So, I finally did my texlax after 6 months of stretching and I have added pictures with my results. I know, June to August is not 6 months, my last relaxer was in February, but I only started my hair care journey in June. That means my hair only reaped the benefit of good hair care and JBCO for 2 months. So with good hair care for the next 6 months stretch, I hopeful will get to full AP length for the front of my hair and BS or close in the back.
My technique: I base my scalp with Vaseline then apply castor oil to the length of my hair, new growth not included. Since I’ve been sealing my hair the days counting down to my texlax, I think it had enough oils to protect it. I separate my hair in 4 sections, then I do 1 inch parts in each section and pin them before applying my relaxer; it saves time especially if you have a lot of new growth to try to separate. Thanks to my SO (significant Other), for helping me with that task; he held up the sections for me as I applied the relaxer and for being my eyes in the back of my head when I miss something. He wanted to apply it for me back there, I told him no, LOL.
My relaxer of choice was ORS Olive Oil. It’s what the salon has always used on my hair so why change now. A little about this relaxer: it’s a great relaxer, I used to complain to my stylist that it wasn’t processing my hair straight but what did I know then. As we all know Olive Oil is good for the hair, it penetrates into the hair shaft to help moisturize the hair. ORS Olive Oil Relaxer is Olive Oil based Hence the name of the Relaxer, Olive Oil; therefore I did not have to put any more oils in it. The oil in ORS gets into the hair shaft and helps softens the hair so that you are not left with dry hair after your relaxer.
After I rinsed out the relaxer I applied my affirm reconstructor, it’s a post relaxer pre-shampoo reconstructor which contains medium/heavy strength protein; something that is needed after a relaxer. It’s supposed to strengthen your hair and rebuild anything that may have been compromised or lost during relaxing. Furthermore, since it has a pH 4.5 it aids in returning your hair to its normal pH before your neutralizing shampoo. I let it sit for about 2-3 minutes while I massaged it throughout the length of my hair, but also focusing on the new growth since that’s where the relaxer sat for most of the time. After rinsing I then used the ORS normalizing shampoo for about 4-5 washes, on the last wash I let it sit for about 1 min then rinse. I them applied the ORS Replenishing pack, I added some more Olive Oil, and sat under my dryer for about 30 minutes, then rinse. Then styled with the ORS Incredibly Rich Hair lotion; It helps to protect the hair against heat since I was about to apply heat for the first time in months. I was afraid my hair would have gone into a heat shock… :o).
The end result, my hair is strong, soft, thick and full of body.