I feel like we haven’t “talked” in forever, and I have so much to tell you! Well, for starters, I relaxed myhair on Friday, April 19 ending a 16 week stretch. I followed my normal self relaxing routine of pre-parting my hair, basing my scalp and protecting the length of my previously relaxed hair with a protein conditioner and oil. I decided to use the new Optimum Care Amla Legend relaxer for a few reasons. One, I was curious about it. Two, it is by the same company as my staple relaxer and also is no-lye. Three, I read a great review from an e-friend who loved it so much she decided to change staple relaxers. But after my experience, I swear I wish I had never even I considered using it.
I will have a full review separately so I can walk you through all the things that I dislike about the Amla Legend relaxer. I am just so shocked at how awful it is especially considering who influenced me to give it a try and since it is also by Optimum Care, I figured it would be very similar! I uploaded a short relaxer update video on my YouTube channel yesterday, and everyone who has tried it commented that they also had a bad experience. Long story short, it burned my scalp, does not contain a reconstructor and was extremely difficult to rinse from my hair. UGH!
However, I powered through the touch up process, deep conditioned for hours with Kerapro then allowed my hair to airdry. I wanted to do a rollerset but when I first began parting my hair two things happened: I realized I still had some white residue on my scalp (after rinsing to death) so I re-rinsed and it was still there. I finally had to reshampoo altogether! Also, my scalp was too tender to part and roll with the tension rollersets require. So after airdrying I applied my favorite heat protectant, Optimum Care Heat Protection Polisher and flat ironed my hair. The results were VERY straight hair with less volume than I prefer, but it did provide me a chance to throughly examine my ends which I am so happy to report are in great shape! It is a bit difficult to see in the still photos, but the mini-vlog I did gives you a great view:
A few of you insisted that I am BSL already and as much as I would love to be, I assure you I am not. I only have a couple more inches to go though and barring any life changing events, I will achieve it this year come hell or high water! I apologize for using two different bras…I could have sworn the turquoise one was the same I used in January until I went back to find the photos! But they are made by the same company and appear to sit on my back in the same spot.
Clearly I retained quite a bit of length during the Protective Styling Challenge and I am so happy! It definitely was worth hiding my hair for three months. I plan to enjoy my hair for a while and keep an eye out for any issues with my scalp and hair after my horrid relaxer experience. and if there are I hope I’ll be able to nip it in the bud.