What Are Hair Chemical Relaxers?

A chemical relaxer for hair is designed to eliminate curls, no matter what level of curl the hair has. This can be anything from heavily curled hair to something like tightly-coiled hair that simply creates the curls in the first place. This type of hair is natural, but a lot of people simply don’t like it or grow tired of it. They may also just decide that they want something different in which the curls are getting in the way of what the person desires. They may want to get rid of the curls for whatever reason.

One way to eliminate curls from hair is to use a relaxer. relaxers get rid of the curls, but once they are placed in the hair, they may not be able to eliminate the curls. This can lead to further curls, and having more curls can be difficult for some people. If the person has had their hair relaxed, there is a chance that they may have curly hair again.

Types of Hair Relaxers

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Relaxers are classified by the amount of lye, ammonium, and sodium that they have.

1. Sodium Hydroxide

Sodium hydroxide is best used on chemically treated, damaged, or dry hair. It is also recommended for any hair that has not been processed in the same way as other relaxers. Sodium hydroxide is also used as a texturizer.

2. calcium Hydroxide

This is best used on crystallized, damaged, or fine hair. Calcium hydroxide is used to fix protein bonds in the hair.

3. Magnesium Hydroxide

This relaxer has similar ingredients as calcium hydroxide, but may only be used on fine hair.

4. Potassium Phosphate

This relaxer is similar to calcium hydroxide and can be used on fine and coarse hair.

5. Sodium Chloride

Sodium Chloride is best used on coarse hair.

6. Zinc Chloride

This relaxer, like sodium hydroxide, may be used on coarse hair.

Comparing Wet and Dry Hair

It is important to understand how each type of relaxer works before choosing whether to use that relaxer on wet or dry hair.

Wet hair technically includes hair that has been washed with detergent and water but has not yet been conditioned. If the hair is wet, the chemicals easily penetrate the hair’s cuticle layer. The hair’s cuticle protects the follicle, allowing the chemicals to go deeper in the hair. Once the chemicals have reached the follicle, theyDepress the pH balance of the hair, making the hair’s natural oilsurturing removal. The harsh chemicals penetrate the shaft and root, causing extreme damage. To restore hair to its natural pH, you can apply a deep conditioning or repair treatment.

Unless you are using a repairing shampoo at home, do not apply the chemicals on the scalp. This will cause further stress to the scalp and can result in dandruff and/or hair loss.

Because some distribute the relaxer chemicals in the shaft, the pH problem does not end with the application. Another application or repeat application of the relaxer(s) can result in excessive hair loss, dandruff, or excessive oily secretions.


erythrosine, a natural hair relaxer, does not contain ammonia. It only contains plant derived ingredients, which do not contain the harsh alkaline. This ingredient allows the hair to retain more moisture. Erythrosine is especially good for red or blonde hairs, which may be more prone to being broken.

Let’s say you’ve decided that you don’t want to apply either a shampoo or a conditioner to your crowning glory, but would like to add a gloss to the smooth, straight look you’ve managed to achieve with your dry hair. You decide that you only wear black. Once washed, do you apply the rinse or the conditioner? Most people who choose to rinse with water go through the process with the shampoo and conditioner that they chose. Why not try it with conditioner? You may be amazed with the difference it makes.

The chemicals that make up conditioners rinses do a number of things, but the end effect is the same, they strip away the natural oils that your hair needs in order to keep it healthy and shiny. Instead of washing it, you’re effectively rinsing it with chemicals that are designed to take moisture out of your hair.

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