Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart





Posted on December 21, 2008 at 2:12 AM

February 22, 2008


Whether done professionally or in the privacy of your own home, chemical hair relaxing can magically alter the basic structure of naturally wavy or curly hair into a new straighter form.
It is important to note that the treatments known as Japanese hair straightening (Yuko, Liscio, etc.,) are not chemical relaxers. Instead they are known as chemical straighteners.
The difference between chemical hair straighteners and chemical hair relaxers (Phytospecific, Rusk, ) is that straigheners will result in stick straight strands and relaxers will soften and relax.
Chemical straighteners are must stronger than relaxers and can be very harsh and damaging. Depending on the hair type, texture, condition and prior chemical use, some hair should be chemically relaxed instead of straightened.


Some hair consumers with naturally curly hair would never ever think of either chemically straightening or relaxing their hair. While they might temporarily straighten their hair with styling products, brushes, blow dryers and hot irons, some people with curly hair pride frown upon using chemicals to alter their natural ringlets.
This is not the case with all naturally curly blessed people. Some prefer to eliminate their natural texture with chemical relaxers because they are much less damaged than chemical straightening


There are two types of relaxers which include:

Sodium hydroxideAmmonium thioglycolate
Sodium Hydroxide

Sodium hydroxide relaxers, which are considered to be caustic relaxers, are designed to soften and swell the hair's fibers. Hair experts consider sodium hydroxide to be more like a hair straightener than a relaxer.
As the solution penetrates into the cortex of the hair, the cross-bonds (sulfur and hydrogen) are broken. The action of the comb, the brush or the hands in smoothing the hair and distributing the chemical straightens the softened hair.
Manufacturers vary the sodium hydroxide content of the solution from 5% to 10% and the pH factor between 10 and 14.
In general, the more sodium hydroxide used and the higher the pH, the quicker the chemical reaction will take place on the hair, and the greater the danger will be of hair damage.
Because of the high alkaline content of sodium hydroxide, great care must be taken in its use.
Ammonium Thioglycolate
Ammonium thioglycolate is a chemical compound made up of ammonia and thioglycolate acid. It is the main active ingredient in both chemical hair relaxers and chemical perms.
Although ammonium thioglycolate which is also referred to as a "thio" is less drastic in its action than sodium hydroxide, it soften and relaxes overly curly hair in somewhat the same manner.


The neutralizer also is called a stabilizer or fixative. The neutralizer stops the action of any chemical relaxer that may accidentally remain in the hair after rinsing. Even with complete rinsing, it is possible that some relaxer may still be present.
The neutralizer for a thio type relaxer reforms the cysteine (sulfur) cross-bonds in their new position and re-hardens the hair.

Base Versus No Base Formulas

When using sodium hydroxide, there are two types of formulas, base and no base. The base formula is a petroleum cream that is designed to protect the client's skin and scalp during the sodium hydroxide chemical straightening process.
This protective base also is important during a chemical straightening touch-up. It's applied to protect hair that has been previously straightened, to prevent over-processing and hair breakage.
Petroleum cream has a lighter consistency than petroleum jelly and is formulated to melt at body temperature.
The melting process ensures complete protective coverage of the scalp and other areas with a thin, oily coating. This helps to prevent burning and/or irritation of the scalp and skim.
Previously treated hair should be protected with a heavy moisturizing cream conditioner during the straightening process.

No base relaxers are also available. These relaxers have the same chemical reaction on the hair, although usually the reaction is milder.
The procedure for the application of a "no base" relaxer is the same as for a regular relaxer except that the base cream is not applied. It is advisable to use a protective cream around the hairline and over the ears.

Chemical Hair Relaxing Steps

The neutralizer also is called a stabilizer or fixative. The neutralizer stops the action of any chemical relaxer that may accidentally remain in the hair after rinsing. Even with complete rinsing, it is possible that some relaxer may still be present.

