I managed to stretch for 6 months. I feel great about making it 24.5 weeks. The only thing is, i got some really bad chemical scalp burns!!! I had been complaining about an itchy scalp through the last 2 months of the stretch. I had no idea why my scalp had been constantly itching. I tried to put off relaxing until my scalp calmed down. The week before i relaxed the itching had gotten a little less, but i still had some tingling. I did my usual co-wash, deep condition and moisturize & seal, and i thought enough time had passed. I was so anxious to my touch up, the day i relaxed my new growth that i just ignored the slight tingling. Ladies, make sure you have absolutely no irritation on the scalp whatsoever!!! My burns are pretty bad :o( I have 2 really big nasty burns and some not so bad burns, lol
Here's what to do if this should ever happen to you (Let's hope it doesn't) :
The first thing you need to do in order to aid in the healing
process of chemical relaxer burns is to ignore the compulsion to
scratch and/or pick at your scab. This will usually be your first
reaction due to the constant itching or odd "presence" on your scalp.
you have undergone a chemical relaxer burn, you will feel a patchy,
scaly, gritty or bumpy substance on your scalp. This is actually a scab
from the chemical burn your scalp has suffered. Your scalp is just
like any other piece of skin on your body. It will scab
Next, you will need to somewhat detangle the hair that is surrounding and within the scalp burn.
a wide-tooth comb and start combing from the ends of the hair, and get
as close as you can to your scalp without aggravating the scalp burn.
In all honesty, the scalp burn will heal regardless, but your hair
strands will break off rather than give way to the pull and tug between
the comb and the scab from the scalp burn.
Apply an antibacterial ointment to a clean cotton swab, and gently apply it directly to the chemical scalp burns.
kind of disinfecting, skin healing ointment will do the trick
(Neosporin, Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment, etc.). But, nothing trumps
natural and free, so your best bet would be to opt for a broken leaf
from an aloe vera plant.
Continue with your regular hair care regimen, but use caution.
when combing and brushing your hair for the next week or so. Also,
make sure to shampoo your hair as you normally would, but be careful not
to disturb the area with scalp burns. Do not use hair care products
containing alcohol as they may burn and cause further irritation to the
After a few shampoos you will notice that the scab
from chemical relaxer burn has fallen off, and your scalp can return to
its healthy status.