Relaxed Hair Regimen & Staple Products

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Hi all! As you may have noticed, I’ve transitioned to natural so my regimen has changed a bit. I’ll still be blogging about relaxed hair care so this page of course will remain right where it is. To make it easier to navigate, I have created separate regimen pages for relaxed and natural hair. The regimen + staples for my natural hair is posted here.

Regimen

Relaxers

I used to self-relax my hair ever 10-12 weeks with ORS Relaxer, lye, normal strength. The video of how I self-relaxed my hair is posted here.

Click here to read and view pictures of all my relaxer touch ups

Wash Days

I washed my relaxed hair every weekend. I posted about every wash day, both products and process. You can find my wash day rcaps in my wash day posts. The video of my normal wash day can be found here.

Here are the steps I followed for my relaxer wash days:

[1] Pre-poo (pre-shampoo treatment) by doing a hot oil treatment or using conditioner for at least 30 minutes or use my homemade detangler.

[2] Co-wash or use a clarifying shampoo when necessary to remove product build up.

[3] Tea rinse/coffee rinse OR protein treatment.

[4] Deep condition with my heat cap or steamer for minimum 30 minutes.

[5] Apply leave in conditioner, then serum.

[6] Detangle.

9 times out of 10 I stretched my hair using the tension method and cold air, but I usually did a flexi rod set, roller set or air dry with scarf.

 

Maintenance and Styling

I wore my relaxed hair in protective styles 90% of the time (i.e. buns, faux bob)

When wearing my hair down, I applied a little Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage to my ends to strengthen them against breakage (when rubbing against my clothing).

At night, I moisturized and sealed with grapseed oil. Then crossed wrap or loosely bunned my hair, and covered with silk or satin scarf. Click here for how I cross wrap my hair.

I did not comb through my hair during the week, and detangled with a comb only on wash days. When co-washing, I lightly detangled with my fingers.

I trimmed minimum .5″ off after every touch up (or every time I straighten my hair ever 3-4 months)

To smooth my edges I used either aloe vera gel or Eco Styler Gel (Krystal) and a silk scarf to smooth out and tame my edges.


Staple Products

Serums & Heat Protectants

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum
CHI 44 Iron Guard (heat protectant)
Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide (discontinued)

Co-washing Conditioners

Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle
As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner

Oils

Grapeseed oil (my numero uno sealing oil)
Safflower oil
Hempseed oil
Coconut oil
Essential oils: eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree

Teas/Coffee

Coffee (normally Folgers Instant)
Green tea
Black tea
Peppermint tea
Marshmallow root
Burdock root
Hibiscus

Gels

Aloe Vera Gel or Eco Styler Gel


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