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angeeE5



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 6:50 pm    Post subject: What Relaxers need to know... Reply with quote
For those of you who chemically treat your hair, listen closely to what I am about to say to you.

A relaxer lasts from a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 8 weeks. Upon the sixth week of this eight week period, many women visit their stylists for a touch-up.

Here is the truth...

It takes approximately 3 months for a relaxer to fully leave your strands. That is right, I said 3 months; which means if you decide to touch-up your hair on the sixth week or apply a full application on the 5-8 week, your are stripping your hair right out of its follicles.

My suggestion? Apply a relaxer to your hair every 3 months, follow by a minor trim to your ends. To prolong the luster, administer weekly or bi-weekly hot oil treatments, protein treatments and moisturizing treatments, followed by natural styles (braids, twists, afros) or a flat-iron session (a max of 300 degrees).

I hope that you adhere to this advice. Trust me, it has been four years and I am still trying to grow my edges back.
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
i perm my hair every 6 months, i don't know if thats good or bad. But i wash my hair ever 1 to 2 weeks and keep it conditioned and moisturized and wrapped up of course
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Jolie7,

Girl, that is great news! You are on the right track. Just keep up your regimen, and you will do fine. I only suggest that in between relaxers that you trim your ends. It can be 1/4 of an inch or less, but I would only recommend this simply because you chemically treat your hair and the hair is under a lot of stress when it is chemically treated.
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You know I'm in transition Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
You are cheezing! Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Love ya Warrior!
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Love ya, too.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Lol alright, i just wanted to make sure that i was doing the right thing. I trained my hair so it would do what i wanted. I noticed that putting perms in my hair every 3 months doesn't work for me. I have a good blow dryer (thought i know i should move 2 a over head blow dryer) and a good flat iron.....hmmmm I don't know what esle, i just it sounds like too much heat
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
And Jolie it is too much heat but you have to put in protectors, serums, oils or gels. If not you burn up your hair
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
well before i blow dry my hair, i put oil sheen in it before i do anything
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
arrowwalker wrote:
And Jolie it is too much heat but you have to put in protectors, serums, oils or gels. If not you burn up your hair





what is the best heat protector for ur hair and lets see how long u r going to last miss lady with the transitioning i hope it works out
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NaniDiamond



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:09 pm    Post subject: Re: What Relaxers need to know... Reply with quote
angeeE5 wrote:

It takes approximately 3 months for a relaxer to fully leave your strands. That is right, I said 3 months; which means if you decide to touch-up your hair on the sixth week or apply a full application on the 5-8 week, your are stripping your hair right out of its follicles.


Question are you saying that even the relaxed hair no longer has the chemical on it after 3mos???

if that's the case, why is it that stylists ask what other chemicals you've put on your hair?

I am not contesting your statement...I'm just clarifying since I relaxe twice a year but I don't put it on the hair that was already relaxed (although I DO notice that after so long, ALL of my hair is the same texture as the new growth)....

so...is it okay to pull the relaxer through the entire hair shaft or just the new growth (again, considering that I only relax twice year) ???
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naturalblaze



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
my opinion would be to only touch up the new growth due to the texture of the hair has been altered by the relaxer. The new growth is shorter which requires the relaxer to re-straighten to make the texture the same as the relaxer hair. The new growth is just that, it's never been relaxed it concisely grows.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
going for 16 weeks and after that I am going to go longer... Very Happy
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