A Guide to Finding the Best Relaxers for Damaged or Delicate Hair

Hair straightening is one of the most popular services performed in the salon. Huge revenue is brought in every year with this repeat service. But are you using the right products for your client's unique individual needs?

Relaxing a client's hair can become damaging over time, eating away at the cuticle and making the hair feel rough and dry. Often times clients will shy away from relaxers if their hair has been over-processed or damaged from other sources like over-bleaching or coloring of the hair. But there are a few relaxers on the market that can be used on damaged hair, and they can even help to repair it. 

Below you'll find some product options that are safe and effective on even the most delicate hair. 

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Affirm Fiberguard Relaxers by Avlon

Avlon, which makes a traditional Affirm Relaxer, has developed a product called Affirm Fiberguard which is a perfect option for delicate or damaged hair. There are conditioning and protective steps that are incorporated into the treatment, and this product is designed to retain more moisture and offer better cuticle protection than other traditional relaxers on the market. 

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Mizani Relaxers

Mizani Relaxers take a holistic approach to hair relaxing. Choose products that are specifically designed for each hair type with the help of their "Curl Key", which you can find on their website. The key is a guide to curl patterns and tightness of curls. Corresponding recommendations can then be found for strengthening, conditioning, and texturizing each type of curl pattern. 

Mizani Relaxers contain protective conditioners which minimize additional damage and maintain the utmost integrity of the hair.

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CHI Transformation System

CHI never disappoints with their high-end products, and their relaxer is no exception. The CHI Straightening System is different than other relaxers. It's safe for color-treated hair and it's 100% ammonia free. This product is designed to make the hair look and feel better after the service.

The hair is infused with silk proteins and moisture, and when the CHI system is used in conjunction with other CHI hair products, the results are truly outstanding. 

You'll often find that the retail price point is higher for a CHI relaxer than other types of relaxers, but the results are most definitely reflected in the price. 

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Alter Ego Linange Shea Butter Relaxer

This relaxer has somewhat of a cult following on the internet. People swear by its moisturizing formula that's infused with rich Shea Butter. It can be used as a relaxer, or a retexturizer to soften curls. Linange Shea Butter Relaxer leaves the hair soft, straight and smooth without looking flat and lifeless. Alter Ego is an Italian company that has a full line of products to compliment their hair relaxer

Further Reading

The History of Hair Relaxer: How a Happy Accident Changed Hair Forever

Chemical Hair Treatments - Which One is Right for Your Clients?

Rules to Follow When Coloring Textured Hair