I started loosening my braids and cornrows on the 8th and was able to finish it on the 9th. I experienced minimal breakage thanks to the heavy protein treatment I had conducted prior to installing the cornrows. I am really mad at myself for all the times that I had installed a protective style without conducting a heavy protein treatment. Oh well, that is why it is called a journey. You learn things along the way.
So since I wanted to have a relaxer touch up soon, I knew I had to conduct a heavy protein treatment wash again. Yes I washed my hair before applying relaxer; don’t fall off your chairs. Contrary to what you think it is very important to conduct a protein treatment at least 5-7 days before you relax or have a touch up. The reason is that the chemicals used in the relaxer breaks down the protein in our hair so by conducting a protein treatment before and after the relaxer, there is a portion that is restored back to the hair follicle. And trust me your hair would come out just fine.
So here is what I did.
1. Pre pooed with hot oil, cover my hair with a plastic bag and a shower cap for 30 minutes.
2. Wash with my diluted VO5 shampoo (once).
3. Wrapped a micro fibre towel on my hair for some minutes then applied a mixture of one egg yolk, about half of the egg white, 2 teaspoons of food mayonnaise, about a teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of my oil mix. I covered with a plastic bag and a shower cap. Kept it on for 30 minutes, would have loved to leave it on for longer but the mixture kept running down my face and neck. I had to rinse it off with cold water (if you use hot water you would have scrambled eggs on your hair). And oh, my hair did not smell because of the egg, it came out stronger.
4. I did a black tea rinse (to prevent shedding) using the tea I had made with one bag of Lipton tea. I didn’t rinse off with water.
5. I wrapped my hair with a micro fibre towel for some minutes then applied my moisturising deep conditioner (always apply a moisturising conditioner after a protein treatment to bring back moisture into your hair). I used organics tea tree oil cholesterol conditioner, eucalyptus oil, my oil mix, castor oil, few drops of lavender and citronella oil (one day I would upload pictures of the oils) and a bit of my Hawaiian silky argan oil. I covered with a plastic bag and shower cap then slept off. I eventually left the deep conditioner on my hair for more than 2 hours. Detangled then rinsed off with cold water to close my hair cuticles.
6. I wrapped my hair with my turbie twist for almost 15 minutes then allowed to dry for another 10 minutes. I sprayed my hair with my protein leave in (vitale anti breakage leave in conditioner) then applied my moisture leave in (profectiv break free leave in conditioner). After my hair was almost 80% dry I applied my moisturising lotion, oil mix and shea butter to keep my hair moisturised. I used my fingers to detangle and then placed my hair in a top knot bun.
So there you have it guys, that is what i did during my pre relaxer wash day. I was impressed with the amount of hair I lost and I am glad that I had learnt a lot concerning my relaxed hair during the months. I eventually had the relaxer touch up on Tuesday (at 18 weeks 5 days post relaxer). I hope to upload the write up for that soon. I tried the mid relaxer step which involves applying a protein treatment after the relaxer has been rinsed off with water before using a neutralising shampoo. Weird uhn? I learned about it 2 days to the touch up and I decided to try it. You wouldn’t believe how that went.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have learnt something new about black hair care.
P.S: I made a new batch of my moisturising spray. I am so loving DIY products, it helps me save a lot of money.
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