Monday, December 28

Relaxing: DIY or Salon?

I'm coming up on my very first challenge as a healthily relaxed head.... RELAXING! Since the beginning of my journey, I have been stretching out a relaxer that I did (myself) back in July of 2009. When I relaxed my hair, I under-processed the back-right quadrant of my head (a mistake that haunts me to this day as that section is the most prone to breakage). Also, I'm 23 weeks post (and will be at least 25 weeks post whenever I relax...) so yeah... that's a boatload of NG to deal with! And this brings me to my dilemma: should I relax my hair myself (at home) or should I go to a salon and have it professionally done? There are pros and cons to each...

Pros: I'M in control... I can relax it to the degree that I want to; it's cheaper (and I'm poor!); I won't have to feel obligated to allow the stylist to use heat on my hair (b/c of my boot-camp challenge)
Cons: Risk of under/over processing; soo much PRESSURE to get it RIGHT!

Pros: More professional result; get a free dusting (I'm not comfortable doing it myself...)
Cons: $$$; excessive heat

To me, it's looking like DIY would be best (not entirely firm on that yet... geez), I've done it before and it has come out fine. But my mother has scared me against it and doesn't want me to do it myself. I think I might research different methods (half and half, using applicator brush, adding oils/conditioners, etc) and decide which one is best. I'll probably update on this once I make a decision and stick with it and I'll also outline exactly what I'll do if I choose to do it at home!

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