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Old 09-24-2008, 08:33 AM
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Smile My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

Well, I just got my 15 week post hair relaxed yesterday with Silk Elements MILD relaxer w/Shea Butter.

I normally use Design Essentials Mild w/Shea butter since this relaxer hasn't steered me wrong yet! I usually don't like to "relaxer-hop", but my stylist didn't have the design essentials in stock, and I didn't want to go another day (let alone another week!) looking the way I was looking. Plus, my hair was starting to tangle and break something fierce!!

So anyway, the lady at Sally's said that the silk elements relaxer flies off of their shelves. They can't keep it in stock long! So, I decided to take a chance.

My thoughts:

One thing I liked about the Silk Elements Mild relaxer is that it didn't really burn/sting, and I had scratched my scalp something awful a few days before my touchup. My stylist works pretty fast, so she was able to put the relaxer in my hair and smooth it within about 15 minutes. I told her it was "stinging" or "burning" so that she wouldn't leave the relaxer in my hair for long. LOL* Turns out, maybe that wasn't the best idea. :-/ It could have stayed in my hair at LEAST 20 minutes. I don't know why I had her rinse it out so early. I guess I was just nervous using a new relaxer and all.

Anyway, my hair turned out looking pretty nice! I told my stylist to put the relaxer on my edges LAST (since my hair is fine-textured, and my edges are VERY fine), and after my rollerset, I still could see my baby-hair along the edges! YAY! My hair came out feeling soft and took very well in the back. My roots are still a little wavy in the crown of my hair, but I don't mind too much because I don't like my hair "bone straight" anyway. The only part that looks a bit under processed is the left side towards the front of my hair. She didn't have enough time to really smooth that part really well since I told her to rinse the relaxer out of my hair, so it is quite thick there. But I figure that unless it starts tangling and matting up awfully I can just keep that part somewhat straight by flat-ironing it every once in a while.

Anyway...so far, Silk Elements was pretty good! It even seems a little more gentle than the Design Essentials Mild! That's shocking!

I may try this relaxer again for my next touch-up, but I've been reading mixed reviews about this relaxer. Some say it's excellent, and others say that it leaves your hair underprocessed, breaks off your hair, and doesn't really get it straight. I hope my hair doesn't fall out!

Anybody else have any reviews about Silk Elements??
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:38 AM
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

I use silk elements regular or coarse depending on how much new growth I have. I love it. My hair always comes out soft and silky! It will leave you under processed if you don't use the recommended amount of time. I haven't had any problems with breakage or shedding yet and I've been using it for a year now.
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:47 AM
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I use silk elements regular or coarse depending on how much new growth I have. I love it. My hair always comes out soft and silky! It will leave you under processed if you don't use the recommended amount of time. I haven't had any problems with breakage or shedding yet and I've been using it for a year now.
Thanks for the review.

Your hair looks very nice and thick in your signature too! I assume that's the Silk Elements relaxer in your hair. I'm afraid to use the regular strength in my hair because my hair is fine. VERY fine. I don't think I ever really needed a regular strength relaxer, but before I found out about LHCF, reg. strength was all I ever put in my hair. Now that I'm older however, I think mild works just fine for me. My hair may not look 100% "silky" smooth, or straighter-than-straight, but it works for me I guess.

Tell me, is the regular strength relaxer GENTLE? (ie. more "gentle" than other reg. strength relaxers?) Also, do you use the relaxer in the box (NO-Lye), or the tub (LYE)?? This will all help me in making my decision.
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:19 AM
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

Before transitioning, I used the SE Mild Lye formula regularly to texlax and loved it! I never processed any section longer than 7 minutes, so my underprocessing was intentional but I always liked my results-consistent every time.
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:22 AM
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

I'm glad you had a good experience. Ya'll are so making me wanna relax, but i'm scurred. At least I know that if I do, SE sounds like a good option.
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

I used SE Regular Relaxer for the first time in July this year, and I absolutely loved it. I have a friend whose hair is always silky and swangin. So I asked what she used and it was SE. I switched my 3 girls and myself over to this. So far we haven't had any issues. I buy the one in the tub, not the box. We were all impressed on how it turned out in "our" hair. Very soft and silky. It has been 2 months since using it and still silky, has reverted yet.
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:06 AM
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

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Thanks for the review.

Your hair looks very nice and thick in your signature too! I assume that's the Silk Elements relaxer in your hair. I'm afraid to use the regular strength in my hair because my hair is fine. VERY fine. I don't think I ever really needed a regular strength relaxer, but before I found out about LHCF, reg. strength was all I ever put in my hair. Now that I'm older however, I think mild works just fine for me. My hair may not look 100% "silky" smooth, or straighter-than-straight, but it works for me I guess.

Tell me, is the regular strength relaxer GENTLE? (ie. more "gentle" than other reg. strength relaxers?) Also, do you use the relaxer in the box (NO-Lye), or the tub (LYE)?? This will all help me in making my decision.
Thank you. It is the silk elements lye in my hair. I actually cut out my old relaxer b/c I could see the difference down the strands of hair. SE is that good . I use regular or coarse so that I have a quicker process time (I texlax) I only leave it in for 10 minutes max including smoothing time. It's a lot more gentle than any other relaxer I've ever used. I have a very sensitive skin so if it doesn't burn me then everybody else should be ok. I have fine hair too but a lot of it lol. I need to get the most out of the few minutes I leave it on there so I go for regular or coarse.
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:28 AM
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

I have tried the SE mild and it underprocessed... and the regular... which slightly processed. I like it though. No harsh smells or anything and it's so cheap!
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:03 PM
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

Ya'll got me wanting to do my touch-up with Silk Elements relaxer
I've been using Motions Mild Lye for the longest but I think I might try SE ..

Any more reviews on silk elements relaxer??????
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:11 PM
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

Thank you for this thread Crystalicequeen... I actually bought SE Mild Lye to use on my next relaxer (in 2 weeks) and I wasn't sure what I should expect. But now I am at ease a bit more and I definitely can't wait to use it.
I'll be watching for more reviews!!!
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

I use the mild and I love it. I always do my edges last also, and they are a bit underprocessed. That's my fault though because I'm so worried about my edges. I'll leave it on a bit longer next time.

Other than that, I have no complaints.
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Yep that's the relaxer that gave me the results below in my siggy. I love their relaxer, and the deep conditioners in their line are amazing too.
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

Thanks Crystalice

I have been interested in SE for a while now but the shedding posts got to me. I may try it after I finish my Hawaiian Silky

Do you use their conditioner after rinsing out the relaxer?
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:51 PM
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

I used it a month ago when i went from natural to texlaxed and it came out great. Smelled pretty good for a relaxer too. I'll be using it again the next time i relax which wont be until another 3 or 4 inches or NG.
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Thank you for this thread Crystalicequeen... I actually bought SE Mild Lye to use on my next relaxer (in 2 weeks) and I wasn't sure what I should expect. But now I am at ease a bit more and I definitely can't wait to use it.
I'll be watching for more reviews!!!
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Thanks Crystalice

I have been interested in SE for a while now but the shedding posts got to me. I may try it after I finish my Hawaiian Silky

Do you use their conditioner after rinsing out the relaxer?
You're welcome! So far I this relaxer seems fine. I'll be able to REALLY tell how much I like this relaxer however after my 1st and 2nd wash. My hair will be more back to "normal" after a couple of washes. THEN I'll be able to offer a really good review of this relaxer. I'm still kind of nervous about the "shedding" posts too. We'll see!

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I used it a month ago when i went from natural to texlaxed and it came out great. Smelled pretty good for a relaxer too. I'll be using it again the next time i relax which wont be until another 3 or 4 inches or NG.
I'm glad to hear all of the posts saying that this relaxer isn't harsh. As crazy as it sounds, I'd rather a relaxer UNDERprocess me than OVERprocess me. My hair is already fine-textured. My edges are very very fine and almost non-existent (in my eyes at least), so if a relaxer is known for being "mild" or gentle, then I don't mind it too much.

Next time I think I'll have my stylist leave the relaxer in my hair for at least 20 minutes so that I can really experience this "silkiness" you ladies rave about on this board with this relaxer! Does anyone get the "silkiness" feeling with the MILD formula? Or, was that only with the regular strength formulas?
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

I keep a tub of SE. I self-relax and it has given me great results. One thing I discovered with my last relaxer was that SE is the only relaxer I've used, that didn't damage my hair.

I was talking to a guy friend of mine who used to be relaxed. He told me how beneficial it was to keep his ends clipped while he was relaxed. I saw some pics and he could have put any woman to shame with his hair's length, body, and shine. Needless to say, I'm going back to getting my ends dusted after a relaxer.

Not to get off topic, but SE is a great relaxer!
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I keep a tub of SE. I self-relax and it has given me great results. One thing I discovered with my last relaxer was that SE is the only relaxer I've used, that didn't damage my hair.

I was talking to a guy friend of mine who used to be relaxed. He told me how beneficial it was to keep his ends clipped while he was relaxed. I saw some pics and he could have put any woman to shame with his hair's length, body, and shine. Needless to say, I'm going back to getting my ends dusted after a relaxer.

Not to get off topic, but SE is a great relaxer!
HAHAHAHA!!! I don't know why this part had me cracking up! I just imagined a black guy with shoulder-length RELAXED hair blowing in the wind! LOL! I bet he could put some of us to shame with his hair. For some reason, guys hair seems to grow effortlessly.

Hmmmm....I didn't know guys used relaxers! Interesting!

Well, it seems like this relaxer keeps getting good reviews! I'll post again after two washes and give my updated review of this relaxer. I'm excited now!
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I'm a SE user/fan too!
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Does anyone get the "silkiness" feeling with the MILD formula? Or, was that only with the regular strength formulas?
Mild too
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Default Re: My first experience with SILK ELEMENTS MILD RELAXER!

Why is it that you guys always seem to read my mind?! I am in the market for a new relaxer and I have narrowed it down to Designer Touch Texturizing relaxer, Eluence and at the top Silk Elements. I was searching LHCF and BHM all night last night and I hear nothing but good things.

I am switching from no-lye to lye and I am doing some MAJOR research first. The search has brought up great reviews about the Silk Elements. Do they also have a neutralizing shampoo in the line? I would like to get a set this weekend.
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