1. A chemical relaxer is applied. The hair begins to soften so that the chemical can penetrate to loose and relax the natural curl.
2. As soon as the hair has been correctly process, the chemical relaxer is completely rinse out with warm water followed by a shampoo neutralizer or a prescribed shampoo with neutralizer.
3. Depending on the client's needs the conditioner may be part of a series of hair treatments, or it may be applied to the hair before or after the relaxing treatment.
Extremely curly hair that has been damaged from heat appliances or other chemicals must be re-conditioned before a relaxer service is performed.
Hair treated with lighteners or metallic dyes must not be given a chemical hair relaxer because it might cause excessive damage or breakage.

Recommended Strength Of Relaxer

The strength of the relaxer is determined by the strand test. The following guidelines can help in determining which strength relaxer to use for the test.

1. Fine, tinted, or lightened hair - Use mild relaxer.Relaxers to try: Radical AntiCurl
2. Normal, medium-textured virgin hair - Use regular relaxer.Relaxer to try: Radical AntiCurl #2
3. Coarse, virgin hair - use strong, super relaxer or for resistant strands.Relaxer to try: Radical AntiCurl - Resistant Formula #3

Rusk AntiCurl Relaxers do not contain sodium hydroxide. As a result it will not get hair stick straight. It will however relax it, defriz it and soften it.

The Rusk Anti-Curl will not get curly hair straight. However, what you need to use depends on what the hair texture is and what your desired results are. If the hair is only slightly wavy and you don't need to get the hair bone straight, then the Rusk would probably be ok.
If the hair has any kind of curl pattern or a frizz problem, any thermal reconditioning product would be a better solution. Provides exceptional "obedience training" for hair that frizzes uncontrollably in high humidity. Radical AntiCurl Formula 3 is specially formulated for coarse, resistant hair. It delivers the extra control required for altering the curl of these hair types and creates a perfect foundation.

Not recommended for use on hair that has been straighened previously with a relaxer. Not recommended for bleached or double-processed hair. For normal hair or hair that has been treated with semi/demi permanent haircolor, use Radical AntiCurl Formula 1. For high-lift tinted or highlighted hair, we recommend Radical AntiCurl Formula 2.
No animal testing. No animal derived ingredients.

By the way, the ingredients in the Rusk thioglycolate. There are formulas for virgin, colored, or highlighted hair and you just need to use the appropriate solution.

Most of the Japanese straighteners (i.e. thermal reconditioners are not meant to be used on Afro-American hair because they will not get the hair straight)

Regular relaxers usually don't last long and just damage the hair.
Scalp Examination
It is very important to always inspect the scalp carefully for any scratches, eruptions or abrasions before applying a chemical relaxer. To obtain a clearer view of the scalp, part the hair into 1/2" sections. Hair parting may be done with the index and middle fingers or with the handle of a rat-tail comb.
In either case, you must exercise great care not to scratch the scalp. Such scratches may become seriously infected or seriously aggravated by the chemicals in the relaxer.
Lye Versus No Lye Hair Relaxers

Relaxers containing no-lye are based upon calcium hydroxide. No-lye relaxers are popular with Caucasions but not work as well for African American textures or hair that is extremely curly or nappy.

Hair Relaxer Myths

Hair relaxers have cycled in popularity throughout the years. As their use has grown, hair myths have popped up.
Listed below are some of the most common myths and misinformation:
Curls Will Come Back Before Root Regrowth
Some people believe with Rusk or PhytoRelaxer that the curls eventually come back. Depending on who you talk to, if applied correctly, the relaxers will permanently block the return of curls, except with root regrowth.

The reason that the manufacturers warn against leaving the relaxer on for more than 20 minutes is to prevent less experienced hairdressers or consumers from overprocessing and burning hair.

There is a risk in testing long application beyond the recommended minutes in the instructions. If you decide to push the envelope, work with an experienced hairdresser who can apply the relaxer and then watch your hair closely as it processes to determine the perfect processing time for your hair. Hair relaxers can be used on any length of hair from super short to long.

