One gets scalp burn from a chemical relaxer due to improper application and/or irritation to already sensitive skin. Because relaxers often contain harsh chemicals, it is important to know one's skin type prior to application of the product.Continue Reading
There are a number of different brands of chemical relaxers, all of which boast the most effective form of hair straightening. While each brand may vary slightly in their delivery of the straightening process, they all share the common premise that vigilant timing and consistent application are imperative safety precautions.
One common way to cause scalp burn is by applying the relaxer directly on the scalp instead of on the hair as the instructions direct. Another common mistake is applying the product on hair that has recently been washed or near a scalp that has recently been scratched. Washing and scratching leave small incisions in the scalp which make it susceptible to chemical burns. Finally, the most common way one gets scalp burn from chemical relaxers is by leaving the product on the hair longer than the recommended time period. The directions give specific instructions on how long the chemical should be left on the varying types of hair (coarse, normal, and mild) and if the instructions are not expressly followed, the user is susceptible to scalp burn.Learn more about Chemical Hair Treatments
A PhytoSpecific relaxer is a relaxer that is free of hydroxide. The relaxer serves as an alternate treatment for straightening hair, since it claims to be less harsh than a conventional relaxer.Full Answer >
You cannot use regular shampoo to wash out a relaxer, as it weakens the hair and causes it to swell. Regular shampoo does not contain the necessary neutralizing solution needed in order to neutralize the chemical process and protect the hair from over processing.Full Answer >
Most hairstylists recommend waiting for about a week before washing the hair after getting a relaxer. This is the best way to make sure the hair adjusts to the chemical treatment and the results last.Full Answer >
The difference between a perm and a relaxer lies in the intended outcome and the procedure used to achieve it: a perm introduces curls and ringlets, but a relaxer is applied to eliminate natural waves and coils. However, the chemicals used in both treatments are similar and work to change the structure and texture of the hair. In fact, some smoothing systems employ a perm solution with a relaxer-style technique.Full Answer >