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Relaxers & Perms

 – Do you prefer your hair with a different texture than what you were born with? Whether you want to transform curly hair to a sleek straight style or go from poker-straight locks to ones full of curls, you don't have to visit a salon and pay for chemical services to achieve those results. At drugstore.com, we stock a diverse assortment of relaxer and perm kits that you can purchase online and use at home to alter your hair's texture.

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Perfect Curls



Permanent waves, or perms, are chemical treatments that add long-lasting curls or waves. During a perm, hair is wrapped around a type of roller called a perm rod and then covered with a chemical solution. The chemicals break down bonds in the hair structure and then allow them to reform to the shape of the rod. Then, a second chemical (typically known as a neutralizer) is usually added to halt the reaction, and the chemicals are then rinsed out.

It’s important to read the instructions first to be sure that you’re using the product correctly and that you are an ideal candidate for these specific types of permanent wave products. Always use the product as directed, and remember to use the end papers that are usually included to achieve the best possible results. Home permanent kits contain the chemicals that are needed to perform a treatment and usually provide applicators and additional aids such as end wraps and special conditioners. You will typically need to purchase the rods separately, and you have many options to choose from, as there are many sizes of perm rods available. You’ll want to be sure you’re using the correct size of rods for the results you are aiming to achieve.

Smooth, Sleek Styles



Relaxers are the opposite of perms: these chemical treatments are designed to help make wavy or curly hair straight. The chemicals applied during a relaxer treatment break the bonds that hold hair in its curl pattern. Then, depending on the type of straightening product used, the hair can be straightened with the help of a comb, or as directed. The treatment will cause the hair’s bonds to reform, allowing it to maintain its new straight look. Some kits include a pre-treatment application to promote optimal results. Relaxer kits normally provide everything needed for a treatment except for a comb, but it is important to make sure you have everything you need before you begin. There are two main types of relaxer kits in this selection: lye and no lye. Treatments that contain lye are usually stronger, but are considered by some users to be more damaging than no-lye options. As with perms, it is important that you use relaxer kits as directed and that you confirm that you are an ideal candidate for the treatment.

Ensuring the Best Results



Whether you're perming or relaxing your hair, it's important that you purchase the right product for your hair type. Products are typically made for thick and coarse, fine and thin and average hair types. You can check the hair care product names and descriptions to determine which one is best for you. Reading the instructions included with the kit and following them carefully can help ensure that you get the best results from your at-home treatment. Be sure to use shampoos and conditioners that are safe for chemically treated hair.

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