Top 10 Best Hair Relaxer for White Female In 2023

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For white women, finding the best relaxer can be challenging. That is why I tried and reviewed these 10 products just for you to read about!
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When it comes to curly hair, you want nothing more than to straighten it! It starts curling with a mind of its own sometimes! I have thin curly and coarse hair and I have used many relaxers over the years.

Therefore, I have tried and tested these hair relaxers just for you! These are the best hair relaxers for white females and I hope that one of these products is exactly the one that you are looking for!

1. Best Overall – Hawaiian Silky No Base Relaxer

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Specification 

  • Hair Type: Coarse hair
  • Material Type: Cream
  • Item Weight: 556g
  • Scent: Olive oil
  • Base: Olive oil

Description

Enjoy a relaxer without the need for a base with the Hawaiian Silky No Base Relaxer! Get nice relaxed hair with extra shine and benefit your scalp.

Features

Olive oil: helps strengthen your hair.

No base needed: apply this product without the need for a base.

Shine and scalp health: get a healthier scalp and extra shine on your relaxed hair.

How to use

So with a no-base relaxer, what you want to do is wash your hair without shampoo and conditioner to prep it for the product. Then take a hair brush applicator, preferably with a back brush, and scoop up a bit of the product. Then apply the product along the ends of your hair with the back of the brush. Then use the regular comb side and spread it across the length of the hair. Make sure that you apply to the nape and scalp at the very end. Leave it on for 8 to 10 minutes as it is a no-base product. Then rinse your hair thoroughly for 10 minutes and condition your hair at the end. Use a straightener after pat-drying your hair. If you feel your hair is not as relaxed as you would like, you can apply a smaller amount of product on your hair again to get the best result.

Expert Verdict

When it comes to curly and coarse hair, you want nothing more than for it to be straight. Some relaxers use so many chemicals that it might you might often be put off from wanting to use them. But then there comes a wondrous product like the Hawaiian Silky No Base Relaxer that you will only need the product and require nothing more! It is so easy to use and you don’t have to deal with the hassle of putting on a base or having to mix anything. It is as simple as taking the product and spreading it across the hair. And the after-effects are just as good as the application ease! It will thicken your hair, making it stronger, and it will relax your hair in no time. Truly a wonderful product! The only sad part is that one of my colleagues here at BeautiClassy has really, really thick and coarse hair. They had no luck with the product which leads me to believe that it isn’t really suited for very thick hair. But otherwise, it is just the best overall product on this list! Nothing can come close to the effects that this can provide you.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Easy to apply; no mixingNot suitable for very thick hair
Thicker and stronger hair
Great shine and long-lasting

2. Best for Damaged Hair – Affirm Conditioning Relaxer System

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Specification

  • Hair Type: All; especially for dry and damaged hair
  • Material Type: Cream and liquid activator
  • Item Weight: 113g
  • Scent: Chemical
  • Base: Oil

Description

Use the 4-in-1 kit from Affirm Conditioning Relaxer System. Condition your hair throughout the whole process!

Features

All conditioning: get nice conditioning for your damaged hair in all parts of the application.

How to use

For this product, you can refer to step 2 in the instruction manual. I briefly talk about how you can efficiently use it. While parting the hair could be something that you do, it is not really necessary unless you have very thick hair. After applying, leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes before getting in the shower and thoroughly rinsing the hair. Use a normalizing shampoo to return the hair back to its normal pH levels.

Expert Verdict

For damaged hair, I will always suggest products that are the best at what it does. While this kit is not complete, the Affirm Conditioning Relaxer System is the best on the market for relaxing damaged hair. If used with all kits combined, you get one of the best conditioning that hair products have to offer! You also get a very professional level of relaxed hair that will last you at least a couple of good weeks. You will also notice that your hair is much less damaged right after using it thanks to the conditioning that you get with the product. But because you have to separately buy the conditioner and the shampoo, I couldn’t justify it as the best overall product on the market. But with this product alone, you get a pretty good condition that will correct the damage that you have on your hair.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Gives a good conditioningNot sold as a complete set; get very expensive as a DIY kit
Professional-level relaxed hair
Visibly reduce damaged hair

3. Best Sensitive Scalp Relaxer – Avlon Affirm Fiberguard Sensitive Scalp Relaxer

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Specification

  • Hair Type: All; especially for sensitive scalp
  • Material Type: Cream
  • Item Weight: 140g
  • Scent: Chemical
  • Base: Oil

Description

The Avlon Affirm Fiberguard Sensitive Scalp Relaxer is the product that your sensitive scalp will love! Get the relaxed hair you deserve without damaging your scalp.

