Can white people also use hair relaxers meant for ethnic hair to straighten their hair?

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 yellow.

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.

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Comments: 18
  • #1

    Faith Campbell (Tuesday, 08 January 2019 02:17)

    My hair ends look like they are burnt. Is this normal?

  • #2

    Black Beauty Store (Tuesday, 08 January 2019 04:13)

    Hello Faith,
    Thanks for writing in. No that doesn't sound normal.The best thing would be to look for a hairdresser with experience to have a look at your hair.

  • #3

    Kassidy (Tuesday, 16 April 2019 07:19)

    My husband's biracial (black and white) with super straight, Caucasian like textured hair and he hates it so much. Hes been talking a lot lately about trying different chemical based products made mainly for black hair to get some texture/curl to his hair. Is this possible to even do? Is there anything I can recommend for him to try?

  • #4

    Black Beauty Store (Tuesday, 16 April 2019 09:31)

    Hello Kassidy,
    Thanks for getting in touch. It is not so easy to make straight hair curly. The change is also usually not permanent. You could have a look at our products for curls and waves and see if you find anything interesting.(

  • #5

    Daphne (Tuesday, 30 April 2019 02:57)

    I'm a white chic n I used a motion no lye relaxer my hair is coming out is it going to make me go bald?

  • #6

    Black Beauty Store (Tuesday, 30 April 2019 15:25)

    Hello Daphne!
    Thanks for writing in. When hair is over processed, it usually breaks. Over processing happens when one uses relaxer that is too strong or let's it stay for too long.If your hair is falling off, it is possible that this is what happened. The best thing to do is to consult a qualified professional.

  • #7

    Ny (Thursday, 23 May 2019 20:03)

    To Kassidy he can use a men's texturizer kit. I can't remember if it is pro line but in a green and black box with a man on the front. It comes in regular and super.

  • #8

    Jane (Sunday, 02 June 2019 07:56)

    Caucasian people are an ethnic group too.

  • #9

    Halle (Wednesday, 04 September 2019 14:28)

    I'm white by my hair is super curly! I've had my hair relaxed once before and it's great! My question is that right now I just got it relaxed again, and I was told I cant wash it for 3 days, but it wasnt styled. I usually use water and a leave in conditioner but I was told I cant for the next 72 h. How can I style it?

  • #10

    Black Beauty Store (Saturday, 07 September 2019 07:54)

    Hello Halle,
    Thanks for your inquiry. Conditioning sprays usually work well for relaxed hair. You could just spray it and then comb or brush it.
    Best regards,
    Customer Care Team

  • #11

    Tammy (Wednesday, 25 December 2019 01:42)

    I'm south asian and i have thick coarse wavy/curly hair, summer of 2018 i bleached my hair twice and then dyed it red and kept it red for 2 months and then dyed it black again I was wondering if i can relax my hair or will my hair fall off ? I searched it up and I'm getting mixed reviews ?

  • #12

    Vanessa (Thursday, 20 February 2020 20:51)

    I was wondering does relaxers work on hair that is simi straight?

  • #13

    Prissy (Tuesday, 17 March 2020 21:57)

    Do perm feel burn

  • #14

    Jay (Sunday, 05 April 2020 09:06)

    I'm white with really long hair passed my butt. I've never put any chemicals in my hair but I've been thinking about doing a relaxer. Is this a good idea or no?

  • #15

    Ella (Thursday, 16 April 2020 10:11)

    Hi there,

    I’m white and I have really frizzy hair I use straighteners on my hair but most of the time they don’t work. I’ve read mixed reviews on hair relaxers and I’m not sure whether to buy one.

    Would it work on frizzy hair?

  • #16

    janet (Wednesday, 10 June 2020 11:46)

    can the genletreatment relaxer be used like a perm to curl hair?

  • #17

    Joy (Saturday, 11 July 2020 11:05)

    Hi I was wondering if i could use a relaxer on my public hair as it's so curly and I keep burning myself using straighting irons... Thanks

  • #18

    Loc (Wednesday, 15 July 2020 03:28)

    Ayoooo that mfer asked if they can relax their pubic hair tho ��������

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