This post will highlight the steps taken to prepare for relaxer touch up.
Relaxer Touch Up Prep
The pores of our scalp stay open for 2 to 3 days after washing our hair. When our pores are open, our scalp is susceptible to irritation and burning during relaxer touch up. Therefore, I wash my scalp at least 5 to 7 days before relaxer touch up to give my scalp time to rest and allow my pores to close.
Wash Day Regimen
My relaxer touch up regimen includes the following steps: shampoo, protein treatment, deep condition and leave-in conditioner. I clarify and chelate my hair to remove product and hard water buildup. This takes my hair back to a blank canvas to allow the protein treatment and deep conditioner to fully penetrate my hair. Removing buildup also allows the relaxer to properly penetrate my hair to achieve my desired outcome. I complete wash day with using moisturizing leave-ins to keep my hair nicely hydrated.
Prepping New Growth and Scalp
My new growth is tightly coiled, thick and coarse. As a result, I’ve had several bad experiences with stylists being unable to part through my new growth without causing breakage. Therefore, I started flat ironing the roots a week before relaxer touch up. I use a very low temperature setting. The goal is simply loosen shed hair and soften some of the kink to make my hair easier to part.
Basing the Scalp
I’ve had too many instances where stylists barely base my scalp before laying the relaxer. The result, burning and irritation. Therefore, I use the Summit Sensitive Scalp Base Creme to protect my scalp the night before my relaxer. This provides an added level of protection to my scalp. Since using it, I’ve not had any issues with relaxer irritation. Additionally, having a thick barrier on my scalp slows down processing time so that my new growth isn’t over-processed.
Protecting the Length
Previously relaxed hair can become over-processed from relaxer runoff.
When relaxer is washed from the hair, it makes contact with previously relaxed hair and hair can easily become over-processed. For those with long hair, the length of our hair sits in the shampoo bowl with relaxer polluted water as relaxer is washed from the hair. This is yet another way for the hair to become over-processed. To combat this issue, applying a thick layer of oil, grease or hair butter over the length of the hair keeps the hair protected during the relaxer process.
What’s Your Relaxer Touch Up Regimen?