I’m Caucasian with curly hair and I would like to straighten my hair. Can I use hair relaxers that are popularly used to straighten ethnic/African curly hair to straighten my hair?
Many people with curly hair wonder about this. Are hair relaxers only meant for African hair?
The answer is yes and no.
Many hair relaxers are made for and marketed to ethnic people with curly hair. This means that the manufacturers have this specific segment of the population in mind mostly because many people with African heritage tend to have curly hair.
Anyone who uses hair relaxers regardless of their ethnicity or race will straighten their hair. It does not matter whether one is black, white or any other color.
Hair relaxers are chemicals that permanently change the hair texture and as a result leave them straight. Because they are made of chemicals, they can lead to hair breakage. This is however a separate question from whether hair relaxers can be used by people of different races. So yes, you can use hair relaxers to straighten your curly or wavy hair.
In the video below, a Caucasian You-tuber with curly hair demonstrates how he uses a popular brand of hair relaxer to straighten his hair.