how can you tell a relaxer has expired?

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  1. JaneBond

    JaneBond New Member

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    ne one?




    thanks
     
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    I would compare it to a new relaxer and also do a sniff-check [​IMG]

    Does anyone know the relative shelf-life of relaxers?
     
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    pebbles Putting out fires....

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    Relaxers are supposed to be able to last for quit some time, but as soulchild said, try the sniff-check. If it smells really strong, or if the color is a bit off, don't use it. Personally, if it's been sitting for over a year, I would toss it. [​IMG]
     
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    thanks alot.
     
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    i think that as long as it hasnt been exposed to the air a lot, the shelf life is pretty long maybe 4-5 months im guessing. But then when it expires it smells like fish or something i hate that smell
     
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    dontspeakdefeat Weave Specialist Staff Member

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    I have heard up to 2 years. But I agree with Pebbles.
     
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    Allandra Super Duper Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah, I'd probably just do a sniff test as well.
     
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    I have had and used old relaxers. If you think that it is old don't use it unless you want a texturizer because it won't take.
     
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    vikkisecret Nubian Girl

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    bumping?

    I purchased a tub of mizani from someone on this forum about a year ago....would you use it?
     
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    Since you don't know how long it was on the shelf before you purchased it, I would see if it passes the sniff test and of course, do a strand test to see if it takes. No-lye relaxers reportedly are ineffective beyond 24 -48 hours of being mixed.
     
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    vikkisecret Nubian Girl

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    thanxs balisi! I'll do a sniff for a fishy odor...what about vinagery...?
     
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    Hi Ladies,
    I learned the hard way what an outdated relaxer can due to your hair! :mad: I lost most of my hair years ago when I purchased a relaxer at a BBS store- I thought I was getting such a good deal bc it was on sale. When I went to rinse it out along went most ofmy hair down the drain!!:eek: :eek: :eek:

    I learned that you can phone the company, most provide an 800 # on the container, or phone 1-800-555-1212 (800's version of 411 for any 800 #). Once you reach the company, you can ask what the code is that they use to identify the date of expiration. When you learn that then you never have to guess again. You'll be able to pick up any product from their line and tell the expiration and manufacture date- while still in the store, before you buy it.;)

    These codes are designed to be cryptic (which I think is stupid). They are usually lightly printed in purple ink on the outside or bottom of the container. So, what may look like some nonsenical printing on the container is actually a code for the batch, date of manufacture, and expiration.
    Hope this helps!
     
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    balisi New Member

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    That's good to know ravensunshine. I'm sorry you had a bad experience before finding that out.
     
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    I do no this the old vinger smell, the yellow discolor, and the cruncy top is an old relaxer. DO NOT USE...
     
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    This is really good information Ravensunshine! :up: I've wondered about expiration dates. Sorry to hear that happened to you though and I hope you were compensated for that.

    Before I buy relaxer at the BBS, I make sure I'm at a store where my brand of relaxer moves pretty quickly, for good rotation.

    If the box is dusty, I'll go elsewhere. It the design is outdated, that tells me to go elsewhere too.

    I'm going to phone the company next time!
     
  16. bluediamond0829

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    also i found out when i did my sisters relaxer that i didnt knw tht a relaxer could get hard and stiff...
     
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    Thanks for your well wishes. Nope no comensation, but I did get to speak with one of the scientists who helped to formulate the relaxer- that's how I found out about the code on the jar. Well, that terrible experience taught me a valuable lesson- learn all you can about your hair and what you put on it! I went completely natural for ten years after that incident.
     

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