Monday, 15 April 2013

L4LPSC final check in and a relaxer update


So relaxer day has come and gone I touched up at exactly 22 weeks post yesterday (Sunday). I intentionally texlaxed this time I say intentionally because I have accidentally texlaxed  in the past only then I was not aware there was a name for it I always thought my hair did not “take well”. For those who don’t know texlaxing is when you intentionally under process your hair during the relaxing process to leave it with some texture as opposed to relaxing bone straight. This can be achieved by cutting the recommended relaxing time by half or adding oils and conditioners to the relaxer to slow down the process. I added about a tablespoon of olive oil to achieve this but I think I washed out a little bit too early, next time I will keep the relaxer in for maybe three more minutes, go back to relaxing from the back and add some more oil to achieve the texlaxed texture that I want.


My very first perm when I was around 19 going on 20 was done using Dark and Lovely and it is what I have mostly used ever since. I tried other boxed relaxers every once in a while but Dark and Lovely was always my number one choice. About 3 years ago my hairdresser cousin used TCB no base lye relaxer on my hair and I temporarily switched to lye relaxers until I realised that they were very harsh on my scalp I would start feeling the tingling sensation within five minutes of application, so I switched back permanently to no lye aka boxed relaxers which are much more gentle on my scalp. I decided to make a switch to ORS Olive Oil Relaxer in normal strength for a change this time round, it was my very first time using it and I will definitely be using it again.
 
The contents of the box; the plastic bag contains gloves which even though they fit I found to be a bit tight at the wrist. I have latex gloves as well which is what I would normally use but I couldn't be asked to take these off once I had put them on. That's the wooden mixing stick next to the gloves.
Now a word of advice and this only applies to people who don’t live alone, share bathrooms with other people in their house and apply relaxer in a different part of the house other than the bathroom. Make sure the bathroom you intend to use for rinsing is vacant if it means giving the other bathroom sharers a heads up please do simply because when relaxer needs to be rinsed out it NEEDS to be rinsed out there are no two ways about it. Having the kitchen sink empty on standby is also a good idea.
Deep Conditioners used
These were the steps I followed;
1.      Lightly combed my hair using a wide toothed comb just to make sure there were no tangles or anything. Based my entire scalp, ears, forehead and neck with petroleum jelly aka Vaseline; I don’t take any chances:)
2.      Sectioned my hair into four parts; made a part right down the middle and another part from ear to ear creating four parts. I then coated the relaxed part of my hair with a wheat germ oil based product that is compounded with petroleum jelly this step for me especially is very important because overlapping is inevitable in my case. Well more like I end up touching parts of my previously relaxed hair with relaxer because I use my fingers for application and smoothing.
3.      Mixed in the relaxer this consisted of pouring in the activator into the relaxer I mixed for about two minutes and added a tablespoon of olive oil to slow down the process.
4.      Wearing gloves, I started the application process from the front this time round. I noticed that the top of my head/crown area took to the relaxer very quickly and by the time I was starting on the back I could see it straightening rapidly this was one of the reasons I ended up washing out too soon since I didn’t want it to be bone straight. Next time I will go back to starting from the back; it takes longer to process. I am fine haired so I always take to the relaxer very quickly but I had never really paid attention to the front and back processing times before now. It took me 10 minutes to apply and lightly smooth using my fingers. I had started off with the backbone bit of a tail comb (when you hold the comb upside down don’t know what that part is called) which is how I used to relax years back but by the third line I changed to my fingers it is much faster for me.
5.      Rinsed out and neutralized using the ORS creamy aloe shampoo sachet that came with the kit I had my full size bottle to hand just in case but did not need it in the end. I must have spent a good 20 minutes rinsing out the relaxer
6.      I deep conditioned with a mixture of ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Pak, ORS Hair Mayonnaise, one tablespoon oilve oil and  Natural Classic Henna Treatment Wax for an hour. I sprayed my hair with AVJ before deep conditioning and DC’ed on top of that. I covered my hair with cling film/saran wrap and then covered that with a shower cap. I tried steaming using towel heat for about five minutes but gave up when the towel cooled down; wringing a hot towel is not my idea of fun. Towel heat is when you dip a towel in hot water wring it and then cover your hair with it, apparently the towel can be microwaved as well but I was not about to try that I get this feeling it will burn or something. I have unintentionally set fire to things in the microwave before so this fear is justified:) A few years back during lunch at work I bought a slice of pizza from a restaurant next door that had a take away/out section, brought it back into the staff kitchen and popped it into the microwave to heat up, what I didn’t know was that the brown paper bag it was wrapped in contained an inner aluminium foil lining; the bag was quite thick almost like a padded envelope it never crossed my mind to peep inside I just popped it into the microwave…that is how I almost burnt down the staff kitchen!
7.      Rinsed out the DC, t-shirt dried, sprayed AVJ as a leave in conditioner, applied castor oil to my scalp and finally moisturized with a mixture of the ORS Olive Oil Hair Moisturizing Lotion that came in the kit and coconut oil. I make it a point to try and use the other products that come in the kit when relaxing I didn't use the wrap set mousse though. This hair lotion is a bit too thick for my liking but it did the job and the quantity is not that much especially if you are full shoulder head and beyond. I then had it roller set, dried under a hooded dryer and then wrapped. Forgot to mention I have been t-shirt drying for a while now and I can feel the difference; it soaks up the water a lot quicker and doesn’t snag hair.
8.      I plan to do a henna treatment for strength followed by a co wash in a week’s time and then continue with my usual regimen.

