Best Hair Relaxer

Hair Relaxers are made of chemicals which can cause serious side effects if not used properly. It is very important that hair relaxers should always be applied with neccessary protection. In order for the hair relaxers to produce the desired results you want, you should do your work upfront and choose the best relaxer for your. This way you can avoid the side effects some people get from relaxers.

Which is the best hair relaxer for your hair?

There are quite a few hair relaxers available in the market, but there is no generic relaxer that is going to be the absolute best for all hair types. Before trying to find out the best hair relaxer, you need to identify your hair type. Below is the hair type chart that will help you to find out your hair type.

Identify your hair type

If you plan to wear your hair both straight and curly, then it might be best to flat iron the hair. For hair types of upto 3b, you will be able to straighten the hair in a decent time frame with good quality straightening iron. But, hair relaxers are the best option if u want o wear your hair permanently straight.

Curl of 4c and above are considered real kinky and nappy and would need relaxers designed for coarse or resistant hair. Determining the hair type is a crucial step in finding out the best hair relaxer for your hair.

Hair Characteristics

You need analyse the type of hair you have. Is it strong and weak i.e easily prone to breakage.  If your hair doesn’t respond well to certain treatments it is better to avoid relaxers that have those ingredients.  Some people’s hair doesn’t respond well to protein treatments. For those people avoid applying relaxers which are rich in protein. There are some clients hair thrive for protein and hence respond excellently well to protein rich relaxers such as Affirm Fiberguard range.

Acid or Alkaline based Relaxers

The next step is to decide whether you would want acid or alkaline based relaxers. Both relaxers can be damaging to hair and hence should always be preceded and followed by a proper conditioning routine. Generally speaking, hair relaxers are alkaline meaning they will have the pH somewhere in the range of 9-14. But, there are some relaxers which are acidic like the low pH Xenna Curlaway relaxer. But, acidic relaxers are not the best option when you are looking a pin straight hair. Acid relaxers can be used to make hair more manageable or for defining the curl pattern. It also helps u reduce the flat ironing time when you want a straight hair. The changes made with the acidic relaxers are temporary which means you have consistently applied it to get straight hair. On the other hand, advantages are that you don’t have to deal with regrowth and makes the transitioning to natural hair much easier.

If you want a straight hair and doesn’t really want the apply a acid relaxer every week then you should go for the alkaline relaxers. Alkaline relaxers are very good at straightening the hair and results are permanent. You still would have to deal with regrowth every few months depending on the rate of hair growth. Alkaline relaxers typically have  pH in the range of 9-14. Alkaline relaxer are further categorised into 2 types namely:

  1. “Lye” relaxers
  2. “No Lye” relaxers

Lye relaxers have the primary ingredient as Sodium Hydroxide. Sodium Hydroxide is also used as a chemical base in large number of industrial process. Hence sodium hydroxide relaxers are also known as base relaxers. It is not soluble in non-polar solvents. Due to high incidence of chemical burns because of the strong nature of sodium hydroxide, you should always use a scalp protecting cream before applying the sodium hydroxide relaxer. In my opinion, all forms of sodium hydroxide relaxers should be reserved for professional use.

No Lye relaxers on the other hand made from calcium hydroxide, ammonium thioglycolate, guandinine hydroxide, guandinine carbonate etc. No Lye relaxers are lot milder on the scalp but can cause build up in the hair. You need to use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of the build-up in the hair. Some people love no lye relaxer because the probability of scalp burns is a lot less in no lye relaxers than lye relaxers. But, if your hair is already dry and brittle then the build up from no lye relaxers can cause the hair strands prone to breakage. It is important to use a deep treatment regularly whichever type of relaxers you choose to use.

Natural Hair Relaxers

There are some relaxers that are found to contain naturally occurring ingredients. If you want a milder relaxer and just want the curl patter reduced rather than obtaining a sleek straight look then natural hair relaxers might be something worth looking at.

Characteristics of a best hair relaxer

  • Would cause no damage to hair or scalp
  • Relaxing process should produce the desired outcome for your hair
  • Your hair should respond well in the strand test before the relaxing process
  • Price Tag should be within budget
  • More than that you should feel happy after seeing the results from the relaxer and your hair should feel mosisturized and nourished with regular deep treatment

Most hair relaxers marketed in the US are primarily designed for African American people and hence if you are of different ethnic group you might want to use a milder form of relaxer. If you are not sure whether your hair is suitable for relaxers, always seek professional help. A strand test in most cases will give you a brief idea about how good your hair is going to respond to the relaxer.

Here are the list of hair relaxers available in the market. There are many products that have similar ingredients. Whether it will suit your hair or not depends on your hair type.

