Sunday, April 22, 2012

The intro/Relaxer update 1

Hey there, my name is Jenna and I am addicted to hair pornography. I figured I'd now try to make some of my own ;) lol. I'm kidding, but welcome to my blog. This will mostly be about a hair blog, but later on I'm sure I will add other topics. I this to be the a logical approach to hair, skin, health and other things. Anyway, onto my very first post :)

This is my first relaxer update. I relaxed on Sunday, at 10 weeks post. Over the last 9 months since I began this hair journey, I have tried to find as many ways as I possibly can to make the relaxing process less traumatic for my strands. I'll run through my entire relaxer day routine, which actually begins a few days before :).
3-4 days before: wash with a sulfate shampoo, use  a medium protein reconstructor (nexxus keraphix) and follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner using heat.The night before: make sure hair is detangled, coat previously relaxed hair in coconut oil as well as make sure that my scalp is not damaged or flaky.
Relaxer day:
  1. Base scalp and line edges and ears with vaseline to protect the skin against relaxer burns.
  2. Relax using gentle treatment relaxer in normal strength. I still relax bone straight, but i leave about 40% of the texture in my nape area because the texture back there is finer and it sustains more damage from relaxing than the rest of my hair.
  3. Relaxer is left in my hair, including smoothing, for no more than 20 minutes.
  4. After the relaxer is rinsed out, I applied Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Pak for 3 minutes then rinsed.
  5. The neutralized twice using the shampoo included in the gentle treatment relaxer kit, then used the Creme of Nature Neutralizing Shampoo and left that in for 10 minutes to completely halt the relaxer process.
  6. After rinsing, I deep conditioned with Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle for 15 minutes, with heat.
  7. After letting the hair cool for a few minutes, I then rinsed that out with cool water.
  8. Next, I t-shirt dried my hair for about 15 minutes to remove the extra water.
  9. Then applied the Rusk Smoother Leave-in, detangled with my fingers and let it air dry loose. 
Here is a post relaxer pic when it is about 75% dry and mostly finger detangled:

Not only will I be investing in a camera soon (lol), I will also take a picture of the back of my hair when it is completely dry and add it to the post.

Thanks for reading :),

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