Reader question – which relaxer should I use?

18 Nov

One of the questions I’m often asked is – ‘which relaxer should I use’ or ‘which relaxer is best’.  The short answer is ‘the relaxer that works best for you’!

In essence all relaxers do the same thing – they straighten the hair through a chemical process that breaks the protein bonds in the hair.  Remember relaxers are not a hair care product.  They do not improve the condition of the hair.  You cannot relax damaged hair in the hope that the relaxer will improve the condition of the hair.  A relaxer will simply compound whatever problem you are having because relaxers actually weaken the hair.  For you to have any success with relaxed hair, you have to understand this.

A relaxer does not work the same for everyone.  I use Organic Root Stimulator and it works for me but there are others who say it doesn’t work.  That said, there are some relaxers that are more popular than others.  This may be in part due to reputation but we also cannot rule out clever marketing!

Unfortunately to find the best relaxer for you requires some trial and error.  As a starting point to finding a relaxer, I would suggest finding out which relaxers are available in your city / country.  Of these do a bit of research on them.  What do people generally say?  Google these relaxers to find out the general opinion on the internet.  From there compile a ‘top 3’ list of the ones you consider ‘better’ judging from your research.  You can then choose one of the ‘top 3’ relaxers.  Many relaxer brands come in the strengths – mild, regular and super.  Know which one is better suited to your hair.  If your hair is fine, there is no need to buy the super strength.

Relaxers also come in lye and no lye.  No-lye relaxers are known for being easier on the scalp and harder on the hair while lye relaxers are easier on the hair and harder on the scalp.  Read this post for the difference between lye and no lye as well as more information on how relaxers work.

Once you find the relaxer that works for you, it’s best to stick with it.



3 Responses to “Reader question – which relaxer should I use?”

  1. ghanaianemprezz 18 November, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Very well said.

  2. Borejane 19 November, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Hey, thank u so much. It’s good to know I’m not the only one with hair problems. I’ve been relaxing my hair using Revlon Realistic and am very happy, now the problem is I can no more find it in the shops and this is really frustrating. Now what do I use to relax my hair?

    • Tendayi 19 November, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

      Thats the very question I am trying to address in the post above. No one relaxer is best for everyone. You would need to find whats best for you.

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