Relaxer Day!


I finally relaxed my hair at about 18 weeks post! In my mind, I felt like relaxing my hair would renew my desire to spend time styling it... wrong. I knew I was tired of battling my new growth, but I could actually just be tired of doing my own hair. Haha! I'm so serious ladies! Does anyone else ever feel like this?! No? ...just me? Okay...

On to the details of relaxing, or texlaxing, whatever floats your boat. I used my fav Creme of Nature Straight From Eden Relaxer. If you've been following me long enough to know how I go about texlaxing my hair, you'll be shocked to hear I didn't add any oil to the relaxer this time. Why you ask? Because I completely forgot. I mean it didn't even cross my mind until I was starting to rinse it out. At which point I may or may not have freaked out a bit and contemplated shedding real tears at the thought of having bone straight hair again #Iwasntready

Prep - 
{1} I thoroughly detangled my hair using my fingers followed by a wide tooth comb. Divided into four sections.

{2} Layered the length of my hair with my "triple threat" - safflower seed oil, Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner, and vaseline - to protect my previously relaxed hair.

{3} Parted my hair to base my scalp with vaseline. After applying vaseline to my scalp, I twisted the length of each section. 

{4} Mixed the relaxer... this is the point when I usually add the oil to help slow down the relaxer process, but I forgot  -_-




Relaxer Process - 
{5} I always start applying the relaxer at the crown of my head since it is my most coarse area and work my way down each section, saving my nape and edges for last. I love this twisting method because I can move through my whole head in about 5-6 minutes. I use the rest of the time to make sure I didn't miss any areas. I do not smooth the relaxer in my hair. Total time: 13 minutes.

{6} Rinsed the relaxer out and soaked up the excess water with a towel. As you can see my hair was still very textured after I rinsed!

{7} Mid-step protein treatment with Umberto Beverly Hills Repair Treatment Masque and L'Oreal Damage Erasing Balm. I put on a plastic cap and sat under the dryer for about 15 mins. 


{8} Neutralized with the Straight From Eden Hydrating shampoo. I lathered three times, allowing the third to sit for a few minutes just to be sure.

{9} Deep conditioned with CON Straight From Eden conditioning treatment and TRESemmé Naturals. Rinsed and did and ACV & aloe rinse. 

Styling - 
{10} Applied my leave-ins - Elasta QP H2, Shea Moisture Restorative conditioner, Straight From Eden Repairing Oil - and detangled my hair.

{11} Blew my hair dry on low heat.




{12} Went for my Caruso steam rollers. They always make my hair look like I put a lot more effort into than I actually did :)

I was pleasantly surprised that my hair didn't over-process, retaining just as much texture as I wanted, despite the fact that I forgot to add any oil. That, of course, makes me wonder how much of a difference adding oil really makes when under-processing my hair. Perhaps my triple threat of protection is enough for keeping the length of my hair from over-processing along with my new growth. But it also makes me love this Creme of Nature relaxer even more. I definitely don't have to worry about it being too strong for my hair. The back of my hair is pretty much fully texlaxed now. The shrinkage is ridiculous. Cheers to a successful relaxer day!



I'm happy to be back to linking up for the #WashDayExperience with SavingOurStrands and Just Grow Already! Be sure to go check out other wash day experiences!

29 comments:

  1. Your new growth were popping, girl! I like the results.

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    1. Lol yea there was a lot more than I expected! Thanks, Nerline!!

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  2. Awesome results! I did hear someone say when they tried that relaxer it didn't give them bone straight results. That may be perfect for texlaxing.

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    1. I never heard that before, but after this I would completely agree. It works perfectly for me. Thanks, Tomes!

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  3. Your curls are looking awesome! Did you need to buy more steam rollers than what comes in the original Caruso set?

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    1. Thank you, Becca! No, I didn't need to buy any more than came in the set. I usually use both the jumbo and the medium rollers to achieve these results.

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  4. Your curls looks great, I need some steam rollers in my life. Was the set enough or did you buy extra?

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    1. Thanks, Candice! I think everyone needs some steam rollers in their life lol! The set was enough and I don't even use the small ones. I think I will buy extra eventually though just because the medium rollers are my favorite and there's only like 6 of them in the set.

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  5. Your results are beautiful! I am making a note to go get myself some caruso rollers now lol.

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    1. Please get yourself some! They're totally worth it. I tried cheaper brands before getting these... no comparison. Thanks, Dre!!

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  6. Happy relaxer day! The volume and those curls!

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  7. I love your curls!! awesome relax day!

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  8. Great relaxer results! I love the curls

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    1. Thank you, Lungi! I was happy I didn't ruin my results by forgetting the oil.

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  9. Omg I'm loving the curl results! Congrats on a great self-relaxer/texlaxer, I think I should give these caruso steam rollers a try man!

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    1. Thank you, Rachel!! You definitely should try them.

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  10. Gorgeous results! Love the curls!

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  11. You need to Smooth in order to get sleek result.

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    1. Instead of sleek, bone straight results, I really like my hair to be under-processed and quite textured after relaxing (texlaxing). So I always stress to my readers the fact that I don't smooth the relaxer in case they are trying to achieve similar results to my textured hair. Smoothing would cause me to loose the texture that I love. Thanks for commenting, Lisa!

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    2. I'm excited to see that you DIDN'T smooth the relaxer! I never did that when I was texlaxing and it left me with the exact results that I wanted!

      I guess that the old folk were right when they said "there's more than one way to skin a cat"...Not that I would EVER do that LOLOL!

      Thanks for joining the #washdayexperience chica!

      KLP @ SavingOurStrands

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  12. Gorgeous!!! Love it!

    I agree with Lisa, smoothing helps the hair get straight.

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  13. Wow your hair looks great girl! I may have to try that relaxer out, been thinking about switching relaxers this summer. Those curls came out nice too.

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  14. loving the Curls and swurls! Awesome texlax results!

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  15. Those curls rock!! Your hair is lovely.

    www.ghlonghair.blogspot.com

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