Hair Relaxer or HAir Remover?

I will start this post with simple chemistry. There are 3 types of hair relaxers: Lye (Sodium Hydroxide), No-lye (Guanidine Hydroxide) and Ammonium Thioglycolate. Most no-lye relaxers contain a chemical called Guanidine Hydroxide. Guanidine Hydroxide is made of guanidine carbonate + Calcium Hydroxide. Calcium Hydroxide is the key activating ingredient in most hair removers. Guanidine carbonate slows the speed of the Calcium Hydroxide to activate ( process the hair) in the hair relaxers.

More Shocking Information:

Both hair removers and hair relaxers affects the hair in the same way. They both open the cuticle layer and break the hydrogen and ionic bonds in the hair strands to change the hair structure. The hair relaxers just process slower and then is chemically stopped by the use of a Neutralizing Shampoo.

On the other hand, hair removers processing is not stopped or slowed down. They contain a higher percentage of Calcium Hydroxide. Both hydrogen and Ionic bonds are broken down until they don’t exist and the hair strands completely melt off.

If left on for longer than the suggested time, hair relaxers can produce the same result.


Ask Yourself “Is my hair getting thinner with every relaxer I receive?”

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Published in: on 04/12/2007 at 12:35 PM  Leave a Comment