Is a Relaxer Right for You?

There’s a saying that “ignorance is bliss”.  Walking clueless into a salon without the proper knowledge of the chemicals being put in your hair can leave you blissfully baffled and bald!

Ideally, a professional hairstylist should apply your relaxer.  Why?  Because stylists have received training to work with chemicals and understand the cause/effect of using specific products on specific textures of hair.  While YouTube has evolved into the DIY for all the hair, there are some technical aspects of proper hair care that should be reserved for licensed professionals.  The application of relaxers and colors/dyes remains at the top of my list.

Let’s start with the basics.  The consultation. At no point and time, should you arrive at an appointment with your stylist, and he/she immediately begin basing and applying your relaxer.  This is the mistake many stylists make is having a “one size fits all” regimen for their clients. Simply put, all coifs are not created equal. In fact, all strands of hair on the same head are not the same texture.  There should be a personalized analysis of your scalp and hair strands. An examination of all parts of hair is recommended to assess which strands have been pre-relaxed and which require more. Some areas may not require any relaxer application at all.


When being serviced by Trayce Madre’, there are three types of relaxers; sodium hydroxide, calcium lithium and a customized application. Sodium hydroxide relaxers are commonly called lye relaxers. Lye relaxers can be used on wavy, curly or coily hair.  No-lye relaxers, also known as calcium hydroxide relaxers, are designed for sensitive scalps and can also be used on curly, coily or wavy textures.  

Do’s in Product Use:

Close relaxer to preserve the integrity of the product

Remove the amount of product needed for relaxer; never use relaxer directly from the jar -Cross Contamination

Replace the brush for application; never reuse a brush from one client to the next

Refrain from mixing and matching products (Use suggested products, i.e. shampoo, neutralizer, conditioner, etc.)

Dont’s in Relaxer Application:

Overlapping causes hair loss

Leaving the relaxer on until it burns is simply inviting scalp and follicle damage

Applying relaxer to parts of the scalp that do not have new growth

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