Relaxer Touch Up

*Warning* This is a long post and pic heavy 🙂

Here are the clips I took out

I ended my stretch yesterday and I have to say, this recent touch up was the best thus far. I’ve been self-relaxing for nearly a year and have been getting better at it each time but I have to say, yesterday was a breeze. I started off gently detangling my hair and basing my scalp with regular petroleum jelly. Next I apply CHI Silk Infusion to my hair, root to tip. I had initially planned to use liquid silk amino acid, but forgot to purchase in time, so I used CHI SI instead. I next coated my already relaxed hair with Roux Porosity Control and then Paul Mitchell Super Charged Moisturizer. I applied the Roux PC first to close the cuticles of my already relaxed hair and decrease any potential processing  due to relaxer run off. I went with the PM Super Charged Moisturizer because it’s a thick conditioner and I figure I’d get moisturizing pre-poo out of it.

The relaxer I used was the Organic Root Stimulator Relaxer, lye formula, normal strength. I used the half-and-half method (as shown in the vid I made a little while ago) but this time I  made a few changes. (1) I used a brush to apply the relaxer – the brush allowed me to apply the relaxer just on my new growth and avoid overlapping the relaxer. (2) I still sectioned and twisted my hair but this time I left off the clips – this made it easier for me to handle each twist as I applied the relaxer because I didn’t have deal with the clips tangling. (3) I used the same sections when smoothing – all I had to was grab a twisted section, separate, and smooth. It took me 13 minutes, per section for both application and smooth. I only smoothed with my finger tips.  I actually recorded myself applying and smoothing the relaxer. I’ll post it if anyone wants me to. Just let me know in the comments.

Half/Half Method – used a cap and clips to make sure I kept the front dry while I relaxed the back half

After I rinsed out each half, I did a protein treatment with ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor, leaving it in for 5 minutes, rinsed and then applied ORS Neutralizing Shampoo, let it sit for about 2 minutes, and then neutralized four times. Better safe than sorry. A relaxer that is not properly neutralized will cause damage, can’t have that!

Once both halves were neutralized, I went on with my normal routine. I shampooed with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo, applied Roux Porosity Control for 30 seconds then rinsed. Then I deep conditioned with KeraPRO Restorative Treatment for 1 hour under my Gold ‘N Hot Heat Cap. I finished up with a clear rinse using Jazzing, by Clairol. As usual, I did every in four sections.

Fresh relaxed, washed, and deep conditioned hair. I purposely underprocess my hair (called texlaxing) to retain more texture

My hair felt great afterwards, very smooth and nearly tangle free. I think the biggest contributing factor was low manipulation throughout the whole process. I kept my hair in the same four sections it was parted in when I applied the relaxer all the way through roller setting my hair. The most I had to do was undo the twists before I rinsed out the relaxer, and then part my hair when I was setting it on the rollers.

For my leave-ins, I sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer, applied Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave-In Conditioner, and then Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum – Sally Beauty carries a generic version that’s just as good: GVP Smoothing Serum. I tend to be heavy handed, but I made sure I used dime sized amounts. My reward? Very light and bouncy hair (yay!) I flat ironed my roots a little once I took down the rollers to make sure my hair would be as straight as possible for my trim the next morning. To finish up the day, I applied a dime size amount of Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil (hands down, my favorite finishing product) and then cross wrapped my hair for night.

This morning I trimmed off half an inch and shaped up the dreaded V-shape my hair grows in. I know I said I was going to cut off at least and inch, but… well… I just didn’t want to haha. My ends looked ok. So I did the necessary and left it at that. But, you be the judge. Could I stand to cut a little more? Oh, I recorded myself trimming, hope to get that up soon.

I did notice an increase in shedding during the whole process. Not sure what caused it. I take garlic supplements for shedding but truth be told, I take 1/4 of the recommended dosage, lol! The instructions are to take 1 pill four times a day… out of laziness I’ve been taking one, once a day. Time to actually follow the instructions! 🙂

Overall, I’m beyond pleased with this touch up. My hair is smooth (y’all know I’m a FAN of smooth hair), light, has swang, and just feels awesome. The only change I plan to make to my regimen moving forward is the addition of castor oil. One of my goals for the years is thicker year but I haven’t done a darn thing about that yet, so I’m going to try castor oil. I also need to figure out how I’m going to trim the front of my hair to frame my face because the ends there are thin and detract from my hair as a whole.Okay, enough of my blabbering, here are the pics! Click to enlarge.

