WASH DAY 21st June 2012: Counting down to my relaxer touchup


     When I wrote the Back to the Basics Recap, I promised to start doing wash day posts. This is the first of many!! Yay!

     I intend to get a relaxer touch-up on Monday (25th June) so I knew I had to prepare my hair for that. If you’re not sure how to prepare for a relaxer, read Back to the Basics: ‘Safely’ using chemical relaxers.

  1. On Wednesday night (20th June) , I moisturized my hair with Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship Split-end Protector then applied some oils to my hair (a mix of Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Olive oil, Grapeseed Oil and Shea oil). I wore a shower cap and then used my heating cap for about an hour. Afterward, I put my sleeping bonnet on top of the shower cap and went to bed.
  2. In the morning, I washed my hair with Jason’s Natural Kids Only Extra Gentle Shampoo (belongs to my daughters!) followed by Ion Clarifying shampoo. My hair felt rough to touch but soft?
  3. I sectioned my hair into four, poured Aphogee 2-step protein treatment into a spray bottle, sprayed on each section and combed through gently. I don’t have a hair  dryer so I used my hand dryer to dry it. I think it must have been only 80% dry before I proceeded to rinse it off. [Throughout this step, I was in a towel because it was dripping all over me!]
  4. I rinsed off the treatment gently and then rinsed with Green Tea. Afterward, I applied Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner for a minute and rinsed off.
  5. Next, I applied Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner, wore my shower cap and used my heating cap for an hour. When I rinsed off, my hair felt very soft. [My hair hadn’t felt that soft after using Kenra in a while : maybe the clarifying allowed it penetrate better!]
  6. I did a final rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar and my hair felt super soft and smooth.
  7. For my leave-ins, I used Bumble & Bumble Leave-in Conditioner mixed with Rose water. For my serum, I used AG Set it Straight.  [I don’t normally use these but  I chose them because I wanted to use silicone-free or water-soluble silicone products during this wash day]. My hair that was previously feeling soft began to feel hard and tangled. Could it be the Bumble & Bumble leave-in or was the protein finally showing through. I didn’t wash in sections: could  that be the cause? Or does my hair really like silicones?
  8. To detangle my hair, I used Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner and air dried.
  9. Before I went to bed, I applied Jamaican Black Castor oil to my scalp.
  10. Fast forward to today (Friday), my new growth felt tangled so I had to detangle. I used Jane Carter Leave-in Conditioner to detangle, my diluted Bumble & Bumble leave-in conditioner to moisturize and Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food to seal.
  11. I’m not very happy because my hair doesn’t feel as smooth as it normally does! Maybe it’s the Aphogee! Will I use it again? You bet! I want to make sure my hair is in tip-top condition before I relax it. However, I think I’m going back to my regular leave-ins next time!

Take care peeps!

Dr Fomsky

About the author
Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
LAST RELAXER DAY: December 15th, 2016
BIG CHOP: January 14th, 2017
Natural Hair, Unknown Porosity, Fine Hair strands, Low to Moderate Density

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3 Comments to WASH DAY 21st June 2012: Counting down to my relaxer touchup

  1. Blossom says:

    How many weeks post relaxer are you?

  2. […]      I’ve been experimenting with a few procedures and products so I decided to do a co-wash two nights ago. I detangled with a mix of rosewater and argan oil. I had read somewhere that rosewater makes your hair soft. I had tried it last week and it worked but this time, my hair was so hard. Maybe it’s because of all the protein I’ve used in the last few days [I used some on the day I relaxed my hair and the week before]. […]

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