Back to the Basics: Knowing your relaxers

Differences between Lye relaxers and no-lye relaxers

Lye relaxers are gentler on the hair but burn scalp faster than no-lye relaxers. Due to the lower amount of straightness, they usually break less disulfide bonds. No-Lye relaxers often produce straighter results and are gentler on the scalp than Lye relaxers.
Lye relaxers are usually preferred by professional hair stylists No-lye relaxers are usually sold to everyone and can be found easily.
Lye relaxers generally have higher pH than no-lye relaxers, some even as high as 14. Lye relaxers lift and swell the hair cuticle more than no-lye relaxers to achieve straightening thus increasing external damage to the fiber. No lye relaxers generallyhave a lower pH than lye relaxers, and do not lift or swell the hair cuticle as much as lye relaxers to achieve straightening.  
Can be used for several applications. No lye relaxer mixes are only good for one application. Once mixed, any unused portion will have to be discarded.


*Although Lye relaxers have a higher pH than no-lye relaxers, they are not usually left on the hair for a very long time due to their ability to burn the scalp. On the other hand, no-lye relaxers are generally left on the hair longer because most people believe that it has worked only when the scalp begins to hurt. This false impression increases the relaxer’s contact time with the hair, thus leading to straighter hair than is achieved with Lye relaxers.*



I.            Lye Relaxers

–        Olive Oil Professional Crème Relaxer (No-Base Formula)

–        Avlon Fibergurd Conditioning crème relaxer

–        Bantu No-Base Relaxer

–        Silk Elements MegaSilk Olive Oil Relaxer

–        Proclaim Hair Relaxer Regular

–        TCB No Base Creme Hair Relaxer

–        Revlon Professional Conditioning Creme Relaxer

II.            Lithium relaxers

–        Gentle Treatment Regular No Mix No-Lye Relaxer

–        TCB Bone Strait No-Lye Relaxer

III.            Guanidine/Calcium Hydroxide relaxers

–        Profectiv Relax & Refresh Relaxer Plus Color Restorative System

–        Gentle Treatment Conditioning Crème Relaxer Kit

–        Organic Root Stimulator Built-In Protection No-Lye Relaxer 

–        Africa’s Best Regular No-Lye Dual Conditioning Relaxer System

–        Profectiv Mega Growth Therapeutic No-Lye Hair Relaxer Regular Strength

–        Softsheen-Carson Dark And Lovely Healthy-Gloss 5 Shea Moisture Hair Relaxer Kit

–        Luster’s Pink Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer Regular

–        Motions Silkening Shine Relaxer System Regular

–        Soft & Beautiful Just For Me! No-Lye Conditioning Creme Hair Relaxer Kit for Children Regular

IV.      Chelating Agents (for removing chemical deposits e.g calcium)


–        Joico K-Pak Chelating shampoo

–        Kenra Clarifying Shampoo

–        Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo

–        Pureology Serious Colour Care Purify-Shampoo with zero sulfates

Dr Fomsky

About the author
Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
LAST RELAXER DAY: December 15th, 2016
BIG CHOP: January 14th, 2017
Natural Hair, Unknown Porosity, Fine Hair strands, Low to Moderate Density

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