Relaxer Update: Letting It Hang!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Last Relaxer: May 30, 2016
Used: ORS Olive Oil Relaxer Normal Strength
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

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 :)

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  1. Sunshyne, your hair is amazing! And when you said that that's 10 day old flat ironed hair my jaw dropped. ...don't mind me, I'm just over here trying to be like you when my hair grows up!