Features

For color-treated hair: one of the very few hair relaxers that can be used on color-treated hair.

Moisturizing: return the moisture back to your hair.

Elasticity and shine: leave your hair feeling soft and return back the shine to your new straightened hair.

How to use

As another product that sadly comes incomplete, you will only need to follow step 2 of the instructions. Of course, that does not mean you won’t be prepping your hair. So first get your hair prepping by giving it a nice wash without any product. Then mix the liquid activator and the cream in a bowl and scoop up some of the product on your applicator brush. Start at the ends with the back of the brush and use a wide-toothed comb to spread it all over your hair, ending with the nape and scalp. Leave it on for 8 minutes and then rinse it off using a normalizing shampoo followed by a conditioner.

Expert Verdict

Sensitive scalps require a gentler formula so as not to irritate them. But with the Avlon Affirm Fiberguard Sensitive Scalp Relaxer, you get a product that will not harm your scalp whatsoever! It will also leave your hair feeling soft and nicely relaxed, giving it a shine as well. Not to mention it has very good moisturizing properties that will leave your hair feeling hydrated again. Benefitting the scalp is your primary course of action and this does exactly that! But because the kit is incomplete and you will have to buy the neutralizing shampoo and conditioner separately, this particular product leaves you wanting more.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Soft, elastic, and shiny hairIncomplete kit
Best for sensitive scalp
Moisturized hair

4. Best Budget Hair Relaxer – TCB No Base Crème Hair Relaxer

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Specification

  • Hair Type: All; especially good for mature and brittle hair
  • Material Type: Cream
  • Item Weight: 425g
  • Scent: Chemical
  • Based: Sodium hydroxide

Description

Get the benefit of smooth and relaxed hair with the TCB No Base Crème Hair Relaxer. One of the best no-base budget relaxers on the market!

Features

Protein-rich: get the benefits of protein on your hair follicles.

Smoothening: leaves your hair feeling smooth and relaxed.

How to use

As a non-base relaxer, you can use this product without any preparation but I would advise putting on a bit of petroleum jelly on the scalp. After washing your hair, you can apply the product to your hair (remember to wear gloves when you are applying). Leave it on for no less than 10 minutes as it can be a bit burning on the scalp. Wash it off with normalizing shampoo and then use a conditioner.

Expert Verdict

When you want to give a relaxer to your white friends, TCB No Base Crème Hair Relaxer is exactly the budget-friendly option that you will need! With its protein-rich formula, it will help smoothen your hair and nourish the hair follicles that get damaged during the relaxing process. You will get smooth and shiny straight hair right after using this product that will last you for a good 2 to 3 weeks. However, I would recommend against using this product too frequently. It does have a burning sensation to it if you leave it on for too long and it can be very drying if used every other week! So make sure to use it once every a month to get the best out of this product.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Smoothens hairCan damage and dry hair and scalp if left on for too long or used too frequently
Budget-friendly
Protein-rich for hair follicle nourishment

5. Best No-Lye Relaxer – Softsheen Carson Precise No-Lye Original Relaxer

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Specification

  • Hair Type: All; especially for damaged hair
  • Material Type: Cream
  • Item Weight: 455g
  • Scent: Chemical
  • Base: No-lye

Description

The Softsheen Carson Precise No-Lye Original Relaxer is one of the best no-lye products on the market, leaving no residue and nourishing your hair in the process.

Features

No-lye: leave no residue on your hair.

Nourishing: reduce the effects of damage on your hair.

Less breakage: noticeably reduce hair breakage.

