There are two main reasons why relaxers are bad for hair. One, their pH balance is past 12.
And two, because they kill the inner post layer of hair.
Once dead, it breaks off due to lack of moisture and natural oils.
But is there really a such thing?
Hmm, good question.
I’ve researched heavily and come up with the most common natural hair relaxer out there.
And I’ll tell you now, 99.9% of them aren’t actually natural.
BodipHier: I skipped all the pointless and useless reviews and went straight for the ingredients page and sure enough, I found what I was looking for. Buried underneath and between a few other some-what harmless ingredients was this: sodium carbonate.
Often called “soda ash”, this substance is used in pools (think the lifeguards that walk around at the Y testing the water) to keep the water at a suitable pH level for everyone in the water. This is very similar to baking soda with a similar pH balance, not safe for your hair.
NaturalaXer Kit-In-A-Jar ® created by Angela de Joseph: Claims to loosen the curl pattern “naturally”. Come on guys, can you believe this foolishness? The home page for the products claims that it won’t burn then says there’s a slight chance that it might in Q&A page. And just because you don’t need gloves does mean anything. If done the correct way, you can hold fire in your hands, but does that make it natural or safe?
Because the makers are hard set on saying its all natural, I haven’t been able to find a list of the ingredients but I’ll continue to search and post them when I do find them.
PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer: Not only is this one pretty much impossible to say, but it’s based on guanidine carbonate and its pH is between 11 and 12, the same pH and damaging affect as a relaxing contain lye.
Guanidine Carbonate is a strong alkaline, organic salt utilized primarily as an ingredient in hair straightening and depilatory systems (hair removal, which is why there’s a chance your hair will fall out).
Natural-laxer: (Notice the difference in the spelling between this one and NaturalaXer) INGREDIENTS: Sahara Clay, myrtle, rose petals, fenugreek, nettle, sage, which are all found in nature and harmless or actually good for hair. I’m not one-hundred percent sure that this one is completely natural though, but so far it seems the safest.
HOWEVER! users of the product mostly seemed happy with the product, although it doesn’t straighten as much as a relaxer with lye does. It’s more like a safer (I think, but I’ll continue to research it) texturizer, making it easier to manage your hair.
If you or someone you know has gotten or is thinking about getting one of these four or any type of natural hair relaxer, please contact me and I’ll look into the product for you. Also, if you’ve gotten any of these or one like it, please share your story on how it turned out for you!
I was thinking of putting a relaxer, or a natural hair relaxer, in my daughter's hair
by: Phali's mom
After years of saying I wasn't going to put chemicals in their hair, I almost gave up the fight tonight. p> They both have African mixed with African hair - tight, dry, and thick curls. I get very tired with spending so much time on their hair and I have done a lot of damage to it already.
Yet today they've both been saying that they want "natural" and "long" hair.
I was proud of them for wanting to be natural but a little despondent at the "long" part and almost blurted that out to them!
Thank god, I held my tongue and started doing some research.
After reading through your blog's hair care tips, I am hopeful for their natural hair again. I went out and got the Kinky Kurly cleanser and Knot conditioner, so I'll update you on how it goes.
Thanks for the tips!
Well let me start by saying that I’m truly sorry that your hair is breaking. I know how frustrating that can be.
And because you say your hair is already broken, which means it’s damaged, there really is no chemical that I can recommend to you that won’t do more damage. The more chemicals you put on damaged hair, the more likely it will continue to break out or even start falling out.
If you ever become set on relaxing your/your children's hair, maybe you should use a texturizer instead, which is little closer to putting a "natural hair relaxer" but won’t straighten the hair as much. Basically it’s a weaker version of a perm.
The ideal solution would be to just go natural, but it’s really up to. I know this isn’t what you want to hear and I’m sorry about that. Do you research, figure out what you want to do and let me know happens. Good luck and so glad that I could help you!
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