From: Michelle (126.96.36.199)
In Reply to: Re: Trying to decide about TR posted by TH on October 14, 2006 at 11:32 am:
Thank you for sharing your experience! I've experienced the "broomstick ends" you mentioned. Even with the hydroxide relaxer I use, I have to use the iron to give my hair a smooth shiny finish. I also use hot curlers (big ones) to tame the ends and give my hair a little bounce. My morning routine is complicated and uses 5 different hair appliances and about that many products to achieve the results I have now - and this is WITH my hair being relaxed with a hydroxide product. With TR, while in my fantasy world, I'd be able to wash and go - or just dry it with a blow dryer - I could stand to use the iron or hot curlers a little to perfect the style. But what I'm hoping TR will do for me (at a minimum) is allow me to go to the beach or the pool or even just my son's soccer games and not end up with big, fuzzy, wiry, scary hair at the end. I've actually had people say, "What is going on with your hair?" or "What is your hair doing?" These are the same people who give me a hard time for spending so much time on my hair. (I can't win.)
I'm worried about the length of time I can go between retouches given the cost of the process. But I just read a post on here that mentioned you can use a thio-based system to retouch new growth while you are waiting for TR retouches. Is this what you meant by a mini-TR? I'm assuming this is meant to make the new growth easier to manage and that it will also impact how the TR retouch is done. I think it was Denise who suggested this approach - maybe she could elaborate on what challenges this might present for the person doing the TR and how she would recommend going about it.
Thanks again for sharing your experience. It's good to hear that it's worth it!