How to use

For this, after washing your hair, apply a layer of petroleum jelly on your scalp. Then mix the liquid activator and the cream together. Take a hair applicator comb and apply the mixture starting from the ends of the hair. Spread it to the rest of your hair using a wide-toothed comb and leave it on for 10 minutes. After that, wash your hair with neutralizing shampoo and then condition it. You can straighten using a straightener after drying your hair.

Expert Verdict

With no-lye in the Softsheen Carson Precise No-Lye Original Relaxer, what you get is a product that leaves your scalp feeling less irritated! No residues form on your hair either, while giving you soft and silky straight hair in return! It has a unique built-in conditioner in the cream itself that mixes with the liquid activator to give you nice conditioned hair. However, I think that also results in taking a long time for the product to mix properly in the mixture. It might be annoying to do so and you definitely don’t want to apply a lumpy mixture to your hair!

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Silky and soft hairTakes a lot of mixing for the mixture to be smooth
No lye
Leaves your hair feeling conditioned

6. Best Relaxer for Curly Hair – Revlon Professional Conditioning Crème Relaxer Regular

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Specification

  • Hair Type: For textured, curly, chemically-treated hair
  • Material Type: Cream
  • Item Weight: 425g
  • Scent: Chemical
  • Base: No-lye, no-base

Description

Introducing the Revlon Professional Conditioning Crème Relaxer Regular no-base, and a new no-lye formula to relax your curly hair!

Features

Deep conditioning: built-in conditioner.

For the chemically-treated: usable on chemically-treated hair, but not bleached or tinted.

No-base, no-lye: a new no-lye formula that can be used as a no-base relaxer.

How to use

As a no-base relaxer, you will want to use this product after washing your hair and then applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the scalp. Then take the hair brush applicator and scoop up some of the product and start applying from the ends of the hair. Use the other side of the brush to spread it evenly across the length of the hair and leave it there for about 10 minutes. Afterward, wash using a neutralizing shampoo to wash away the product. You won’t need to condition your hair because of its built-in conditioning property. Straighten your hair afterward with a straightener for the best effect.

Expert Verdict

Curly hair, especially closed curly hair, is one of the most difficult hair to relax. The curls are hard to tame and need multiple applications before you can get any definitive result. But with the Revlon Professional Conditioning Crème Relaxer Regular, you can be assured of the result after just one application! The built-in conditioner helps to smoothen your hair and give it a nice straight finish. The fact that this can work on previously chemically-treated hair means that you can be sure that you will not be causing any damage to your hair follicles! But if you have weakened or damaged hair, I think you are better off not using this product. There is a chance that it could become worse as a result.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Built-in conditionerNot recommended for damaged hair
Great for chemically-treated hair
Smooth finish and long-lasting

7. Best Hair Relaxer for Flyaways – Motions Silkening Shine No-Lye Relaxer System

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Specification

  • Hair Type: Medium textured and coarse hair
  • Material Type: Cream
  • Item Weight: 425g
  • Scent: Shea butter and coconut oil

Description

Enriched with coconut and argan oil, the Motions Silkening Shine No-Lye Relaxer System is the perfect relaxer to help keep your stray hair in check!

Features

Oil blend: coconut oil gives hair strength and argan oil gives hair the shine it needs.

No-base: use right out of the box.

Shea moisturizer: give your hair moisture with the shea butter blend.

How to use

As a no-base product that does not come with the accompanying shampoo and conditioner, you will have to make do with your own neutralizing shampoo and conditioner. First, wash your hair and apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on your scalp. Then, use the applicator comb to apply it from the ends. Use a wide-toothed comb to spread it evenly across the hair. Lastly, apply it to the scalp and nape. Leave it on for 30 to 45 minutes before washing off the product with a neutralizing shampoo and then condition your hair.

Expert Verdict

Sometimes, you will get flyaways and stray hair hours after washing off the product. But that is where the Motions Silkening Shine No-Lye Relaxer System differs! The coconut oil will help keep your flyaways in check while simultaneously strengthening your hair too! The argan oil will give your hair a nice smooth shine on your newly relaxed hair, while the shea butter will give it the moisture it will lose during the process. However, while it might be the best relaxer for flyaways, it is not that good at giving you a good hold. Within a week you can expect your hair to return back to its usual curly self, but this time without flyaways!

