I am heading to Argentina in a week and my hair, which is naturally straight has been acting out...Can you recommend a hair relaxer/straightener product that will not fry my hair and will last for a month? Tame My Mane Jane
Dear Tame My Mane Jane
You can either treat your hair chemically or you can do it with products that tame the frizz on a day by day basis. Chemical hair straightening (or relaxing) is designed to eliminate curls. There are 3 types: sodium hydroxide (strongest), guanidine hydroxide and ammonium thioglycolate. Since your hair isn't naturally curly, I would hate to see it damaged over a little bit of frizz. So, if you do decide to relax your hair, be sure and tell your stylist to specifically use a very mild formula of ammonium thioglycolate. Don't try to do it yourself at home. Although it can be done, you risk damaging the structure of your hair or burning your scalp. Once hair is treated with a relaxer, regular deep conditioning /hot oil treatment is a must. Try Phytokarite© Intensive Treatment, (sorry, this takes a sec to load) or Alphaparf Semi Di Lino Illuminating Essential Shine Oil - this little blue vile works miracles on dry hair. If you are not prepared for the cost and all of this maintenance, I would consider using products to help control the "acting out" each day. Start with a defrizzing shampoo and conditioner such as John Frieda™s Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner and then add a dab of his famous Original Formula Frizz Ease Hair Serum, Redken's Straight 05 Straightening Balm or anything else silicone based to reduce frizz and enhance shine. Have a great trip.