What is the difference between relaxers and straightening?

I don't mean flat-ironing either. I mean.. what is the difference between relaxing your hair and getting it permanently straightened? Because it seems like 2 and 3 hair everyone says they are getting their hair permanently straightened, and 4 hair they say they are getting it relaxed...
*shifty eyes* So is there actually some difference in the process used to treat the hair or is it actually the same? Because the end result looks pretty similar to me...
I was just wondering if it was just some crazy distinction people make between 4 hair that has become 1 hair and 2/3 hair that has become 1 hair... or if the chemical process actually differs.
Sorry for the stupid question; I'd just always wondered!
It's the same. Relaxing is a euphemism for chemically/permanently straightening the hair.
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i think there is a difference in chemicals but relaxers are typically for african american hair because it is way more curly i think there are stronger chemicals in relaxers to get their hair straight
Its all terminology and has nothing to do with hair types. I use the term 'straightening my hair' when I am referring to flat ironing it. Permanently straightening your hair is a relaxer.
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