I literally lost track of this relaxer stretch. I’m not sure how it happened, but I had no idea whether I had relaxed my hair in March or April. :/ That’s why every time I updated you guys there was a four week swing, lol. Thankfully after looking back at my social media posts last week, I figured out that I was close to the end of my 24 week stretch.
This Relaxer Stretch
For most of this stretch, I conditioned my hair every 3-5 days and protectively styled most of the time. I airdried with each wash day, except roughly once every two weeks when I roller set or flat ironed my hair. At 23 weeks post relaxer, I did my typical relaxer prep wash day: pre-poo, shampoo, protein treatment, deep condition, (and this time) roller set and flat ironed my hair. (I skipped the blow dryer since I had just done it a week prior). Once this weekend rolled in, I was 24 weeks post relaxer and it was time to get relaxer day started.
 On my scalp Summit Sensitive Scalp.
 On my previously relaxed hair, Design Essentials 6N1 Conditioner with Petroleum Jelly on top.
 Relaxer: Design Essentials Conditioning Relaxer (Regular Strength – Lye).
 Neutralizing Shampoo: I used three for the purpose of comparing them: (1) Design Essentials Honey & Milk, (2) Mizani Phormula-7, and finally (3) Elasta QP Stop Action.
 Protein Treatment: Chi Infra Treatment.
 Deep Conditioner: Generic Value Products Conditioning Balm.
 Leave-in Treatment: ION Miracle Leave-In.
 Roller Set.
I almost wish I had recorded this relaxer because it may have been my best one yet, which is funny because I did not feel like doing my hair that day. I applied the relaxer with great precision keeping the relaxer creme 1/4″ away from my scalp. Also, I had mirrors set up so that I could see my hair from every angle, which definitely helped. After smoothing my new growth, the entire relaxer application process was 23 minutes.
Trying Something New
There are three random things I’ve been doing with the last 2 to 3 relaxer days: (1) coating my previously relaxed hair with petroleum jelly; (2) pre-parting my hair keeping each section separated with plastic duck bill clips; and (3) rinsing my hair taking care to not let the relaxer run off run down the shaft of my hair strands to my ends. My hope is that these three things will help to increase the longevity/strength of the ends of my hair and minimize thinning ends as a result of breakage.
I am very happy with these super long stretches, I can actually see a difference in the thickness of my hair. The downside is my ends are not as thick, but that’s ok. Plus, I’m sure the added thickness will continue to grow out and improve my overall thickness. The plan is to continue stretching for 24-ish weeks and I can’t wait to see how things progress.
Here is my relaxer update and live views of my relaxer results. There is no relaxer day length check because I didn’t flat iron my hair this time around. However, here is my length (and ends) check after flat ironing at 22 weeks post relaxer: