Relaxer Update + PicsTuesday, December 25, 2012
Since my shedding minimized significantly, due to the Black Tea Rinse (more details to come), I decided to relax my 3 months post new growth. After relaxing and thoroughly rinsing, I did a mid-protein step treatment with Affirm 5 in 1 Reconstructor (trying to use it up) for 3 minutes. I find that the mid-protein step somewhat reverted my new growth. My hair felt extremely strong and durable afterward. The only downside is that my new growth became more textured.
I rinsed and neutralized for 20 minutes in intervals (5, 5, 10). I always make sure the Neutralizing Shampoo sits in my hair (kinda like conditioner) to ensure all of the relaxer is out. I followed up with a 30 minute steam treatment using Keracare Humecto (mixed with Olive oil, Coconut oil and Avocado Oil). Above are pictures of my hair right after rinsing out the conditioner and air drying. I air dried with S-Curl No Drip and One and Only Argan oil over it to seal. One and Only Argan oil is my favourite heat protectant. Let me tell you... my hair felt overly soft and supple. I was in heaven. I absolutely love this combination!!!
Once my hair was completely dry, I flat ironed in sections with my Hana flat iron (around 300 degrees). Here are the results below: