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*NEW* SELF RELAXER SUPPORT: WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN’T

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  1. sunnieb

    sunnieb Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it's possible! My hair gets skrait :)grin:) with my Design Essentials Sensitive Scalp relaxer. Also, check out this thread:

    http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=495633
     
  2. Myjourney2009

    Myjourney2009 Ready to be APL

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    I relax in halves and I dont rinse at the sink. I purchase a movable showerhead and I turn it to the most gentle force that is possible without taking too long to rinse out the relax.

    I do the front first and rinse kneeling down in front of the tub.

    For the back. I sit down with my back to the tub with my head leaned back. Once it is almost all out. I then rinse my entire head again with my head leaning forward.

    It much neater this way and I dont worry about water getting all over the place
     
  3. morehairplease

    morehairplease Well-Known Member

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    I am attempting this when my Dh does my touch up in two weeks. Hopefully, I will achieve bone straight results with Mizani mild.
     
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    With some relaxers you can get your hair straight using their mild formula. Since you specified Mizani color treated, are you referring to ButterBlends? As I understand it is formulated to only process to 70%. So bone straight would not happen. I used it and never got bone straight, but that worked for me. My friend got the same results but didn't know why she wasn't bone straight until I read about it on the board. You can search it on here. But with all of that said, if you don't have course hair, you may get the results you want. Otherwise try Vitale, it's a no lye but gets hair straight even the mild or sensitive scalp. HTH!
     
  5. blackberry815

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    Thats nice that he helps u.. my SO helps me during the relaxer process by setting the timer and pulling out my clips, starting the water so that its ready so that i dont have to waste time at the sink getting the temperature right... I just told him hes gonna have to help me trim... He complains im tryin to make him gay...lol.

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  6. blackberry815

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    Thanks... Its actually not the butter blends relaxer its part of there regular "rhelaxer" line..
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  7. Nix08

    Nix08 Relaxed, 4B

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    My understanding is the smoothing/application determines how straight it gets. Mizani PH is one of the highest (13/14 I think) so I assume it would break down the bonds faster.
     
  8. sky035

    sky035 Formerly Lisaaa Bonet

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    I went from texturuized to texlaxed last night using Revlon Professional (medium) :yep:. I picked up quite a few tips from this thread, especially the tip about adding the protein step. Thank you OP and for everyone who has chimed in. I used a fine tooth comb as I wanted to reduce the thickness somewhat. My hair is still fairly short from my big chop last summer. When I wear it curly, it is a BAA.

    I need to practice rollersetting a bit more as this step is crucial to the final look . I ended up using the flat iron to iron out the curls after my hair had dried because of my bad rollersetting technique :perplexed. Overall, I am happy with the results. I need some tips on products to use to moisturize my hair when worn straight, so will be on here a bit over the next few days, picking up some more helpful hints. I have had texturized hair since the start of my journey (healthy hair) in 2007 so this is fairly new territority for me with respect to doing my own hair.
     
  9. blackberry815

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    Is that the ph for mizani for fine hair?

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  10. Nix08

    Nix08 Relaxed, 4B

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    blackberry815 sorry, I don't know which one it was. It was in one of the threads on here I did a quick search but I'll look again to see if I can find it.
     
  11. Nix08

    Nix08 Relaxed, 4B

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    Thanks!

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    What have you tried that you KNOW works: Pre-parting and relaxing in sections works great! Also using a comb to get the roots straight. I used the half and half method the past two times but the next time I will try doing it in four sections because I don't work fast enough even with the half and half. Basing my scalp the night before works great too.

    What will you never do again because you know it DOES NOT work: Using a sprush... takes too long and overlaps me just a little. The reason for that is because I do not stretch. Also I will never go over the timing in the relaxers directions. Last time I did that I had whole lot of extra shedded hair in the sink.. Also I probably wont do half and half again I will go smaller and do 4 or 5 sections.. I know its gonna take like an hour to relax my head but rather that than overprocess. Also the half and half method tends to make the middle scab because essentially that part gets relaxed twice because after the first half. Has been relaxed and neutralized the cap gets placed back on it so i can relax the other half... And while im relaxing the opposite side the cap slips down a little and the relaxer inevitably gets on that side again...

    Please include examples of things you believe in. I believe in sticking to the time on the relaxers directions... the chemists know how strong they made the chemical. This is the reason I want to try a mild relaxer next time. And that's because my relaxer works fast.. It says 13 minutes for fine hair and its hard to stick to that. I will always use a fine tooth comb to straighten the roots it works beautifully. Ooh and i definately believe in aphogee two step the week before!

    Please include specific techniques. I used Kami's relaxer method. pre-parted with roller clips and applied the relaxer. I found that this took too long because I had to pull out the clips when I should have been smoothing... I am slower then the average self relaxer.

