How to Choose a Relaxer for Black Hair
Before choosing a hair relaxer know your hair texture.
Coarse texture: Hair that is generally thick, hard and wiry.
Fine texture: Hair that is generally thin, soft and smooth.
Medium texture: Hair that is between fine and coarse.
Many, but not all, Black women have coarse hair. A stylist can help to further pinpoint your hair's texture and tell you which hairstyles and products are best for you. For example, women with coarse texture who relax their hair may need a stronger relaxer; don't think that coarse hair will allow you to do all sorts of things to it. Coarse hair can also be very delicate.
Hair relaxers come in three strengths:
Mild Strength relaxers should be used on fine hair textures and permanently coloured hair and should be left on the hair for no longer than thirteen minutes. We recommend:
African Pride No-Lye Relaxer For Sensitive Scalp
At One With Nature Botanical Strong Ends Sensitive Scalp Relaxer
Optimum Care Bodifying hair relaxer
Organic Root Stimulator Built-In Protection No-Lye Relaxer
Soft & Beautiful Botanicals Sensitive Scalp No-Lye hair relaxer
Regular Strength relaxers should be used on medium hair textures and can be left on the hair for fifteen minutes. Regular Strength relaxers should also be used on coarse hair textures and can be left on the hair for eighteen minutes. We recommend:
Africas Best Organics No-Lye Organic Conditioning Relaxer
Creme of Nature Argan Oil No Lye Relaxer
Dark and Lovely No-Lye Conditioning Relaxer
African Pride Miracle Deep Conditioning No- Lye Relaxer System
Elasta QP No Lye Conditioning Creme Relaxer Kit
Lusters Pink Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer
Optimum Care Anti-Breakage Therapy relaxer
Super Strength relaxers should only be used on extremely short, resistant hair types because it is very harsh and will easily over-process the hair. We recommend:
Ongoing Applications, also know as 'retouch'
You may find that your normal relaxer begins to lose its straightening ability over a number of separate applications, this may be because your hair is normalising towards the relaxer and your hair is beginning to reject it. You may be tempted to increase the strength of your relaxer brand however, you should try to switch relaxer brands every third application as your hair can reject a particular relaxer if you over-use it.
Don’t forget to read...
How to apply hair relaxer to virgin/afro black hair
Relaxed black hair and touch ups
Top tips for relaxed black hair
Conditioning relaxed black hair
Maintaining relaxed black hair
Styling relaxed black hair