Sunday, July 13, 2014

First Impressions | Linange Shea Butter Relaxer Review

Not too long ago I mentioned that, for the first time in years, I would be trying out a new relaxer.  More specifically, Linange Shea Butter relaxer.  The reviews alone were enough to interest me, but when I received even more confirmation in the form of a wonderful comment about how amazing the relaxer is, I was sold.

It was difficult, at first to decide between their texturizer and relaxer so I decided to try the stronger formula this time and, if I so desired, I'd experiment with the texturizer next touch up.   The lye formula comes with nothing other than the jar contianing the relaxer.  No activator needed to mix in like with my Affirm Fibergaurd.

With sprush in hand, I prepared myself for the experience.  Normally, I would mix a little Pure Protein into my relaxer but, for the sake of this review, I decided to add no bells and whistles.  Minutes prior to relaxing I applied excessive amounts of coconut oil to the length of my hair allowing it to soak in a little before touch up process.

 I separated my hair in small sections and began to apply the thick cream.  The consistency was heavy enough that it didn't move when applied.  That's a good thing.  My only thoughts were about how I demonstrated no discipline with regards to scratching itches in the days leading up to the relaxer application.  I silently hoped that Linange would spare my scalp from intense burning and subsequent scabs.

Linange didn't have that "relaxer chemical" scent and when I applied it throughout, it barely affected my new growth.  Another thing I noticed was how little scalp irritation I was experiencing.  After it was applied throughout, I began to smooth with my gloved hands.  Again, very little irritation.  Since it appeared that my hair wasn't over-processed, I allowed the relaxer to do its thing for a few more minutes before washing out.  The best way to describe what I love about Linange is that allowed my hair to retain its structural strength.  I felt like it respected my hair. I know this sounds weird but typically, after a touch up, I can tell that my hair was been "weakened" by chemicals and I immediately begin the process of reintroducing protein to my regimen to try to reverse some of that damage.  This wasn't the case with Linange, It did its job without wreacking havoc to my hair. I can only imagine the long term benefits of this.

With Linange, my hair doesn't feel damaged AT ALL.  It processed my hair enough to loosen my texture without making it weak  and fragile.  I almost felt like I didn't need a protein step after rinsing the relaxer but I did it anyway.  Oh, and I left the experience with ZERO damage to my scalp. No scabbing....nothing (even though I didn't deserve it).  I would say the experience was pretty flawless with one exception.  Everything was perfect with my newly relaxed hair but, I felt like my previously relaxed hair dried out a little from the impact of the relaxer run off as I rinsed in the shower.

The good news is that dryness was combatted with the help of Kerastase Nutrithermique and Kanechom Shea Butter.  Throughout the week, I kept the hair nice and moist using Evian Facial Spray, Aveda Damage Remedy moisturizer and Gleau Argan oil blend.  Next time I touch up, I'll come armed by applying Avlon's preservo serum to the length or perhaps I'll experiment with using their nuetralizing conditioner on my previously relaxed strands.

Lastly, the one jar was enough to do my entire head and leave a little for next time.  I will still need to purchase a second jar when I do this again in 3-4 months.  Overall, I'm a believer in Linange. It has now become the official relaxer of Relaxed Hair Health Blog until further notice.  For those of you interested, I would say that if you aren't looking for the "bone straight" look, consider trying Linange out and seeing if your hair likes it. Most of the people who tried it (including myself) are very happy with the results.
  1. I've been going back and fort between lineage and Milano butter blends for my next touch up. I'll give the lineage a try

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  2. Please, share a photo of your results :)

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  3. I'm glad you had such a positive experience with the relaxer. It is quite gentle. My hair is relaxed closer to bone straight, and so the relaxer is left on longer, but for the most part I rarely have issues with that. Which is saying a lot because I have a SUPER sensitive scalp.
    I hope to hear more updates.

