Africa’s Best Dual Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer System is a top seller on Amazon.com. Is its “No Lye” claim truthful? Let’s look at the label to find out.
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Is Africa’s Best Relaxer really no lye?
Lye, in case you didn’t know, is another name for sodium hydroxide which is the most effective ingredient used in modern relaxers. Unfortunately, it’s also the most harsh. No Lye relaxers use a calcium hydroxide combined with guanidine carbonate. The result is a relaxer that is a little more forgiving – you can leave it on a bit longer before it burns your scalp and fries your hair. Of course the trade off is that it doesn’t straighten quite as well. If you’re getting your hair relaxed by a professional in a salon a lye relaxer is good because it’s so effective. But if you’re doing it yourself at home, a no-lye product does a pretty good job and gives you a little extra cushion of safety.
Africa’s Best Dual Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer System ingredients
Super Activator: Aqua (Water) , Guanidine Carbonate , Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , CI 16035 (Red 40) ,
Creme Relaxer: Aqua (Water) , Petrolatum , Cetearyl alcohol , Ceteareth-20 , Calcium Hydroxide , Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil) , PEG-75 Lanolin , Polyquaternium-6 , Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil , Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive) , Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter , PEG-50 Shea Butter , Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil , Cholesterol , Tocopherol , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Silk Amino Acids , Mustela (Mink Oil) , Ovum (Egg Powder) , Lactis Proteinum (Milk Protein) , Mel (Honey) , Zea Mays (Corn) Oil , Bht , BHA , Neutralizing Shampoo: Aqua (Water) , Sodium Laureth sulfate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Cocamide DEA , Polyquaternium-47 , Trideceth-7 Carboxylic Acid , Carboxylic Acid , Phenolsulfonphthalein , propylene glycol , propylparaben , MEthylparaben , Articum Lappa Root Extract , Trigonella Foenum-Graecum Seed Extract , Commiphora Myrrha Extract , Betula Alba Leaf Extract , Hedra Helix Extract (Ivy) , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract , Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract , Arnica Montana Flower Extract , Nasturtium Officinale Extract , Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle) , sodium chloride , Citric Acid , Deep Conditioner: Aqua (Water) , Dimethicone Copolyol , PPG-1 Trideceth-6 , Polyquaternium-37 , Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate , Dicaprate , Hydrolyzed Collagen , DMDM HYDANTOIN , panthenol , fragrance , d-limonene , tetrasodium edta , Lyral , linalool