Many women use chemical relaxers to allow for a broader choice of hairstyles. Relaxing is a two-step process that involves chemically breaking the structure of the hair shaft with an alkaline solution and fixing it with an acidic neutralizer that strengthens the hair shaft into the desired shape. This can be a damaging process, so it is wise to make an informed decision regarding the top 10 hair relaxer
- SoftSheen-Carson Optimum Care Salon Collection.
This 2012 Essence Reader’s Choice winner is also a top pick from Black Hair Media. SoftSheen-Carson offers three grades of relaxer: mild, extra strength, and bodifying for fine hair. The regular strength formula is a no-lye relaxer that conditions with lanolin and coconut oil.
Motions Silkening Shine Relaxer System Motions relaxer is a no-lye product that comes in two strengths: regular and super. It utilizes silk proteins to fortify the hair shaft. The kit includes a pretreatment product with shea butter and coconut oil to prevent damage.
This French product is the winner of Essence magazine’s 2012 Reader’s Choice award, and a top pick for Black Beauty & Hair. PHYTO SPECIFIC relaxer is a no-lye straightener that includes conditioning agents derived from eggs, soybeans, and shiitake mushrooms. It comes in two strengths: Index 1 for damaged hair and Index 2 for normal hair. Each kit includes a protective balm and tools.
4. Mizani Butter Blend Relaxer System
The Mizani Butter Blend relaxer product is the top pick of the Vissa Studios hair care website and lauded by Black Beauty & Hair as well. It is a professional-quality product that offers mild and standard strength formulas. Conditioning agents used in the relaxer are cocoa butter and shea butter, while the neutralizing formula includes honey and a protein conditioner.
5. Dr. Miracle’s Renewal Relaxer System
Dr. Miracle’s relaxer is an Essence magazine “Must-Try.” This kit comes in regular and super strength and includes protectant gel, relaxer creme, activation liquid, neutralizing shampoo, and a reconstructing conditioner featuring safflower oil, olive oil, and soy proteins. It also includes a conditioning mask with avocado oil and a finishing shine.
7. Creme of Nature Advanced Straightening Relaxer
Creme of Nature is a top favorite of the Cocoa and Creme beauty website. It features argan oil as a conditioning agent, which is an excellent protective oil for skin and hair of all types. This is a no-lye relaxer that also uses lanolin and coconut oil to protect hair during processing.
8. Dark and Lovely Healthy Gloss
A top pick from cocoaandcreme.com, Dark & Lovely Healthy Gloss relaxer comes in three formulas: regular, super, and one for color-treated hair. The conditioning agents provided are lanolin, shea butter, and mineral oil.
9. Linange Shea Butter Cream Relaxer
good products as well: relaxer, activator, neutralizer, and conditioning mask.
10. ElastaQP Conditioning Creme Relaxer
Elasta QP is a no-lye relaxing product. The company makes a regular-strength version and one for resistant hair specifically formulated for coarse, hard-to-process hair types. The conditioning agents include olive oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, and avocado oil. The company also sells a two-application package.