Relaxer Update #1

It’s been a long time. I shouldn’a left you. Without a dope post to step to.  

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This post is super L.A.T.E. I have been swamped with work, life and other things. Plus, the day I wanted to post, this my site got hacked. All is well but it was quite annoying.  I’m trying to do better with blogging. I finally sucked it up and wrote this post. I didn’t want this post to be 3 weeks late so here we go. I started my relaxer process the night before and finished it the next day. It was a long process.

Night before relaxer
(1) Sectioned hair into 4 and applied castor oil to scalp
(2) Moisturized, sealed and detangled each section
(3) Loosely braided hair in sections and wrapped with scarf

Day of Relaxer

I essentially did Jeni from JustGrowAlready relaxer process but I kept the relaxer on for 15 minutes.

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Steps

My new growth right before the relaxer

My new growth right before the relaxer

(1) Parted hair into four sections. I made sure the partings were straight.

(2) Coated the previously relaxed hair of each section with olive oil and castor oil.

(3) Starting at the nape, parted hair in ~1 inch sections and applied baby jelly to scalp. Twisted the ends to keep the hair separated.

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(4) Placed clips along the ear-to-ear part to hold plastic cap securely.

(5) Secured the front half and place a plastic cap over it to keep it dry.

(6) Set timer for 15 minutes

(7) Starting at the back half and apply the relaxer to my new growth using a my sprush- Started at the middle/crown area- Sectioned out nape for last

The relaxer I use

The relaxer I use

(8) Once the relaxer has been applied to the back half of my head, I smoothed it with fingers and back of comb.

(9) Rinsed out the relaxer

(10) Applied Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor as protein treatment for 5 minutes, then rinsed.

(11) Shampooed with ORS Creamy Aloe shampoo 3x, letting it sit for 3 minutes each time.

(12) Rinsed and clipped away that sections roll the back half of my hair into a loose bun.

(13) Applied relaxer to front sections just like the back.- Start at crown and work up to front- Leave hairline until very last after smoothing and smooth gently

(14) Smooth the relaxer through my new growth only with my fingers and the back of comb

(15) Applied Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor as protein treatment for 5 minutes, then rinsed.

(16) Shampooed with ORS Creamy Aloe shampoo 3x, letting it sit for 3 minutes each time.

(17) Deep conditioned using DC mix for an hour with heat. Rinsed and towel dried. Deep Conditioner mix: Organics Cholesterol Tea-Tree Oil conditioner, ORS Replenishing Conditioner, Roux Porosity Control, Pantene Moisture Therapy, Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment, coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, and glycerine.

(18) Applied Jazzing clear rinse, kept under a plastic cap with heat for 30 minutes. Rinsed and t-shirt dried.

(19) Apply leave-ins (Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Infusium 23) and roller set. Air dried overnight.

(20) Applied JBCO to scalp and massage. Moisturize and seal hair with Cantu moisturizer and grape seed oil.

After roller set

After roller set

As you can see, this was a long process with so many steps. It also took a long time because I had so much new growth. I was really tired after every thing but the results were fine. My hair felt very straight immediately after relaxer.

Texlax texture

Texlaxed texture

However the next day, I noticed that there was still some texture. Some sections at the crown didn’t process well. I think this is because I had to rush the front sections. I had to rush it because it took so long to apply. I noticed some breakage at the crown. It seems quite short in sections. Later on, I noticed several burnt sections on my scalp. 🙁 This really surprised me because I didn’t even feel it tingle. It really matters how much time you spend on the relaxer.  Every time I relax my hair, I never want to do it myself again. I may start going to a salon but it needs to be good or at least have staff that can listen. My ends still look ok. I need to dust them soon just for maintenance. I did a mini length check and it seems I reached Arm-pit length (APL).

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For the most part, I am pleased with the results. Now it’s time to tackle edges and my nape.

How’s your hair doing?

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