In short, my touch up appointment went equally as great as the last – yay!
 Prep: I base my scalp really, really well the night prior to my appointment. I always use Summit Sensitive Scalp for this step. Works awesomely and my scalp never burns or gets irritated since incorporating this in my relaxer prep routine.
 TU Day: Arrived to the salon and had minimal wait. 😎 The stylist based my scalp and applied the relaxer with ease. I was really nervous about whether my new growth would be too thick to navigate. You see, I normally flat iron the roots about a week before my touch up to knock out some of the kink. I didn’t get around to doing that this time around. Thankfully, all went well.
Relaxer: Naked by Essations | Stretch Period: 10 Weeks
 Relaxer Application: I totally forgot to look at my watch to time the application process. However, she allowed the relaxer to sit undisturbed for about 5-7 minutes thereafter. She actually rinsed me out before the timer buzzed which I’m totally ok with. These days I’m aiming for a bit more texture than in previous years.
 Neutralize / Protein / Rinse Out Conditioner: The stylist rinsed my hair several times before applying a neutralizing shampoo. She shampooed my hair 2 times before applying protein. Here’s where being salon dependent gets a little tricky. Since I’m getting reacquainted with my current stylist, I’m asking a few questions per visit so that I don’t come across as a hair snob. I didn’t get which protein treatment and rinse out conditioner she used (I will next time) but here are the deets: I sat under the dryer with the protein treatment for about 15-20 minutes and the hair got mildly firm although not rock hard. The rinse out conditioner only sat on the hair for a few minutes before she rinsed with cool water. The rinse out conditioner looked to be Design Essentials.
Side Note: Remember last time I mentioned she used a de-calcification treatment? That was just a fancy term for chelating. My stylist stans for Pureology, thus this is the brand she recommends as a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in and also the brand she uses on clients. She recommends Mizani H20 as a daily moisturizer. I may give Pureology consideration in the future and I already use Mizani H20 to combat breakage.
 Hooded Dryer / Blow Dryer: I sat under the hooded dryer until my hair was about 80% dry. She then blow dried the hair to 100% dry. From there, I called it a night. I only opt for one direct heat source per visit.
I didn’t get a trim this time. I’m thinking of getting back in the habit of trimming every other relaxer.