Natural Relaxers, Wash 'n Go Relaxers – Do they exist


A woman with natural hair posing near mountains, wearing sunglasses
What is it with theses so-called wash ‘n go relaxers and natural relaxers.  The natural relaxers promise no straightening chemicals just natural ingredients, while the wash ‘n go relaxers promise convenience.  This is becoming the latest quest:  To find a product that will straighten the hair without damaging it.  

Here’s What You Had To Say About Naturalaxer

I have been using the Naturalaxer for eight months and it does everything it promises and more. It does not break the bonds in your hair, so you always maintain your natural curl pattern. It softens the top cuticle of your hair so you can wear it naturally curly or wavy(without the frizz) or blowdried straight.
Unlike chemical relaxers, the Naturalaxer leaves your hair extremely shiny and soft to the touch. There is a marked difference in previously chemically-relaxed hair and hair that has been relaxed with Naturalaxer. Hope this helps.
 P.S.  It can be used on all textures of hair–fine, medium, and coarse.–Pat George

I have used the Naturalaxer in my hair. The purpose of the naturalaxer is to loosen the curl, not really to straighten the hair. Depending on the type of wave or curl that you have in your hair, the Naturalaxer can straighten your hair with just a mild application. For example, if you have really loose waves, the Naturalaxer will straighten your hair. If you have a tighter curl, it may be necessary to use a hair dryer (and either the medium or the maximum) to get the hair straightened. However, you dont actually have to use the hair dryer straighten your hair if you don’t want to.I have used the Naturalaxer and my hair has grown from being really short back to almost the length it was before I cut it. I don’t use a hair dryer in my hair and the Naturalaxer makes my hair really easy to comb, and it give you the option of being a natural sister.The only thing I don’t know is whether it will damage your hair or not. I have had positive results from using this product. –Druscilla Dasent

Consumers do not have to blow dry their hair to get it straight with the
Naturalaxer.  I have a friend you used it and she wrapped her hair after
applying the Naturalaxer and it got straight. Keep in mind that it is heat
activated.  There are alot of people who use this product and loves it.  I
am getting ready to try it myself.  I’ve used the African Wonders product line and they are great.–Nikita Owens

I have very kinky hair but it is thin. Most hairdressers overprocess my hair or damage it because it looks so kinky. I tried Avlon’s Ferm Curl products but I was tired of the wetness. I recently tried African Prides Naturalaxer (Mild). When I blow dry my hair and curl it with a curling iron it is pretty straight. The product itself is not as harsh on my hair so I don’t have a lot of breakage. The straightness lasts for about a week (even when it’s raining). I prefer Naturalaxer because I would still have to blow dry and curl my hair if I had a chemical relaxer. The only problem is I would like to wear my hair natural sometimes but this product does not straighten my hair enough to wear it natural.

I had been contemplating whether or not to try the Naturalaxer,  until I
read this column in “Natural Corner” about others’ responses to Naturalaxer.  I was finally convinced to try it.  And I loved it.  I could also tell a significant difference in my 5 to 6 inches of new growth and my previously relaxed hair.  I’ve been growing my hair out natural for the past 9 months but haven’t cut my permed hair out yet (waiting for some length) and got to a point where I was getting tired of the “half natural-half permed” look (couldn’t hide my new growth any more).  So I searched the internet over and came across Naturalaxer.  Being afraid to try out a new product that I’d never heard any of my fellow peers try, so I waited…  That’s when I saw this column and went for it.  As someone else said, it really does what it says.  I have shoulder-length, very thick coarse hair (usually need a super strength perm) and I ordered the mild Naturalaxer because #1, I was nervous and #2, like I said, I am trying to go natural once my new growth gets long enough for me to wear it that way, so I didn’t want it to straighten out my hair.  I simply needed a product to help keep the bulk down so that I couldcontinue wearing press and curl styles before I go completely wash and wear natural.  And it worked.  My family and friends noticed a significant difference in my hair.  Plus I’d rather use a gentler and healthier, alkaline-based texturizer like Naturalaxer than a chemically harsh perm any day.  My hair has suffered enough damage in the past as it is.–
Danyelle Headen

Natural Remedies for Type 1 Diabetes

( — Also known as childhood-onset diabetes,
type 1 diabetes requires regular blood sugar tests and medical intervention.
According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be

What You Need To Know:

  • Go for the chromium
    Under the supervision of a doctor,
    take 200 mcg a day of this essential trace mineral to improve glucose tolerance
  • Fight back with fiber
    Under a doctor’s supervision,
    stabilize your blood sugar by eating fiber from whole grains, beans (legumes),
    vegetables, and fruit, and consider using a fiber supplement such as psyllium or
    guar gum
  • Protect with alpha lipoic acid
    Protect against diabetic
    complications, such as nerve and kidney damage, by taking 600 to 1,200 mg of
    this supplement per day
  •  Discover EPO
    Help relieve pain from diabetic
    neuropathy by taking 4 grams of evening primrose oil supplements per day
  • Get to know niacinamide
    Talk to a knowledgeable
    healthcare provider to determine if taking large amounts of the supplement
    niacinamide might prevent or limit the severity of type 1 diabetes in your

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace
the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading the full diabetes
article for more in-depth, fully-referenced information on medicines, vitamins,
herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes that may be helpful.

