Wash Day

(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.

How was everyone’s latest wash day?

32 Comments

  1. Hi,

    Do you keep your Hair Trigger in the refridgerator to preseve it?

    1. Author

      No I don't. I just keep it somewhere dark and cool = a closet.

  2. Hi, any update on the Hair Trigger progress? Have you noticed any difference in your hair?

    1. Author

      Hi there, it's still working well for my shedding. I've been taking pictures of my new growth every week to track the progress. I'll post them at the end of this stretch in December. I think I'm seeing a slight increase but i'm only 4 weeks post and it's too soon to tell.

  3. Hi Jen just made a few changes to my user name is ivydoll. Sorry new to this things thanks for getting back to me. How best can I reduce breakage whilst doing roller sets I really want to learn it badly. Pls

  4. Hi Jen love your hair. I have a question for you how do you overcome your major setbacks. I have had the right side of my hair thinning and my nape broken off. My son is over a year so the shedding should be reduced. Any advice cos I feel like all my hard work is going down the drain..thanks

    1. Author

      Hi Ivy.

      It took time, patience, and finding what the cause was how to prevent it from happening again. My biggest setbacks were caused by thinning and breaking ends. Keeping my ends moisturized has helped prevent breakage there. And keeping my new growth moisturized helps prevent breakage at the line of demarcation, which helps prevent thinning. I started out with a damaged nape. What helped was also keep it moisturized, I babied it and applied my relaxer there last. As for shedding, I've seen results with black tea rinses and pre-pooing with garlic oil. Hope this helps!

  5. Jeni, Your hair looks soo fluffy and soft! How do you like the Hair Trigger? I purchased it a while ago (Vanilla Pound Cake ::lick::)… Smells divine! It does promote growth.. I tend to prepoo and oil my scalp every other day with it!!

    1. Author

      Thank you! I like it except for the scent. I got the regular scent (without an option added). It smelled very strong and garlic-y. I was paranoid I'd be out and someone would comment on the scent so I got a pound cake scent yesterday lol. I'll save the original for wash days.

  6. I love how your air dried hair looks. It's so full & thick! Your bun is also to die for. I can't wait for the day that I no longer need to use extensions to "fake" my buns. Great post.

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    1. Author

      Thank you! Your newly texlaxed hair looks great!

  7. Hi Jeni! Love the new look of the blog :-). PLEASE keep us updated on how you like the Hair Trigger Explosive Growth oil – I have been eyeing that for 6 months now, but have yet to purchase. I still have that on my wish list and will likely get it at the end of the year once I use up some of my other magic oils…lol, but I'm very curious about the Hair Trigger and whether ir promotes growht, so I would love to hear feedback from a trusted source! Thanks!

    1. Author

      Thank you! Okay I will. I couldn't take the regular scent so I caved and got the vanilla pound cake scent lol

  8. omg!!!! everything has changed since the last time I've gotten on !!
    It is sooooooooo pretty and I love your headers even more !!!!!! great job!
    I can't wait to get my bun that big haha !

  9. Q: How does your hair dry so straight??? Like mine gets all kinds of curly if i let it dry the way you do yours…is it your hair type??? i would love to know

    1. Author

      Definitely not my hair type. My natural hair is 4a/b and coils. It's the smoothing products. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum (there's also a GVP version at Sally) is great at preventing frizz.

    2. That's the thing. My hairisn't frizzy just curly. It makes its own little fro. Nice waves and ringlets :- I'll have to try the skinny serum….though I, do like the organix for detangling

  10. Finally, I found someone who has the same clumping issue that I experience. Unfortunately for me it is every wash day since I started texlaxing & I have not found a solution to this frustrating situation. I will definitely be trying this new conditioner. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Author

      I agree, it's frustrating, I hope you find a solution soon!

  11. Love your buns. I'm gonna start bunning without the hair tie when my hair is damp. It definitely snags.

    1. Author

      Thanks! Without a hair tie, they're no hard bend in the hair as well!

  12. I've been using the nuNaat products (brazilian company) and they have done wonders in during down excess shedding even after just having a baby! My hair is so smooth and strong…I'm loving it…they are now my staple products. I have to cowash today. Mondays are my hair days because the oldest isn't asking me 50000 questions lol.

    1. Author

      Yay for finding staple products that work well for you!

  13. I washed yesterday and I had less shedding. I believe the addition of a black tea rinse, my garlic oil mix in my prepoo and now I am taking garlic oil pills has helped.

  14. Your hair always comes out fluffy! Anyways, thanks for the idea with the cross wrap: I've been figuring how to hold my hair up when I deep condition.
    When I use Joico Moisture Recovery conditioner, it makes my hair really soft so I decided to try Joico Moisture Recovery Balm for thick hair and it gave me similar clumps to what you're talking about. I tried it about 3 times but the same thing: I'm back to just the regular conditioner.

  15. I love how smooth your hair looks after air drying, I bet I try mine and it goes into a frizzy mess! haha

    1. Author

      Thanks Shereen! I avoided air drying like the plague when I first started doing it. It would dry super big, crunchy, and frizzy. My BF nicknamed me "Simba" because of it haha.

      Give it a try!

  16. I'm in love with your new site design! I think it looks really great. The clumps are so NOT the business. My guy surprised me by coming early (I don't like surprises too much) so I still haven't washed my hair! But goshdagnabit I will absolutely be on it tomorrow! lol.

    1. Author

      Thank you!! I'm on the fence re: surprises. It's a nice idea but I don't like plans being thrown off lol!

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