I have been thinking about no lye and lye relaxers. My basic understanding of No lye relaxers is that they leave mineral deposits on your hair (hence the need to use a chelating shampoo after relaxing), are harsher on the hair but gentler on the scalp, they process the hair slower and something about pH. Lye relaxers on the other hand, they leave your hair silky with nothing deposited on it, are harsher on the scalp but gentler on the hair. They process the hair faster and the pH isn’t bad for your hair. Am not sure if i’m right about all these so don’t take my word for it.
I use a no-lye relaxer with no problems but i might switch to a lye relaxer once am comfortable self relaxing my hair. Hopefully by then the ORS lye relaxer will be available in Kenya…’cause i haven’t seen it anywhere. I know that chances of scalp burning are very high but that can be solved by properly basing the scalp beforehand.
This is the relaxer i use: