Q:

How do you treat relaxer burns?

A:

Quick Answer

According to Vissa Studios, treating relaxer burns is a three-to-four step process. Step one is to wash the area thoroughly with water and a neutralizing shampoo to prevent further burns, while step two is to debride the wound by removing loose hairs. Third, wash the area with an antiseptic, and then optionally, apply an antibacterial ointment to the wound to speed up healing and reduce chances of infection.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Vissa Studios warns against scratching or picking at scabs once the wound begins to heal. Relaxer burns are chemical burns and itch excessively during the healing process. For minor burns, use aloe vera as a natural remedy that facilitates healing and soothes pain and itching. The gel is applied directly to the wound and surrounding areas.

According to Vissa Studios, sodium hydroxide is also known as lye and is a highly corrosive agent. However both lye and non-lye relaxers can cause burns. Relaxers of all types cause chemical burns when allowed to sit for too long on the scalp. A neutralizing shampoo, which usually comes with the purchased relaxer, is necessary to wash out the relaxing agents. Vissa Studios advises continuing normal hair care routines and taking care to brush and comb gently. Chemical burns also cause hair loss.

Learn more about Skin Care
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are the benefits of rosewater and glycerin?

    A:

    Rosewater and glycerin are used topically to prevent and treat dry, scaly, rough or itchy skin as well as minor skin irritations such as radiation therapy skin burns or diaper rash. It is an emollient that is used to moisturize and soften the skin by forming an oily layer on the surface of the skin that traps water in.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How often should you get a relaxer?

    A:

    After relaxing hair the first time, it is typical to touch-up all new hair growth about every eight weeks, or when the new hair is typically 1/2 to 1 inch long. It's not necessary to relax the older hair because it's already permanently straight from a previous relaxing treatment.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a no-base relaxer?

    A:

    A no-base relaxer is a relaxer formula that includes a protective cream so that a protective base does not have to be applied to the scalp first. No-base relaxers also contain lower concentrations of lye, which means they are less likely to irritate the scalp.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What is a PhytoSpecific relaxer?

    A:

    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 >

Explore