Ellin Lavar is interviewed by Essence

Who should not be using chemical relaxers?

Women who have permanent hair color and/or bleach in their hair should not use relaxers. Japanese straighteners and body wave treatments are also not compatible with relaxers.  Children under the age of twelve should not use any of the above chemicals in their hair. Their hair follicles are not mature and these chemicals can cause permanent hair loss.

Do I need a chemical relaxer to smooth out my frizzy hair?

You do not have to use relaxer to smooth out your frizzy hair. Most of the time frizzy hair can be tamed by using the right hair products. Ellin LaVar TEXTURES, SatinSoft conditioner is excellent for leaving frizzy hair smooth and soft after washing. Also, apply products while hair is wet and allow hair to dry without too much manipulation. This allows the products to seal the cuticle.

How do you style hair that seems to fall out whenever manipulated?

Before I style hair that seems to be falling out, I would first try and find out why the hair is so fragile. I would recommend seeing a doctor to check hormone levels, thyroid and pituitary excretions and a cancer screening. Medications can also cause hair loss or breakage.

I would choose a style that requires very little combing and tension. A loose roller set may be the best. This would give the client body and curls that would last all week. She would use a satin hair bonnet at night to keep her hair from rubbing against her pillowcase to help reduce breakage and maintain her style. In the morning she can finger comb or use a very widely spaced comb to style her hair.

Is there a special way to style the extensions?

When styling extensions, one has to be very careful not to expose the point where the extensions have been attached.  Also, check your entire hairdo when finished to make sure that any thin areas of your own hair are covered. Most importantly, make sure there is no separation between your hair and the extension hair.

Choosing a flat iron

When choosing a styling appliance, the average user needs to consider their personal needs. Hair texture will determine how much heat you need and what size plate. The shorter your hair is the smaller the width of the plate you need. The coarser your hair is the more heat you will need. Any flat iron can smooth out hair. Take smaller sections of hair to achieve a straighter outcome. 

Infra-Red is supposed to heat the hair from the inside out. 

Ionic is the technology of creating positive and negative ions in the hair to smooth the cuticle. 

Wet -to dry irons are to be used on wet hair. The steam produced from the water evaporating is how your hair is straightened. 

They all promise to make your hair softer, silkier and shinier. All have the potential to do that because of their heating capabilities and not the technology. 

The Nano Fuzeion says it kills bacteria and viruses. However, any heat will do the same. 

The Ionic, Tourmaline, Ceramic or Infra-Red technology does not smooth the cuticle. The heat from the iron, products you use and condition of your  hair are what will determine the smoothness of your hair. Infra red technology does not heat the hair from the inside out. Heat penetrates into the hair from the outside. No tool can improve the HEALTH of your hair as most claim.