This is VERY important post as it pertains to my relaxed and tex-laxed sisters, so I want to make sure I get everything I want to say to you guys across.
So first and foremost I want to say that I never really recommend doing a relaxer yourself. I have only done one on myself once (this last time, May 10th, 2012)...
But also, as you get more and more serious about your hair journey, I understand the feeling of not really trusting everyone with your hair after putting so much hard work into it. Especially with something as serious as a relaxer. So...with that being said... here we go.
- Know the difference in a LYE relaxer and a NO LYE relaxer: If you take away one thing from this post... it will be that I DO NOT RECOMMEND NO LYE RELAXERS. And here's a few reasons why: 1) No Lye relaxers tend to leave mineral deposits on your hair (I can always tell a sister who uses no lye relaxers right off the bat just by looking at her ends 2) They take longer to process so you are leaving those chemicals on your hair for much longer 3) You usually have to mix the product yourself -- While No Lye relaxers are usually most recommend for people who do their own relaxers because it is not as harsh on the scalp as lye relaxers... I say just take the time to take care of your scalp before you relax and stick with PROFESSIONAL products. No lye relaxers tend to get your hair straighter but at what cost? Personally I am tex-laxed so "straight" isn't my goal in the first place, but I promise, if straight was the goal a lye relaxer could do the trick for me just as well... better.
- Get a GOOD neutralizing shampoo for your hair for after you wash your relaxer out: I have a picture of the shampoo that I have used for YEARS on my hair. It does the job really well. It is important to stop those chemicals from continuing to process long after you think you have rinsed it all out. Using a normal shampoo is not going to do that for you.
I got my hair professional relaxed for most of the time I've gotten it done, but on the few occasions before I started my hair journey and just could not afford to pay a salon this is the brand I used.
If you want to know a step by step on how I do my tex-lax there is a post already on here on that.
Also, here's an article about the differences in Lye and No Lye relaxers if you want to check it out: