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Phyto PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2 - Normal, Thick, Resistant Hair

What it is:A no-lye relaxer formulated with naturally derived ingredients to preserve hair's elasticity and strength. What it is formulated to do:Gently and safely relax curls or waves while providing superior conditioning—resulting in hair that has movement, body, and shine. The formula contains an odorless egg extract, and is soy-based and lye-free. This set contains:- 0.33 oz Pre-Care Balm- 7.6 oz Straightening Cream- 2 oz Index Inductor 2- 4.22 oz Neutralizing and Cleansing Emulsion- 2 oz Milky RestructurerWhat it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Phthalates What else you need to know:Always perform a strand test before full application.
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Questions & Answers for Phyto PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2 - Normal, Thick, Resistant Hair

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Is this intended for both African American and caucasian hair?
I am caucasian, but have very thick, coarse, curly (frizzy) hair. I have never used a relaxer before. Is this OK for me to use?
asked 6 years, 1 month ago
stacyhen
(Garland, TX)
on PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2 - Normal, Thick, Resistant Hair
4 answers
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answer 1
Yes, Index 1 would probably be better for your hair. I would get it done by a professional though.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
nicolette01
(CT)
answer 2
Yes. I dont have coarse hair i have curly dominican hair and this was amazing
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
Cin765
(New York, New York)
answer 3
I wouldn't recommend it for caucasian hair I just bought it not even a week ago thinking this was going to make my hair look amazing and silky smooth but no I had to go to the salon the very next day after spending the whole day at my job looking like an idiot. My hair was stringy, falling out, and elastic like a rubber band. to make a long story short FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPERATION before you use the product one wrong step and you'll damage your hair beyond repair.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
ladymar
(Phoenix,AZ)
answer 4
You should use Index 1. I believe Index 2 is really made for Ethnic, in my case Afro-American hair. Index 2 works wonderfully for my hair, although my mom on the other hand is bi-racial and thus has hair that is coarse but more so like that of someone caucasian. I hope this helps.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
lauren34
(North Plainfield, NJ)
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This vs traditional relaxers?
How does this differ from relaxers used on African/Hispanic hair? Will it coarse/kinky hair truly straight or just smooth the wave/curl out a bit (i.e., like a texturizer)?
asked 6 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Washington, DC)
on PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2 - Normal, Thick, Resistant Hair
3 answers
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answer 1
I have course African American Hair it works just as well if not better than traditional relaxers. Over the first few applications my hair stylist discovered the degree of straightness depend on how long it was left in and how well she worked with comb. When my stylist is done with my hair bone straight doesn't begin to discribe it.
answered 6 years, 9 months ago
Sapadilla
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 2
I think it works for both types...those who want a relaxer or those who want texturizing
answered 6 years, 11 months ago
gvp1
(Toronto, ON)
answer 3
my hair is coarse and frizzy,African amer/native amer.decent,and this relaxer smooths my hair but doesn't get it bone-straight.It still has body and shine.Most people don't believe I even have a relaxer in my hair.
answered 6 years, 11 months ago
sharee
(Long Island, New York)
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is that straightener for black hair?
asked 6 years, 8 months ago
irks
(ny ny)
on PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2 - Normal, Thick, Resistant Hair
3 answers
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answer 1
Its for Latina hair too! As long as your hair is considered curly/kinky; I'm sure you could use it too.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
LoveITMJ
(Charlotte,, NC)
answer 2
of course it works very well, it make s the hair shiny. I have been using this for about a year and I am very satistfied.
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
sparklingkatia
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 3
yes!
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Chicago, IL)
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Can i use this product on color treated caucasion hair ?
Im 14 years old and have thick wavy black and pink hair.I straighten it everyday with a flat iron and was wondering if using a relaxer would cause less damage than the iron ? I just want my hair to lay down and be straight like the iron does to it.advice please ?
asked 6 years, 1 month ago
JennaO
(cville,va)
on PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2 - Normal, Thick, Resistant Hair
3 answers
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answer 1
This is an update to my previous post. The packaging does state that it should not be used on previously color treated, straightened, or permed hair, and some reviews have reported breakage, so I would be very cautious about using this product if your hair has been color treated. If you have only a few strands, then maybe, but expect more breakage.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
quetzalina
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 2
My mother used this and she is Caucasian with extremely coarse, frizzy hair. She too used an iron to straighten daily, and while this product has smoothed and softened her hair considerably, it does not lay perfectly straight and she still uses an iron, but to a much less degree. I gave this product five stars because we are comparing it to the effects of past chemical relaxers, and this one has very similar results. If you have moderately curly hair I think it may eliminate the need for daily ironing, but it depends on the degree of curl or frizz you have. My mother's hair is still slightly wavy, but WAY less frizzy and much, much softer and more managable. This product is not as strong as others, but very effective and not as harsh or toxic.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
quetzalina
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 3
I personally DO NOT recommend putting a relaxer on highlighted hair. Too much processing will cause your hair to become extremely brittle and susceptible to breakage. As damaging as straightening with a flat iron can be on a daily basis; it will be much more damaging to put a relaxer on your highlighted hair.
answered 6 years ago
LoveITMJ
(Charlotte,, NC)
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Does this actually straighten your hair?
I have medium thick, dry, slightly wavy hair. It's damaged from having to blow dry and straighten it every day and I want something that will straighten my hair so I can let it air dry. Would this straighten my hair so that I wouldn't have to go through all the steps or does it just condition it? I was confused by a few comments about perms?
asked 6 years, 10 months ago
izzyices
(Cincinnati, OH)
on PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2 - Normal, Thick, Resistant Hair
2 answers
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answer 1
A perm just means permanent, this is a permanent it just relaxes or straightens the hair instead of making it curly. They are both considered perms, although many people associate perms with just curls, that is not the case.
answered 6 years, 4 months ago
decodoll
(Boston MA)
answer 2
I believe there is a difference between a relaxer and a perm. Perms enhance curly hair making it more managable but does not straighten hair. Relaxers straighten hair which is what Phyto does.
answered 6 years, 10 months ago
bklynbeauty
(Brooklyn, NY)
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Do you use this relaxer yourself?
Do you do it yourself or does someone else apply it for you?
Thanks :]
asked 6 years, 10 months ago
ladydior
(Newport Beach, CA)
on PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2 - Normal, Thick, Resistant Hair
2 answers
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answer 1
I normally do my own relaxer but since I was switching to this new one I decided to let my stylist do it for me. Now that I see the results I will continue to do it myself but will go in and get my ends trimmed when needed.
answered 6 years, 9 months ago
DMiller
(Nashville, TN)
answer 2
I had someone apply it for me. If you're in the New York area, I'd recommend Salon 804. It's a bit of a treck to go all the way out to Harlem for this - but they were so nice and knowledgeable (and affordable), that I'd only go there to get it done.
answered 6 years, 10 months ago
meenasyaz
(New York)
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No chemicals at all?
I was told by my doctor yesterday that I can not straighten my hair or briad it.. I have a relaxer now and I do not know what else I can do w/ my hair other than a wig. Is this truly all natural. So people say there are chemicals in it..
asked 6 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
(averill park ny)
on PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2 - Normal, Thick, Resistant Hair
2 answers
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answer 1
It is full of chemicals. It works by breaking the bonds in your hair and then allowing the bonds to reform when the neutralizer is applied. It destroyed my perfectly healthy hair when it was applied at a salon. The advertising and description of the product is misleading. Check the ingredients and what they do. There's nothing natural or gentle about PhytoRelaxer other than the words and promises on the box.
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
TaraNYC3
(New York, NY)
answer 2
If your doctor has told you not to relax or perm your hair, you should follow his or her instruction.

