hair relaxers without lye dangerous? Do no lye relaxers dry out
Any hair relaxer
can burn your scalp if you use it incorrectly. Lye is something
found in many hair relaxers. It helps the product work, but it can
also burn the skin. Hair relaxers without lye don't usually bother
your skin as much, but you still need to be safe and use them the
Tips from skin
doctors and hairdressers to help use hair relaxers safely:
- Don't leave the hair
relaxer on longer than the directions say you should.
- Wash it out with a
- Use conditioner often
after relaxing your hair.
- Be extra careful when
you use hair relaxers on children. Keep hair relaxers out of children's
- Children have been
hurt playing with hair relaxers.
- It can be a good idea
to get help with relaxers instead of doing it all by yourself.
That way you can be surer to use the relaxer evenly and rinse
it all out from places you can't see.
- You can protect your
scalp by putting petroleum jelly on the scalp before using the
- Don't scratch your
head or brush your hair before you use a relaxer.
- Use the best hair
relaxer for sensitive scalp
- Remember that curling
and blow drying can hurt your hair, too.
How often should
I relax my hair?
Straightening too often
can damage your hair. You might want to ask your hairdresser for
advice, because different hair straightener products on the market
have different directions. According to some hairdressers, every
six to eight weeks is common, but this depends on the product. It
also depends on your hair, such as how fast your hair grows.
Can I dye and
relax my hair at the same time?
You are more likely to
damage your hair if you use both hair dye and a hair relaxer. If
you do color your relaxed hair, some hairdressers say you should
use a semi-permanent dye. They say it will cause less damage than
a permanent dye.
Refer to product directions
and talk to your hairdresser because different hair relaxers have
different directions. Some should not be used when you have dye
in your hair.
* Source: US Food &
Drug Administration Reporting on Hair Relaxers