Self-Relaxing

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 my hair journey back to basics.  I’m at a place where my hair feels good again and

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 is a very clear winner in my mind.  And to confirm my opinions, I actually

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 figured out that I was close to the end of my 24 week stretch. This Relaxer

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 burn her hair (and scalp) off trying something new.  For years I was happy with my choice.

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 been self-relaxing and using this same relaxer consistently throughout out my hair journey.  As my

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 of my mind.  Below you’ll find my tips for successfully self-relaxing.

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 hair on there.  My favorite threads to read were the challenge threads because there the