BrandRelaxer NameStrengthIngrdients
AFFIRMCrème Relaxer OriginalMildSodium Hydroxide
Normal
Resistant
Crème Relaxer ControlMildTime Release Sodium Hydroxide
Normal
Resistant
AFFIRMMoisture Plus Sensitive Scalp Relaxer(Custom Mix)MildGuanidine Hydroxide
Normal
Resistant
AFFIRM FIBERGUARDCrème RelaxerMildSodium Hydroxide
Normal
Resistant
AFFIRM FIBERGUARDSensitive Scalp Creme Relaxer(Custom Mix)Mild
Normal
Resistant
AFRICAN PRIDEOlive Miracle Deep Conditioning Anti-Breakage No-Lye RelaxerRegularCalcium Hydroxide
Olive Miracle No-Base Conditioning RelaxerSuperSodium Hydroxide
Olive Miracle No-Base Conditioning RelaxerRegularSodium Hydroxide
Olive Miracle Deep Conditioning Anti-Breakage No-Lye RelaxerSuperCalcium Hydroxide
DREAM KIDSAnti-Breakage No-Lye Creme RelaxerRegularCalcium Hydroxide, Guanidine Carbonate
Anti-Breakage No-Lye Creme RelaxerCoarseCalcium Hydroxide, Guanidine Carbonate
DARK AND LOVELYHealthy-Gloss 5™Shea Moisture RelaxerRegular
Healthy-Gloss 5™Shea Moisture RelaxerSuper
Healthy-Gloss 5™Shea Moisture RelaxerColor-treated
Beautiful Beginnings®
No Mistake® Nourishing No-Lye Crème Relaxer
Normal to Coarse Hair
Beautiful Beginnings®
No-Mistake® Nourishing No-Lye Crème Relaxer
Fine
ALTER EGOLinange Shea Butter RelaxerNormal to Resistant HairSodium Hydroxide
Linange No-Lye Shea Butter Crème RelaxerFineHydroxypropy Itrimonium
ELASTA QPNo-Lye Conditioning Crème Relaxer KitNormal
No-Lye Conditioning Crème Relaxer KitResistant
No-Lye Conditioning Crème Relaxer KitSensitive
No-Base Crème RelaxerNormal/Regular
LUSTER'sPink® Triple + Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer Enhanced with NutrientSheen™ PNT

Regular
Pink® Triple + Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer Enhanced with NutrientSheen™ PNT
Super
Pink® Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer Featuring The Pink Protection® System
Regular
Pink® Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer Featuring The Pink Protection® System
Super
Dr Miracle'sFeel It Formula Thermalceutical Intensive No-Lye Relaxer (for new growth)Regular
Feel It Formula No-Lye RelaxerRegular
Feel It Formula No-Lye RelaxerSuper
Feel It Formula Thermalceutical Intensive No-Base Creme RelaxerRegular
Feel It Formula Thermalceutical Intensive No-Base Creme RelaxerSuper
MIZANIButter Blend Relaxer SystemFine/Color TreatedSodium Hydroxide,Polyquaterium-6
Butter Blend Relaxer SystemMedium/NormalSodium Hydroxide,Polyquaterium-6
Butter Blend Relaxer SystemCoarse/ResistantSodium Hydroxide,Polyquaterium-6
Organic Root StimulatorOlive Oil Build-In Protection No-Lye RelaxerNormalCalcium Hydroxide
Olive Oil Girls Built-In PROTECTION PLUS™ No-Lye Conditioning Relaxer SystemNormalCalcium Hydroxide
Profectiv Relax & Refresh Anti-Damage No-Lye Relaxer Plus Color Restorative System
Colors Available:
Jet Black
Cherry Fusion
Mahogany Brown
Silky Black
Auburn Spice
Guanidine Carbonate, Calcium Hydroxide
Mega Growth Procision Therapeuutic No-Lye Relaxer SystemRegularGuanidine Carbonate, Calcium Hydroxide
Mega Growth Procision Therapeuutic No-Lye Relaxer SystemSuperGuanidine Carbonate, Calcium Hydroxide
Optimum CareSalon Collection No-Lye Conditioning RelaxerRegular
Salon Collection No-Lye Conditioning RelaxerSuper
Bodifying Relaxer - Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer SystemMild
Roots of NatureConditioning Relaxer with low pH Relaxer CreamRegular
Conditioning Relaxer with low pH Relaxer CreamMild
Silk Elements MegaSilk Relaxer with Shea Butter
Regular
MegaSilk Relaxer with Shea ButterCoarse
MegaSilk Relaxer with Shea ButterMild
MegaSilk Olive Oil RelaxerSodium Hydroxide
MegaSilk Olive Oil No-Lye RelaxerRegularCalcium Hydroxide
Soft and BeautifulNo-Lye Crème Relaxer SystemRegular
No-Lye Crème Relaxer SystemSuper
Soft & Beautiful® Botanicals™ Relaxers
No-Lye Sensitive Scalp RelaxerRegular
No-Lye Sensitive Scalp RelaxerCoarse
Dudley'sNo Base Permanent Creme RelaxerSodium Hydroxide
Sensitive Scalp Relaxer(Application Kit)Sodium Hydroxide
Hawaiian SilkyHERBAL Sensitive Scalp No Lye Relaxer SystemMild
HERBAL Sensitive Scalp No Lye Relaxer SystemRegular
HERBAL Sensitive Scalp No Lye Relaxer SystemSuper
No Base RelaxerMild SilkySodium Hydroxide
No Base RelaxerRegular SilkySodium Hydroxide
No Base RelaxerSuper SilkySodium Hydroxide
Designer TouchStrait Shades Colorlaxer
No-Lye Crème RelaxerLithium Hydroxide
Sensitive Scalp No-Lye Relaxer SystemCalcium Hydroxide
Texturizing Relaxer
MotionsSilkening Shine No-Lye Relaxer SystemRegular
Silkening Shine No-Lye Relaxer SystemSuper
RevlonProfessional Realistic Conditioning No- Base Creme RelaxerMildSodium Hydroxide
Professional Realistic Conditioning No- Base Creme RelaxerRegularSodium Hydroxide
Professional Realistic Conditioning No- Base Creme RelaxerSuperSodium Hydroxide
Fabu-laxer Professional No-Lye Creme Relaxer SystemRegular
Fabu-laxer Professional No-Lye Creme Relaxer SystemSuper
Cream Of NatureNourishing No-Lye RelaxerRegularCalcium Hydroxide
Nourishing No-Lye RelaxerSuperCalcium Hydroxide
with Argan Oil No-Lye RelaxerRegularCalcium Hydroxide
with Argan Oil No-Lye RelaxerSuperCalcium Hydroxide
Ultra Sheen SupremeNo-Lye Conditioning Creme RelaxerRegularCalcium Hydroxide
No-Lye Conditioning Creme RelaxerSuperCalcium Hydroxide
Ultra SheenNo Base Crème RelaxerRegularSodium Hydroxide
PHYTOSPECIFICPhytorelaxer - No-Lye RelaxerIndex One:Fine, Deliacte hair
Phytorelaxer - No-Lye RelaxerIndex Two:Coarse, Resistant hair

