I am six months post relaxer. I just took out my braids for the 3rd time. This past time I followed the "crown and glory" technique and it absolutely made a difference in my hair. It was the easiest set of braids I have ever removed, not to mention how soft and moisturized my hair came out. I washed and did a protein treatment followed by flat twists. I hope they come out well. My hair type is 3C.