It is not uncommon for people with curly or wavy hair to consider having their hair straightened. Some people prefer a sleek and straight style rather than having waves or curls in their hair. This is why many people tend to seek help from lye relaxers.
Lye relaxers have been used since the 19th century. The African-Americans were among the first ones to discover that their naturally curly hair could be altered through the use of excess lye found in soap. They would use lye soap to wash their hair, and comb it through several times to make their hair straight. It was in 1971 that the first commercial lye relaxer was produced by the company Proline.
Lye relaxers are made up of sodium hydroxide, also known as lye. Lye is combined with emulsifiers, mineral oil, and petroleum jelly. The resulting cream is applied to the hair to penetrate and alter its structure. However, the only thing it really does is to weaken the bonds to loosen out the curls. What happens is that the hair fibers actually swell up to make the curl straight.
So, do you really want your hair to lose its natural curl if it means permanent damage? Lye relaxers making it more susceptible to breakage and damage. It can cause your hair to become dry and brittle. In addition, it can cause irritation, tenderness, and bleeding of the scalp. The process of straightening or relaxing through lye relaxers is irreversible. The only thing you can do to help your hair recover from the chemical is by hair conditioning and adjusting its pH level.
In order to avoid lye relaxers, there are some alternatives that you can look into. One of which is one of the latest breakthroughs in hair technology, known as The Bio Ionic System. It is also called the Thermal Ionic System, which makes use of a substance Called Ammonium Thioglycolate. It utilizes a flat iron that is heated to about 170 to 230 degrees Celsius. It makes your hair permanently pin-straight while leaving your hair shiny and soft.
Another alternative to lye relaxers are the non-chemical temporary strengtheners. These are numerous types of smoothing glazes or styling lotions that are made up of natural ingredients such as wheat proteins. These alternatives are much better for the health of your hair. Consult with your stylist as to which is the best choice for your hair.