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  4. Hello. The timing of you trying this relaxer could not be better. I just recently purchased 3 of these on Amazon, but my relaxers came with Activator. Is it not required? As they gave me 3 relaxers and 2 activators. Please let me know. Side note - your blog is amazing and so helpful in my hair journey. Living in Australia with lack of good hairdressers - has made me invest a lot of time and money online. So thank you again. My Eastern European husband has become my hairdresser and he too appreciates all the tips! :)

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  5. Hi KimMe! LOL at your husband hairdresser, I wish I was so lucky.

    I think the version you purchased was the no-lye formula with the activator. If that's the case, you should use the activator as stated per the instructions. I used the lye version because that's what I've been using for years with previous relaxers. Hope that helps.

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  6. Great post Nadege, I have been transitioning for a year and I am itching to relax my hair so this review definitely is timely.Unfortunately the retail price is a bit expensive, on Amazon UK its £58 now that I am almost finish with my graduate degree and will be heading back to Jamaica and am sure I wont be able to access this when I get back there sigh.Can you suggest any other relaxer that is a good as this one?

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  7. Thanks for this review. I was also thinking of changing my relaxers and I just ordered the no-lye version of this relaxer from Amazon together with the neutralising conditioner. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  8. does this relaxer come in varying strengths?

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  9. Great Review of the Linange relaxer and I love your site. Where did you purchase you Linange Relaxer? If it was Amazon, which Vendor? Thank You

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  10. I FINALLY tried the line on Thursday. It had been about 6 months since my last relaxer. I didn't think about putting anything on my scalp (even though I know I burn very easily) until about 3/4 of the way in. I only burned along my hairline and in the back, where I always burn. My stylists have told me that's because those parts are always dry though, so I'm working on that. But, I didn't have any scabs. I was a little disappointed when I saw the waves after combing through the neutralizing conditioner, but, I left the restructuring mask on for longer than 5 minutes, and my hair ended up pretty much being bone straight, so, I'm very happy. I'll probably use this relaxer from now on. I'll have to see how my new growth hangs with this Texas heat, maybe I can make it to Thanksgiving before I relax again.

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  11. I was extremely impressed with Linange relaxer!! Me and my two daughters have thick hair. From previous use of relaxers and softness, our hair was not healthy. After this relaxer our hair felt strong, healthy, and not stuck to our heads. I can not express how much I love this relaxer. I was an Affirm girl to my heart I thought nothing could change that. Not sure about the neutralizing conditioner. We still have to do a lot of moisturizing conditioners and keratin sprays and protein treatments from previous chemical services. Linange has stopped excessive
    shedding. I ordered from Uglyn beauty off of Ebay. They were quick and took care of my products. Very, very pleased with product and company. Getting ready to order another tub for December or January. Just to make sure I have it when I need it. December will make 4 months, gonna try for 5 but will see.

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  12. Hello Nadege, long time lurker here. This is probably only my 2nd (or 3rd...) comment on this here amazing blog and it's a question: do you still use the Linange product line (namely the Linange shea butter cream relaxer or texturizer)? I'm asking because I ordered the texturizer online from 2 different websites and was, in both instances, sent tubs which don't appear to be the real thing (on the label, "texturizer" is spelt "texturizier", the weight is stated in oz and kg instead of oz and ml...) Would you be so kind as to advise whether you've experienced anything like this and possibly where you order yours from?... Thank you

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  13. Hey Sekhmet. I ordered my tub from Amazon. After using, I went back to Affirm Fiberguard because I noticed my hair felt a little drier the week following the relaxer application.

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  14. Thanks for responding; I actually reached out to the brand (Alter Ego) to no avail. Some Amazon sellers seem to be retailing tubs with the same odd label. I might bite the bullet and use what I was sent or opt for Mizani in mild. Anyway, thanks again. Happy Holidays

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  15. Hello Nadege, just thought I'd give a quick feedback on the Linange situation. After checking the pH (which was of about 13.0) and doing a few strand tests, I actually used the "texturizier" I was sent (applied in thin layers on my fine 4c strands & rinsed out almost immediately) and obtained what I was looking for, i.e. a slight loosening of my natural texture. Voilà. Thanks again. And Happy New Year.

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