About Chemical Hair Straightening Products

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Chemical hair straightening products either come as ammonium thioglycolate-based or sodium-based, and these two types should never be mixed together. Understand the science behind chemical hair straightening products with beauty tips from a professional hairstylist in this free video on hair care.

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Hi I'm Amelia and I am going to talk to you about chemical hair straightening products. First let me talk about the different types of products there are. We have got ammonium thioglycolate based products and we also have sodium and guanidane based products. Now these two products cannot mix so if you use one you can't then use the other. This is traditionally what would be called a white or Caucasian based type relaxer which is really a misnomer because relaxers shouldn't be white or black, it's really more about the texture of the hair and which one you would prefer. I actually prefer the sodium or the guanidine based relaxers. I feel like they are quicker and they get the hair a lot straighter than these. However, this one is also a thermal straightener which will make your hair permanently straight. In other words you will actually have to grow the hair out. You are not going to get any curl pattern out of the hair itself. Whereas the sodium based relaxers, they will eventually revert back to their natural hair texture so as you can see with this model this side is a little bit straighter. We have relaxed this side and this was actually done with a sodium based relaxer and this side has not been relaxed so you can see how much straighter you can get the hair and if you have any other questions about your chemical relaxers I suggest going to a salon that you trust and getting a consultation from a designer.


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