(1) Did a hot oil treatment for 2 hours using Hair Trigger Explosive Growth Elixir on my scalp – a first time purchase. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to track if I get a “growth explosion” with this product. It has really good oils in the ingredients and I’m more interested in seeing how well the black tea and garlic seed in it will decrease shedding. I will note that I should have got the scented version because the unscented version is unpleasant. Even after adding lavender and eucalyptus essential oils to it, it still smells unpleasant to me, but no where near as bad as it did before the additions. On the length of my hair I applied grapeseed and vitamin E oil.
(2) Because I had also used the Hair Trigger for scalp massages during the week and haven’t clarified for a month (I think), I bust out my trusty Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo. This is the only clarifying shampoo I’ve used that doesn’t leave my hair stripped at all. Paul Mitchell Shampoo Two is close, but no cigar.
(3) Applied Roux Porosity Control for 30 seconds. Yep, you read correctly. Roux PC found it’s way back into my tresses today. I read this post on Audrey Sivasothy’s Facebook page for The Science of Black Hair: “The decrease in pH as we move from the shampoo to conditioner phase during the cleansing process is intentional & important for preventing moisture loss in the hair” and Roux PC instantly came to mind so I didn’t hesitate to use it this wash. I don’t think I’ll go back to using it every wash though because my texlaxed hair isn’t as porous as my bone straight portions, but I’ll probably use it every other week or so.
(4) Applied Redken Smooth Lock Butter Silk for its maximum recommended time for 15 minutes. My hair was smooth after I rinsed it out but still clumped and felt a little stiff. My face had “I am not amused” written all over it. Kind of like this kitty right here:
I realized that I’ve complained about the clumping but never showed you a picture of what I mean. Here’s a picture of my freshly washed, not yet deep conditioned hair. See how it’s clumping all dread-like? Eh, I’m over it because I just don’t understand how this product works. It smooths my hair (if I leave it on longer than 5 minutes apparently) but clumps it. Whatever.
(5) Used a towel to soak up the excess water and deep conditioned for 2 hours under my heating capwith Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream (VSCMD). This conditioner redeemed the clumpy, slight stiffness my hair had going on after using Redken Smooth Lock Butter Silk. My hair felts so soft and fluffy after I rinsed it out. If you’ve already read my product review of this stuff, you know I really like it.
To the right is a picture of my hair full of the conditioner right after applying it. Doesn’t it almost look as though I don’t have any conditioner in it? VSCMD really sinks into my hair. Edited to add: I throw my hair into a messy cross-wrap when deep conditioning so that when I cover with a plastic cap and my heating cap, the length of my hair benefits from the heat and not just my roots and upper half of my hair.
Below is a picture of my hair just after rinsing out the deep conditioner and using a t-shirt to soak up the excess water. In the picture on the left — see what I mean about VSCMD fixing all the stiffness and clumpiness? In the picture on the right, I’m holding my hair where my bone straight hair begins. I think in another year + few months I should be completely texlaxed, maybe.
|I’m thinking another a year + a few months (maybe) until I’m completely texlaxed.|
(6) Applied my leave ins: Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave-In and a small amount of Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum to my hair in sections and detangled. I used a two comb method, first using a wider toothed comb, my Hercules Sagemann HS5580, and the used a slightly smaller toothed wide comb, Hercules Sagemann HS1975. I used two combs to make sure my hair was thoroughly detangled because at 6 weeks post, my new growth starts to coil around itself and can cause serious tangles if left to its own devices if I don’t detangle it well.
In the end, my hair came out very smooth, soft, and fluffy — my favorite trio when it comes to air drying my hair — so I’m a happy girl!
Once nearly dry, I threw it up into a bun to get it out of the way because strands kept sliding across my arms like little bugs. Had me freaking out, patting myself for NO reason.
|I don’t use hair ties when air drying in a bun – I won’t risk snagging damp hair – just twist my hair around and clip the end.|
For the week, I’ll continue moisturizing and sealing nightly and I will also be using the Hair Trigger oil on my scalp every other day. Unlike my sulfur mix, it doesn’t dry out my new growth, which is my biggest reason for shelving my sulfur mix. It was great for my scalp, keeping flakes and itchiness at bay, but I do not need anything in my life drying out my new growth, haha. So far the Hair Trigger (unpleasant scent aside) has been okay on my scalp and to be fair the scent fades . . . I just make sure I’m home with no plans of leaving for the evening when I do apply, haha.