 Thanks for viewing! ☮ ♥ and all things hair!

 

46 Comments

  1. hi jen. is that ur natural hair colour or did u dye it? i really like the colour. what dye did you use?

    1. Author

      Hi Shanique, thank you! It's my natural hair color.

  2. Your hair is simply gorgeous. I noticed that you said you trim to get rid of the "V" shape. I got mine trimmed to see if it grows back as it did after my last stretch…my question is does your hair grow back in the "V" shape after your trim?

    Can't wait to see your trimming video! Once again~love your hair and blog!!!

    1. Author

      Thank you!! 🙂

      My hair at my crown grows faster than the sides so after a while it starts to grow back into the "V."

  3. *snaps fingers* Yesssss to that rollerset girl! Would love to see the relaxer video. I just finished relaxing my hair, deep conditioning and am about to rollerset *crosses fingers*. Hope to be as good as you have gotten someday 🙂

  4. Your rollersets always make me want to pull out my rollers and do my hurrr!! You are definitely getting better as a DIY relaxed head, I love it!!

    Your hair looks phenomenal, of course! I can't wait to see your trimming video… I think I will trim my own hair in June and I need as many tutorials/visual aids as I can get!!

    Great job!

    1. Author

      Every time I see your mesh roller set results you make me want to purchase some right then and there! I'm being a little lazy in doing so haha.

      Thanks girl!! I hope to get it posted by the end of the week.

    1. Author

      Thank you! 🙂 I appreciate you saying that!

  5. Your blog is one of my favs. I love your hair. I love the way your rollersets comes. The little spiral curls your hair does is gorgeous! I can't wait until my hair is that long and does that. I just can't seem to shake using heat on my hair. Although I do use precautions when using heat. I deep condition and use a good heat protectant. Again love your blog and results.

    1. Author

      Awww thank you! It's great you're taking the necessary precautions!

  6. I'm so jealous. Your hair is absolutely gorgeous. I'm trying to figure out where to start…I'm tired of the same length already. I know I can get there. I just know it. And I'm relaxed, I love the texture of my hair relaxed. Leaving it natural is just too much for me. Thank you so much for the inspiration. Expect to hear more from me, because you will! Lol.

  7. Author

    Thank you! I'm still about 2 inches from MBL, then about another 2 from WL lol!

  8. Gorgeous! I feel like you'll be WL by the summer!

  9. Looks beautiful! How long was this stretch?

    1. Author

      Thank you. 9 weeks. Shorter than I usually stretch, which is 10-14 weeks, last stretch was 16 weeks, but I will be out of town and didn't want to fuss with three textures. I had enough new growth to avoid overlapping so I ended my stretch.

    1. Author

      Thank you. My trimming shears are safely tucked away 🙂

  10. Your results are absolutely fabulous! I will officially be stalking your blog 😀

  11. beautiful hair, will like to see the video. This is my first time on your blog, your hair is so lovely. I hope to achieve similar results.

  12. Looked back at the pics again (yes, I'm silly enough to keep staring) and I definitely notice the increased shine from the clear rinse. Felt it necessary to tell you that…ok, carry on!

    1. Author

      lol! I agree. The shine and the smoother texture of my hair make rinses completely worth it. Thanks for blogging out it!

  13. I LOVE LONG PICTURE HEAVY POSTS! <–yes I was yelling that, lol! Your hair looks fabulous, your rollersets always have me drooling! I think your ends look good and I love the round 'U' versus the 'v' shape. I absolutely love this method of self relaxing. It really helped me in my process, I can't stress that enough. The twisted, pre-parted sections made all the difference in the world. I ordered a t-shirt from your shop…super excited about it!

    1. Author

      LOL @ yelling. Thank you!! Pre-parted, twisted sections take all the stress out of self-relaxing for me. I never plan on doing my hair any other way!

  14. Forgive me in advance, I just can't get enough of your hair pics. Gorgeous.

  15. Great results. I actually would like to see the relaxer app process and the trim video. I need to touch up in a couple of weeks, considering texlaxing. I also need to trim my hair and my daughter's hair.

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