First things first, let’s discuss what a relaxer is.
Relaxing, or lanthionization is the process by which the hair’s curl pattern is chemically relaxed. The relaxing agent is usually a strong alkali, or ammonium thiogylcolate (lye or perm salt). Over-processing the hair can lead to problems such as brittleness, breakage & in extreme cases alopecia.
In essence all relaxers do the same thing, however below you will find a list of those that have stood out throughout time (in no particular order). Please remember to follow all directions when using any relaxer system & invest in a timer. It will guide you in not over processing your hair. As a rule of thumb, it is always better to roller set the hair with a conditioning setting lotion as opposed to hand-drying the hair which involves excessive pulling & heat.
Mizani – Pay close attention to time, this system is fast acting.
Elasta Qp- The pre-relaxer treatment soothes hair & sets the base for a great relaxer. This relaxer also has the option of Lye or No-Lye.
Hawaiian Silky – Gentle, yet effective
Motions – Purchase the accompanying deep conditioner for a scalp treat
Dark & Lovely – The leave in conditioner is key to a superb finish.
Olive Oil – The hair lotion in this system will coat hair if you so choose to hand-dry
Dr.Miracle- This 100% recyclable box is filled with goodies to hold you over until next time.
Crème of Nature- Another fast acting system with an excellent post-process conditioner/detangler.
Phytologie- This is probably the most pricey, but has the most effective humectants & conditioners
Optimum – Virtually tingle/burn free
So, along with the best come some of the worst systems. Fabulaxer & Precise are 2 of the most popular, however these two under process hair, which leads to leaving the relaxer in too long. This of course leads to breakage, brittle hair & sometimes permanent hair loss.