Relaxer Touch Up (Video of How I Self-Relaxed)

I ended my 10 week stretch on Thursday (if we’re Facebook fanpage buddies, this is old news to you) and it went well. I’m not officially waist length yet (length check pic will be in a separate post), but I’m grazing it! Impromptu cartwheel, backflip, twirl, and electric slide. Lol. Below is the video of how I did my touch up. It’s pretty similar to my old self-relaxing video but it’s been over a year since that one so I shot an update.


Product list and how I used them:

  • Gently detangled my hair with my Hercules Sagemann HS5580 comb.
  • I coated my previously relaxed hair with Roux Porosity Control, Paul Mitchell The Detangler, and Paul Mitchell Super Charged Moisturizer.
  • Based my scalp with Vaseline.
  • Applied the relaxer with my Sprush (#2030). I love my Sprush because it lets me control just where the relaxer is going.
  • Relaxer: ORS Relaxer, lye formula, normal strength, to my new growth only.
  • Protein treatment: I used Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus. I left it on for 10 minutes, then rinsed.
  • Neutralized with Motions Neutralizing Shampoo. I like this shampoo more than the ORS Neutralizing Shampoo because it’s not as harsh. I let the shampoo sit on my hair for a minute, then shampooed 3 more times. When it comes to properly neutralizing a relaxer, it’s better to be safe than sorry so I lather up a few times to make sure my hair is completely neutralized.
  • Deep conditioned with Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream under my steamer for 30 minutes (review coming soon).
  • Applied my usual leave-ins: Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave-In Conditioner and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum before detangling.
  • After air drying, I applied small amounts of ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer and Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide (mostly on my ends with this one).
  • Flat ironed using my Hana Titanium 1.5″ flat iron.
Freshly texlaxed and deep conditioned hair
“Texlaxing” means purposely underprocessing the hair when relaxing to retain more texture

Once I was done, I snipped off 1/2 an inch, then went back and took off about 2 more inches from the pieces that frame my face. The ends there were the thinnest parts of my hair and they had to go.

Smooth city. . . y’all know how I feel about smooth hair lol

36 Comments


  1. Hi Jen!

    Love your blog, got a co-worker hooked on it right along with me! I was wondering what the ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer does for your hair. Thanks in advance!

  2. Hello Jen,
    Found your blog a few weeks ago and now completely addicted. Want to ask a question; do you ever braid your hair (with hair-piece).

    1. Author

      Hi there! I haven't braided my hair in years, not since high school.

  3. Hi Jenni your hair is amazing . What hair shears do you use. I'm looking for a very sharp shear because my other one gives me split ends:(

    1. Author

      Thank you! I use regular Conair barber shears I bought at CVS

  4. This half and half method is the bestthing I've ever tried so far !! Ty so much for sharing!!
    I know I say "amazing" a lot [lool!] but what else can I say ? it really is !!!!! *o*

    1. Author

      Happy to hear it's working for you! 😀

  5. I used this method my last two relaxers and the results were great, this is a genius method especially with the twisted parts before applying the relaxer, this is fool proof and protecting the previously relaxed hair, wow I can't say that one step is better than the other. I soo appreciate you showing this so now I am completely independent when it comes to my hair care. the longest step would be the prep time but it is so worth it, it make everything else a breeze!!
    Thanks Jennie

    1. Author

      Yes I agree, prep time make it worth it! Prepping is my least favorite part because of how long it takes but it makes everything else so much easier/less stressful.

  6. I've been a JGA lurker for over a year (smh at myself for not commenting until yesterday) but I'm at aww each and every time I see your progress. Your sharing has inspired me to grow my hair longer and healthier than it's ever been. You are truly my hair idol! I wish you the best in reaching waist length!!

    1. Author

      Yay for commenting!!! Awww thank you! Good luck to you as well! 🙂

  7. I'm in love with your hair lol!!! I'm thinking about texlaxing because I have fine hair also but my hair is on the low density side,which really gets me discouraged. How long do you leave the relaxer in?

  8. Oh wow! I just love your hair. I followed your progress from like the beginning/early part of your blog! I just gotta say that i hope u keep @ it and progressing well 🙂 also i recently purchased the keratin and green tea but i noticed u haven't used it in a while? Do u prefer it on wet hair or dry (or were u using it as a heat protectant, rather than a protein treatment?

    1. Author

      Wow! Awww you've been here from the start 🙂 Thank you!

      I prefer it when I use heat, either on wet hair when I roller set or on dry air dried hair right before flat ironing. Since I've been predominately air drying (without flat ironing after) I haven't used it.

  9. Quick question… Why did you switch from the Mizani Butterblends system to ORS? I'm about to self relax for the first time (normal no lye user) but thinking of using lye and it's scaring the crap outta me. Also, why do you do the half/half method? I'm thinking of pre-parting my head but doing the whole head to save time… Thoughts? Encouragement?

    1. Author

      My hair shed with Mizani so I switched to ORS. I use the half/half method because I texlax my hair (underprocess it). I want consistent results without processing one part more than the other so it's easier to do each half on its own. I'd say practice with conditioner first, that's what I did before I took the plunge. I was so nervous about self-relaxing but practicing w/ condish helped me get a feel for it.

  10. I love this video. Can you tell me why you use 3 conditioners on your previously relaxed hair instead of just the PC alone.? Do you think any conditoner is suitable to use for that part of the touch up or should the conditoner have certain ingrediants in it?

    1. Author

      I used three to make sure my hair is adequately coated. I used the Roux PC first to seal my hair's cutilcles to decrease risk of my previously relaxed hair processing by relaxer run off because relaxers open and lift the cuticle. So Roux PC is used to counter that. I used the PM The Detangler to help keep tangles at a minimum, and I used PM Super Charged Moisturizer because it's thick and I can sneak in a moisturizing pre-poo with it. I don't think there's a specific type of conditioner that works better than others for coating previously relaxed hair (I'm not including Roux PC in this because it does have specific pH lowering properties) but any thick conditioner will do. Some use oils or vaselines.

  11. Hi Jen ended my 16wks to 13wks stretch and the crown of my hair to the back did not take the relaxer at all. It still looks like i have new growth. I don't known if it's because I changed from using affirm to Mizani. My hair is very think. Anyway your hair looks lovely as always. Hodge bless

    1. Sorry for the errors in typing, I meant thick not think and God bless not Hodge bless lol

    2. Author

      Hi Ivy, are you considering doing a corrective relaxer? God bless you as well!

    3. Hi I'm not sure. Have you had one done for you before and if so would it not overprocess my hair. I'm confused. Thanks. Any info would help pls

    4. Author

      A corrective relaxer is really just a regular, but named "corrective" because it's done to correct under-processed sections.

      I've never done one but 2 years ago when tried self-relaxing (before I started texlaxing and before I started doing the half/half method) I under-processed my hair and since I wanted to go bone straight I considered doing it, but in all honestly I was too scared to try — I didn't want to overprocess my hair, so I just waited until my next touch up to have it fixed

      If you're considering it though, I think Tama from simplyintomyhair.blogspot.com has done one and may have more info on how she did it.

    5. Mizani relaxers doesnt straighten the hair as good as affirm…i love affirm relaxers…mizani gives the hair more of a texlaxed look and feel.

    6. Affirm is always been my relaxer, I don't even know what I was thinking of when I decided to change it. I think my only style option is to flat iron my roots when I do roller sets, flat iron every 3weeks and air dry for buns only ( my hair is always in a protective style 6days in the week). Any suggestions pls cos my roots is like the amazon forest

  12. your hair came out great! it looks insanely smooth. 🙂

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