Relaxer Update: Letting It Hang!Sunday, June 12, 2016
Last Relaxer: May 30, 2016
Used: ORS Olive Oil Relaxer Normal Strength
Protected Hair With: Porosity Control and Dax on previously relaxed hair. JBCO around hairline.
Duration: Left the relaxer on for 25-28 mins
Treatments used: ORS Replenishing Conditioner with 3 Penetrating Oils (Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil) for 30 mins under the steamer.
Last flat iron: June 3rd, 2016
Flat iron products/tools: Tresemme keratin smooth heat protector spray + Sedu Revolution Flat Iron
This relaxer turned out great! My new growth cooperated and 'took' to the relaxer - it got straighter than usual, with a bit of kinky left over. I love when there is a bit of 'kink' left in the hair as my hair remains stronger and less prone to excessive breakage. I didn't relax my edges this time around. I'm still relaxing my edges every other relaxer (no smoothing), so just letting the relaxer sit on it for 5-10 mins. This method has really given my edges a 'break' and a chance to get stronger.
In the pics above I'm rockin' a 10 day old flat iron. I preserved my flat iron by wrapping my hair every night with a bit of Jojoba oil on the ends. I typically flat iron after a relaxer to trim my hair and for length check purposes, and then quickly wash my hair 2-3 days later. This time around I wanted to really enjoy my freshly relaxed hair by leaving it 'out' for a week or two. I deviated from the norm and I'm okay with it! I'm at a point in my hair journey where I want to not only maintain the health of my hair, but also enjoy the fruits of my labour aka letting my hair hang freely (without guilt) aka anti-protective styles for a tiny bit :)
Those GNC Hair Skin and Nails Soft Chew vitamins (April - June) really gave me a boost in growth this time around! I had to continuously smooth out the back (crown + nape area) with a comb because my new growth was throwing a tantrum! Luckily my new growth cooperated and we got the job done! Overall, my hair seems a tad but thicker as a result of the vitamins (3000mcg of Biotin). I think I will continue to use them and give an update at 6 months usage.
Just wanted to share :)