4 comments to Best Hair Relaxer

  • DHA and EPA

    Hi, the curl type identification is good. I think my hair might be 4c lol..

  • owb

    Some truly interesting points you have written. Assisted me a lot, just what I was looking for : D.

    • When I began my transition back in August of 2003, I had no inrofmation about being natural. There was no Youtube as far as I know of, no Facebook, so I just had to improvise. For six years I have been natural but have made mistakes of using harsh permanent hair color(bleach, red, blond). I have had no permanent dye in my hair for two years now, and now I know that if I want to color my hair I should use a rinse or henna. In the past 6 months through Facebook and Youtube, I have received so much info about natural oils, terms, and styles that have known nothing about my entire natural journey. I would always just wear my hair in one big puff, or blow it out and wear a low puff, curly afro, or occasionally straighten it, and that was it for my styles. Youtube has opened an entire vault for me and far as versatile hair styles. Women now who are interested in going natural have so much inrofmation and tutorials that I didn’t have when I started, so I believe they should take advantage of that;0

  • Thank You for sharing your nrtuaal hair journey! After 20 years of relaxing my hair I decided to go nrtuaal. In Feb. 2009 when it came time for my next relaxer touch up and seeing my new growth I began to wonder what my true hair texture was like. The new growth seemed to be kind of wavy. Since I really couldn’t afford to get my relaxer touched up I started doing research online about how to transition to nrtuaal. I’ve had shoulder length hair most of my life so the thought of doing the BIG CHOP scared me. I decided I would transition for a year thinking that by that time I’d have a good amount of hair before I made to “cut”. Needless to say it was quite a struggle. After 11 months I couldn’t fight with the two textures anymore. I finally cut off my relaxed ends. I did my big chop in Jan. of this year! When I washed my nrtuaal hair for the 1st time I had no idea that I’m a CURLY girl!! It was funny to watch the spiral, cork screw curls that emerged when the water hit my hair! I’ve only straightened my hair a couple of times since I’ve been completely nrtuaal and it seems harder to maintain straightened hair than it is when it’s curly. I love getting up and spraying my homemade spritzes in my hair and leaving out. I feel like you about wanting to use more organic and nrtuaal things in all aspects of your life. Since going nrtuaal I try to buy all nrtuaal hair and body products. I’ve even decided to go GREEN by recycling when I can as well as using green cleaning products at home! I must say I love the Natural Community I’ve found on the internet. You guys inspite so many women and the info you provide us with is so valuable. Thank again!

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