This is the first installment of my ‘Self Relaxing Tips’ series! In the brief time that I’ve been doing my own touch ups, I’ve gathered quite a list of tools needed. None are expensive, but all are a very critical part of the process and have made self relaxing SO much easier!
ECP’s Self Relaxing Tips: Tools Needed
- Small Latex Gloves: You can purchase a box of latex gloves from your local pharmacy for around $5. If you are in a medical profession, you probably can
stealgrab a bunch from your facility – but for the record I am NOT encouraging theft! Anyway getting back to why these are importing when self relaxing, most people hate the supplied gloves in relaxer kits and I am no different. Also, if you purchase a professional grade lye relaxer then, there is no kit therefore no gloves. A lot of people will forgo hand protection altogether, but I love my hands and nails, shoot! If you purchase a size small glove trust me, you won’t lose much of your tactile senses and they fit snugly enough to be able to work through your hair comfortably without making you feel extra clumsy. Plus, and this is the important part, your skin is protected! Another positive – I use them when cleaning and doing all kinds of household chores to protect my manicure.
- Sprushes: Okay I know I’ve only used this item for one touch up (see full review) but I won’t go back to the way I used to be with using multiple tongue depressors! lol. Seriously, these made self relaxing much faster and better. Anyone who relaxes their hair should own one, I’m even getting one for my stylist at home in New Jersey for Christmas. If you head over to JustGrowAlready.com, Jeni is going to be hosting a giveaway if it hasn’t began already.
- Plastic Cape or Apron: You know how I always do my hair wearing a towel wrap? Well, you weren’t aware, I do – which is why you see most of my length updates wearing one of the two I own. I love them because they are absorbent and not require going over my head to put on and off so hoping in and out of the shower is fast and easy. The one drawback is they leave my shoulders exposed and during one self relaxing session I got some relaxer cream on my shoulder and it sure enough caused a little skin irritation. So I bought a lil plastic cape thingy from my local beauty supply store and I feel protected. Plus, its able to be wiped clean when I’m finished.
- Alligator and Two Prong Clips: I always pre-section my hair before self relaxing and I use the half and half method, both of which require a bunch of clips.
- Shower Caps: I use two disposable plastic shower caps to cover one half of my hair while I relax the other.
- Timer: I use a stop watch app on my phone most times but even if I forget to set it, I am sure to have my phone right next to me so I can at the very least see the time I start. From start to finish my total application, smoothing and processing time is 20 minutes. I do not guestimate it, I always use a clock or stop watch to know exactly when I should be jumping in the shower to rinse and neutralize.
- Seamless point tail comb: I use Hercules Sageman # 6450 to part my hair for basing and sectioning. Any seamless point tail comb will do!
Now that you know what you will need to make self relaxing as easy and painless as possible, stay tuned for Self Relaxing Tips Part II – Sectioning and Protecting the Hair!