Avlon Affirm FiberGuard Sensitive Scalp Relaxer Review
Avlon has a great reputation with its relaxers range and it has a relaxing product to suit the needs of everyone. Most people that have used FiberGuard sensitive scalp relaxer seem to like it. The kit comes with not just the relaxer but the whole conditioning relaxing system with all the necessary components to protect your hair and scalp. It is bit on the expensive side and it is better to get it done professionally. I would suggest you get the whole kit instead of just the relaxer in order to achieve desired results.
Components of Affirm Fiberguard Kit:
This is Step 1 of the relaxing process. The Preservo Strengthening Serum is applied to whole head before the relaxing process. FSC or Fiber Strengthening Complex is exclusive to Avlon products and penetrates deep within the hair shaft and cuticle . This protects the hair shaft and cutile during the relaxing process
Applyingthe actual relaxer is the step 2 of the relaxing process. According to affirm website, this relaxer from Fiberguard range is a multi-patented system and claims to preserve the hairs tensile strength by 40% more when compared to other relaxers. It is a no-lye relaxer and made of guanidine hydroxide. I did a strand test with this relaxer and another relaxer with the same ingredient. This relaxer does seem to leave the hair a bit stronger than the other relaxer. I couldn’t obviously verify the claims by affirm that it is results in 40% more tensile strength.
How Fiberguard works?
If you look closely at the ingredients of Fiberguard relaxer, it is a protein rich line. Proteins are both good and bad for your hair. Your hair needs protein in moderate amount to maintain it. What protein does is coats the broken or damaged hair shaft and makes it smoother and silkier. But, too much protein is definitely not good for your hair, because protein build-up in the hair makes it waterproof resulting in the hair becoming dry and brittle. In a relaxed hair, the hair shaft is damaged to certain degree because of the open cuticles; the protein in Fiberguard range provides more protection to the hair and leave it stronger compared to other relaxer. But, if your hair doesn’t respond well to protein rich hair products then this relaxer may not be your best option.
This is Step 3 of the relaxing process. After the relaxing process hair cuticles are still open and this is used as an intensive treatment to condition the hair fibers damaged by the relaxing process. This product is full of micro-proteins and polymers that seals the open cuticle and makes it shiny and smooth. After this treatment, I did see a noticeable difference in my hair texture. My hair felt strong enough after the relaxers, but this one made it shinier as if it is deep conditioned.
This is the last and important step of your relaxing process. pH is more important factor for a healthy hair. Hair relaxers are alkaline in nature and hence after the relaxing process, a normalizing shampoo is needed normalize the hair back to its pH range. The main thing I liked about this shampoo it indicates whether the normalization process is completed by changing the lather of the shampoo from pink to white. The hair cuticles are closed after the normalization process making it less prone to breakage.
I would consider Affirm Fiberguard as a relaxing system rather than just a relaxer. My hair felt noticeably stronger after the relaxing process when compared to other relaxers I had used. Fiberguard range is full of proteins and polymers and if your hair generally doesn’t respond well to proteins then you might not get the results you want with this range. I would suggest washing your hair with a strong clarifying shampoo for a week before using the Fiberguard range in order to remove any protein and calcium build up in the hair. I would definitely buy this line again. The range comes in three strengths mild, normal and resistant. I think it is important to buy the whoel range and follow all the steps specified in the relaxing system to get desired results. Not doing so might be more damaging to the hair as the steps are very much necessary in any relaxing process.
Also, I have heard that some peoples hair doesn’t respond well to this relaxer. It could be because they didn’t follow all the steps in the relaxing process or their hair doesn’t respond well to protein. Unfortunately, there isn’t a relaxer that will suit everyone. Choose the relaxer based on your hair type and you would most likely to get the results you desire.
Where to buy?
Affirm Fiberguard range is professional use only and you might need to get it done at a salon that offers the range. If you are on a tight budget and intend to get it done at home, it is available at amazon for a reasonable price when compared to salons.
Avlon Affirm Fiberguard Sensitive Scalp System I
Avlon Affirm Fiberguard Sensitive Scalp System II