Usually after a relaxer I'll find myself looking at my hair more than usual. Maybe it's the new length or whatever but this is a good time to notice any split ends or pixie knots (those tiny knots that form in the strand). If I see any such thing, I get to dusting. One of my lovely readers asked about trims and dusting in my relaxer post and motivated me to do a search & destroy. I saw 1 split end and a pixie knot. I got rid of those then did an overall dust just to be sure.
So #1 after relaxer care: check out the ends.
The next thing I do is protein. One week after relaxer, I think protein is very necessary. I usually do my 2 step aphogee protein the week before and then just a reconstructor the week after. This time however, I was on a hunt for some stronger protein for the week after my relaxer. I didn't want to do the whole 2 step thing (it's a process) but I use the reconstructor weekly because it's so light and I feel my hair needs more since it's just been relaxed. Guess what I forgot I had? My Mizani Kerafuse. I bought it months ago, used it once, and put it away. It's a protein treatment made specifically for use post chemical services. I didn't really enjoy the texture of the product the first time I used it (very thick similar to DPR-11 in texture in that it does not budge lol) so I added a bit of my Proclaim conditioner, and JBCO to it to loosen it up. I used it under dryer with plastic cap for about 20 mins. The results were good this time as well as last time (see link above) so I say Kerafuse may become my new after relaxer protein (it's too pricey to use regularly).
So #2 after relaxer care: protein.
Hope you all found this helpful!
On the right is my newly washed hair Sat - I think when I wash it, there's some shrinkage...it was all puffy lol. Then on the left is Sunday before I covered with scarf & hat to head out to help my friend clean her new apartment.