Many women arrive to the salon without proper relaxer preparation. Often they suffer from under processing, over processing or scalp burns. Relaxer preparation is very important and I take it very seriously. Therefore, I am sharing tips on how to prepare for a relaxer touch up.
How to Prepare for Relaxer Touch Up
I clarify and chelate my hair to remove product buildup and hard water deposits. Removing buildup just ensures my hair is ready to accept the relaxer and minimizes the potential for under processing.
I always do a protein treatment the last wash day before my relaxer to strengthen it since relaxers break down the protein bonds in the hair. Doing a protein treatment in advance helps my hair stay strong and not experience unnecessary breakage.
I follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner to replenish moisture and counter the effects of the protein treatment.
I style my hair with either air drying or roller setting. I prefer roller setting because it stretches the new growth which helps the stylist lay the relaxer quicker on salon day. The quicker she moves, the less likely it is for overprocessing. However, sometimes I don’t feel up to the work required to roller set. Therefore, I will air dry and use my flat iron on the lowest possible setting to stretch the roots.
The night before the relaxer, I base my scalp with Summit Sensitive Scalp Base Creme and coat my hair with vaseline. Using these products ensure both my scalp and previously relaxed hair are properly protected before arriving to the salon. It also reduces the potential for scalp burns or overprocessing of my hair which is a nightmare for relaxed hair.