Relaxer to loosen 3c curls?

Hey y'all, I'm new here. I've done tons of searches and have probably read 50-60 threads looking for an answer to my specific question with no luck. You ladies all seem to be super knowledgable though, so here goes!

I have very short hair that's 3c in the back and 3b on the top. My roots are 4a. I would love to loosen to between a 3a and a 2c. Many of the non-chemical styling suggestions I've found involve either time I don't have or hair length I don't have. Here's a picture of what I'm working with:



(Please excuse my strange mouth shape-- I was eating ;p )

I'm getting my hair cut in a few days, and I would like to loosen my curl substantially before then. I haven't relaxed in over a year and all the damaged bits have been cut off. I have an at-home relaxer, and I've used them a ton of times before. My question: Would finger-combing the relaxer through my hair and rinsing out prematurely (say after 5-8 minutes instead of 20) loosen my curl? Is there another technique (involving the relaxer or another product that will give me loose curls for an extended period of time) that I should consider? Is there another product I should consider?

Thanks so much!!
Just wanted to add something-- I've read a few things about adding oil (like extra virgin olive oil) to relaxers to make them more mild. Is this an option I should look into?

Thanks again!
If you get a texturizer/relaxer and put it in without backcombing it, and leave it on for like 5-10 min, it should still loosen the curl.

HOWEVER, texturizers and these methods can be incredibly inconsistent. If you try it, good luck!

P.S. I know it's your hair, and you can do what you want, but your curls are super pretty and if I were you I wouldn't touch them!
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