Monday, 9 May 2016

Texlax/Relaxer Update #2




I did my first texlax touch-up of the year on 20/4/2016 at 20 weeks post touch-up. This was my longest stretch and it wasn't so bad at all. Although, I have not decided if I would stretch for that long again. Read how I prepared my hair HERE.

Pre-application: I parted my hair in 4 quadrants and detangled thoroughly. I then further divided each quadrant into one inch sections and twisted each section. I always do this to make the relaxer application easier and faster. I discovered the night before that I had run out of vaseline, so instead, I used raw shea butter to base scalp, edges and to protect my ears. I also applied a lot of shea butter to the length of my hair not sparing my new growth. I added 2 tablespoons of Extra virgin olive oil to about half jar of ORS lye relaxer in normal strength and mixed thoroughly.

Application: I started the stopwatch onmy phone and simply applied the relaxer to my NEW GROWTH ONLY on both sides of each pre-parted section. I started application at the back and finished in the front. After applying relaxer to all the sections I smoothed each quadrant once with my fingers. Application, smoothing and waiting took 15 minutes.

Rinsing + Neutralising: Just before I started rinsing out the relaxer, I applied Roux Porosity Control Conditioner to my previously relaxed hair to further prevent relaxer run-off. I rinsed with warm water starting from the first quadrant I applied relaxer to, to the last. I rinsed thoroughly then did a mid-step protein treatment with Aphogee Keratin Two Minutes Reconstructor. I then started washing with Vitale Olive Oil Neutralising Shampoo. I left the 4th and 5th later on for about 5 minutes each. Although the shampoo has colour alarm but better safe than sorry. I rinsed out the last lather and wrapped my hair in a cotton tshirt.

Deep Conditioning: I deed conditioned with a mix of ORS Replenishing Conditioner + Roux Porosity Control + 1 tablespoon Grapeseed Oil + 1 tablespoon JBCO ( Rosemary ). I used my Electric heating cap and rinsed with cold water after about 20 minutes.

After - Care: I tshirt-dried for 15 minutes, detangled and then blow-dried on low heat using the comb attachment.
Products used: Aphogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer, African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Moisture Intense Leave-in Conditioner, Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Carrot Growth Serum.
I decided to give my hair a break and not flat iron plus the result I got from blow-drying was satisfactory.

 Results & Length Check: I gained about 2 inches since my last major trim (after my last touch-up). My thickness/volume has also increased.

Relaxed hair
HairvolutionbyBee length check tshirt

I trimmed my hair taking off just about an inch. The longest part of my hair (crown) before I trimmed measured 17 inches. I'm also glad that my right side is now catching up with my left side which has a faster growth.

Nigerian hair
Post-trim hair - BSL!!!
 
Length check shirt

length check texlaxed hair
I'm loving the increase in thickness 
Overall I'm happy with my progress. 

xx,
Bee 

11 comments:

  1. Wow I love the results! Hopefully next relaxer I'll be that length too!

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    1. Thanks Jooryn! Hopefully you'll be. Fingers crossed

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  2. Wow I love the results! Hopefully next relaxer I'll be that length too!

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  3. Nice but i would trim away the thin ends

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    1. Thanks Shantel! I actually did trim as much as I decided to trim this time. There's a post-trim pic except you wer expecting me to trim more

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  4. Bee does your hair clamp and get matted together while stretching?

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    1. It used to do that earlier in my hhj but seems I've pretty much got my hair figured out now. Just some knots and tangles every now and then

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  5. Your hair has gotten soo much thicker! Great progress Bee. I would jump up and down the day I measure a strand and its 17 inches long :-)

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    1. Lol. Thanks Becca. I definitely did a victory dance. lol

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