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Best for flyawaysDoes not give a strong hold; not straight or relaxed enough
Moisturized
Shine

8. Best for Strengthening Treatment – Vitale Olive Oil No Base Relaxer Regular

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Specification

  • Hair Type: Normal
  • Material Type: Cream
  • Item Weight: 228g
  • Scent: Olive oil
  • Base: Advanced sodium hydroxide

Description

With an infusion of olive oil, the Vitale Olive Oil No Base Relaxer provides excellent conditioning while also straightening your hair. Ensures less breakage as a result of the olive oil too!

Features

Natural extracts: plant-based protein to help revitalize your hair after the relaxing.

Olive oil goodness: leaves your hair feeling soft and silky, giving it a deep condition.

Thermal protection: be less wary of using a straightener after using this product.

How to use

Because this has a sodium hydroxide no-base, you will definitely need to apply a layer of petroleum jelly to protect your scalp. After washing your hair, use the applicator comb to apply it from the ends and then across the length of the hair. Leave the product on your hair for about 15 minutes max and then wash it off using a neutralizing shampoo. Don’t need to condition afterward. You are also more than welcome to use a straightener after you are done washing and drying your hair.

Expert Verdict

When it comes to strengthening your hair, olive and coconut oil are probably the best. The Vitale Olive Oil No Base Relaxer does exactly that with the help of moisturizing your hair follicle, strengthening your hair from within. The natural proteins also add a protective layer that keeps your hair from losing moisture, further strengthening it from the outside. And finally, if that wasn’t enough strengthening, you can be sure your hair will be safe from the heat of straighteners! It might make your hair really strong, but the product itself is strong too, which makes it give a burning sensation on your when you use it. So be careful and don’t keep it in your hair for too long!

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
MoisturizesHas a burning sensation
Strengthens hair follicles and protective layer; giving strength from inside and out
Thermal protection

9. Best for Improving Hair Health – Design Essentials Honey Nectar Time Release Regular Relaxer

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Specification

  • Hair Type: All
  • Material Type: Cream
  • Item Weight: 1.8kg
  • Scent: Honey
  • Base: Time-released sodium hydroxide

Description

Get the nurturing properties of honey in Design Essentials Honey Nectar Time Release Regular Relaxer to help improve your overall hair health!

Features

Honey nectar: moisturizes and improves hair health from the inside and outside

Easy application: use it straight from the tub

Time-released sodium hydroxide: decreases the harshness of sodium hydroxide

How to use

First, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on your scalp after washing your hair thoroughly. Then, scoop up the product using an applicator comb and spread it across the length of the hair. This one will specifically need to be timed because of the time-released hydroxide, so make sure you are timing when you are applying the product. Wash with a neutralizing shampoo. Afterward, dry your hair and use a straightener.

Expert Verdict

Honey is an interesting ingredient. Its viscosity would suggest that it might be damaging your hair, but it actually improves the overall health of hair instead! That is why Design Essentials Honey Nectar Time Release Regular Relaxer works so perfectly as a relaxer, especially on thin coarse hair usually found on white women! Your hair will feel nourished, relaxed, smoothed, and will get a lasting straighten. The time-released hydroxide is also interesting because it makes sure that it releases at the same time so you can be sure that different parts of your hair are relaxed at the same time! Also, you won’t be needing another relaxer for at least a couple of years because of how big this is! It’s very easy to apply, but I noticed that I had a bit of an increased hair fall for the week that my hair was relaxed. But afterward, it was completely gone. So do be careful of hair breakage and falling after using this if you have thin hair like mine.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Honey goodnessHair fall for the first few days after use
Less burning sensation
Long-lasting; both the hair and the product

10. Best Relaxer for Preventing Hair Breakage – STAR CARE Stabilizer Plus After-Relaxer Conditioner

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Specification

  • Hair Type: All
  • Material Type: Liquid
  • Item Weight: 473ml
  • Scent: Argan oil

Description

Get one of the best after-care conditioners for your relaxed hair in the STAR CARE Stabilizer Plus After-Relaxer Conditioner! Be sure to keep your hair nice and conditioned and make sure that your hair stays relaxed for a lot longer!