    Also, feel free to share which products you liked, and if possible, why. I liked using mizani moisturefuse before neutralizing. My hair came out very soft.

    Even add new techniques you haven’t tried yet, but are considering trying in the future. Next time I will try the small eyebrow waxing wooden sticks for applying the relaxer to my roots because with relaxing every 8 weeks the sprush tends to overlap me just a little but enough that I want to go smaller. I dont have enough control when applying the relaxer to the back sections to place it only on the newgrowth with the sprush.... especially since I use the big mirror behind me to see the back of my head and it kinda slows me down because my motions are shown in the reverse direction in the mirror..lol.... Next time I will try four sections instead of two just to avoid having the relaxer in for too long on any one section. Maybe after I finish my huge tub of relaxer I will switch to a mild relaxer to allow me to have more time.

    Overall my relaxer came out great. I did a corrective too soo I'm happy with it. I will post pictures later
     
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  14. ajenee

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    Hey ladies just wanted to say thanks for all of the helpful advice in here. I relaxed last nite using miz. butter blends sens scalp after a 16 wk stretch. I based my scalp the day prior and then again on yesterday. Also covered my ends w/vaseline and added saa's to the relaxer. I tried the acv rinse last nite for the first time and I think it really helped to neutralize my hair. This is my best relaxer yet and I think I will stick w/miz butter blends for a while : )
     
  15. blackberry815

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    Congratulations on ur successful relaxing!

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  16. sunnieb

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    ajenee - Congratulations! Isn't it amazing how we can get great results at home???

    I think we have been brainwashed to think that relaxers can only be safely performed in a salon, and all of us have proven that is NOT true. With the proper research and preparation, anyone can self-relax. My hair is way better now that I do everything myself.
     
  17. Nix08

    Nix08 Relaxed, 4B

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    You are so right! My girlfriend told her stylist that in a years time she would be about APL if she didn't allow her to cut her hair...the stylist chuckled...my girlfriend sent me a text to send her pics of my hair a year ago and today...the stylist was impressed the proceeded to talk about certain people's hair ...:blah::blah::blah:...my girlfriend assured her that she's known me for 20 years and this was the longest that she's seen my hair. The stylist followed up with...where does she get her hair done? My girlfriend informed her that I did it all by myself!! Stylist shut up after that:lachen:However this stylist may just have learned something because my girlfriend had a very good appointment after with the stylist asking permission for every step that was taken on her head:giggle:
     
  18. blackberry815

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    They always want to make it seem like ur hair will whither away and fall out without them... My stylist would tell me my hair woildnt do well because i didnt go to her for conditioners... Little did she know i used all the same products she used! At home for free

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  19. xcuzememiss

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    ok.. so I just self relaxed my hair with Alter ego linange shea butter no-lye relaxer... I used Lauren Mechelle's technique along with other tips from this board.. Girl let me tell you... I don't think I'll be walking into a salon anytime soon for a relaxer.. I was working a bit slow and some parts didn't get processed as straight I wanted it, but overall very nice!!! I spent around $22 on products. Thnx ladies xoxoxo.
     
  20. sunnieb

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    ^^^ Way to go! I still can't believe I haven't been to a stylist since last December! It's so nice to do everything on YOUR schedule.

    Do you have any pics?

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  21. Myjourney2009

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    sunnieb

    I have been thinking about what you said about my relaxer process and I think I am going to switch things up. I will let you know how it goes in Sept. I just wanted to get this on here so I would not forget.

    Talk to you soon
     
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    Ladies ive had my big tub pf relaxer for a few months now and its been really hot this past week. I live on the third floor so my apartment has been even hotter. Should i throw the rest of my relaxer away? I know its been over 100 degrees is that going to ruin or alter my relaxers strength in any way?

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  23. sunnieb

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    blackberry815 - I'm not a chemist, but I wouldn't be comfortable using relaxer that has been exposed to that much heat for that long. I mean realistically, we don't know where any of our relaxers have been sitting before we purchase them, but you know what's been going on with this batch.

    Are there any warnings or "don't store above a certain temp" labels?
     
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    The label had no warnings regarding storage whatsoever

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    I wouldn't use it.

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    Thanks... Such a waste of money

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  27. sunnieb

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    Yeah, but better to be safe than bald.

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    Absolutely right!

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    I totally agree!! I haven't been to mine since December 22 and don't plan too until dec to get a little pampering for Xmas. I'm doing everything myself and love it.
     
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    ojemba

    First of all, what a precious cutie pie in your avatar! :)

    Secondly, great growth and retention in your first year! :)

    Thirdly, I thought about going back to a salon for some hair pampering, but I changed my mind. I can pamper my hair better than anyone and I just don't trust stylists like I used to.

    Now getting pampered by getting a massage or mani/pedi is another story altogether! :yep:
     

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