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What Is a Hair Relaxer? Here Is Everything You Need To Know6 min read

A hair relaxer is a type of lotion or cream generally used by people with curly hair. This lotion or cream makes the hair easier to straighten by chemically “relaxing” the natural curls permanently. Let’s get into the whole relaxer process, shall we? We’re about to break it down for the girlies so you can relax you hair the right way!

The Different Types of Relaxers Available

The most common types of relaxers available are:

Lye Relaxers

The main ingredient in Lye Relaxers is Sodium Hydroxide.  Sodium Hydroxide relaxers are very effective in straightening the hair quickly, and because  it processes quickly it is also the most commonly used relaxer by professionals.TCB Naturals Crème Hair Relaxers  fall under this category.

No-Lye relaxers 

The main ingredients in No-Lye Relaxers are Lithium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide and Guanidine hydroxide. No-Lye Relaxers are a bit more mild than Lye Relaxers.

The Process Of Relaxing The Hair

  • Step 1: Application and Relaxation – Part the hair into 4 sections. Working on one section at a time, apply relaxer crème to hair (1.0 cm from the scalp), moving from the back of the head towards the forehead. When the relaxer application is complete, smooth hair in the order of application until hair is relaxed.
  • Step 2: Rinse – Rinse thoroughly with warm water, until the hair is free of relaxer crème. 
  • Step 3: Neutralize – Use Neutralizing Shampoo, repeat the shampooing process until the relaxer is completely washed off. Condition & style as desired.

Just a few things to note:

Basing the scalp: Before applying a relaxer, it is recommended to protect the scalp with a TCB Naturals Nourishing Hair Food, to prevent skin irritation which can be potentially caused by the relaxer.

Processing Time: The relaxer should be left on the hair according to the time indicated on the hair relaxer pack. Do not  leave it on for a time that is shorter or longer than what the relaxer pack suggests. This will help you steer clear of overprocessing and underprocessing. You would not want disappointment and damage when relaxing!

Caring For Relaxed Hair

Relaxed hair needs extra love and care because it has been altered from its natural state. However it is totally possible to have and maintain healthy relaxed hair. That’s where TCB Naturals comes in to help you in your relaxed hair journey. We suggest the following hair regimen for your relaxed hair so that it thrives:

TCB Naturals Deep Penetrating Treatment at least twice a month. Our Treatment revitalizes dry, damaged and chemically treated hair. It deeply conditions and moisturizes hair leaving it  stronger and healthier.

TCB Naturals Leave-In Treatment daily to moisturize. Our ‘rinse-free’ hair conditioner provides soft, shiny and smooth hair and helps in hair manageability.

TCB Naturals Nourishing Hair Food after Leave-In Treatment, to soften, add shine to the hair and keep it nourished. 

TCB Naturals Sheen Spray every other day to revitalize dry and dull hair for healthy, natural-looking results with long lasting shine. 

TCB Naturals Argan Oil or Coconut Oil which can be used for daily scalp & hair massage and occasional hot oil treatment.

Now that TCB Naturals has demystified hair relaxer, why not show us your beautiful relaxed hair? We are social! Tag us for a chance to be reposted on Instagram. Our handle is @tcbnaturalskenya . You can also use the hashtag #HairThatLetsYouShine so that we can find you!

For  your next relaxer or retouch, pop into any beauty store or supermarket near you and ask for TCB Naturals relaxer now with a FREE Neutralizing shampoo. Or you could just order online and have them delivered to you by beautyclick.co.ke

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