I've come up with this relaxer routine gathering info. from various sources. Plz read and make routine suggesions or product substitution suggesions. Sorry so long! BEFORE RELAXER: Be very careful with scalp at least a week before relaxer. No scratching or directly handling scalp in any way. On the last wash before a relaxer, wash hair with Nexxus Therappe Shampoo and use Nexxus Keraphix Restorative Protein Creme Reconstructor. Follow up with Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisturzing Conditioner. Style without pomades, gels, or hair sprays. SECTION THE HAIR: Take the clips, and rattail comb. Take the end of the rattail comb, and part the hair from the crown down the center of the back of the head. Clip one side. BASE THE SCALP: sidenote: (Day before relaxer apply oil sheen to entire scalp to sooth. I want to base day before too because my scalp is so sensative). On the part that is showing apply Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Sheen Spray and Sensative by Nature Scalp Balm. Remove the clip and part parallel to the part and apply base again. Keep doing this around the whole head. It will take several parts because the oil has to cover the entire scalp. CONDITION ENDS: Use Infusium 23 Leave-In Treatment and Lekair Cholesterol to saturate and protect previously relaxed ends. APPLY THE RELAXER Now take the Affirm Regular or Mild relaxer and stir very well. Put on your gloves. Part the hair the same way you parted it when you started basing the scalp. Take the tint brush and dip in relaxer. Make sure it is a good amount and place it only on the new growth. Unclip the hair and make another pie parting and repeat. So this until you have completed your entire head. This should take you 8 to 10 minutes. SMOOTH THE RELAXER: Start in the first section and use the rattail comb to pull relaxer through and gently pull and stretch the new growth. Take fingers and smooth very well. Stop at end of new growth. Do not overlap! To make sure that the hair is the desired straightness take off your gloves and actually feel the sections with your thumb. This little exposure won't be bad for your skin. You don't want the hair to be bone straight. You want it to be straight with just a little bit of spring back. That "spring back" is called elasticity. Without that your hair has no choice but to break when pulled. CAP: Put on a plastic cap and leave for 5 minutes. RINSE: When the hair is the desired amount of straightness then the hair will be rinsed. When you rinse you have to make sure that you spend at least 10 minutes rinsing. You need to pull the hair open while you rinse to make sure all of the crevices are free of relaxer. Keep hair in one direction. NEUTRALIZE AND SHAMPOO: Once it is completely rinsed, apply Affirm 5-in-1 reconstructor and leave on for 10 minutes to neutralizing hair. Shampoo twice with Affirm Normalizing Shampoo. Follow up with Nexxus Therappe Moisturizing Shampoo. CONDITION: Apply LeKair Cholesterol Deep Conditioner and sit under the dryer for 30 minutes. Rinse. TOWEL DRY and STYLE: Once the hair is rinsed pat dry with a towel. No need to rub. Remember the cuticle layer is very delicate when wet, and especially after a relaxer. Pat dry until the hair is damp. Apply Infusium 23 with drops of oil. Comb through with a wide tooth comb and roller, wrap, or doobie set. AFTER RELAXER: The next wash after relaxer (about 5 days after), do regular wash routine substituting Nexxus Aloe Rid Gentle Clarifying Shampoo for regular shampoo. Use Nexxus Emergencee reconstructor under the dryer for 30 minutes. Finish with Nexxus Humectress Conditioner. Put on Infusium, Headress, and oil mixture and proceed to style.