quickly and carefully within the processing time for your chosen relaxer. Ten to 15 minutes is usually sufficient and anything longer can cause damage. If you feel tingling and burning, you’ve waited too long to rinse the relaxer out of your hair. Here’s a video showing how to correctly apply a hair relaxer.
DIY natural hair relaxer
Hair relaxers are a huge part of the hair care industry. Chemical hair relaxers can damage your hair and scalp, especially if they are used incorrectly. Homemade relaxers are not as effective as chemical relaxers because the chemicals break a bond in your hair called disulfiden bonds. Homemade relaxers cannot do that, but they can cover the hair shaft with oils to keep out moisture and loosen the curl a little.
Things You’ll Need
- Coconut cream concentrate
- Olive oil
- Whole milk
- Shower cap or plastic wrap
Combine three tbsp. of coconut cream concentrate with three tbsp. of olive oil. Stir together in a container until it is thoroughly mixed and creamy. Add 1/3 cup of whole milk and stir into your cream mixture.
How to apply
- Divide your hair into sections while it’s dry; the top of your head, the sides and down the back.
- Apply the mixture to each section with your fingers and thoroughly cover and massage it in. You may have to experiment with the amounts of homemade relaxer depending on the thickness and length of hair.
- All your hair should be totally saturated with your mixture. If you have to make adjustments remember to use equal amounts of coconut cream concentrate and olive oil.
- Than wrap your hair in a shower cap or use plastic wrap to make a turban on your head. The heat helps to activate the ingredients to penetrate the hair shaft. Leave it in your hair for one hour.
- Finely, rinse your hair well to get out all of the homemade relaxer.
- Shampoo your hair as usual with a mild shampoo. You may have to lather twice to ensure you get out all of the mixture.
- Use this natural hair straightening recipe once a week as needed. The more you use it the more relaxed your curls will become over time.
Honey hair relaxer
Like milk, Honey is also a natural solution that can used for same purpose. For this, You need:
- 1 cup of honey
- ½ cap of lemon juice
- ½ cp of olive oil
- ½ cup of caramel.
Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl and apply onto your hair thoroughly. Wash your hair after 30 minutes. With repeated application, you can expect good results in no time.