The Best Mild Relaxers for Damaged Hair

Updated 04/22/19
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The truth is, the chemicals used in most relaxers can leave your hair feeling silky-smooth, but can be damaging over time. Over time, they can weaken the hair cuticle and leave your hair feeling rough and dry. As a hairstylist, I've found that clients will shy away from relaxers if their hair has been over-processed or damaged from other sources like over-bleaching or coloring. The good news is, there are a few relaxers on the market that can be used on damaged hair; not only that, but they can even help to repair it. 

Here are some relaxers to try that are gentle on treated hair. 

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Affirm Fiberguard Relaxers by Avlon

Avlon, which makes a traditional Affirm Relaxer, developed a product called Affirm Fiberguard, a perfect option for delicate or damaged hair. There are conditioning and protective steps incorporated into the treatment, making it easier on the hair cuticle and shaft. Not only that, but the relaxer is designed to retain more moisture and offer better cuticle protection than other traditional relaxers on the market. 

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Mizani Relaxers

Mizani Relaxers take a holistic approach to hair relaxing. Choose products that are specifically designed for each hair type with the help of their "Curl Key," available on their website. The helps you choose the best relaxing method for your hair type, based on your personal curl pattern and curl tightness. Once you've determined your curl pattern, the guide will recommend the best techniques for strengthening, conditioning, and texturizing each type of curl pattern. 

Mizani Relaxers contain protective conditioners which minimize additional damage and maintain the utmost integrity of the hair.

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CHI Transformation System

CHI never disappoints with their high-end products, and their relaxer is no exception. The CHI Straightening System is different than other relaxers. It's safe for color-treated hair, and it's 100% ammonia free. This product is designed to make hair look and feel better after the service.

The hair products are infused with silk proteins and moisture, designed to work seamlessly with other CHI system products.

You'll often find that the retail price point is higher for a CHI relaxer than other types of relaxers, but the results are most definitely reflected in the price. 

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Alter Ego Linange Shea Butter Relaxer

The Alter Ego Linange Shea Butter Relaxer has a cult following on the internet and for a good reason. People swear by its moisturizing formula that's infused with rich Shea Butter, which is full of vitamins and moisturizing fatty acids. It can be used as a relaxer or a retexturizer to soften curls. Linange Shea Butter Relaxer leaves hair soft, straight, and smooth without looking flat and lifeless. Alter Ego is an Italian company that has a full line of products to compliment their hair relaxer, including a texturizing cream, hair mask, and moisturizing conditioner. 

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