In a nutshell: it was great! The specifics: My sister used the half an half relaxer technique (which i am absolutely in LOVE with and have confidence my hair will thrive with). I was thinking about addiing oils to the relaxer but i decided not to. Since it was regular strength (i usually use mild) i decided it would be best to get the relaxer in a nd out... luckily the straightness was not sacraficed at all. I let the relaxer process for 15 minutes and the result was silky straight, shiny hair!! I dont have that flat thin/fried look that i'd expect from a fresh relaxer, my hair ws swinging and lush looking! Everyone has complimented me on it! I'm definitely sticking with lye from now on because the difference is sooo noticeable... its just really silky and shiny and full of body. I'll update this post (if i can find it lol!) in 12 weeks to see how it lasts as far as stretching is concerned.