Tame Or Relax Curly Hair in Gentler Way
It has happened to thousands of men and women. Even Oprah Winfrey has experienced it. "It" is damaged, falling out hair and burned scalp that can result from using harsh chemical hair straighteners.
Mishaps involving hair straighteners occur far more often than most of us realize. For example, this web forum entry tells of one hair-raising experience:
"I relaxed my hair with (brand name) No Lye hair relaxer. A week or 2 after that my hair started to thin DRASTICALLY, and it has been falling out ever since. I can completely see my scalp, and its terrifying me."
The Food and Drug Administration says hair relaxers are among the products that generate the most consumer complaints. The FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors has received reports detailing hair damage and discoloration, scalp irritation, and serious burns that needed emergency medical treatment.
Some victims have, as a result, sworn off using relaxers, opting to accept their curls and wear them "au natural". Others are sticking to their ceramic flat irons for daily styling. But most women (and many men) would still prefer a permanent or semi-permanent solution that gives them the smooth, healthy hair of their dreams.
The Word is "Gentle Retexturizer"
People wanting to tame or straighten their curly, frizzy or kinky hair have other alternatives - one that offers a kinder, gentler solution to re-shape their hair in desired hair pattern.
There are gentle retexturizing systems that works without the harsh chemical ingredients found in other products such as ammonium thioglycolate (thio), sodium hydroxide (lye) and guanidine hydroxide (no lye).
You can look for Cysteamine Hydrochloride based hair straightening solutions that uses lanolin protein, a natural wool wax that also used in lip balm products that leaves hair shiny and soft after treatment. This formula can also be used for "Afro-Texture" and makes it an ideal relaxer for black afro American or Caribbean hair type.
Fllowing photos illustrate a real transformation of hard to manage long curly hair to silky and shinny straight hair using a product brand called CDR.
What You Need To Know
If you're thinking about trying such Relaxer, here are the basics you need to know:
- Treatment time: 1 to 3 hours.
- Lasts: 3 to 6 months (compared to 6 to 8 weeks for some relaxers) and can be touched up.
(be sure to choose an experienced, professional and certified stylist at a reputable salon because even the gentlest process can damage hair and scalp if it isn't done correctly.)