Hair Relaxers

names of hair relaxers

Let’s say to for a change you wanted to get your hair relaxed.  Maybe you want to try out a whole new style or maybe you just want to let your hair get a little bit softer and more manageable.  There are a number of ways that you can relax, or straighten, your hair.  Most people think that if they want to permanently relax their hair they have to go to the salon and get it done by a professional.  While it is often good to get a professional to do the work, especially if you don’t have any friends with experience, you certainly don’t have the shell out the money that salons are charging these days to get your hair relaxed.  There are a number of at home relaxers that you can use to chemically alter your hair.  Here are some of the names of hair relaxers.

Unless you’re going for a homemade recipe, like coconut milk and lime, or using the heat method, you are going to find your hair relaxers broadly divided into two categories: those with lye and those without lye.  Lye is a chemical agent that has been naturally produced from ashes and animal fat for thousands of years.  However, even though it is natural in origin, it is still a very harsh chemical.  The smell of lye is enough to burn the inside of your nose.  Therefore, even though lye will get the job done, it can be very harsh on your hair.  You need to make sure that you don’t leave it in too long and that you do wash it out properly.  If you think you can handle a lye treatment, look for Mizani Lye, Affirm Lye, and Motions Lye.

However, there are many viable non-lye options of hair relaxers.  These chemicals are easier to use, but they will dry out your hair.  You need to do a deep conditioning and moisturizing treatment before you apply non-lye hair relaxing chemicals to your hair.  Then you can try out different non-lye relaxers such as Olive Oil No-Lye Relaxer, Pink Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer, and Dark and Lovely No-Lye.

You should be able to find these names of hair relaxers in specialty beauty stores such as Sally’s.  However, many of them can even be found on the shelves of box stores and convenience stores.  Keep searching until you find a product you are willing to try on your hair.

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  • I’m so tired of buying hair products. then it doesn’t work on my hair. So I either give it away. Or throw it away. And hair products areen’t cheap!!

  • I have been using dark an lovely for many year now and it has been good on my hair.
    Thank you for explaining what ley is I did not know anything about it until now.

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