The decision to relax my hair myself was quite daunting. But after I had two bad experiences with new stylists, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Before I took the plunge, I practiced the application process with conditioner, and used a timer to ensure I got even results. I do not relax my hair bone straight, so my hair is wavy when wet and highly textured. To get my desired results, the application process is between 18-20 minutes from start until I rinse.
Please note - I do not add any oils or conditioner to my relaxer. To get the texlaxed results, I simply omit the "smoothing" and I do not let the relaxer "sit" on my hair.
I relax my hair in two sections - the back half and the front half (instead of applying the relaxer to my entire head). The half/half method allows me to get even results, without over processing one part of my hair. I start by applying the relaxer to the back half only, then I rinse, reconstruct, neutralize, and condition. I leave in the conditioner, cover the back half, and then repeat the process to the front half of my hair.
In these two videos*, I demonstrate how I prep my hair to be relaxed and how I apply the relaxer. For safety reasons, I used conditioner to demonstrate how I apply my relaxer.
I hope this is helpful.
(*The videos were recorded two weeks before I did my relaxer.)