I made it to 15 weeks in my stretch, which is a week longer than I've gone in the past, but the hair stylist has been called and an appointment set for a touch up. I'll be 16 weeks then. To prepare for the touch up, I followed my pre-relaxer touch up regimen
- Cleanse (clarify)
- Light Protein Treatment
- Deep Condition
- Moisturize and Seal
- Flat iron new growth.
Related post: My Relaxed Hair Regimen
Before we get into the meat of this post, I'd like to apologize for not having any hair pictures. I had family in town over the weekend and wasn't able to get any usable ones.
Pre-pooed: I sectioned my hair off into five sections applied an oil mix of sunflower and coconut oil to my scalp and new growth. To the line of demarcation and the rest of the length I applied a mix of a keratin conditioner and Suave Natural Infusions Ant-Breakage Conditioner. To my ends I applied L'Oreal Total 5 Restoring Conditioner with Ceremides. I applied a plastic cap and left everything sit for an hour, without heat.
Cleansed: For cleansing I used SheaMoisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo to clarify and followed up with a green tea rinse.
Deep conditioned: I used my trusty Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner for this step.
Related post: Product Review: Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner
Leave in and sealant: I t-shirt dried for about an hour, applied Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave In that I mixed with a little sunflower and coconut oil, and got out any leftover tangles with my fingers.
Dried: I finished drying under my hooded drier for about 45 minutes.
Flat ironed: After my hair cooled I applied Thermafuse f450 One Pass Hot Iron Activated Smoothing Creme as a heat protectant and flat ironed my growth leaving some texture and avoiding my ends. The reason for flat ironing my new growth was so I could easily get a comb through it and get out all of the tangles and avoid major matting and tangling before my touch up.
My hair felt so soft after I was done. I couldn't keep my hands out of it. I did have quite a bit of shed hair this time around, but I'm attributing that to the fact I had some hidden matting and tangles to work through.
How do you prepare for a relaxer touch up?