Wednesday, 4 December 2013

November 2013 Relaxer Touch-up

Friday 29th November 2013 Touch-up at 17 Weeks 1 Day Post

For my final touch up this year I used my Affirm FiberGuard Conditioning Cream Relaxer. It is the lye version in mild strength. These are the steps I took:

·         Part 1 ½ inch all around my hairline and twisted it.

·         Section off my problem area at the centre of my nape. This area has not been relaxed since November 2012; it was practically non-existent at the beginning of my hair journey.

·         Part my hair in 1 inch sections from ear to ear, detangling each section as I went along using my wide tooth comb and twisting it. I started using this method last year and stuck to it because I finish applying my relaxer a lot faster.

·         I based my scalp and hairline with petroleum jelly then coated my relaxed ends with castor oil follow by petroleum jelly, can’t be too careful right?!

·         I then applied my relaxer starting at the back, smooth once then applied to my hairline. After I finished smoothing my hairline I applied relaxer to the centre of my nape. I use my hands to apply my relaxer because it is easier for me than using a comb. I also smooth with my hands but use the back of the comb to smooth my hairline once. I finished applying and smoothing my relaxer in less than 10 minutes. My scalp started to tingle, which didn’t surprise me since I did not refrain from itching my scalp leading up to my relaxer touch-up.

·         Hopped in the bathroom two minutes later and washed out the relaxer.

·         Did my mid-relaxer protein step for 5 minutes using a mix of Affirm FiberGuard Sustenance Fortifying Treatment and Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment.

·         Neutralized with Affirm FiberGuard Normalizing shampoo 4 times even though I did not see pink after shampooing the first time. I left the shampoo in my hair for 5 minutes the 2nd, 3rd and 4th time I shampooed.

·         Deep Conditioned with a mix of Keracare Humecto Cream Conditioner and Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner under my heat cap for 30 minutes.

·         Wrapped my hair in a t-shirt for 30 minutes to get rid of the excess water after rinsing my deep conditioner.

·         Applied my leave-ins, Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer and Matrix Biolage Daily Leave-in Tonic.

·         Then applied some Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.

·         Air dried until my hair was about 90 percent dry then used my blow dryer on the cool setting to finish dry my hair.

The following morning I applied my heat protectors, Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide and CHI Silk Infusion, then flat ironed my hair using my Hana 1.5 inch Titanium Ionic Flat Iron.

November 2013
The heat setting I used was 300 ͦ but I still felt like my hair was too straight when I was done flat ironing. I did not do a length check for my last relaxer touch-up in August since I know the urge to cut would be strong, I ended up trimming about an inch or so a few weeks later anyway lol. My nape has finally grown out enough for me to get rid of the space at the centre of my nape and still be at a reasonable length, I plan on getting my hair cut by a professional since I want a blunt cut.


  1. Your thickness looks great! You did an awesome job with tge flat iron!

  2. Awesome results, so smooth and shiny. I want to be a DIY girl on my next touch up so i'm taking notes from you.

    1. Thanks Tomi, my touch up went great but the cut is horrible!

  3. I will be doing my own touch up next time (in about 8 weeks) I hope my results will be as gorgeous as yours are. Sorry about the haircut!

    1. Good luck with your touch up hun, hoping to do mine in about 3 to 4 weeks