Wednesday, July 28

Self Relaxing

I was researching ways to Self Relax and came across this thread on the Longhaircareforum posted by a member named Nixx. I think this method is perfect to a T and I decided that I will definitely be using this method and doing my own relaxer the next time around. The only difference is that I will be doing the front part of my hair first until I can figure out how I can wash the back without getting the front wet.

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The following is what I to ensure an efficient relaxer application and prevent overprocessing. I also relax straight and process for 15 min.


-I do Half/Half Method where the back will always be done first. I apply relaxer to the back only and then, rinse, condition and then neutralize. After the back is complete, I do the same for the front. I put a shower cap with clips attached to section that is not being worked on.

-Apply conditioner(I usually Profectiv Breakfree) to areas of hair already relaxed.

-Part hair in four sections; two in front and two in the back.

-Part 1/4 inch sections within sections and loosely twist each section. I got the twist technique from Softresses and it works like a charm. I didn't get any relaxer on my already relaxed hair and I was able to navigate quickly. I took about 2-3 min to apply relaxer to each quarter.

-Base scalp with a base creme(I used Vitale last time and it is nice and soothing).

-Apply vaseline at demarcation line (on relaxed part only) to ensure there is no overlap.

-Set timer for 15min.

-I begin applying relaxer to first quarter and start from the crown and move downwards. Whatever section I'm doing, I always start from the crown and then move downwards or forward.

-Smooth lightly with back of comb and fingers.

-Untwist sections in the last 1-2 minutes of processing. Since the twists are done loosley it doesnt'(shouldn't) take more than 1-2minutes to untwist.

-I Always rinse the section where the relaxer was applied first. Rinse for 2 min.

-Then rinse next section for 2 min.

-I Rinse for a total of about 5 min.

-Apply Aphogee 2 min reconstructor for 5-6 min with shower cap on.

-Rinse hair and then use neutralizing shampoo. Leave neutralizing shampoo for 5 min and then rinse. I neutralize 3 times and leave the neutralizing shampoo on for 5 min each time. I also use a neutralizing shampoo with a color indicator (usually Provectiv Neutralizing Mousse...I highly recommend i. It is soooo good. You don't have to do vigorous shampoo with it.)

-Apply leave-in conditioner to back section and then cover the back with shower cap and clips. I then move on to apply relaxer to front section the same way I did the back.

-I repeat rinse, condition and neutralizing process for front section. I do one last neutralizing shampoo for the entire head.

-I then Proceed to deep condition as soon as hair is completely relaxed and neutralized.

**I also suggest you do a strand test before relaxing to determine the appropriate processing time for you.

2 comments:

  1. Let us know how it goes when you relax your hair. I'm curious to see how well this method works. Good luck! :)

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  2. Thanks and I sure will let everyone know how it goes!

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