I self-relaxed my hair this weekend and followed the same routine show here in my self-relaxing video. In all honesty, sometimes I feel like I do a lot on relaxer day, but hey, if it works, and it ain’t broke… .
Here are the steps I followed:
(1) I started off by parting and loosely twisting my hair into 1 inch sections.
(2) I based my scalp with Vaseline and applied CHI Silk Infusion root to tip. For months I intended to purchase silk amino acid for my relaxers but have never gotten around to it (pure laziness!). Silk proteins coats the hair to protect it from alkaline materials found in relaxers. I’ve had CHI Silk Infusion on hand so that’s what I’ve gone with.
(3) I coated my previously 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.
(4) Using my usual relaxer (Organic Root Stimulator, lye formula, normal stretch) I relaxed the back half first, using my new sprush to apply the relaxer to only my new growth and then using my fingers to smooth. Application and smoothing took 11 minutes (for both halves).
(texlaxing is purposely under-processing the hair)
(5) After rinsing out the relaxer, I did a protein treatment with Nexxus KerapHix, applying it for 5 minutes, then rinsed.
(6) I neutralized with ORS Neutralizing Shampoo, shampooing 3 times then letting it sit for 2 minutes on the last go.
(7) Once both halves were neutralized, I went on as usual, shampooing with Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Shampoo, applied Redken Smooth Down Butter Treat for 5 minutes, then deep conditioned with a mix of Roux PC and ORS Replenishing Conditioner for 1 hour under my heat cap.
(8) After rinsing out the conditioner, I squeezed out the excess water, sectioned my hair into four, and applied my leave ins (Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave In and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum). I applied just a small amount and detangled my hair with my Hercules Sagemann 5580 comb. Then I let my hair air dry while I watched the Olympics. I had actually planned to roller set my hair, but there was absolutely no way I was missing track and field to sit under my dryer! *Sigh* I miss running competitively. Once my hair was dry, I applied an extremely small amount of Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide. Seriously, a tiny amount, like 1/4 of a dime, maybe even smaller to each of my four sections. Then I flat ironed my hair using my Sedu Revolution 1 inch flat iron.
Let me first say that I love my sprush!! I used #TC2030 (green). It gave me much better control than simply using my fingers or a color applicator brush. The sturdy plastic made it easier to control application of the relaxer, decreasing chances of relaxer overlap. Because the plastic is only about an inch in length, I only picked up enough relaxer for my new growth. Other than that, nothing special about this relaxer touch up. I texlaxed as normal and snipped off half an inch. I personally think I have at least another inch two inches to cut off, but y’all know I don’t like drastic change so I will be trimming gradually.
I’m so freaking close to waist length. It’s safe to say I’m full mid-back length now haha. *Busts out in the electric slide, lol* Lord, please avert allllllll set backs because I’d love to hit waist length this December. Amen! I didn’t bother getting my length shirt out. Instead, I tried to show where my waist hits with a line drawn at the smallest part of my waist and with my hands.
|For height reference, I’m 5’7″|
What I really love is how smooth my hair came out. But this is nothing new, I love, have deep affection for, adore, smooth hair! I guess the use of a smoothing shampoo, smoothing treatment, and smoothing serum is the culprit.
I didn’t snip my bangs this time. I want to but I don’t trust myself to do it so they’ll keep growing until I amass the nerve to go to a “professional” to have my bangs shaped.
And random pics!
As always, thank you for reading!!!