Flat Iron Vs Hair Relaxers

If you try to get the opinion of hair experts they always say flat iron with proper heat protecting products are far better for your hair than the relaxers you use to permanently straighten your hair. Even though, it s true that flat iron is comparatively better than the relaxer you have to consider whether you have sufficient time to flat iron your hair, whenever you want wear it straight. Straightening hair with flat iron is time intensive for curly heads and many of us simply don’t have time to straighten our hair everyday. This is when relaxers come in handy. Relaxers when applied by a professional can not only save you time, but also some money in long run. Below are some factors that need to be taken into consideration while choosing between flat iron and relaxers. Experts believe curly hair patterns of up to 3b can be easily maintained by flat irons.

Flat irons can be better option if:

  • Your hair is more wavy than curly and if it is easy and quick to straighten
  • You don’t wash your hair very often
  • You have sensitive hair and scalp
  • You want to frequently alter between the type of hairstyles
  • Easily manageable without straightening
  • Live in a less humid area
  • Don’t want to apply any chemicals onto your

Hair Relaxers on the other hand has its own advantages which flat irons can’t provide like:

  •   Low maintenance after relaxing
  •   Easy to style
  •   Don’t have to worry about humidity or activities such as swimming
  •   If you hair is very kinky and nearly impossible to achieve decent results with straightening

Based on above criteria, you can decide whether flat iron or relaxing would suit your situation. Either way u need to use quality products to protect your hair. While using flat iron make sure you use a heat protection product like Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide . In case of using relaxers, it is always better to get it done by a qualified professional. While relaxing your hair, it is very important to protect your scalp from the harsh chemicals present in the relaxers. Apply an vaseline based products so that the chemicals don’t penetrate your scalp.

3 comments to Flat Iron Vs Hair Relaxers

  • Taiviaply

    Hello! Just want to say thank you for this interesting article! =) Peace, Joy.

    • Ali

      I got my last relaxer January 23, 2010. I then dceided to try the natural journey again. My first attempt was in 2008, but I chickened out due to lack of information on how to transition. Fast forward to this year, and I completed the big chop on August 1, 2010. I refused to let anyone else do it because of my love/hate relationship with my hair for over 4 decades. I had been transitioning with braids since May. I am currently wearing kinky twists until I get a few more inches of growth. I felt so liberated cutting my hair. Even my husban thinks its sexy. He wants me to cut it off more. I am not that liberated though. The whole time I was cutting my hair off, I heard India.Arie’s song “I Am Not My Hair”. I look forward to my journey and am thankful for the wealth of information on products and styles to keep me looking good.

  • I love your story Mae. I actually have the total osoppite story. I grew up with totally natural hair until after college. I was an athlete with a college track scholarship who alwatys had nappy hair ( in my opinion) so I decided that upon becoming an adult I wanted to have nice straight hair. For a few years I just bought an FHI iron and kept my hair straight but still natural. The only thing is that I stopped working out because I did not want to sweat out my hair.if my hair sweated out I would have to put more heat in it to straighten it. After I became more and more unhappy about the changes I was seeing in my body I decided I had to first fix my hair problem. So I got a relaxer which I immediately regretted. My hair still got wet when I worked out and I still had to put heat on once I washed it. I was frustrated so I cut my hair but I kept perming it for a year until my hair strayed breaking. Then I started transitioning and after 7 months of frustration premed my hair again. I went to a natural stylist who gave me good info after all of the headache. She told me that she didn’t understand why I even put a relaxer in my hair because she loves my texture. Needless to say she recommended that I wear a full head sew in to get me over the year hump of transitioning. So far I love it and I have now been transitioning for 6 months. I plan to keep wearing sew ins until this time next year then I’ll do my “big chop”.

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