As you may know I have started a healthy telax hair journey and the time to end my relaxer stretch had come after a slight set back in December 2014, my relaxed hair in the nape broke off at the line of demarcation(where the new growth and relaxed hair meet) leaving behind just 2 1/2″ of unprocessed hair. I think I may have prolonged my first relaxer stretch too long as you’re suppose to build up your amount of weeks gradually as my last relaxer was August 6th 2014, a little over 5 mths post-relaxer (face palm). Today I will take you through my first telax experience which took placed back on January 25th. At first I was left stuck with the decision of if I should relax (possible limp bone straight look) or go natural (poof and shrinkage) and I wanted neither option. I actually wanted a bit of both as I wanted the full hair look that naturals have but not the kinky and coily look, so when I came across “telaxed hair” I was floating on cloud 9 as this was the balance I was looking for. Basically, telaxing it is using a mixture which consist of part carrier oil and part relaxer to slightly loosen the hair coils so as to still have a curl pattern.
* Some of you may ask “how do you know when to end the relaxer stretch?” well the signs are easily visible such as:
- unmanageable new growth makes scalp and roots unreachable to apply products
- when there’s excess breakage at the line of demarcation
- when the ends look shaggy and limp while the mid-shaft to root of the hair is full.
My Telax Process
*I had pre-shampoo, washed and deep-conditioned my hair 2 days prior to prepare and strengthen my hair for the process.*
- apply Vaseline to the hairline and relaxed hair
- mix coconut oil with relaxer (approx. 2 tbs) and stir well
- apply the relaxer mix to hair working from the nape to the front of my head
- comb through once and leave in for remainder of required time according to relaxer timeline guide (my time was 30 mins)
- rinse hair making sure hair is completely free from relaxer
- apply neutralizing shampoo, lather and leave in for 10 mins as to allow the hair to fully returned to a neutralize state
- rinse hair completely, lather with neutralizing shampoo and rinse out completely if needed again.
- apply a protein treatment for 30 mins
- apply a deep-condition treatment 30 mins
- blot out the excess water
- lightly moisturize hair using the Liquid.Condition.Oil method (leave-in conditioner – moisturizer – oil )
- trim off the uneven ends
- air dry hair
Afterwards I applied oil to the ends and followed up by flat ironing my hair on low heat to achieve a straight look so as to do a length check pic. So overall, I can say my first telax experience was a success as you can see that I was still able to maintain a curl pattern.
Do any of my trendsetters have telaxed hair? If yes, please feel to share your telax process and results.
Disclaimer: I’m not a professional hair consultant however, this is a procedure that has worked for me results may vary. Information posted is offered to you as tips….you are not obligated to incorporate any tips into your practices.