What happens when you relax 3b hair?

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  • 1 Post By BotticelliBrit

I'm seriously considering relaxing my 3b curls; I'm really tired of them and I love it when my hair is straight. My question is, what would hair care look like if I relax it? I know I'd need a tonnn of moisturizing products since my hair will be chemically treated, I just wanna know what would happen if I airdried it doing nothing special? Or if I blowdried it without using a round brush etc. etc. What should my routine be? What kind of relaxer should I use? Thanks
Bump - for you and for me as am wondering the same!
Hair is hair. If you relax it will be straight all the time. Type of curl pattern doesnt matter. If your hair is dense or loose, damaged or thick or thin, that is what matters.

You could end up with frizzy hair or smooth hair depending on how your hair behaves with a relaxer. You may need to blow-dry every time to get it straight. You may get breakage. You may not be able to hold a curl or even a twist out if you ever want curls again and the relaxer is to damaging... Just saying there are too many outcomes for any one answer or definite expectation.


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I used to get the Yuko system done on my hair, and before that tried various other chemical relaxers and straighteners. From what I remember, it dried pretty well if I did nothing to it. Not a lot of frizz etc. But there were still parts that I needed to go over with a straightener. In other words, it didn't look perfect.

Also, it's a bit of a debacle when the roots grow out LOL. Which starts happening after about a month or so. Then it just looks odd and you'll have no choice but to do straighten it or blow-dry it, because the roots will be curly and frizzy (which was hilarious when I went swimming)
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There's no way for us to know how YOUR hair would look post-relaxer. I am 3b too but I doubt our hair is 100% identical in porosity, density, thickness & other properties. I remember my hair being more wavy, probably a 2b BUT my scalp had scabs, dandruff & I experienced hair loss for MONTHS afterwards.
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3b/c ~ fine ~ high porosity ~ low density
No-Poo: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture Shampoo
CO: Suave Naturals Wild Cherry Blossom Conditioner
RO: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
DC: Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
Styler: Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Mousse
I used to get the Yuko system done on my hair, and before that tried various other chemical relaxers and straighteners. From what I remember, it dried pretty well if I did nothing to it. Not a lot of frizz etc. But there were still parts that I needed to go over with a straightener. In other words, it didn't look perfect.

Also, it's a bit of a debacle when the roots grow out LOL. Which starts happening after about a month or so. Then it just looks odd and you'll have no choice but to do straighten it or blow-dry it, because the roots will be curly and frizzy (which was hilarious when I went swimming)
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
This is pretty much the trap with relaxers and why so many black women in particular end up having to big chop. Once you start the process, you are locked into doing it repeatedly because the two textures aesthetically don't look appealing. Plus, relaxers can be damaging if not applied correctly or hair is not maintained properly.

One of the biggest concerns is over-processing. That's when the relaxer is left on the hair for too long or when it's reapplied it's overlapped on hair that has already been relaxed.

You REALLY need a professional that knows what they are doing in case you want to color or do something else with your hair.(i.e.: you can not get highlights with relaxers, but low-lights done correctly can work).

I have had so many horror stories from slack hairdressers who did not know what the hell they were doing then I care to mention. Hence, one of the primary reasons I will never relax my hair again.

And I disagree with the above poster who inferred that any hair texture can take a relaxer. No they all can not. They are really designed for 3C-4C hair textures. 3B's are pushing it. Maybe they can get away with a texlax, a kiddie perm or something not as strong. (All of them are made with chemicals that can cause damage if not applied correctly).
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Pre-poo: TN NC + coconut oil
Shampoo: Curly Sexy Hair
D.C.: SM DT masque mix, Eco-lesterol
Leave-in: Eden BW, SM Detangler, As I Am
Oil: Sweet Almond oil
Moisturizer/Styler:
Pudding: As I Am twist defining cream
Cream: CR Curlaide & MM
Custard: Eco custard
Butter: JC N&S
Milk: OH HD
Gel: Curls passion fruit control paste, Ecostyler, Curls Goddess Glaze & Gel-les-c
Refresher: As I Am cocoashea spray
And I disagree with the above poster who inferred that any hair texture can take a relaxer. No they all can not. They are really designed for 3C-4C hair textures. 3B's are pushing it. Maybe they can get away with a texlax, a kiddie perm or something not as strong. (All of them are made with chemicals that can cause damage if not applied correctly).
Originally Posted by Coililana
Don't agree that they're 'designed' for only 3C and above. I've had many different kinds of chemical relaxers and straightening treatments in my time and I can assure you none of them were 'kiddie perms' or anything of the sort.

I've had chemical straightening done since my early teens and they all involved first putting a relaxer on the hair and then putting on the straightener and . . . yeah. They were strong.
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3B. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera

Leave-in: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench Moisture Intensive OR a baptism rinse.
Gel: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity
Re-moisturising/refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals conditioner


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Growing my hair out Rapunzel-style
And I disagree with the above poster who inferred that any hair texture can take a relaxer. No they all can not. They are really designed for 3C-4C hair textures. 3B's are pushing it. Maybe they can get away with a texlax, a kiddie perm or something not as strong. (All of them are made with chemicals that can cause damage if not applied correctly).
Originally Posted by Coililana
Don't agree that they're 'designed' for only 3C and above. I've had many different kinds of chemical relaxers and straightening treatments in my time and I can assure you none of them were 'kiddie perms' or anything of the sort.

