The Selection Of Chemical Hair Straighteners

We always want what we don't have, and if you've always wished you curls were straight, they can be. Chemical hair straighteners are available in a variety of strengths and formulas, with results ranging from wash-and-go to finishes that requires blow-drying.

The most popular straightening options are lye and no-lye relaxers, which are good for African-American hair; texturizers, which reduce frizz and blow-dry time, but leave a bend in the hair; Japanese straightening, which permanently straightens the hair until it grows out; and Brazilian keratin treatments, which repel moisture and coat the hair shaft, adding shine.

Since straightening can be a long and somewhat complicated process involving several different chemicals, it's best to always have it performed by a trained stylist.