Self-Relaxing

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The Truth Behind Transitioning to Texlaxed Hair

Texlaxing, Texlaxed Hair and Texturizing all seem like the best of both worlds in the battle of team natural versus team relaxed.  You get (1) more texture = more volume than relaxed hair; (2) you get more strength = less breakage than relaxed hair; (3) you get more manageability than your natural hair with the

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Relaxer Update | February 2017

I ended my relaxer stretch at 22 weeks and you already know that I cut my hair.  For this update, I really just want to share my plans for my hair as I continue with these long term stretches.  It feels sort of like a new beginning for me and so I want to take

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Stash Showdown: Neutralizing Shampoos

There are currently three neutralizing shampoos in my hair product stash and it’s time to figure out which one is best.  The showdown is between Design Essentials Milk & Honey Neutralizing Shampoo, Elasta QP Stop Action Shampoo and Mizani pHormula-7 Neutralizing & Chelating Shampoo.  I will say that none of them are horrible, but there

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Relaxer Day | September 2016

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

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Switching to a Lye Relaxer | My Initial Thoughts

I switched to a lye relaxer like I said I would.  And you know what, I’m feeling really good about it.  I’ve been using a no-lye relaxer since my first attempt at self-relaxing and I never looked back.  And a no-lye relaxer was a safe bet for the self-relaxing newbie that I was, who wasn’t trying to

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Lye vs. No-Lye Relaxers | Picking What's Best

In the first few months of my hair journey, I had to look into the differences between a Lye vs. No-Lye Relaxer and make a decision on which option was best for my hair.  And I did that.  I chose to use a No-Lye relaxer, Affirm Fiberguard Sensitive Scalp Relaxer to be exact.  I have

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Helpful Tips for Relaxing at Home

Can I start this one with a disclaimer? Relaxing is a chemical process that can cause irreparable damage to your hair and scalp.  It is very important that you do extensive research before attempting to relax your own hair.  That’s what I did before I attempted my first self-relaxer and I was still scared out

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Throwback Thursday: My First Self-Relaxer(s).

I thought it would be fun to take you guys back to my first (second, third and fourth) attempt at relaxing my hair…at home…by myself.  When I first started my hair journey, I spent hours on Long Hair Care Forum reading the archives.  I was mesmerized by the beautifully luscious and long relaxed heads of

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Let's Talk About Relaxer Application Time

Relaxer Application time starts the moment relaxer touches your hair and ends when you start rinsing it.  Finding the right application time is essential for consistent texture throughout the the length of your hair.  If you’re not bone straight staying close to your goal time will help with that consistency in texture.  And it avoids