Chemical relaxer burns are no joke—they can leave scars, bald patches, and even infections if they aren’t treated properly. The right care depends on the severity of the burn.

Identify the Type of Burn

First-degree burns show redness and inflammation; second-degree burns cause blisters; and third-degree burns cover the entire outer layer of skin. If you have a second- or third-degree burn, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.

Treatment Methods

First-degree burns can be treated with over-the-counter remedies at home. Aloe vera or antibacterial ointment will soothe and help mild burns heal. Avoid chemical shampoos, conditioners, hairspray, and other hair products, as these can exacerbate the inflammation.

Second- and third-degree burns need to be treated by a medical professional with antibiotics and antibacterial salves to reduce the chance of scarring and infection.

While your burns heal, your scalp will probably form scabs and itch. Whatever you do, refrain from scratching, or else you may the wound may reopen and lead to an infection.