Products for retexturizing kinky hair

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Products for retexturizing kinky hair
Kinky hair (sexy black woman posing image by Elke Dennis from Fotolia.com)

Kinky hair can be retexturized in a variety of ways. The hair can be permanently straightened or permanently smoothed into waves or looser curls. Some products can straighten the hair or loosen the curl temporarily. When trying to create looser curls, it is important to note that these products can only create a looser version of the hair's natural texture. They cannot create curls or add more texture.

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Relaxers

Relaxers straighten hair by altering the protein bonds in the hair strand. They come in two formulations: lye and no lye. Lye relaxers use sodium hydroxide to straighten the hair. No-lye relaxers use calcium hydroxide, lithium hydroxide, ammonium thioglycolate or guanidine carbonate to straighten the hair. According to The Beauty Brains, relaxers must have a pH of 11 or higher to be effective. However, this high pH can weaken the hair and damage the scalp. Popular brands of lye relaxers include Silk Elements Mild Lye, Avlon Affirm Moisture Plus Conditioning Relaxer and MIZANI Butter Blend Relaxer. Creme of Nature No-Lye Nourish Regular Relaxer Kit and Phyto PhytoSpecific Phytorelaxer are popular no-lye relaxers. Relaxers are permanent, but new growth should be relaxed every six to 12 weeks.

Products for retexturizing kinky hair
Relaxers permanently straighten hair. (sexy black woman image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Texturizers

Texturizers are milder versions of relaxers that are designed to loosen the natural curl pattern instead of removing it completely. Texturizers use the same chemicals as lye and no-lye relaxers. According to the book "Andre Talks Hair!," texturizers work best on hair that has very tight corkscrews. The texturizer relaxes the corkscrews into "S"-shaped waves. Hair that forms a "Z" pattern will relax into frizz instead of curls. Soft & Beautiful Botanicals Coarse Hair Texturizer, Luster's S-Curl Texturizer Kit, Proline Comb-Thru Texturizer and Silk Elements No-Lye No-Mix Texturizer System are popular texturizers. Texturizers are permanent, but new growth should be texturised every six to 12 weeks.

Products for retexturizing kinky hair
Texturised hair can be worn straight or curly. (black woman on cell phone image by Susan Rae Tannenbaum from Fotolia.com)

Keratin Treatments

Keratin treatments use a keratin solution to straighten the hair. Keratin is a natural component of hair. The makers of the Brazilian Blowout keratin treatment say that their product improves the health of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft. After applying a keratin treatment, kinky hair will have a looser texture and require less heat to straighten. Keratin treatments can be used on natural or relaxed hair. Popular keratin treatment products include Global Keratin Hair Treatment CHOCOLATE, QOD Gold Brazilian Keratin, OK Original Keratin Treatment and Rejuvenol Brazilian Keratin Treatment With Collagen. Keratin treatments are temporary and last anywhere from six weeks to five months.

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Products for retexturizing kinky hair
Keratin treatments result in silky, straight hair. (long hair image by Bettina Baumgartner from Fotolia.com)

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