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Ladies usually use the hair relaxers to make their hair softer, shine better, and restore the life to their hair.


Relaxers straighten the hair by breaking the disulfide bonds within the strands; allowing the hair to manipulated and rearranged.


There are three types of relaxers; sodium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide and ammonium thioglycolate. Sodium hydroxide relaxers also called lye relaxers.


Ammonium thioglycolate isn’t recommended for use on very coarse or curly hair. But it’s great for straightening fine, curly or wavy hair.


Now that you know the different types of relaxers, below is the step by step process to applying relaxer on your hair.

Instructions on applying a relaxer

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  • You shouldn’t shampoo your hair or scratch your scalp in the days leading up to the relaxing process to avoid scalp burns and irritations.


  • When brushing or combing your hair before and during the process, avoid contact with the scalp since these actions can leave it open to chemical injuries.
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  • Ideally, a professional hairstylist should apply relaxers. If you still insist on relaxing your hair at home, however, be sure to take the necessary precautions.


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  • Read the instructions on the box carefully, wear gloves when handling the relaxer,  and enlist the aid of an experienced friend to help you apply the relaxer to the back of your head.


  • Basing the scalp with a light coat of petroleum jelly acts as a barrier. It is often recommended to protect the scalp from chemical burns.


  • When applying relaxer for the first time to virgin hair, the relaxer should be applied to the ends first working your way up the roots, smoothing the strands in the process. The ends take longer to process, whereas the roots respond faster because of the heat of your body.
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  • Hair should never be relaxed bone straight. This can cause the hair to look limp and lifeless. Plus, over time the over-relaxed hair may thin out. Instead, aim to relax hair relatively straight, leaving in a tiny bit of texture to give the hair some bounce.


  • Be sure to work quickly and carefully within the processing time for your chosen relaxer. Ten to 15 minutes is usually sufficient and anything longer can cause damage. If you feel tingling and burning, you’ve waited too long to rinse the relaxer out of your hair.

You can get chemical sores or burn so bad that the follicles may end up damaged. This causes the hair in that region to have trouble growing back.

  • Next, rinse with warm water to remove the relaxer. A conditioner should be applied to raise the pH level of the hair back up.


  • Then shampoo several times with a neutralizing shampoo. After which a moisturizing treatment to restore hydration to the hair.


  • Roots should be touched up every 8 to 10 weeks. During touch-ups, relaxers should be confined to new growth only. Overlapping onto previously relaxed hair should be avoided at all costs. This can lead to damage and breakage.


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