May 26, 2014

Relaxer Day Results…

I setup my tripod to take photos with my camera using the 10-second timing setting. After reaching over a table, to keep on pressing the button to take the photos I realized all of them were in black and white, what a bummer I said, because I had to do it all over in colour. Instead of deleting them I thought to share with you guys.

I relaxed my hair myself at 18 weeks post relaxer and it was a lot easier than last time. I took Candice advice from Healthy Hair Diary and pre-parted my hair in one inch sections and twisted them. Normally I detangle the night before and apply Vaseline on my scalp but I was too tired from a work function earlier in the day.  The morning of my relaxer I put my hair in four sections and sprayed my new growth with Mane n Tail detangler and combed with my wide width comb followed by a smaller teeth comb to get all the tangles or knots out. I applied Vaseline on my scalp and some of my new growth to slow down the process of my hair relaxing bone straight.

I followed up with Extra Virgin Olive Oil on my strands, then Roux Correction Conditioner on the length of my hair. This is done to protect my already relaxed hair from over processing.  I also decided to add 3 table spoons of EVOO to attempt to weaken the relaxer which was ORS Lye Creme Relaxer in Normal strength and buy myself some more time to finish my entire head.

[1]   I started at the top right hand corner and worked myself around my entire head in 18 mins.         This timing was a lot better than last time when I took 27mins. I experienced a burning 
       sensation on the right hand side and I sprayed ORS hair spray to ease the burning. I
       spent 14mins for application and 4 mins smoothing out the relaxer with my fingers.  
       I didn't want my hair bone straight so I didn't use a comb to smoothed out the hair.
[2]   I hopped into the shower and rinsed my hair thoroughly.
[3]   Applied Aphogee 2 min reconstructor for 3 mins and rinsed to add back some strength.
[4]   Shampooed with Motions Neutralizing Shampoo twice and rinsed.
[5]   Applied ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo and let it sit for 2 mins and rinsed. When I got out 
       the shower I realized I retained some texture as seen below. Also the left front section 
       there was an area I couldn't get to smooth out so my curl pattern is evident which is under 
Freshly Relaxed Hair
[6]   Deep conditioned with Aunt Jackie's In Control Moisturizing and Softening Conditioner 
       for 30mins under my heat cap.
[7]   Rinsed and wrapped my hair in a T-shirt for 10mins.
[8]   Applied my leave in conditioners of Aphogee Keratin Green tea Restructurizer, Aussie 
       Moist Conditioner, Herbal Essences Split End Protector and sealed with Extra Virgin 
       Olive Oil.
Wrapped My Freshly Relaxed Hair
I wrapped my hair and sprayed my hair with Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray and sat under my hooded dryer for 30mins. The heat was abit much for me, so I let the rest airdry.

Once my hair was dry I combed down my hair to see what progress I had made.  I chose to wrap my hair for a straight look rather than flat iron because I still don’t own a flat iron and it’s the only way to achieve a straight look. Since the left hand section of my hair (about 3x3inches) wasn't processed it was difficult to get a decent length check. I found it really hard to get an overall good length check because the top of my hair was poofy and has some texture. I had to rely on my tripod and it was tedious. Times like this I miss my fiance who would really help me out here.  I’ll show you what I was able to attain and I did trim ½ inch all around.

Partial Length Check
Overall I'm happy with my results, I can certainly feel the thickness and bonus length is even better. Even though I felt a burning sensation during the process I have no burns.  I’ll invest in a flat iron so I can show you guys a proper length check but it looks like I'm full APL now.

Relaxer Day Results
Can you tell I love taking pictures, lol.
Relaxer Day Results
Have you checked out the wash day experience link up with KLP from Saving Our Strands and Jen from Just Grow Already head over and share with us.

Have you relaxed your hair recently and how did it go & I’m I making progress?

Be inspired...


  1. I wish that I could wrap my hair well enough to get it that straight! Hooray for an awesome relaxer day!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

    1. AND thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience chica!

      KLP | SavingOurStrands

  2. Love the texture you have left! Great relaxer day, you are becoming a pro at the self relaxer!! Amazing results, your hair looks thick and long! I also usually do a 1/2 inch trim/dust every relaxer day, but your ends look great! How did you like the sectioning your hair in and twist up each section? I used the same technique due my last relaxer, I LOVE it!!

  3. You did so well with relaxing your hair and your wrapping technique is lovely. Your hair has grown so much and looks beautiful, xxx

  4. loving your hair..... been a while. stay cute

  5. Love the thickness in your hair, beautiful pictures x

  6. Wow, you've come a long way and your hair is amazing. Love the pictures xx

  7. Your hair looks great! I like that you have a little bit of texture still

  8. WOW...I went back to check your progress pics and indeed a LOT of progress has been made. Thumbs up my dear!!!!

  9. Great results, you are getting better at self relaxing and your hair is also getting thicker. You're full APL, next stop, BSL!

  10. Thank you for the support ladies.
    @ Yvonne - the twists saved me alot of time, definitely a keeper

  11. Your hair is growing like a weed!! Great results.

  12. Girlfriend! Your hair looks amazing! You can see such a difference from when you started! Keep it up, it looks fabulous!

  13. Wow, your hair is looking awesome and so thick for being right after getting a relaxer. You go girl. Keep up the good work. Congrats on making it to APL. There is something awesome about reaching your hair goals, woop woop

    Good think you also shared the black and white pics, I love pics :).

  14. Awesome stuff! Congrats on a great relaxer day. You wrap took me back. I use to wrap my hair every night.


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