Today is the day, time for my touchup. I initially set a goal of stretching my relaxer for 12 weeks but that just didn’t happen this time around, but I will settle for 10.
I prepped my hair Friday afternoon by detangling and putting my hair in 4 braids. I did this to cut out manipulation of my hair on touchup day and also prevent my scalp from being irritated.
 I had someone apply Dark & Lovely No-Lye Relaxer in Regular strength to the 4 sections of my hair the application time took about 26 minutes, which is a bit to long for my liking.
 I neutralized with Optimum Advance Keratin Recovery Shampoo. I opted for this shampoo because it provides my hair with strength mid-relaxer. I shampooed 4 times to ensure all of the relaxer was out of my hair.
 Tea Rinse+ Deep Conditioner: I am experimenting a little with this one. Usually on my Wash Days I separate these two, but for one, I think it will cut some time out of the whole Wash day process if I combine the two, and two, I did not feel like I was leaving the tea on my hair long enough to receive the benefits from it. So I used a mixture of chamomile, lavender, and green tea and sprayed it all over my hair really concentrating on my roots and scalp and let it sit on my hair for about 4 minutes before applying my deep conditioner. My deep conditioner was a mixture of TRESemme Naturals with Aloe and Avocado oil, coconut oil, and Organix Argan Oil and Shea butter. This was a great deep conditioner mix that I’ll have to try again because it seemed to melt into my hair. I covered my hair with a plastic bag, followed by a microfiber towel, and topped it with a plastic shower cap to lock in all of the heat and allowed it to sit for an hour and forty minutes.
 I lightly sprayed ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer on my hair but concentrating more on my ends. I applied the moisturizer that came with the relaxer kit, Healthy Gloss 5 Moisture Hair Creme while my hair was still damp and sealed it in with Grapeseed oil.
To give my hair a rest I decided to flat iron and trim it the following day. But overall the relaxer went well I jsut wish my roots weren’t bone straight.
I used Organix Anti-Breakage Serum before I flat ironed my hair. Initially, I was going to attempt to cut layers in my hair, but after I finished flat-ironing my hair I felt kind of emotional with cutting my hair, and that was a first for me. My hair is something I take care of and nurture, it was so hard to imagine cutting so much off, so I just decided to put layering my hair on hold until I get it exactly where I want it. So I just did the old Feye’s Self trim and I cut about half an inch off. Since I have fully committed to growing out my bangs I just lightly dusted the ends.(Top to Bottom: Air dried hair, pre-trimmed flat ironed hair)
(Top L to R: My bangs before the trim, Final Results of trimmed hair; Bottom: the amount I cut ( its not a depiction of ALL of the hair, just some))
Overall I like the results and I was surprised to see that I am not that far from BSL. Yay!
When is your next touch-up?
What are your hair goals for 2013?
Sorry for the quality of the pictures, I need to replace my camera.