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A lot of people ask me about relaxers and honestly, I don't have a lot of
experience with them because I go to the Dominican
where they straighten my hair in their special way with no harsh
chemicals, and if you live near a Domincan salon, I recommend you do the same!
There are two kinds of relaxers, the harsh ones with
lye (sodium hydroxide,
also called caustic soda, and for good reason) or similar strong
ingredients, and the gentler “no-lye” ones, usually with
calcium hydroxide. Pictured at left is the Linange No-Lye relaxer and the
other products that must be used with it. Other highly regarded relaxer
My best advice, if you are going to use a relaxer, is don't do it
yourself — go to a salon and have a professional take care of you.
The money you save by home treatment is not worth the risk of losing or
damaging your hair or hurting yourself. Even the no-lye relaxers come with
lots of warnings. The only reason I have relaxers on my website is in case you
want to purchase a particular kind and bring it to the salon where they can
treat you, either because the salon doesn't have the products you want, or
to save money.
The Linange No-Lye Kit
Left to right in the photo above
Linange Neutralizing Conditioner, Linange Restructuring Mask with Shea
Butter and Coconut Oil, Linange Activator Liquid (to mix with the relaxer),
and the Linange No-Lye Shea Butter Cream Relaxer. In the background, a box
that contains four relaxer treatments (four relaxers and four liquid
Although this is a gentle relaxer for sensitive scalps, the label says
“for professional use only”; this is true for all relaxers. The
treatment proceeds as follows: first the stylist mixes the activator with
the relaxer, then applies the mixture to your hair according to directions.
After the indicated amount of time, your hair is rinsed thoroughly with
water. Then the neutralizing conditioner is applied to detoxify
your hair. Then the conditioner is rinsed out and the hair mask is applied.
Therefore, the procedure requires all four products shown above.
You can order by clicking the three buttons just below, or the
first three icons below. The fourth icon is for the Linange relaxer
with lye, in case you want to read the reviews. The fifth is the
Linange Texturizer, which is just like a relaxer (with lye or calcium
hydroxide) but is left on the hair for a shorter time to leave your hair
curly rather than perfectly straight.