For the last eight years or so I’ve been using different types of lye relaxers including Regular, Salon Herbals and Oil Moisturizer Motions, and Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil. Although my hair relaxes well and is straight and silky, I am starting to notice a pattern. No matter how much I take good care of my hair, every few months I will experience unexplained shedding, and after a few weeks I would find a small mysterious spot somewhere in my head… where the hair has broken off down to the new growth. Back when I was in high school and the early years of college when I kept my hair long and used box or no-lye relaxers I never experienced this. I switched to lye because it is said that although no-lye relaxers are better for your scalp, lye relaxers are better for your hair. Still, lye relaxers are very harsh on the scalp and I believe that the continued use of them has made my scalp extra sensitive and dry, causing damage to my hair in the long run. So I decided to kick the lye and go back to no-lye relaxers. After doing a bit of research, I decided to try the Mizani Butter Blend Sensitive Scalp Rhelaxer for Medium/Normal hair.
Mizani Butter Blend Sensitive Scalp Rhelaxer is a Calcium Hydroxide (no-lye) formula relaxer with Arginine, a fortifying amino acid and a signature blend of shea butter, cocoa butter and honey to add moisturizing emollients to the hair to protect it from the harsh chemicals. It also contains Polyquaternium-16 for superior conditioning, lubricity and a soft silky feel. Since this is a no-lye relaxer it requires mixing to activate, hence the two part kit.
After mixing the parts together, the relaxer truly looked like whipped butter and the sweetness of the shea and cocoa butters cut down the harsh smell a bit. I based my scalp with a sensitive scalp creme and parting my hair in small sections, applied the Butter Blend to my new growth. I paid close attention to the time and after applying and smoothing for 18 minutes (with absolutely no burning or tingling at all!), I washed it out with a color coded neutralizing shampoo. I then gave myself a Ginseng & Tea Tree Hot Oil Treatment. After rinsing out the hot oil treatment, I applied Jazzing semi-permanent hair color in Bluest-Black for 15 minutes with heat and let it sit for 15 more minutes without. I washed out the Jazzing with Tea Tree Shampoo and applied IC leave-in treatment with aloe vera to my scalp, Chi Silk Infusion on my ends and wet set my hair with motions setting lotion. I sat under the dryer for about 30 minutes until my hair was dry to the touch, and tied up my hair and went to sleep. In the morning I applied a dime size amount of Hana Shine shield to my hair before combing it out, combed it out with a large tooth comb and styled it. Here were my results…
My hair came out super straight, shiny and silky! This will now be my go to relaxer for as long as I continue to get the desired results.
I paid $11.99 at my local beauty supply store, but you can purchase the single application kit for $10.77 or the four application kit for $30.50 on Amazon. I will be purchasing the four application kit myself. Mizani also makes other products to use together as a system with this relaxer but I chose to use my own products that I am used to. To learn more about the Mizani Butter Blend Rhelaxer System see HERE.