About Hair Relaxer

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Hair relaxers are either ammonium thioglycolate-based, which is also the base for curly perm solutions, or sodium-based, which is shampooed into the hair. Learn about different types of hair relaxers with beauty tips from a professional hairstylist in this free video on hair care.

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Hi, I'm Amelia and I'm going to talk to you about hair relaxers. Basically there's three different types of hair relaxers. One is based off of perm technology ammonium thioglycolate. It's the exact same chemical that you find in a perm that will actually curl your hair. And the other would be sodium or guanidine based. And these are really simple to use. You apply that to the scalp and then use a neutralizing shampoo. Where as this, like perm technology, you're first going to have to apply the first step which is step one, and then you'll have to apply the neutralizer. And then you can't shampoo for like forty eight hours, same with a perm. With these you can pretty much shampoo the next day. These are going to be a little bit stronger. These are, I recommend these for hair that's a little bit more coarse. However, with the traditional sodium based relaxers they do make ones that are for fine for color treated hair, and so it's really based off of your hair texture, not your color or your ethnicity. So keep that in mind. This one as well can also be used as a thermal straightener which is used with a flat iron and that's going get your hair a lot straighter than any of them. So if you're looking to actually continue wearing your hair a little bit curly or just want to pull some of the curl out, I don't recommend a thermal relaxer. I recommend just a either a regular ammonium based relaxer or a sodium or lye based relaxer. And remember, the two cannot mix. So once you use this one you can't then use this one or your hair will actually break off. So, that's what hair relaxers are and what they're made of.


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