Relaxer Update: December 2012

Two weeks ago I followed my pre-relaxer wash day routine and flat ironed my hair straight to do a length check.  ...I'm MBL (Mid back Length) y'all!  The plan was to relax the following weekend at 13 weeks post; however when the weekend finally rolled around, I just wasn't feeling up to it.  But Thursday evening it was time to relax my hair because I had a holiday party to attend Friday night (I wasn't trying to show up with messy hair).  

Find more info on my flat ironed hair and my relaxer update after the jump...

Pre Relaxer Routine
What I did:
Shampoo: Mizani Phormula-7 Neutralizing & Chelating
Protein Treatment: Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus
Deep Conditioner: GVP Humectress Conditioner
Leave-in: GVP The Conditioner
Towel Dry, then Blow Dry.
Serum: Chi Silk Infusion
And used my GVP Flat Iron @ 370F* degrees with Proclaim Spray On Glosser.
(I also trimmed my split ends as I flat ironed each section.)
*I don't normally flat iron at that high of a temperature setting but because my roots were looking kind of crazy, I decided to go for it.  Even though my roots got super straight, I don't think I'll do that again.  I prefer the way my hair feels when I flat ironed half way between 325 and 370F.  It was super silky straight, but just a little too straight for my taste.

Length Check
Mid Back Length!

Relaxer Day
Once relaxer day finally came along, I made sure to relax, neutralize, deep condition and rollerset all before my favorite Thursday night shows came on (Grey's Anatomy and Scandal -- best shows ever!).  I didn't sit under the dryer during the shows because I knew I wouldn't be able to hear anything.  But once I got my emotions in check (after Scandal), I sat under the dryer for 30 minutes and went to bed with the rollers in my head.  It was an uncomfortable night, but I got through it without any aches and pains the next morning, so it was a success.

What I Did:
Getting ready to relax.

Protect Scalp: Summit Sensitive Scalp 
Relaxer: Affirm Fiberguard Sensitive Scalp Relaxer

Applied and Smoothed. Time to Rinse.

Mid Step Protein Treatment: Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus (5 minutes)
Neutralize: Mizani Phormula 7 (2 lathers) and Elasta QP Stop Action (2 lathers).
Roux Porosity Control
Deep Conditioner: GVP Humectress Conditioner (30 minutes)
Leave-in Treatment: GVP The Conditioner

Take Down Rollers.
Apply Vatika Coconut Oil while Finger Combing.
Gather similarly curled hair together to style as you like.
And Go!

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