Relaxer Update (4): Last Relaxer For 2012
Alright! The deed has been done-I relaxed yesterday, 12 weeks after my last relaxer. It’s been a joyful as well as frustrating journey.
The joy was in knowing that I was doing the right thing for my hair by stretching my relaxer. It’s made the hair thicker and bouncier, soft and silky. The fullness got my hair dresser excited and another client said she wouldn’t fix a weave if her hair was like that. I don’t bother discussing hair with people anymore because most often, they wouldn’t believe or take what you say. My hair dresser stretches for six months so she’s not surprised that I also stretch.
I did a protein treatment last week Wednesday using the second batch of coconut cream and banana. I pre-pooed with sheabutter and covered with a shopping bag and plastic cap for approximately 30 minutes. I washed with BO-16 shampoo and applied the coconut deep conditioner. I left that on for about an hour and rinsed it out. I topped up with the ORS replenishing conditioner for another hour before rinsing. I applied s-curl and mvp leave-in, dark and lovely oil moisturizer and air dried. From then, I applied sheabutter to the hair avoiding the new growth to protect the ends from relaxer run off.
I wrote on facebook that I either relax in early morning or late in the evening to avoid sweat on the scalp. When I got to the salon, I applied another batch of sheabutter to the ends whilst waiting for Sis Yaa (my stylist)-she has a huge container of sheabutter. The whole relaxer process took 15 minutes (I don’t sit down with the relaxer since combing through once gets it straight enough yet not bone straight). She rinsed out the relaxer, applied ORS replenishing conditioner and got me under the dryer for 10 minutes- her dryer was pretty hot. She, then, neutralized with Maxim neutralizing shampoo 3 times! With each application, she ran the product through the hair for about a minute, massaged the product into the hair with her fingers (that’s the best way I can describe it), finger combed and then rinsed. She, then, applied s-curl and mvp leave-in and the oil moisturizer and did a roller set. Whew! Boring!!! Enough! Woman, where are the pictures?
From the left, before relaxer, then to the relaxer and after neutralizing. My stylist drying her gloves with a towel, then after applied products, roller set and after hair was dry.
I'll get a wash before X'mas and get an upside down fish tail updo with a bun. We'll see how it goes and you know yours truly will give you some pictures if it gets done.
Enjoy the presence of the Lord this season!!