I did my relaxer touchup 2 days ago: sorry for sharing this late. [1 was 13 weeks post-relaxer]. I didn’t do it myself: just too scared! [To learn how I prepared for relaxer day, read Wash day 21st June 2012: Counting down to my relaxer touch-up].
I used Avlon Affirm Fiberguard Mild Creme Relaxer. I made sure I did a protein conditioning after rinsing out relaxer using Avlon Affirm FiberGuard Sustenance Fortifying Treatment (I mixed this with a few drops of hydrolyzed keratin). Afterward, I washed my hair with Avlon Affirm FiberGuard Normalizing Shampoo.
I committed two cardinal sins: firstly, I didn’t base my scalp because I was afraid it would touch the new growth and then my hair wouldn’t process well. The last 3 times I relaxed my hair, it didn’t come out well processed and I ended up being texlaxed. I tried to like being texlaxed but I couldn’t deal with the different textures between the bone straight section and the texlaxed areas. That brings me to cardinal sin number two: I combed through the previously texlaxed sections with a wide-tooth comb because I wanted that area straighter. (I must admit I did get a bit of breakage because combing through can cause breakage in the margin of demarcation between the new growth and the relaxed hair). I didn’t comb through the bone straight hair because that would make those areas more processed and damaged.
I must confess that my scalp burned me like crazy and I’m never going to do that again. I even got a headache afterwards!! As for combing my relaxer through the new growth, I might do that once a year since my relaxer is mild and might not always process my hair properly. [I use a mild strength because my strands are a bit fine and I want my hair about 80% straight].
I promise to do a length check by the end of the week when I officially end the Healthy hair bootcamp 2012. Take care.
** If you live in Lagos, Eden salon on the Lekki-Epe expressway use exclusively Avlon products (of which Fiberguard is one). Yinka bodyline on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi also carries Avlon products. ‘Hair’ salon in Ikota too. If you can’t get your hands on Fiberguard, Organic Root Stimulator relaxer is really good and doesn’t usually over process hair.