During my last relaxer, I had several under-processed sections of my hair. 🙁 I debated between leaving it as is, heat training the sections or doing a corrective relaxer. I decided to do a corrective relaxer because:
- leaving it alone may cause it to break at the various lines of demarcation and
- using too much heat could lead to further damage to my hair.
I’ve done a corrective relaxer in the past so I was familiar with the process. This one was a bit simpler because I concentrated the relaxer on a section of my hair and not on the entire head. I used Dark and Lovely Beautiful Beginnings Relaxer for Fine Hair. I haven’t used a Dark and Lovely relaxer in a YEARS. I think my mother may have used it when I was younger and I’ve heard that it processes really quickly.
Here’s what happened:
(1) In order to protect my hair from any run off relaxer, I applied hemp seed oil all over my hair and detangled. I also added Roux Porosity Control Conditioner on my previously relaxed hair. Then, I mixed the relaxer.
(2) Applied the protective gel on my scalp in the section I wanted to relax. Then I used ~1 inch parts to section and twist it.
(3) Applied the relaxer on the sectioned off hair using my sprush. I didn’t apply it anywhere near my scalp. Then, I smoothed it with my fingers. I finished in about 10 minutes. The relaxer processed pretty quickly considering the level of under-processing. I can only imagine if I had to apply it all over my head. I don’t think I would be able to finish in the recommended time.
(4) Rinsed out the relaxer and shampooed/neutralized 3 times (twice with Organic Root Salon Neutralizing Shampoo and once with the shampoo that came in the kit). I kept the shampoo on for about 2 minutes each wash. The foam during the last wash was white so I knew all the relaxer was gone.
(5) I did a protein treatment with Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor. I haven’t done a protein treatment in over a month and I noticed some breakage lately. It was left on for 5 mins with heat.
(6) I had to get some moisture back into my strands. After rinsing out the protein treatment, I applied my deep conditioner mix of Keracare Humecto, Crème of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment, castor oil and olive oil. I wrapped my hair with cling film and sat with my heating cap for an hour.
(7) Rinsed with cool water and did an ACV rinse. I got a new apple cider vinegar from Heinz. It cost less than the Braggs but I don’t know if it is as effective. The scent from the Braggs brand is stronger than Heinz. Is it more concentrated? If you used both, do you notice a difference?
(8) T-shirt dried for about 10 minutes and applied my leave-ins (Giovanni Direct Leave-In, Infusium 23). I also applied the Mane n’ Tail detangler. Then, I detangled my hair in 4 sections.
I planned to flat iron my hair, which I hadn’t done in a while. Sista With Real Hair has 11 tips for a great flat iron and I followed most of them. They were very helpful.
(9) I applied OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum and CHI silk infusion serum throughout my hair. I was planning to flat iron my hair so I wanted to make sure I had enough heat protection. I thought I put too much serum so I was worried it would weigh my hair down.
(10) I did a very quick roller set. I wasn’t too concerned with having perfect parts because I was just going to flat iron it anyway. It was the quickest I’ve done a roller set in a while. It took about 25 minutes. I was catching up on Scandal and I didn’t even finish the episode. I let it dry for an hour (using my hooded dryer on medium heat).
(11) I flat ironed my hair using my new Fahrenheit Titanium flat iron. It was set to ~370°F/188°C . I did 2 passes with each section.
This flat iron got my hair very straight with just 2 passes. With my old one, I had to do a few and it never got super straight.
The corrective relaxer went pretty well. I liked that I was able to control how it was applied and I didn’t have to complain to anyone. I still don’t like doing relaxers myself. I still don’t have the hang of it. 😥 Hopefully, I’ll improve my technique by January when I’m 4 months post.
I did a length check with my new JGA length check shirt. My hair doesn’t reach the lines yet but it looks like I’m at shoulder length. My ends are pretty uneven. 🙁 I think this happened because I had some breakage at my crown earlier in the year.
Now, my hair isn’t all the same length. The ends of each section seem okay. I haven’t noticed any splits and when I do, I usually cut them immediately. Could the search and destroy method affect my hemline? Some of the splits I see are not at the end of the hair shaft. The last time I tried a length check was November 2013. My hair is shorter. However, considering that I dealt with breakage earlier this year and I had a massive trim in August, I think it’s okay. We’ll see how it turns out for my next touch up. I saw some rough ends so I clipped them off too.
My hair stayed pretty straight for a few days. It rained the day after I did this and my hair was still straight. I think it was due to all the serum I put in my hair. I was worried that it would feel heavy but it didn’t. I think my hair was adequately protected from the heat. Let’s see how it looks when I wash it next time.