Some people use spot relaxers to deal with stubborn cowlicks or whorls. They may also use spot relaxers on uneven growth patterns.
Hair relaxers can also be used on just the roots, just the ends or throughout the entire head of hair.
It works on hair of all races and is used by men and women. African American men often use "kits" as they call them to help them achieve softer strands that can be styled into 360 Wave styles as well as for braiding.
Hair relaxers work for hair that is combo meaning one part curly, one part wavy and one part straight. Depending on how long the relaxer is allowed to process the results will rank from stick straight to subtle waves with soft bend. In general it leaves healthy hair looking shiny and healthy.
Curls and natural texture always come back when the roots grow back.
Relaxer treatments can be applied to 100% human hair extensions. They can not be applied to synthetic extensions.
Depending on chemical relaxing preferences some people prefer Rusk, some Phyto, some Dark and Lovely and other prefer other product options.
Chemically relaxed hair can be easily altered to add back curls and waves or straightened even further through hot irons and rollers.
Hair that has been highlighted may or may not be able to handle a very mild relaxer like Rusk. This should only be attempted after a series of patch tests to make sure that hair will not break off.
It will relax hair enough to make waves more manageable in humid weather.

"Japanese style straightening" or "Thermal straightening"

Often referred to as "Japanese style straightening" or "Thermal straightening" because a flat iron is used and the hair is super heated as part of the process, the revolution is not so much in being able to get your hair straight but the amazing condition it leaves your hair in. Having seen this process done and checked out some of the results I'm definately impressed, something not so easily done as I've seen just about everything there is to see in the world of hair care.

Curly, wavy or frizzy hair is left looking healthy and your hair stays smooth and needs little or no blow-drying. Of course, like with anything the actual results you get are still about the skill of the person performing the straightening.

Who can have it?

Almost anyone with curly, wavy or frizzy hair who wants it straight (but Afro hair is too strong a curl for this type of product at the moment but I have been told that they are working on a formula for this hair type too).
Even if your hair has previously been coloured, highlighted, bleached or permed it is still possible as long as the condition is good. If you are not sure as to what constitutes good then make sure the hairdresser does a strand test first.

Who can't have it?

Those of you with afro hair as mentioned or extremely curly hair which you cannot garanteed to get perfectly straight.

Japanese style straighteners can't be used over the top of previous straighteners that are sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide based or chemical relaxers.
In general you are not going to know whether your last straightener was of this type but if you can remember back to having it done a tell tale sign is if your hair was shampooed twice at the time. Basically sodium hydroxide straighteners require you to shampoo your hair and then have a lotion applied then have it shampooed again. They are also often referred to as 'lye' straighteners.
A test strand should be performed prior to trying this so that the hairdresser can see how your hair will respond. If they turn around and say it won't work for you or the condition of your hair is not up to it, then it's best to believe them!

What does it involve?

3 to 5 hours of your time! To see whether it is worth spending this long in a salon, ask yourself how long it takes you to blow-dry your hair straight and do the maths.
$AU200 to $AU800!! Yes, it is expensive mainly because of the labour involved. Shop around for best prices and make sure what is included in the price you are quoted, sometimes there are add ons that should be included i.e. a treatment or the cut. Some salons offer all the home care products and a follow up blowdry free as part of the initial cost, so shop around.
The process involves the initial use of a lotion applied to your shampooed and treated hair, followed by hours of perfect flat ironing with special, very hot irons and finally a naturalising stage where your hair is rinsed or air oxidation as mentioned. I've never been a fan of the smell of straighteners but these have little or no smell to speak of.

Things to consider.

If you colour your hair you will experience a small degree of fade.
You can't shampoo your hair for 48 to 72 hours and should avoid any humidity i.e. steamy showers or exercise.
If once you have straight hair and you hate it, you can perm after 7 to 14 days to make it curly again (but permed hair is not the same as naturally curly hair).


You must follow the after-care advice and use recommended products to maintain the condition of your hair.
If you have very curly hair, your new growth will need to be done quite frequently (every 4 months) and you should budget for this cost (generally less than initial charge). If your hair is only a little wavy you can go between applications for far greater lengths of time.