Features

pH balancing: returns your hair back to its natural condition after being relaxed.

Improves hair texture: reduce the coarseness of your hair.

Longer lasting: keep your relaxed hair for an extended period.

How to use

This is just a normal conditioner so you will have to apply it on wet hair in the shower from the ends and then evenly distribute it to the ends of the hair. Leave it in for at least 5 minutes so that it has a chance to penetrate the hair shafts, and then wash it off.

Expert Verdict

You might be wondering why a conditioner is on the list for relaxers. Bear with me here. Using a relaxer makes your hair brittle and causes breakage often. So to counteract that, I have found that the STAR CARE Stabilizer Plus After-Relaxer Conditioner is one of the best after-relaxer conditioners! It will immediately return your hair to its natural pH levels and reduce the overall coarseness of your hair, especially for thin hair on white women! Not to mention I had a relaxed hair that stayed way longer when I used this product! But be careful of over-conditioning your hair as that will cause flaking and knock your pH levels off their natural levels!

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Returns hair back to natural pH levelsConsequences of overuse; best to use once a week
Reduces coarseness of thin hair
Makes relaxed hair last longer

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What Does Relaxing Hair Mean?

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What does relaxing hair mean

Often people confuse relaxers and straighteners. They are definitely not the same product; not even the same type of product either! A straightener is a heat-applying device that you use on your hair to heat-press it to be straight, which is very damaging. A relaxer instead uses chemicals such as sodium hydroxide to straighten your hair. They do this by penetrating the hair follicle that curls your hair and removes it.

These relaxers usually come in a cream form, where you would need a liquid activator to get the chemicals inside to start working. But nowadays, there are no-base relaxers that you can use straight on your hair instead!

How Long to Leave Relaxer in Hair?

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How long to leave relaxer in hair

This is a tricky topic to tackle so let’s dive in with more details. Some products will tell you to leave it for 5 minutes while others would say 30 minutes. Some people also leave it for more than 45 minutes too! See where the confusion about how long to leave the relaxer in hair comes from?

Typically, the ones needing a liquid activator will work within 10 minutes. The activator jumpstarts the reaction of hydroxide and it immediately starts working on your hair follicles. So take them off as soon as possible!

No-lye relaxers would be typically about 15 to 20 minutes. They don’t have sodium hydroxide meaning it would take longer for them to start working their magic on the hair. They are also less irritating on your scalp so it’s fine to keep them in your hair for a bit longer than usual.

The no-base relaxers are the ones that cause the most headaches! Some have sodium hydroxide, while others don’t. This means they will vary in the times left in the hair, ranging from 10 minutes up to 40 minutes! Be sure that you follow the instruction on the label as they are tested by the brands that make the relaxers!

FAQs

1. Can I use hair relaxer on Caucasian hair?

Yes, you can! It doesn’t matter about your skin color; it is more about the texture of your hair that matters most.

2. What is the safest hair relaxer?

The Hawaiian Silky relaxer is considered to be one of the safest hair relaxers because of its use of natural cold-pressed olive oil.

3. How can I relax my hair without damaging it?

Relaxer will cause some damage to your hair. Instead, try sleeping on silk pillowcases or wrapping your hair in a silk scarf when going to bed. You could also use a wrapping foam or opt for a deep condition every few weeks under your silk scarf.

4. Are there any healthy hair relaxers?

Unfortunately, there aren’t any healthy hair relaxers that are healthy for your hair. They all involve chemicals to straighten or relax your hair.

5. How damaging are hair relaxers?

Hair relaxers are most damaging to the hair follicles in your hair as it penetrates them to straighten it. You could also get scalp damage due to the chemicals involved.

Final Thoughts

There you have it! This took a long time because I had to leave the relaxed hair alone for quite a bit to make sure I tried out everything. I would say the Hawaiian Silk No Base Relaxer was my favorite! It did no harm to my thin hair and as a white woman, I can recommend it very safely to other white women with my hair type. I hope that you find the relaxer that you are looking for. Until next time, stay classy!

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