May 2013 relaxer
Need it to get there without me tagging at it
*Long post alert*
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A TUTORIAL ON HOW TO SELF-RELAX HAIR. AM SIMPLY SHARING MY EXPERIENCE.
The D-day is finally here and i did it! Yep, i self-relaxed my hair at 11 weeks post. I was so excited…couldn’t wait for sunrise that i relaxed my hair in the wee hours of the morning 😀
ORS No-lye relaxer in normal strength
1) Shampoo 2) Conditioner 3) Wrap/set mousse 4) Moisturizer 5) Relaxer base 6) Activator 7) Gloves 8) Mixing stick 9) Instructions
I based my scalp, ears, the back of my ears and nape using ‘Vaseline’. I tried not to get any on my new growth but i still got some there. After that, i coated the already relaxed part of my hair with a mixture of castor oil and olive oil. I added some Vaseline to my ends too to further protect them. I had already parted my hair into 4 sections.
After mixing the relaxer base & activator together, i started the application step from the back. The curl pattern at the back and crown area is tighter than anywhere else on my head. I of course had on a pair of gloves. I decided to use latex gloves because they fit me better than the ones that came in the kit.
I used an applicator brush to apply the relaxer and the back of a rat-tail comb to smooth it out.
I had the relaxer in my hair for longer than the recommended time because i wasn’t fast enough…and here i thought i had mastered this whole thing.
I did not experience any relaxer burns (at least not on my scalp). Some of the relaxer dropped onto my upper back (right below my based nape) and it began to burn. By then i was done relaxing my hair so i wiped it off and hoped into the shower.
I rinsed my hair for a long time then used the ORS creamy Aloe shampoo which is a neutralizer 4 times. It was my first time using it and i found it to be rather moisturizing. I did not like how it smelled though.
After that i deep conditioned without heat for about an hour and a half using a mixture of the ORS replenishing conditioner, almond oil and a few drops of peppermint oil. I love the replenishing conditioner! The citrus-y smell is ok but after a while….errr…Almond oil is rich in proteins so its perfect to use after relaxing (in my opinion). The peppermint oil made my scalp feel all fresh, minty and tingly….heavenly to say the least 🙂
I detangled my hair right before rinsing off the deep conditioner. I loved how my comb glided through my hair…no tangles. I rinsed my hair in the sink because there was no way i going back to use the shower. Hoping in and out of there is not my idea of fun.
AFTER THHAAAAT…i towel blotted, applied my leave-in conditioner, let it air dry for a couple of hours then i used my blow dryer on the warm setting to fully dry it. The final step was flat ironing. I used my heat protectant prior to blow drying. The last time i flat irond my hair was January 18th…slightly over 4 months ago.
Pic on the left came out wierd – reddish
With me trying to get through the relaxing session in reasonable time i couldn’t take step-by-step pics.
1) Next time i will also apply some ‘Vaseline’ to my upper back and anywhere else i deem fit. That burning sensation i experienced was something else but its all gone now and am fine.
2) I will coat my relaxed hair the same way i did and maybe even add more vaseline on top because i managed to get some relaxer on my relaxed strands…it seemed inevitable.
3) NEXT TIME I WILL WORK FASTER
4) I should probably stretch my relaxers for at least 4 months because i found that i kept applying the relaxer on more than just my new growth no matter how much i tried not to. I need more new growth than what i had at 11 weeks post.
With so many people complaining about the under-processed results from using the ORS relaxer, i thought my hair would be under-processed too, but i think it took well. A little too well.
I had deep conditioner in my hair here, but you can still see how straight my hair got
While rinsing the relaxer off, my hair felt so straight (i keep telling myself that thats normal). I think with me going over a bit of my relaxed hair with the relaxer, i might have straightened the texlaxed part i had in the back & crown area…not bad. And the fourth/last quadrant i relaxed (at the front) didn’t come out as straight as the other 3, it has some cute waves…i think its my favourite 😀 Am i now thinking of texlaxing???!