Categories: Relaxers & perms

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In


Reply kd 12
4:56 AM on August 16, 2022 
I would like to express my thanks to this writer for bailing me out of this particular condition. Just after browsing throughout the internet and obtaining notions which are not powerful, I was thinking my entire life was done. Living minus the answers to the issues you have solved through your entire report is a critical case, and the ones which may have badly affected my entire career if I hadn't come across your web page. Your primary talents and kindness in handling every item was tremendous. I'm not sure what I would've done if I had not come upon such a subject like this. It's possible to at this time relish my future. Thank you very much for the high quality and sensible help. I will not hesitate to suggest your blog to anybody who needs to have guidelines on this subject matter.
kd 12
Reply paul george shoes
4:55 AM on August 16, 2022 
I in addition to my buddies have been reading the best procedures on your site and so quickly came up with an awful feeling I never thanked the web site owner for those strategies. The ladies came as a consequence excited to learn all of them and have now pretty much been taking pleasure in them. Many thanks for actually being considerably thoughtful as well as for considering this kind of cool areas most people are really desperate to know about. My very own sincere regret for not expressing gratitude to sooner.
paul george shoes
Reply jordan shoes
4:54 AM on August 16, 2022 
I just wanted to construct a simple message to appreciate you for all the stunning tactics you are showing here. My time intensive internet search has now been honored with beneficial concept to share with my co-workers. I would mention that most of us website visitors are undeniably blessed to be in a wonderful site with very many perfect individuals with useful things. I feel extremely grateful to have seen the website page and look forward to so many more fabulous moments reading here. Thank you once again for a lot of things.
jordan shoes
Reply off white jordan 1
7:44 PM on August 14, 2022 
My husband and i felt very excited Michael could do his preliminary research while using the ideas he got while using the web page. It is now and again perplexing to just be releasing strategies which often some other people could have been selling. And we remember we now have the blog owner to be grateful to for this. Most of the illustrations you made, the straightforward site menu, the relationships your site make it easier to engender - it's got everything superb, and it is assisting our son in addition to the family know that the concept is thrilling, and that's exceptionally indispensable. Thanks for all the pieces!
off white jordan 1
Reply chrome hearts online
7:44 PM on August 14, 2022 
Needed to create you one very little note to be able to thank you very much as before relating to the pretty tricks you've featured on this site. It was so tremendously generous with people like you in giving freely all that a number of people might have offered as an electronic book in making some profit on their own, especially since you could have tried it in case you desired. The basics also acted to be a good way to recognize that some people have a similar passion just as my personal own to see a good deal more related to this problem. I am certain there are lots of more enjoyable occasions ahead for those who look into your blog post.
chrome hearts online
Reply cheap russell westbrook shoes
7:43 PM on August 14, 2022 
I in addition to my buddies have been studying the excellent guidelines from your web site then immediately came up with a horrible feeling I never thanked the website owner for them. All of the men are actually consequently joyful to read through them and now have surely been tapping into them. Appreciation for turning out to be really considerate as well as for deciding on such excellent ideas most people are really needing to understand about. Our own honest regret for not saying thanks to you earlier.
cheap russell westbrook shoes
Reply michael jordan shoes
7:43 PM on August 14, 2022 
I am only commenting to let you be aware of what a incredible experience my wife's princess obtained going through your web page. She even learned a good number of details, not to mention what it's like to have an awesome coaching spirit to get the rest with ease comprehend a variety of hard to do topics. You undoubtedly surpassed our expected results. I appreciate you for delivering such important, safe, revealing not to mention unique tips on this topic to Jane.
michael jordan shoes
Reply curry 8
12:18 PM on August 13, 2022 
I simply needed to appreciate you once more. I'm not certain the things I could possibly have created without the actual hints discussed by you about that question. It actually was an absolute frustrating condition in my opinion, but being able to view a new professional mode you dealt with the issue forced me to leap for fulfillment. I will be happy for the work and as well , trust you know what a great job you're carrying out teaching most people by way of your webpage. More than likely you have never come across any of us.
curry 8
Reply cheap paul george shoes
12:18 PM on August 13, 2022 
