Freezing Relaxer - Common Practice?

Discussion in 'Hair Care Tips & Product Review Discussion' started by Lexib, Jan 15, 2009.

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Freezing Left-over Relaxer:

  1. I've done/do this all the time w no problems

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  2. I've tried it and would NOT do it again

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  3. I use another method to store left over relaxer

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  4. Are you Crazy??! You can't use left over relaxer on your head!!

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  1. Lexib

    Lexib New Member

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    Just curious as to how many of you ladies save left over relaxer by freezing it (...or do you even save it at all)? If so, did the relaxer lose any of it's potency or have any negative affects on your hair? Keep in mind, I'm talking about relaxer that has already been mixed w/ activator.

    I have some phyto that I've been storing in the freezer for a while b/c I've been too afraid to use it & I was wondering if I should chuck it...:ohwell:
     
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    kblc06 Well-Known Member

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    My mom used to store old relaxer in the fridge; but since neither of us relax our hair any more, there's no need. It typically worked just fine, but I don't think it had already been mixed with activator :ohwell:
     
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    Sui Topi New Member

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    We do that too! Well, my mom did anyway. I think she still does if anyone over there is relaxing.
     
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    I have refrigerated a relaxer too, for a few days after it was mixed. I have never frozen one though... It may be okay if you thaw it in the fridge or at room temp.
     
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    If anything, I think it may not process as well, like you suggested. But I do not think it would hurt your hair.
     
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    So then maybe perhaps it would be better to texlax with? as opposed to relaxing bone straight? hmm...
     
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    Something pretty bad happened to my edges when I tried to relax just them (another bad idea) with pre-mixed Phyto relaxer that had been in the fridge for about a month. I think though, if it is not already mixed and activated, then it may be fine. I'd see what others have to say though!
     
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    Ive never saved already mixed relaxer because im to scared
    I would rather just waste five dollars.
     
  9. AngelicRose07

    AngelicRose07 Formerly weaveitup

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    my thoughts exactly! it will be cheaper to buy a new relaxer than it would be to buy all the products to repair damaged hair. i guess im more worried about it because its a practice i've never heard of. in the future you can probably get two uses out of it though if you only mix half at a time
     
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    I do this all the time. When I get ready to use it again I mix it with the new relaxer. I have never had any ill effect from doing this. :ohwell:
     
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    Thanks for the responses guys. I guess I should say that I didn't just come up w/ this technique on my own. I read about it somewhere...maybe here?
     
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    Very good point!! :yep:
     
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    blue_flower Well-Known Member

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    I stretch for long periods of time, so I just throw anything left over in the garbage.
     
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    I use lye relaxer so there is no mixing but I just have my relaxer in a drawer with the rest of my hair products. I leave it in there for months and never noticed a difference between the old stuff or the new relaxer. Been doing this for years with chemicals. I never knew anyone froze it or put it in the fridge.
     
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    bumping for more responses :)
     
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    I've stored my lye relaxer in the fridge for up to 4 months and I've never had a problem with it.
     
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    Nah, I wouldn't. Relaxer is too cheap to take that chance.
     
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    I've been freezing relaxer for years with no problem. I'm just relaxing the new growth that does not take the entire container so I just freeze it and thaw it when I am ready to relax new growth. I heard about this years ago and thought I'd try it and I have never had an adverse reaction from using it. As with everything here on LHCF what works for some won't work for all, what some will do others won't. Peace Ladies!!
     
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    I use to save my relaxer a long long time ago, but now I just buy a new one on every application. I stopped back in the day becuase I noticed my relaxer never took the way I wanted it to on the second round. But now I just can't stand the strong chemical smell from a realxer that has been sitting for 2-3 months.
     
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    I emailed a company asking about this and was told that any relaxer that is not used within 24 hours of mixing should be thrown away. I always throw mine away just to be on the safe side. I'd rather do that than be bald or have a really bad reaction.
     
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    When I was relaxed I used to store my leftover lye relaxer in the refrigerator. I'm not even sure where I got that idea from. But I never had a problem with it.
     
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    I have done this before in my teens, but can't remember whether not it even worked well for me.
     
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    I refrigerate left over relaxer that has already been mixed with activator and have never had any problems. I have done this for years.
     
  24. topnotch1010

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    I buy the tubs of pre-mixed relaxer and I have both kept it in the bathroom with the rest of my products and put it in the fridge with no problems. I've been doing this as long as I can remember. I never buy relaxers that I have to mix and throw away. I don't think you can save those.
     

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