Hair Relaxer

Retouching your new growth at 20 weeks post relaxer

new growth at 20 weeks post

I have been waiting for this day. My new growth was ready for a touch up. Stretching for 20 weeks was enough, because my new growth needed to be laid.

Step 1 | protect the scalp
When I was done with detangling my hair and sectioned it in four parts, I based my scalp with DAX Vegetable Oils Pomade for a protecting layer. When I was done with my scalp I applied Dax to the length of my hair.

“Never apply relaxer on the length that has already been relaxed”

Step 2 | applying the relaxer
Because I texlax (under process) my hair, I first make the relaxer mixture ready by adding a light conditioner. Adding the conditioner slows down the relaxing process. In small sections I added the relaxer to my new growth and smoothed it out with my fingers. I missed the sleek look, so I went a little overboard, used more mixture than normal, with applying the relaxer to my new growth.

Also this time around the process of applying the relaxer and smoothing out my new growth was about 20 to 25 minutes instead of 15 minutes.

Step 3 | washing
Before shampooing my hair, I make sure to get rid of all the relaxer. In this step I really take my time, because having relaxer still in your hair causes breakage. After rinsing out the relaxer I did a quick protein treatment, to rebuild the strength of my hair. I used ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor and left it on my hair for 15 minutes without heat.

When I was applying the conditioner to my hair I noticed that my left side had more breakage. I need to keep an eye on that, because it’s been like this for a while know.

“Rebuild the strength of your hair with a protein treatment”

After rinsing out the conditioner I shampooed my hair with ORS Olive Oil three times. Yes! I want to make sure that there are no traces of relaxer in my hair. After using a neutralizing shampoo 3 times, my hair could use some moisture. To bring back the moisture, I used tgin Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo.

After shampooing I wrapped my hair with a towel and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Step 4 | deep condition
For this step I used two conditioners ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner & TRESemmé Moisture Rich Conditioner together, because I didn’t had enough of the ORS conditioner. The pack that comes with the relaxer box is not enough for my hair. To give my hair some extra nutrients I added Olive oil & Almond oil to the conditioner.

In sections of four I applied the conditioner to my hair and sat under a hooded dryer for 20 minutes.

Step 5 | styling
After rinsing out the conditioner I went over to blow-drying my hair. I didn’t want to air-dry my hair, because I was going outside and the weather here in the Netherlands is a bit chilly.

To prep my hair I used CHI Keratin Mist & Mizani Moisture Milk Leave-in spray for some protein & moisture.

What a great feeling to easily comb my hair. My hair feels good and my new growth is lying flat.

I’m thinking with my next stretch to go for 16 weeks instead of 20 weeks, because my hair grows in a healthy rate.

Last relaxer: 3rd October 2020
Fresh relaxer: 20th February 2021
Next relaxer: 10th July 2021

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