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Monday, September 9, 2013

Why You Should Always Neutralize After Relaxers

Healthy Relaxed Hair

Hello everyone! I know I took a bit of a break but last week I was celebrating my birthday!! I was having such a good time with Mr. Jones and the rest of my family that my blog was the last thing on my mind.  But hey, everyone needs a break every now and then right?  Well now I'm back so let's get back to work..

The topic I will be talking about today is neutralizing your hair after relaxing.  First of all, I never recommend that you do your own relaxers, period.  Second, if your professional hairstylist ever skips this step then its time to look for a new stylist.  No professional hairstylist will forget one of the most important steps in the relaxer process other than the application itself but I would just like to reiterate just how important it is.

Whenever you receive your relaxer, once the shampoo process begins, your hairstylist should always use the neutralizing shampoo first.  The neutralizing shampoo does two very important things.  First, it stops the action of the relaxer. Stopping the action of the relaxer is what allows your hair to not become damaged due to overprocessing, besides leaving it on too long.  Rinsing alone is oftentimes not enough because even though there are no visible traces left, there may still be a residue left on the hair.  That residue is enough to cause damage.

Second, the neutralizing shampoo brings the hair back down to its normal pH.  Healthy hair has a pH of 4.5 to 5.5.  Once the hair is relaxed, it raises the pH so neutralizing it allows it to brought back to normal.  It is important that your hair is shampooed with the neutralizing shampoo at least twice.  After that you can use your normal moisturizing shampoo or one of your choice and it will not damage your hair.  I like to use a clarifying shampoo after the neutralizing shampoo because I like to be extra sure that there is nothing left on the hair.  Most neutralizing shampoos will make the suds pink if there is still a residue left on it.  Pink suds mean that you should keep shampooing the hair until all of your suds are white. 

So, in short:

Pink suds= NO
White suds= YES

Happy Relaxing!


  1. what are you thoughts on doing a protein treatment after rinsing out the relaxer, but before neutralizing? I've been seeing more and more self-relaxers online doing this. Thank you.

    1. I don't recommend this because the conditioners that are applied after the relaxers are rinsed are reconstructive treatments. Too much protein can cause breakage. That is another reason why I do not recommend doing your own relaxers...

  2. would you recommend wen hair products.


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