ALTERNATIVES AFTER CHEMICAL RELAXING AND CARE TIPS FOR ETHNIC HAIR
Chemical hair relaxers are cosmetic products designed to straighten extremely curly, coiled or tightly coiled hair by breaking the disulfide bonds found within the cortex layer of the hair. Hair relaxers are frequently used in ethnic hair, a way in giving hair an easier way of styling, as requested by the clients. Sodium Hydroxide and Thioglicolate are the two most common types of hair relaxers.
Hair relaxers are marketed in two types, base or no base relaxers. Base relaxers require stylists to base the client’s entire scalp with a protective cream prior to the chemical relaxer application. No base relaxers have a protective cream built within the relaxer that settles onto the scalp according to the client’s body temperature.
During a hydroxide relaxer procedure a process called lanthionization occurs, where the curl pattern is loosened or relaxed. The cortex is thus elongated, stretching the original curl pattern, therefore making this a permanent alteration.
Sodium Hydroxide relaxers are very effective in breaking down the hair’s bonds (straightening the hair) quickly. Since it processes quickly it is also the most commonly used relaxers by professionals. Through speedy and precise application, professional stylists are able to apply the relaxer evenly, process the relaxer in a timely manner and rinse thoroughly with a neutralizing shampoo to avoid damage and potential irritation during the chemical process.
If hair is relaxed until it is bone straight, you are essentially over relaxing the hair. This removes elasticity, thus weakening the hair. Over a long period of time of continuous over relaxation, blow drying and hot curling, hair will become damaged and prone to breakage.
To avoid irreparable damage and maintain the integrity of the hair, we have created a special product, the ONESTEP Hair Rejuvenation System. It is Kerarganic's safe alternative to maintain hair straight and healthy after chemical relaxing. It’s an engineered complex of natural ingredients keeping disulfide bonds relaxed and strong, while a blend of caviar extract, amino acids, oils and vitamins repair the damages caused by chemical relaxers. The result is what you and your client want: straight, healthy, shiny and soft hair.
Now that we have shown the best alternative to treat chemically relaxed hair and maintaining it straight without further damage, we want to recommend some steps to continue giving health back to the hair, preventing any future problems.
No matter what kind of damage the hair has, Moisturizing Shampoos and Conditioners are a must. Therefore we have developed an entire specialized line called the Kerarganic Restorative Collection, which gives damaged hair the special attention it needs for reverse damage.
Besides our Moisturizing Shampoos and Conditioners, we offer an Xtreme Repair Mask, a leave-in conditioner that is formulated to penetrate deeply into the hair shaft, which not only makes styling easier but as well as it smooths the cuticle for a healthy sheen. We also offer a Treatment Serum in our collection, a powerful combination of pure Argan oil from Morocco and sunflower seed extract. This serum is a natural healer for damaged fibers, especially for split ends. It can be easily applied before blow drying or ironing the hair, which will add shine and softness to the hair as well as prevent damages.
When following these steps in a few short months your client´s hair will be straight, repaired, healthy, soft, shiny and with many more qualities that can never be achieved with constant chemical relaxing.
Click here to see a Tutorial video that shows how to apply ONEStep and to see its wonderful results!