Self Relaxing Tips Part I: Tools Needed

Self Relaxing Tips Part I: Tools Needed

490
9
SHARE
Self Relaxing Tools

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

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 steal grab 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.

Self Relaxing Tips Tools Needed

  • 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.

Self Relaxing Tips Tools Needed

  • 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.

Self Relaxing Tips Tools Needed

  • 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.

Self Relaxing Tips Tools Needed

  • 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!

  • Robyn Kleinhans

    I wish our shops had sprushes, but now such luck. Oh, and ECP, the ORS Olive Oil No Lye kits have latex gloves included, when I discovered that I was over the moon!

    • WOW, Go head ORS! It was between that and Optimum Care when I decided to self relax, I’m happy with my decision but boy oh boy, they have one up with those gloves! And you can order the sprushes on Amazon I think?

  • Shawnie

    Good stuff as usual! I do have a question about the clips, though. I know the purpose of the clips are to help separate the hair while relaxing, but I was under the impression that metal should not be used. From what I recall, the metal can cause an adverse reaction if (again if) it comes into contact with the relaxer. Any deets on that?

    • Great point! Although the metal “shouldn’t” ever touch the relaxer, it would probably be a good idea to use the plastic two prong clips! Glad you brought that up, I’ll try to do a little research on metal + relaxer chemicals.

      • Shawnie

        Thanks ECP, my auntie would always scare the bee-jeesus out of me and her clients saying that the “reaction” will make your hair fall out. She was very superstitious so it was hard to discern fact from mentiritas (white lies). I appreciate the research 🙂

  • Great post! (as always)

  • I’m so scared of self-relaxing: that’s the one thing I’ve not been able to do for myself. LOL

    • I was too, but after last year’s thin end debacle I decided to take matters into my own hands!