How I Stretched My Relaxer 18 Weeks

I made it! Without doing it on purpose I made to 18 post my last relaxer touch up. This is the longest I've stretched so I couldn't believe it at first and had to count the weeks a few times before it sunk in.
While outside of a few weeks this stretch has been pretty easy I've decided week 19 will be touch-up week. I've booked an appointment with a new stylist after doing some online research on her. I'll be posting an update on my relaxer touch-up.

This wash day was all about prepping my hair for the touch-up. So I focused on clarifying, moisturizing, and strengthening with protein.

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First I started with a deep conditioning pre-poo. I divided my hair into six sections and slathered each with Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner and did some serious detangling. I then braided the sections, pinned them up, and went for a morning walk. The Florida sun was up and hot which helped the conditioner sink into my strands.

After the walk, I started cleansing with the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo. I poured a little bit into an applicator bottle and mixed in some distilled water. With the applicator bottle, I applied the shampoo and water mix directly to my scalp.  Then I lathered it up good, rinsed and repeated. I couldn't remember the last time I'd clarified so I wanted to make sure my hair was thoroughly cleaned prior to my relaxer touch up.  

Next was a green tea rinse. I usually mix a little apple cider vinegar with the green tea, but due to the shampoo containing some apple cider vinegar, I mixed in less than normal.

Without rinsing out the green tea I apply the last of the Suave Moisturizing Conditioner to the middle section of each braid and new growth and Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor to the demarcation line and ends.

After rinsing I re-braided a few braids that started to unravel, t-shirt dried for a couple of hours, and then let my hair air dry.

That evening my hair wasn't completely dry so I unbraided each section and applied the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner to each section. After that, I blow-dried my hair with cool air.  

After each section was dry I applied grapeseed oil and lightly flat ironed my new growth so I could make sure my hair was fully detangled.

For bedtime, I did two side braids which I pinned up the next day with a hair clip.

How I was able to stretch my relaxer for 18 weeks. |

This week I'll be sporting low manipulation styles, such as using hair clips, wearing buns and braids. Hopefully, that will help keep the tangles at bay until my relaxer touch-up.

 How do you prepare your hair for a trip to the salon?


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