Do relaxers permanently straighten hair?

Hair relaxing is a form of permanent chemical straightening. … Unlike keratin treatments, which are temporary and wash out after about 3 months, chemical relaxers are permanent, and last until your hair grows out.

Can relaxers permanently change hair texture?

I’ve reviewed a number of articles on the issue and most indicate that while relaxers can permanently damage your scalp or follicles, they do not alter the curl patter of your hair as it grows. Now, this is not to say that other interventions cannot alter the texture of your hair.

Is it better to relax or straighten hair?

Relaxing causes much more damage thus leading to more hair loss via breakage than flat irons. … It’s unlikely that flat ironing will cause this but it is possible relaxing hair can. If your scalp is exposed to the chemicals in relaxers for too long, it can burn you and cause permanent hair loss.

What should you not do before a relaxer?

Here are some guidelines on what to avoid doing before and while relaxing your hair.

  • Shampooing Before. …
  • Forgetting to Detangle. …
  • Working in Big Sections. …
  • Overlapping Chemicals. …
  • Combing the Relaxer Through. …
  • Leaving Chemicals on Too Long. …
  • Not Using Neutralizer. …
  • Skipping Conditioner.
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