I've had chemical straightening done since my early teens and they all involved first putting a relaxer on the hair and then putting on the straightener and . . . yeah. They were strong.
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
Addendum: 3B is right on the borderline and now that I think of it, I know of a few with this hair texture that relaxed, even a few bloggers, and seemed to be okay when done correctly. But again, the straighter your hair is, the more likely damage can occur (over-processing) because it does not need to be left on the hair as long. The key with all of this is finding good hair dressers that know what they are doing.

I also forgot to mention the porosity level of your hair will also effect how long the relaxer needs to be left on. I have 4C hair on the nape and side that is highly porous and can take the straightening effects of a relaxer pretty quickly vs. 4a-4b hair on the top that is a little more stubborn. But hairdressers would always leave the relaxer on my hair with the same time frame. What I noticed when I stopped relaxing is that hair eventually began to grow around the edges in areas where it looked like my hair receded a bit (those areas where the relaxer was probably left on too long). I've been to hairdressers in the UK, Jamaica and the States. No one has ever washed out relaxers that were already straightened before rinsing off the remaining sections. So that's why I advocate just being careful with getting them and realize the risk you run with over-processing.
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Pre-poo: TN NC + coconut oil
Shampoo: Curly Sexy Hair
D.C.: SM DT masque mix, Eco-lesterol
Leave-in: Eden BW, SM Detangler, As I Am
Oil: Sweet Almond oil
Moisturizer/Styler:
Pudding: As I Am twist defining cream
Cream: CR Curlaide & MM
Custard: Eco custard
Butter: JC N&S
Milk: OH HD
Gel: Curls passion fruit control paste, Ecostyler, Curls Goddess Glaze & Gel-les-c
Refresher: As I Am cocoashea spray

Last edited by Coililana; 03-14-2015 at 12:47 PM.

Don't agree that they're 'designed' for only 3C and above. I've had many different kinds of chemical relaxers and straightening treatments in my time and I can assure you none of them were 'kiddie perms' or anything of the sort.

I've had chemical straightening done since my early teens and they all involved first putting a relaxer on the hair and then putting on the straightener and . . . yeah. They were strong.
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
Funny thing is I'm the person who has had kiddie perms put on my hair due to my strand size and hair density there as my sister-in-law/cousin who is 3B has had standard strength perms put on her hair. (And yes she is Black as not all Black people have type 3C and type 4 hair.)

I would advise the OP to seek out a hairdresser/hair stylist whose clientele are a mixture especially Black and mixed ethnicity. This is because the hairdresser will have more experienced in dealing with a wide variety of hair types so will look at your curl type, hair density, strand size and any damage to work out what relaxer you need on your hair.

Don't agree that they're 'designed' for only 3C and above. I've had many different kinds of chemical relaxers and straightening treatments in my time and I can assure you none of them were 'kiddie perms' or anything of the sort.

I've had chemical straightening done since my early teens and they all involved first putting a relaxer on the hair and then putting on the straightener and . . . yeah. They were strong.
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
Funny thing is I'm the person who has had kiddie perms put on my hair due to my strand size and hair density there as my sister-in-law/cousin who is 3B has had standard strength perms put on her hair. (And yes she is Black as not all Black people have type 3C and type 4 hair.)

I would advise the OP to seek out a hairdresser/hair stylist whose clientele are a mixture especially Black and mixed ethnicity. This is because the hairdresser will have more experienced in dealing with a wide variety of hair types so will look at your curl type, hair density, strand size and any damage to work out what relaxer you need on your hair.
Originally Posted by Blueblood
Yup and there's a few popular bloggers that are AA with 3A-B hair textures: hairscapades and christina patrice come to mind. And funny you mention "mixed" and black ethnicity. I'm involved with several DNA projects and I have yet to come across an African American that is 100% of African descent. That is also ONE factor that accounts for the variety of hair textures.
4A-C/ med-high porosity/dense
Pre-poo: TN NC + coconut oil
Shampoo: Curly Sexy Hair
D.C.: SM DT masque mix, Eco-lesterol
Leave-in: Eden BW, SM Detangler, As I Am
Oil: Sweet Almond oil
Moisturizer/Styler:
Pudding: As I Am twist defining cream
Cream: CR Curlaide & MM
Custard: Eco custard
Butter: JC N&S
Milk: OH HD
Gel: Curls passion fruit control paste, Ecostyler, Curls Goddess Glaze & Gel-les-c
Refresher: As I Am cocoashea spray
Yup and there's a few popular bloggers that are AA with 3A-B hair textures: hairscapades and christina patrice come to mind. And funny you mention "mixed" and black ethnicity. I'm involved with several DNA projects and I have yet to come across an African American that is 100% of African descent. That is also ONE factor that accounts for the variety of hair textures.
Originally Posted by Coililana
Again you making presumptions about people.

Neither myself or any of the family I've mentioned are African American which is why I used the word "Black".

Not every Black person on this site is African American. "Thanks" to colonialism that are a lot more people who self-identify as Black , speak English and have access to the internet.

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