As I was preparing to write this post, I realized I am almost 19 weeks post! This is the longest stretch I have ever done. I cannot believe it. The only reason why I have delayed relaxing my hair is because of my current accommodation. It’s not very conducive for doing my hair. I am also fearful of going to a new salon for a touch-up. So, I’ve just been continuing the stretch. It hasn’t been easy and I’m experiencing breakage. 🙁 However, I am proud of myself for continuing this long. I’m not sure if I’m ready to return to being natural again since I want to achieve my relaxed hair goals. We shall see.
This wash day was to prepare for getting my sew-in weave so I had to do some important steps. Here it goes.
(1) First, I lightly finger detangled and pre-pooed with Emily Millionaire Coconut Oil and Herbs + honey. Then, I put my hair under a plastic cap and towel for 30 minutes.
(2) Washed twice with diluted ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo and Suave Clarifying shampoo. My hair felt very clean, even after the first wash.
(3) Towel dried and applied Aphogee Keratin 2 minute Reconstructor. Placed under cap and towel for 5 minutes. My hair felt stronger and not soft/borderline mushy like it normally does when it is wet.
(4) Rinsed, towel dried, and applied my deep conditioner mix. The DC mix included: Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner, Organics by Africa’s Best Cholesterol Tea Tree Oil conditioner, Pantene Moisture Therapy conditioner, Roux Porosity Control conditioner, glycerine, castor oil, olive oil, and coconut oil. Covered with a plastic cap and towel and kept on for about an hour. I was watching the VH1 TLC biopic (loved it) while I was waiting.
(5) Rinsed with cool water and t-shirt dried for 15 minutes.
(6) Applied leave-ins (Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Infusium 23) and Mane ‘n Tail detangler. Detangled with 2 combs and applied CHI Silk infusion to each section.
(7) Blow dried with medium heat using tension method. I prefer using the tension method over using the comb attachment. I feel like using the comb could damage my hair further. Roshini from Glamazini.com has a good video demonstrating the tension method.[youtube http://youtu.be/IRuPWhSXjSg]
(8) Flat ironed in sections with medium to high heat. I decided to flat iron because I knew I was getting my sew-in today. My experience with hair stylists has shown me that they cannot deal with so much new growth. Flat-ironed hair will at least blend with my texlaxed hair and the stylist won’t complain too much.
(9) I then dusted my ends. It has been almost 2 months since I last trimmed so a tiny dust was in order.
I really liked how my hair turned out. The flat iron made the hair nice a smooth. I think the serum helped too. I was really shocked to see that my ends were still thick. The reason for my surprise was I have been slipping up on my regimen. I have a litany of excuses for it. 🙁 One thing I have been trying to keep up with is using grapeseed oil, especially on my ends. I think it has been helping.
I attempted a mini length check. I believe my hair has grown a bit since early October. What do you think?
Afterwards, I rounded up the wash day, I headed to a nearby salon to get the sew-in. Details to come.
How was your last wash day?