Using African-American relaxers on Caucasian hair?

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Am I insane to consider this? I've gotten my hair relaxed in a salon, but it didn't work very well. I actually think I did try Dark and Lovely as a teen, but I chickened out and didn't leave it in very long so I didn't get the full effect. I remember it worked better than the salon one, though! They're coming out with gentler formulas and more varieties so maybe one of them will work for me? I'm a 2a/b with some curls in back.

I decided to give up on trying to make my waves into curls and go with a straight look **dodges bullets**. I want to go shorter but my hair bushes out uncontrollably in the back at short lenghts, making it impossible to straighten. It is so much thicker than the rest of my hair. I just want something to flatten it out, make it more pliable. Have any non-black posters on here tried relaxers meant for black hair? Any you can recommend?

Whoops, I just noticed there's a relaxing section. Maybe I should move this over there but it won't let me c&p, and I don't want to re-type this.... Oh well maybe the mods will catch it and do it for me (please?).

Last edited by mini.mophead; 08-02-2009 at 03:11 PM.
Am I insane to consider this? I've gotten my hair relaxed in a salon, but it didn't work very well. I actually think I did try Dark and Lovely as a teen, but I chickened out and didn't leave it in very long so I didn't get the full effect. I remember it worked better than the salon one, though! They're coming out with gentler formulas and more varieties so maybe one of them will work for me? I'm a 2a/b with some curls in back.

I decided to give up on trying to make my waves into curls and go with a straight look **dodges bullets**. I want to go shorter but my hair bushes out uncontrollably in the back at short lenghts, making it impossible to straighten. It is so much thicker than the rest of my hair. I just want something to flatten it out, make it more pliable. Have any non-black posters on here tried relaxers meant for black hair? Any you can recommend?

Whoops, I just noticed there's a relaxing section. Maybe I should move this over there but it won't let me c&p, and I don't want to re-type this.... Oh well maybe the mods will catch it and do it for me (please?).
Originally Posted by mini.mophead


I had a guy in my office tell me he used to perm his hair all the time with Dark and Lovely. He's jewish. He told me he used to put it in himself. He told me,"Yeah, I just turned on the fan honey, and straightened my hair." So apparently, as the president says, "Yes you can". Try it.
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Ha, ha, I'm Jewish but I don't have a "Jew fro." If I did, I'd rock it. I wouldn't straighten. I'd rather have very curly hair or straight as a board hair. I have a feeling both would be easier to style than in-between hair like mine. I'm hoping to get straight hair, but we'll see. I think I just might try a relaxer. I'm a little afraid right now because I recently highlighted my hair...
Yes the lady who sits next to me in my office is white and uses the Just For Me kids relaxer, she says it's gentle and just leaves her hair wavy and more manageable. Her hair is short and looks like a roller set, but she does not set it.

It's not something I'd try, 'cause I'm not interested in relaxing my hair now. But in general, chemicals for hair are not nearly as hair-type-specific as the packaging would suggest.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
Well, I guess if you don't leave it on too long it would be okay. But, really make sure you know how to care for relaxed hair, or you could suffer from dryness and breakage, like most women who relax their hair and don't care for it properly.

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