This is where I was in December last year this photo was taken on Christmas Eve. To read the story behind the trim please see my hair story page.
Starting photo freshly washed and blow dried that I submitted for the L4LPSC taken December 24th 2012. I was partially accidentally texlaxed here and was about 7 weeks post relaxer.
This is where I am now almost 3 months and 3 weeks later.

Good retention!

I tried my best to straighten the ends using a blow dryer for the length check but they just wouldn’t co-operate. So this is the best I can offer since I do not currently flat iron and didn’t want to put too much heat on my ends just yet but you can see the difference. I am quite happy with my length retention and hope to retain even more in the coming months.  

THE VOTING LINK IS NOW UP PLEASE GO HERE TO VOTE FOR ME. THANK YOU!
 
Links: L4LPSC 2nd Check In

DC: Deep condition
ORS: Organic Root Stimulator

32 comments:

  1. Good job with your retention!

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  2. Awesome retention, Lydz! Your hair looks so healthy and look at that shine! :)
    I wonder if the half and half method might work for you. It's kind of complicated but I like that the relaxer is not sitting on one half much longer than the other.

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    1. You know what that actually crossed my mind mmmmh I may consider it for next time. Thank you for the compliments:)

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  3. Beautiful retention chica!

    www.savingourstrands.blogspot.com

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  4. Great job mate!! I'm so excited!! We're both shoulder length now.....Armpit Length, here we come!! If we can continue stretching and protective style, it won't be long!!
    www.ghlonghair.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank You! I can't wait to get back to my "normal" full shoulder length though styling this length is bit of a challenge lol APL I am so ready for you!

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  5. Oh wow
    That progress is fantastic! And in such a short time, congrats. You'll be at APL before you know it!

    Mixed Beauty

    xx

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  6. Its longer, and more importantly, healthier! Great job. Now waiting for your henna post :)

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    1. Yes health over length any day! Thank you:)

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  7. you did a great job on lenght retention and the shine is amazing, lydz!
    great work!

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  8. Great retention, and your hair looks healthier too!

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  9. Your ends are healthy! Nice progress!

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  10. Awesome retention! APL here we come!!

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  11. Your ends look amazing! I'm jealous :p Great retention!

    www.neishajo.com

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  12. Lydia,

    I need you to take charge with my hair. You should see it now :-(

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    1. Make me lunch and I will:) lol just kidding most of these lovely ladies who have commented are hair bloggers too click on their names to read their blogs and gather tips from them too. Let me know what exactly the problem is and I will see how I can help. Call me!

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  13. Congrats girl, you retained length but the improvement in the THICKNESS and SHINE of your hair is amazeballs! Thanks again for being a part of the challenge also, your support is deeply appreciated!

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    1. Thanks Ebony! And THANK YOU for organizing this challenge looking forward to more challenges in the future:)

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  14. You did a good job of retaining length congrats! :)

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  15. Great Retention! You've got my vote!

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  16. I wish you well on your hair journey babe, we are in this together!

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Thank you for reading...feel free to add a comment, suggestion or question. I am always happy to hear from you! Lydz.