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Self-Relax Support Thread

Lady Esquire

New Member
Nervous about self-relaxing? Or maybe you simply have a question regarding basing your scalp, adding oils to your relaxer, preventing overlapping, doing a corrective relaxer, relaxing in sections, etc. I compiled relevant self-relaxing links into this one thread. I am by no means an expert, which is why I researched the subject of self-relaxing at nauseam....in order to do it safely, and get best results possible. A lot of the info is repetitive, but each thread adds something informative to the subject of self-relaxing.



Who Invented Relaxers?
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=156445&highlight=relaxers



Difference between Lye and No-Lye Relaxers:
Is Lye or No-Lye Chemical Relaxing Better for Your Hair? by SistaSlick (Associated Content Article)
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/352470/is_lye_or_nolye_chemical_relaxing_better.html



LHCF Threads difference between Lye and No Lye Relaxers:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=105301&highlight=sodium+hydroxide
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=144917&highlight=lye
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=146155&highlight=lye
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=104789&highlight=sodium+hydroxide&page=2



PH Levels of Relaxers:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=47544&highlight=henna+relaxing
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=134251&highlight=lye



General Relaxer Tips from AHBAI (American Health and Beauty Aids Institute):
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=25929&highlight=neutralizer


Links to SistaSlick's Articles on the Associated Content:
Getting Ready to Relax? Preparing Your Hair for a Relaxer Chemical Straightening by SistaSlick
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/278572/getting_ready_to_relax_preparing_your.html
Guide to Safely Applying Chemical Relaxers by SistaSlick
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/320975/guide_to_safely_applying_chemical_relaxers.html?page=6



Here's an LHCF thread that also mentions SistaSlick's articles:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=145827&highlight=sistaslick+article



What to do a week Before and week After a relaxer:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=153311&highlight=relaxers

A week After a relaxer:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=84682&highlight=self-relax

Clarifying week Before relaxer:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=153243&highlight=relaxers

No Hardcore Protein for 2 Weeks After Lye Relaxer:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=13648&highlight=neutralizer






Nice Discussion about Silk, Keratin, Wheat and other Proteins (in case you want to add to relaxer or prior to relaxer):
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=85360&highlight=silk+amino+acids
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=129534&highlight=silk+amino+acids



Adding Protein to Relaxers (the benefits, the products, the websites):
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=156755&highlight=relaxers



The Science of Preventing Relaxer Damage by using Silk by Navsegda (Adding Silk Amino Acids to hair prior to relaxing):
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=112817
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=124441&highlight=SAA&page=12



Adding Oil to relaxer:


http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=124834&highlight=silk+amino+acids&page=5


http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=85670&highlight=silk+amino+acids&page=2




Basing prior to Relaxing:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=129173&highlight=self-relax




Many women relax in Sections:


SouthernGirl gives extremely detailed instructions on how she relaxes in 2 Sections:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=46135&highlight=self-relax




LondonDiva, relaxes in sections and has a photo tutorial in her fotki: (PM her for PW)
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=138665&highlight=self-relax


Lonei has a tutorial in her fotki, she does hers in halves also:
http://journals.fotki.com/lonei3/lonei4/



Here, Nixx shares her method of relaxing in halves:


http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=132633&highlight=relaxing+sections&page=2



Arcadian's Method (she uses Clips to separate small sections): http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=130924&highlight=clips

Preventing Overlapping:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=108851&highlight=self-relax&page=2
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=43357&highlight=self-relax
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=97462


Preventing Scalp Damage
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=179245&page=2

Rinsing Relaxer and What to do After:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=135416&page=4
 
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Lady Esquire

New Member
Relaxing Processing Time: When Does It Actually Start?
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=235405

Corrective Relaxers:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=122927&highlight=corrective
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=150725&highlight=corrective


Texlaxers (Relaxers that are not bone straight, with some texture left)
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=131009&highlight=texlax

Henna and Relaxers:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=96623&highlight=henna+relaxer
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=106232&highlight=henna+relaxing&page=2

Ceramide Technology (interesting read):
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=131270&highlight=silk+amino+acids

If after reading all of this you decide self-relaxing is not for you, Balisi, our resident Licensed Professional Cosmetologist wrote a great thread on how to make your relaxing experience at a Salon more successful:
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=99985&highlight=relaxers

SistaSlick also wrote an Associated Content article about Stylist Etiquette:
A 10-Step Pre-Relaxer Checklist for Black Women and Their Stylist by SistaSlick
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/278594/a_10step_prerelaxer_checklist_for_black.html
 
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wheezy807

Well-Known Member
Ummm.......LadyEsquire:blowkiss:. THANKS YOU so much!!! Great info!! I promise myself i'm gonna learn how to self relax next year.
 

Creatividual

New Member
THis is EXCELLENT! I'm mos def going to save this link. Thank you for putting this helpful resource together. I too want to get to the point where I feel more comfortable doing my own relaxers. :grin:
 

sareca

Well-Known Member
Great idea :up: especially since I'm planning to increase my relaxer from 1 to 3 or 4 per year. :yep:
 
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ajoyfuljoy

Well-Known Member
Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this for us! I'm about to self relax tomorrow and this will be a BIG help! I'm sure it took a minute for you to compile all these links.
 

growingbrown

Well-Known Member
I love this thread. This thread answered my question I was looking for, which is what to do the next wash after a relaxer.

Thanks!:grin:
 

betty-boo

Active Member
This is excellent!!! I like the stuff on the ph of different relaxers too! Thanks so much! This should be a sticky
 

Ambitious1013

New Member
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I will be self relaxing for the first time in November. This is great that all of these threads are in one! :)
 

Pat Mahurr

Pun intended
Holy Smoke, LadyEsq. ! When I looked at this post, I thought it was my Westlaw research on the screen! Good job!
 

RubyWoo

Well-Known Member
Lady, you are the best!! I have this thread subscribed for future reference.

Just bumping this up for Energee!
 

Empress Yahudah

New Member
Bless ur heart this is Wonderful :clap: Ive only self relaxed twice and i still need as much help as i cant get :look:.. now i dont have to search all over the place:grin:
 

Energee

New Member
I'm up late tonight...our little one isn't feeling well. My husband did first shift..now it's my turn. He has a little belly ache but he's being so sweet about it....trying to be a strong boy....

Anyway, I'm able to read through all of this now..while I am up...I'm taking notes..and printing some info out....
 

NYAmicas

Seeker
Ok why am I just seeing this after 3 months of stretching and I finally just relax and come to the hair board after Im done to see a wealth of info on relaxing! Darn DH playing Guild Wars and hogging the computer!:wallbash:
 

lennet93

Well-Known Member
Thank you SO much for posting this! This is exactly what I needed. I'm seriously considering self relaxing and I need all the info that I can get.:yep:
 

thegirltolove

New Member
See this is why I love you. I thank you so much for compiling this list for us. When I get more time, I will be looking through all of these threads. THANK YOU SO MUCH LADY!!!!!
 

Allandra

Well-Known Member
I wish I could still self relax. I have a good stylist, but I still wouldn't mind being able to do it myself.
 

loved

Well-Known Member
Thanks so much for taking the time to do this!

I started coming to this board on a regular basis after I had such bad results w/ my May relaxer. I was able to do a better job last month because of the tips from this board. Pics of the May and Sept. relaxers are in my fotki.
 

SpiritJunkie

Well-Known Member
Girl i can't thank you enough for compiling all of this in one thread. I'm about to relax my hair & i also need to do a corrective and everything i was questioning is in here.

thank you thank you thank you
 
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