The Best Relaxers for Coarse Hair

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A relaxer is an alkaline or sodium hydroxide (LYE) based chemical solution used to straighten tightly curled hair. Relaxers are most popular amongst African American women who seek a variety of relaxer types depending on the texture of their hair. Popular relaxers for coarse hair include Dark & Lovely Super, Mizani Relaxer for Coarse/Resistant Hair and Phytospecific Phytorelaxer Index 2.

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Dark & Lovely Super

With a history spanning just over 100 years of providing hair care solutions, SoftSheen-Carson innovated the concept of a relaxer without the use of lye to straighten hair. The original formula is best suited for fine to medium hair, but SoftSheen-Carson's Dark & Lovely Super Relaxer is a formula that uses a combination of natural ingredients and enzymes to relax even the coarsest hair.

Phytospecific Phytorelaxer Index 2

This soy and egg based relaxer raised scepticism when it first appeared on the market. However, this lithium, calcium/sodium hydroxide, ammonium thioglycolate free hair relaxer works well for curly, thick hair that is difficult to straighten. A con is that many customers with a coarse, thick, curly hair texture require more than one box of the product to cover their entire scalp.

Mizani Relaxer for Coarse Hair

Originally, the collaboration of Softsheen-Carson and Redken, the Mizani brand was created to be a high end professional hair care product exclusively available to salons. The Mizani Relaxer for Coarse Hair is a lye-based relaxer that should be used only under professional care. Users of the Mizani Relaxer for Coarse Hair boast longer lasting results than other relaxers. This is likely due to the added chemical strength of sodium hydroxide (lye) and the use of professional expertise.

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