Top 5 Relaxers for Sensitive Scalps

by Tara Smith
[ Hair Stylist ]

Let’s be honest, relaxer applications can sometimes be pretty uncomfortable. The chemicals used to create the result of smooth straight hair can sometimes have a temporary but harsh effect on the scalp. This is an even bigger issue for individuals with sensitive scalp.

Finding a gentle but effective relaxer for sensitive scalp can be pretty hard. Thankfully a large portion of professional relaxers used in salons have either adjusted their formula to accommodate sensitive scalps and/or they have sensitive scalp versions of their original relaxer.

A great word of advice is to have your chemical relaxer done in a salon by a licensed stylist (also read - best professional relaxer for black hair). Be sure to tell them that you have a sensitive scalp and they will make the appropriate modifications.

Here is a list of the top five relaxers for sensitive scalp that a lot of your quality salons will probably have!

Affirm Sensitive Scalp Relaxer

This salon quality relaxer is amazing for sensitive scalp. It is specifically designed for individuals with scalp irritation as well as dry hair and scalp. Highly rated by both stylists and clients, this sensitive scalp relaxer is most likely the best choice when choosing for yourself or searching out in a salon. I have seen this relaxer used in salons and used this relaxer myself on clients in the past and they have reported less burning and uncomforting.

This product boasts of including a liquid crystalline technology that promotes advanced straightening of the hair while also fortifying the hair with conditioning agents. A staple for many, this relaxer is definitely worth looking into!

Nairobi Conditioning Sensitive Scalp Relaxer

Another salon staple, Nairobi is a brand I have seen in the salon for a long time. It is most definitely a tried and true brand that delivers outstanding results. The same goes for their sensitive scalp relaxer. When asked what makes this relaxer different from the others, Nairobi’s website states that it includes, “Natural humectants such as Nairo-Plex-9 proteins, fatty amino acids and natural emollients oils that replenish the moisture and strength level.” In other words, you won’t have to worry about excess damage or lingering scalp uncomforting! This relaxer will not only do the job of a relaxer it will also impart strength to your strands and a gentle touch to your scalp.

Syntonics Botanical Conditioning Creme Relaxer

A professional hair brand that is new to me but has great testimonials is Syntonics. This relaxer has no parabens or artificial colors in its formula and because of its conditioners and botanicals such as sheabutter, cocoa butter, and aloe vera places this relaxer at the top of the list for relaxers great for sensitive and irritable scalps. One of the biggest concerns with receiving a relaxer is the possibility of increased discomfort during the process and potential damage to our hair. This relaxer is a perfect option, not just for sensitive scalps, but really anyone that wants to keep the health of their hair a priority when relaxing their hair.

MIZANI Butter Blend Sensitive Scalp Rhelaxer

Mizani is a highly trusted professional brand that also manufactures products for non-professionals as well. The Butter Blend relaxer line is amazing for giving the hair a luxurious, nourishing, and protective experience from application to styling. This relaxer is fantastic because it was made with sensitive scalps in mind. This is evident by its no-lye formula[Link to: Types of Hair Relaxers] and its unique blend of Shea Butter, Cocoa butter, and honey to protect the scalp. A great choice for anyone looking into relaxers for sensitive scalps, this product is most definitely one you should have on your radar.

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Design Essentials Sensitive Scalp Relaxer

Last but far from least is Design Essential’s Sensitive Scalp Relaxer, a trusted salon brand that has created some of the most amazing products for Coarse,Kinky, and chemically altered hair. This sensitive scalp relaxer is a great choice for people with varying scalp issues because of its “advanced time efficient” formula that straightens the hair while also reducing scalp irritation. Olive oil and Shea butter nourish the scalp and strands to ensure that the hair straightens while doing no harm to the scalp.

Knowing what products are going to be gentle and friendly to your scalp and your hair are important if a person is thinking of getting a relaxer while having a sensitive scalp. Scalp issues can increase in condition because of the chemicals from relaxers resulting in extreme discomfort. Talk to your stylist to determine what will be the best choice for you and your hair!

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