Organic Hair Relaxer
Q: I’m trying to find an organic hair relaxer. I’ve been searching the net far and wide without any luck. Is there such thing as organic hair relaxers?
A: First of all thanks for your question, I’ll be happy to answer it. As we all know, consumers are making the paradigm shift from harsh (and often dangerous) ingredients to those which are more natural, and I’m not just talking about food here! Everything from the clothes we wear to the hair care products we put on our head… the smart consumers are seeking our organic, natural solutions.
The Truth About Organic Hair Relaxer
So as you stated in your question, it sounds like you have been looking for quite a while to find organic relaxers without any luck. Well there’s actually a good reason for this… see, you’re actually searching for the wrong thing. Here’s why:
Definition of Organic: compounds that are made of components only derived from living organisms, without any added man-made chemicals
For something simple like a tomato it’s pretty easy to do this, but organic hair care products are quite a bit more complicated. Why? Because they consist of numerous ingredients, which inevitably but be refined and processed so they work together properly. This is especially true for hair relaxers, which must consist of powerful ingredients in order to re-align the hair follicles.
So in a nutshell, you will be hard pressed to find a truly organic hair relaxer, at least one that meets the true definition of organic. Instead, what you should be looking for are hair relaxers that use as many natural ingredients as possible.
Choosing Hair Relaxers That Use Natural Ingredients
So if you can’t buy organic hair relaxers, not yet at least, the next best thing will be to find ones that use both nature and science in their creation. I think it goes without saying that this obviously means choosing one that is lye-free. A harsh and potentially dangerous ingredient like lye is definitely not the way to go if you want something natural.
While shopping for a hair relaxer, you’ll also want to be cautious of buzz words which try and give you the impression a product is organic. For example, Africa's Best Organics No-Lye Olive Oil relaxer may sound like the way to go, but don’t be fooled by the words in the name. “Africa’s Best Organics” is merely their brand name; it doesn’t mean their products are necessarily organic. Yes, olive oil is added to the ingredient list… but that appears to be for marketing purposes, because I didn’t see it anywhere near the top. I saw many artificial ingredients listed, like “petrolatum” which comes from petroleum. While I wouldn’t say the ingredients are all bad, since I’ve heard so many negative reviews of this product (frying hair, burns, hair falling out, etc.) I personally would never touch it.
So what do I recommend? Well if you are looking for the closest thing there is right now to an organic hair relaxer, then I would highly recommend you check out our hair relaxer kits. There are some breakthrough formulations available there which use egg and soy extract.