This product may not contain lye, but it has to contain some form of a chemical in order to straighten the hair.

Once I colored my hair a few weeks after using a Gentle Treatment Perm, and my hair started falling out.

A hair stylist told me that I needed to deep condition my hair each time I washed it.

She told me to use this wonderful deep conditioner by Phyto Specific.

I loved it so much, that I started using some of their other products.

Phyto Specific products are expensive, but they do work. I will be using the Phyto relaxer for the first time in a week or so.

However, if I were having problems with my hair and scalp, I would follow doctor's orders.
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
Brenda880
(New York, NY)
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What level of Phyto Specific Relaxer should I purchase?
I have been relaxing my hair for about 35 or 40 years. MY hair has been through almost every stage of damage that you can imagine, except baldness. My hair is still about 2 or 3 inches past shoulder length. Now that I am in my 50's, I have to deal with gray hair that is slightly thinner on the sides and the top of my head. I use a rinse in my hair on a regular basis. I have used Gentle Treatment Relaxer_regular formula for the past several years. The last time I had a touch up, the stylist told me that Gentle treatment was not good for my hair. She used Optimum Relaxer_regular formulation on my hair exactly 8 weeks and 4 days ago.

I would lke to try the PhytoSpecific relaxer, but I am not sure of which formulation to buy.

Please help if you can.
asked 6 years, 6 months ago
Brenda880
(New York, NY)
on PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2 - Normal, Thick, Resistant Hair
2 answers
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answer 1
Do not use this product. It completely ruined my never before relaxed hair. It has some good reviews but I think it is not reliable in terms of the results one gets.
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
TaraNYC3
(New York, NY)
answer 2
Hello,
I used the course becaus emy hair is really thick, but due to coloring and stress it has been breaking off. I've been actually trying to avoid relaxers, but I really needed one. So, I wanted to try something that wouldn't be damaging to my hair, read about Phyto and it was great. If I were you based on what you told me,I would try the one for delicate hair instead of the one for course hair. Nothing about this relaxer felt harsh to me. Good Luck!
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
Jonnae
(Houston, Texas)
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Is this product natural?
asked 6 years, 5 months ago
Avory
on PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2 - Normal, Thick, Resistant Hair
2 answers
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answer 1
Seems to be as "natural" as a hair relaxer can get. It certainly isn't "all natural". For what it's worth, I researched the chemicals in the relaxer and compared them with others, and I'm only comfortable using this on my hair, especially during pregnancy. Very gentle on the scalp and I use this exclusively now.
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
maxpaxdc
answer 2
This product is very natural. I did not experience the "burn" that can come with relaxers conttaining lye. My hair feels really good.
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
semstudent
(Ohio)
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can i color my hair after relaxed with phyto?
asked 6 years, 5 months ago
rakel229
(new york, ny)
on PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2 - Normal, Thick, Resistant Hair
2 answers
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answer 1
Partner with a professional stylist as you will need to wait 3-4 weeks before using hair color. My hair is relaxed and highlighted, but I have to wait for touchups for my hair color if I've just had it relaxed. The wait time depends on the condition of your hair as well. Hope this helps :)
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
tiya0278
(new york)
answer 2
A color rinse would only be suggested.
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
bouncyhair
(NY, NY)
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