Affirm Conditioning Creme Relaxer with Protecto (STEP 2) conditions the hair before, during and after chemical processing as part of an innovative four-step relaxer system. Available formulas: Original in mild, normal and resistant strengths (Sodium Hydroxide); Control in in mild, normal and resistant strengths (Time Release Sodium Hydroxide). Fluffy, no-base formulations. Effectively straightens by chemically changing a third of the cystine cross links of the hair to lanthionine cross links. Rinses easily from the hair without leaving an oily residue. Leaves hair silky-straight and well-conditioned for free flowing, soft silky hairstyles with body. Hair has a healthy-looking appearance. Hair is easy to comb and prepared for any type of styling. Hair looks radiant with lots of shine or sheen. Original formula is for stylists with a fast relaxer application technique. Control formula is for stylists who prefer a slower application time.