I am also commenting to make you be aware of what a perfect experience my cousin's daughter encountered checking your blog. She realized a wide variety of details, most notably how it is like to have an ideal teaching heart to make many others clearly comprehend specific tortuous subject matter. You actually did more than people's desires. Thanks for distributing those important, dependable, edifying and as well as fun guidance on that topic to Mary.
cheap paul george shoes
Reply supreme outlet
12:17 PM on August 13, 2022 
I just wanted to compose a quick word so as to say thanks to you for the pleasant guidelines you are sharing on this website. My extended internet research has now been recognized with good know-how to exchange with my companions. I would assert that many of us readers actually are extremely blessed to dwell in a superb website with very many perfect professionals with valuable techniques. I feel quite grateful to have come across your website page and look forward to really more awesome minutes reading here. Thanks again for all the details.
supreme outlet
Reply cheap kyrie 7
12:15 PM on August 13, 2022 
I simply wanted to appreciate you once again. I am not sure the things I might have handled in the absence of the actual points shared by you concerning such area. It absolutely was a troublesome problem for me personally, nevertheless viewing a new specialised approach you managed the issue forced me to leap for contentment. Now i am happy for this assistance and thus hope that you realize what a great job you were getting into training many people via your web site. I know that you have never met any of us.
cheap kyrie 7
Reply forexwale
5:48 PM on August 12, 2022 
nike free rn flyknit 2018 black silver dress set for ladies new york yankees franchise fitted game cap by 47 review nike free flyknit mercurial uk womens yellow red sox hat highway
Reply gtrelarm
10:13 PM on August 11, 2022 
oakley gauge 3.2 2 heart tiffanys necklace karen millen white dress north face himalayan gtx
Reply cdielektrik
8:52 AM on August 11, 2022 
soft girl outfits winter dallas cowboys camo hat for uk kobe 8 system mc mambacurial gray yellow san francisco giants gray hat 4029
Reply JamesGof
8:34 AM on August 11, 2022 
url= says...
how to buy albendazole without a prescription
url= says...
url= says...
viagra pharmacy generic
url= says...
anafranil tab 10mg
url= says...
cymbalta pills for sale
url= says...
accutane without prescription
Reply cheap kd shoes
7:06 AM on August 11, 2022 
I just wanted to send a brief note to thank you for the precious tricks you are posting here. My considerable internet search has finally been honored with reputable facts to talk about with my relatives. I 'd believe that we site visitors actually are unequivocally blessed to live in a decent community with very many outstanding people with useful hints. I feel pretty grateful to have encountered the web page and look forward to plenty of more brilliant moments reading here. Thanks a lot once more for everything.
cheap kd shoes
Reply kobe basketball shoes
7:06 AM on August 11, 2022 
I and my guys have been checking the best secrets and techniques found on your website then quickly developed a terrible feeling I had not expressed respect to the site owner for those secrets. These women became as a result stimulated to study all of them and have now undoubtedly been tapping into these things. We appreciate you getting simply helpful and for picking out certain beneficial ideas millions of individuals are really desirous to know about. Our sincere regret for not expressing gratitude to sooner.
kobe basketball shoes
Reply goyard bags
7:06 AM on August 11, 2022 
My spouse and i have been quite happy when Chris could carry out his analysis by way of the precious recommendations he grabbed from your very own site. It's not at all simplistic just to find yourself giving away techniques which some other people have been selling. And we all remember we have got the writer to appreciate for this. Most of the illustrations you've made, the simple website menu, the friendships you make it easier to instill - it's got many superb, and it's facilitating our son and our family imagine that this matter is enjoyable, which is certainly exceptionally serious. Thanks for all the pieces!
goyard bags
Reply cheap curry shoes
7:05 AM on August 11, 2022 
I needed to send you the very small observation so as to say thank you as before considering the superb concepts you have provided in this case. This is so strangely open-handed with people like you to supply extensively exactly what a few people would've marketed as an ebook to get some dough for their own end, most notably considering that you could have tried it in the event you wanted. The techniques as well worked as a fantastic way to understand that the rest have the same interest just like my own to know the truth more when considering this issue. I am certain there are lots of more pleasurable periods in the future for people who see your site.
cheap curry shoes
Reply golden goose sale
7:05 AM on August 11, 2022 
My spouse and i ended up being now lucky Ervin could deal with his reports through the ideas he received from your very own blog. It is now and again perplexing to just be giving away methods which people have been trying to sell. And we already know we've got the website owner to be grateful to for this. Most of the explanations you made, the straightforward blog menu, the relationships your site make it possible to engender - it's most superb, and it's assisting our son in addition to the family do think the article is pleasurable, and that is extremely indispensable. Thanks for everything!
golden goose sale