6 Best Relaxers for Black Hair : Stylist’s Choice

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While it is urged that you visit the salon whenever possible for all chemical procedures, even I can’t deny having used at home relaxers on myself and my friends as well. Contrary to popular belief, the result wasn’t bad a lot of the time, in fact, depending upon the quality of the relaxer that I purchased, my hair would come out looking pretty great!

This is why it’s so important to search out quality relaxers for black, coarse hair, whether you’re in the salon or not. The relaxer you choose for your hair can either make or break the health of your hair.

Assess your hair first and let that guide your decision. Is your hair super thick and coarse? You may need an extra strength at home relaxer or you may even be inclined to book an appointment at a salon, either way, you’ll need to know the current condition of your hair.

Let’s take a look at the best six relaxers for black hair whether your hair is thin, you have a sensitive scalp, color treated, and more! Some of these are at home relaxers and some are salon-grade if you’re thinking of heading into the salon. Let’s start!

ORS Olive Oil Full Application No-Lye Hair Relaxer

ORS Olive Oil Built-In Protection Full Application No-Lye Hair Relaxer - Normal Strength (Pack of 3)

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First on our list of the best relaxers is by a well known brand at home and in the salon. Organic Root Stimulator’s relaxer is one of the most commonly used at home relaxers and the Professional version is used in salons all over.  I personally remember this being the at home relaxer of choice for a lot of girls in high school!

This relaxer is excellent for hair that is of average thickness and in a generally good state, healthwise. Infused with olive oil, shea butter, and a unique blend of exotic oils to nourish the hair as it straightens, we give this relaxer 5 stars!

Design Essentials Conditioning Relaxer

Design Essentials Conditioning Relaxer Regular 4lb

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Now this is a relaxer that you will primarily find in a salon. Design Essentials is a salon grade brand that includes lines like KeraCare in their collection. Coming across this relaxer in a salon can leave you feeling very much relieved. Your hair is in good hands!

This sodium hydroxide relaxer is fortified with the HydraStrength Vitamin & Protein complex to protect the hair during the relaxer process. Truly great for all textures and hair types, this relaxer works for all!

PHYTO SPECIFIC Relaxer Index 2 Botanical No-Lye Relaxer

PHYTO SPECIFIC Relaxer Index 2 Botanical No-Lye Relaxer

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There is a reason this relaxer has received several awards! This is the only relaxer where the active ingredients are 100% naturally derived. This is a fantastic at home relaxer and one of the best relaxers for black hair that is fine, weak or for individuals that just want a gentler and/or natural approach to the relaxer process!

This relaxer specifically is for curly to coarse textures, however, there is a less intense version, as well. Not only is this a relaxer that you may see in your local salon, it is also available as an at home chemical procedure.

Optimum Care by SoftSheen Carson Defy Breakage No-Lye Relaxer

Softsheen-Carson Optimum Salon Haircare Optimum Care Defy Breakage No-Lye Relaxer, Regular Strength for Normal Hair Textures, Optimum Salon Haircare, Hair Relaxer with Coconut Oil

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Thought you couldn’t get salon quality results in an at home relaxer? Think again! SoftSheen Carson’s line of salon quality results at home, Optimum, has delivered an incredible product that protects the hair from start to finish. Designed to put an ultimate halt to breakage during the relaxer process, this product does that and then some.

Designed for normal hair, this at home relaxer takes six steps to wind up with straight, sleek, healthy hair. I know the feeling all too well of leaving the salon with that just relaxed hair blow dried and swinging in the wind and trying the same thing at home and not really hitting the mark. Optimum helps you get there!

Nairobi Sensitive Scalp Relaxer

Nairobi Sensitive Scalp Relaxer System

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Once again, this a brand that you will primarily see in a salon setting. Though Nairobi does have a range of products, they are most known for their trademark blue wrapping lotion. Just as good is their relaxer for sensitive scalp.

What we love the most about this salon grade relaxer is its effectiveness. Though geared for sensitive scalps, this relaxer can be used on anyone. The best relaxers for black hair, coarse hair, and any highly-textured hair will have a balance of efficiency and nourishment. Nairobi does both excellently!

Avlon Affirm Dry & Itchy Scalp Sensitive Scalp Formula Relaxer

Nairobi Sensitive Scalp Relaxer System

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A trusted salon brand and producer of protective and nourishing products, Affirm’s Sensitive Scalp Relaxer is a great option for choosing a relaxer. Once again, this product was designed for sensitive scalps but can be used on all heads.

What a lot of individuals like to do is purchase sensitive scalp relaxers regardless if they suffer from an uncomfortable scalp or not for the added protection. Affirm’s formula is intensified with strengtheners (read also :  protein treatments for relaxed hair), moisturizers, and hydrators to protect and repair the hair. A definite win when choosing a relaxer!

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Stephanie, a native Floridian, has spent the majority of her 25 year career as a licensed Professional in the Hair industry, specializing in Chemical Processing and Curly Hair cutting.

She began learning about natural hair care while working at Aubrey Organics. More recently, she has been taking on the challenging question of hair loss and regrowth as a Hair Coach for Kerotin Haircare.

She is also grateful for the knowledge gained from experienced hairdressers while living abroad in the Dominican Republic.

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