Dietary changes that may be
Eating carbohydrate-containing foods, whether high in
sugar or high in starch (such as bread, potatoes, processed breakfast cereals,
and rice), temporarily raises blood sugar and insulin levels. The blood
sugar–raising effect of a food, called its “glycemic index,” depends on how
rapidly its carbohydrate is absorbed. Many starchy foods have a glycemic index
similar to table sugar (sucrose). Beans, peas, fruit, and oats have low glycemic
indexes, despite their high carbohydrate content, due mostly to the
health-promoting effects of soluble fiber. Controlled studies have found that
people with type 1 diabetes who follow a low-glycemic-index diet have better
long-term control over their blood sugar levels compared with those following a
high-glycemic-index diet. However, other studies find similar benefits from
training patients to adjust their insulin doses according to the total
carbohydrate content of each meal or snack (“carbohydrate counting”). People
with type 1 diabetes should always discuss changes in their diet with their
treating physician.

Diabetes disrupts the mechanisms by which the body controls blood sugar.
Until recently, health professionals have recommended sugar restriction to
people with diabetes, even though short-term high-sugar diets have been shown,
in some studies, not to cause blood sugar problems in people with diabetes.
Currently, the American Diabetic Association (ADA) guidelines do not prohibit
the use of moderate amounts of sugar, as long as blood levels of glucose,
triglycerides, and cholesterol are maintained within normal levels.

Most doctors recommend that people with diabetes cut intake of sugar from
snacks and processed foods, and replace these foods with high-fiber, whole
foods. This tends to lower the glycemic index of the overall diet and has the
additional benefit of increasing vitamin, mineral, and fiber intake. Other
authorities also recommend lowering the glycemic index of the diet to improve
the control of diabetes.

Older studies suggested that including 30 grams per day or more of fiber
helps control blood sugar in type 1 diabetes. However, a more recent controlled
study of people with well-controlled type 1 diabetes on intensive insulin
regimens found no important benefits from consuming a high-fiber diet. In
another trial, a low-glycemic-index diet containing 50 grams per day of fiber
improved blood sugar control and helped prevent hypoglycemic episodes in a group
of people with type 1 diabetes taking two or more insulin injections per day.
Consuming more fiber may not be as helpful in type 1 diabetes when modern
intensive insulin regimens are used, but eating high-fiber foods is recommended
for its many other health benefits.

When taken with meals, high-fiber supplements such as guar gum reduced the
rise in blood sugar following meals in people with type 1 diabetes. More
research is needed to determine if regular use of fiber supplements benefits
long-term blood sugar control in type 1 diabetes.

When people with diabetic nerve damage (neuropathy) switch to a vegan diet
(no meat, dairy, or eggs), improvements have been reported after several days.
In one trial, pain completely disappeared in 17 of 21 people. Fats from meat and
dairy may also contribute to heart disease, the leading killer of people with
diabetes. Vegetarians also eat less protein than do meat eaters. Reducing
protein in the diet has lowered kidney damage caused by diabetes and may also
improve glucose tolerance in type 1 diabetes. Switching to either a high- or
low-protein diet should be discussed with a doctor.

Changing the overall percentage of calories from fat and carbohydrates in the
diets of people with type 1 diabetes is often difficult. However, it is possible
to modify the quality of the dietary fat. In adolescents with type 1 diabetes,
increasing monounsaturated fats relative to other dietary fats is associated
with better control over blood sugar and cholesterol levels. The best way to
incorporate monounsaturates into the diet is to use olive oil, especially extra
virgin olive oil, which has the highest antioxidant values.

Should children avoid milk to prevent type 1 diabetes? The relationship
between cows’ milk and type 1 diabetes remains unclear, although there is some
evidence that milk consumption might increase the risk of developing type 1
diabetes. Worldwide, children whose dietary energy comes primarily from dairy or
meat products have a significantly higher chance of developing type 1 diabetes
than do children whose dietary energy comes primarily from vegetable sources.
Countries with high milk consumption have a high risk of type 1 diabetes. Animal
research also indicates that avoiding milk affords protection from type 1
diabetes. Milk contains a protein related to a protein in the pancreas, the
organ that produces insulin. Some researchers believe that drinking milk may
cause children who are allergic to milk to make antibodies that attack the
pancreas, causing type 1 diabetes. Several studies have linked cows’ milk
consumption to the occurrence of type 1 diabetes in children. However, other
studies have failed to find such a link. One study even reported a protective
effect of higher intake of dairy products on diabetes risk in children. One
reason for the conflicting results of the research may be that different genetic
strains of cows’ milk protein (casein) are associated with different levels of

Immune-system problems in people with type 1 diabetes have been tied to other
allergies as well, and the importance of focusing only on the avoidance of dairy
products remains unclear. Preliminary studies have found that early introduction
of cows’ milk formula feeding increases the risk of developing type 1 diabetes,
although contradictory results have also been published. A study of Finnish
children (including children with diabetes) showed that early introduction of
cows’ milk formula feeding (before three months of age vs. after three months of
age) was associated with increased risk of type 1 diabetes. This research
supports abstaining from dairy products in infancy