Saturday, January 9, 2016

Relaxer Update #1 (January 8-9, 2015)

Everytime I would think about relaxing my own hair, this popped into mind lol!

I finally did something that I haven’t done in years. I relaxed my hair at home using a box relaxer. One thing I am working on this year is getting my budget in line. One line item that kind of puts things out of whack is paying between $70-$100 for a relaxer just to be unhappy with the results because of the burning and limpness of my hair. So I decided that for my first relaxer of the year I was going to do it myself at home. I did the research to find a relaxer that would give good results without burning the mess out of my hair. I settled on ORS Olive Oil No-Lye Relaxer. I ended up buying two of them because I had a ton of new growth and I didn’t want to run out of relaxer half way through. I also bought a sprush on Amazon because I have read that this is the tool to have when applying relaxers as it gets as close to your scalp without touching it and it lowers the risk of overlapping on to previously relaxed hair. Well I was all set to relax my hair myself when it struck me that I wouldn’t be able to see the back of my head. I asked PJ to help me but he respectfully declined. He didn’t want to be responsible for any mishaps that could happen. So I asked my mother to help me and she said yes. So we set off to relax my hair and I have to say that the results were awesome! Here is what I did after rinsing out the relaxer.

1. Neutralized with the ORS Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo. I was nervous about a neutralizer with no color alarm but my mom assured me that she rinsed out all of the relaxer. So I ended up shampooing three times and between lathering and rinsing out I waited a few minutes to give the neutralizer a chance to work.

2. Deep conditioned with ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Pak. I have always loved this conditioner because it will leave your hair feeling like silk and this time was no exception. I used my Hair Therapy Wrap with it and after an hour my hair was smooth and moisturized.

3. After rinsing out the conditioner I used Roux Porosity Control Conditioner for one minute and then rinsed out. I wanted to make sure I did this step because after any chemical treatment, you need something to bring the PH of your hair back down and close your cuticles and this treatment will do just that.

4. T-shirt dried my hair for 30 minutes and then applied my leave ins (Crème of Nature Straight From Eden Oil Infused Leave In and Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer) and Tresseme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray and blow dried my hair on low heat/high fan until dry and then moisturized and sealed with Elasta QP Mango Butter and Olive Oil Moisturizer and my JBCO/EVCO mix, covered my hair and went to bed.

5. Today I flat ironed my hair after applying Crème of Nature Argan Oil Heat Defense Smooth and Shine Polisher to my hair.

My hair after flat ironing. Hate when I put a bend in it because I can't get it to lay flat.
I have to say that my hair looks and feels amazing right now and I may have to look into relaxing at home more often. I trimmed my ends a little but I may need to see someone to have it done so that I have a smooth start to the New Year. I did a length check but I think that I didn’t retain any growth that I had because my hair is still in the same spot. That’s okay though because it gives me something to work towards. 

How was your last wash day? Have you tried the ORS Relaxer before? How was it for you? Let me know in the comments below.
The Wash Day Experience


  1. I'm so happy that your at home relaxer went well! And kudos to mom for helping out! Once upon a time, I used ORS relaxer. I didn't base my scalp well enough---and well---you know what happens when you base your scalp. LOL.

    Anywhos, your ends look great! You're going to have a ton of length retention this year!

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience chica!

    KLP @

    1. Thanks KLP! Oh I am all too familiar with going through a relaxer without basing my scalp first as well. Never again I always say.

  2. It's good you had a successful relaxer application and your hair turned out smooth too.

    1. Thank you. I still can't get over how smooth my hair feels. I find myself touching it a bit too much lol.