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.

Yes:

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.

No:

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: 6
  • #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.(https://www.blackbeautystore.eu/hair-styling/curls-waves/)

  • #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.

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