Wednesday, May 4

Relaxer Fears

*Beware- Nothing but Relaxer Posts until I get my next touch-up.

As stated before, I will be getting my touch-up on Saturday!
I'm kind of nervous because this will be done "at home" and the last two times I relaxed myself, I was left under-processed. And not the normal underprocessed either! I was relaxed at my roots, then there was new-growth in the middle then on to my relaxed ends. Kind of looking like this --------ZZZZZZ---------! The underprocessed areas were also very dry.

But, I made a few mistakes

* Didn't add enough relaxer to my new-growth
* Used a Mild Relaxer
* Didn't Smooth the Relaxer through all of my new-growth
* Washed the Relaxer out too soon
* when Basing my scalp, got Vaseline on my new-growth too
* Had NO assistance!

So, In order to prevent under-processing again, I will make the following adjustments

* Make sure to add Plenty of relaxer on my new-growth

* Switched to a Normal Relaxer- I think Normal suites me better because my roots are completely virgin. For Example; I don't use heat during my relaxer stretch so my new-growth is so strong and resistant to a Mild Relaxer. Although, I will be adding a table Spoon of Silk Amino Acids to my relaxer. But that shouldn't cause any issues of underprocessing, it would just leave my hair stronger after a relaxer.

* I will make sure to smooth the relaxer through all of my new-growth while trying to avoid getting any relaxer on my already relaxed ends

* I will time this relaxer but also assess the condition of my hair before washing out

* I will base my scalp with Vaseline about 1 hour before relaxing being extra careful not to get any Vaseline on my hair

* This time my Mother is helping me and my sister will be there to assist or guide my mother when necessary.
For this relaxer, I plan to have my mom do the back half of my hair while I do the front. So this will be an even application and leaving plenty of time to smooth out.

Wish me luck!!

P.S- I'm more scared of under-processing then over-processing because I will def make sure to wash the relaxer out at the suggested time.
I also don't want my hair to be bone straight, but relaxed to my likings!

5 comments:

  1. You're brave for tackling that on yourself. There's nothing like trial and error though, and saving money!

    Well, I finally got my natural hair journey down on! Thought you might like to check it out!

    http://ticatattle.blogspot.com

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  2. Thanks! Yes, I agree and if anything goes wrong (God Forbid), I have only myself to blame!

    Yay!! I will def. check it out and follow!

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  3. I understand your anxiety... Remember how bad my experience was with my first stretch longer than 8 weeks went...
    I'm still having a lot of breakage 2weeks post aphogee 2step... Im going to try a black tea rinse and see if that helps... I'm 8weeks post relaxer but I won't relax until I get the shedding under control...

    On a POSITIVE NOTE... my 1st experience with the satin scarf braidout was FAB... I will never do regular braidouts again....

    Good luck with everything....
    Dee in san Diego

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  4. I DIY everything, but not my relaxer, just too many variables. Hope it goes well for you.

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  5. @ Dee- Good Luck with the shedding.
    If you do a black tea rinse, be sure to do a moisturizing DC after because it can be drying.

    That's great about the Satin Scarf Braid-Out. I wil try it after my touch-up

    @ Mrs T- I wish I could find a stylist I could trust to do my touch-ups.
    Thanks!!

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