Hi people! This is my first post since the new year!!! I was out of town and not able to blog at all!! Anyways, I’m back home and I’m ready to return to the blogging world. My first gist of the year is that I wanted to step into 2013 with freshly relaxed hair so I self-relaxed my hair on the 30th of December, 2012!!! Although I have self-relaxed twice in the past (about 4 years ago), this is the first time I have self-relaxed my hair since I started taking better care of my hair.
In preparing for my relaxer day, I clarified my hair and followed up with a protein treatment 3 days before: I didn’t feel like using Aphogee 2-step protein treatment so I used Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner.
On the d-day, I first sectioned my hair into 4 and then divided each section further into smaller sections. I pinned each small section.
For my relaxer, I felt like trying out something new so I bought Creme of Nature Argan Oil Relaxer. I was scared that I wasn’t going to have enough time to smoothen my hair so I added 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the entire tub of the relaxer and activator.
I tried to apply the relaxer with the back of a rattail comb but it wasn’t working for me so I decided to use my fingers. I then realized that the smaller sections I had earlier done were slowing me down because I had to keep removing each pin. I could only do the two back sections in 20 minutes before my scalp started burning. So I ran to the bathroom to rinse off the relaxer. This is where the drama began!
Although I had covered the front sections with 2 shower caps, this section got wet because I was leaning forward to rinse out the relaxer! Duh I know!! So, now I was left with a wet unrelaxed front section!! I decided to blow dry this section with cool air. When it was dry, I based my scalp with oil and proceeded to apply the relaxer. I was done within 20 minutes and I went back to the bathroom to rinse off the rest of the relaxer.
Next, I neutralized the relaxer with the neutralizing shampoo that came with with the relaxer kit.
My next step was to deep condition: for this I used Tropic Isle Living Conditioner and left it in my hair overnight.
When I rinsed off the conditioner in the morning, my hair felt really healthy and strong. However, I didn’t feel that it made it much easier to comb my hair. So I applied VO5 Balancing conditioner with raspberry to my hair for a few minutes.
For my leave-ins, I first applied the Tropic Isle Living Conditioner I used above. Although it is not a leave-in conditioner, I used it this way because I liked the ingredient list but this turned out to be a bad idea because it made my hair brittle. I sprayed Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner in an attempt to soften my hair and also Jamaican Black Castor Oil Serum with Argan oil. I use this leave-in conditioner on my daughter’s natural hair and it gives her hair much slip. However, on my hair, it didn’t help my hair feel any better. I can’t also say much about the serum because I did not like how the conditioner made my hair feel dry.
All-in-all, my hair did relax quite well and it is straighter than I have gotten in the last few relaxers I’ve done. The right hair line is smoother than the left side however. These are my results:
Will I self-relax again? Maybe because I experienced minimal breakage. Maybe not because the drama was just too much!! LOL.
Have you ever self-relaxed? What experiences did you have the first time you self-relaxed? Did you keep doing it till you got better? Or have you given up?
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- Wash day: counting down to my relaxer touchup!