Note: I recorded how I detangled, flat ironed, and trimmed for this touch up and like a dum-dum, delete all the footage BEFORE saving it to my laptop. Silly me, I assumed I transferred both pics and video before clearing my memory card but clearly didn’t. Sorry Cindy, I know you requested it
I have an old vid of how I trim my hair and I used the same method for this touch up, you can check out the vid here.
As you’ve probably guessed from my Instagram and the JGA Facebook page, I ended my stretch at 11 weeks yesterday. I used the same exact half & half method (relaxing the back half of my hair first, then the front) I always use to self relax my hair. You can check my video of how I self relax here.
I used my usual Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil relaxer, lye formula, normal strength. For new JGA readers, I do not relax my hair bone straight. I opt to texlax, which simply means I purposely under-process my hair thereby leaving more texture. For more on the ins and outs of texlaxing, check out this post: Texlaxing: What, How, & Why
For this touch up, I used the same products and steps as my last relaxer touch up in December 2012 so hop over to that post (link here!) to check it out. After rinsing out my deep conditioner (Silk Dreams Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream) I wrapped my hair up with a cotton t-shirt to absorb excess water for about 30 minutes. After applying leave in conditioner and serum, I detangled my hair and bunned it for the night. I normally finish my hair all in one day but I wasn’t feeling up to it.
The next day, my hair was smooth from air drying in the bun that I didn’t really want to flat iron it… but, I did because I planned on giving myself a trim and wanted my hair all one length for the trim. Below is a picture of my air dried bun the next morning and to the right is my air dried hair after taking down the bun (not yet flat ironed). Smooth right?
|Looky, looky. I’m smiling in a blog post, lol!|
I flat ironed my hair using my Hana Titanium 1.5″ flat iron, temp set at 230 degrees Farenheit. For heat protectant, I lightly sprayed my hair with ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer and applied a REALLY small amount of Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide. I used a small amount because this serum is fairly heavy and if I’m not careful, will weigh my hair down.
After flat ironing, I trimmed off an inch, which was one of my March Goals, so I’m glad I stuck with it! I didn’t do an “official” length check a la pink length check shirt so I don’t know exactly how much I grew (although I will say that I can’t remember the last time my new growth was as dense as this stretch… but it was at least an inch since my pre-trim hair hit my elbows and I was I think an inch above them last touch up) … or how far away I am from hip or w/hip length (between waist and hip) but that’s fine with me. I’ll keep on growing and chopping off bone straight ends throughout the year.
I texted my BF a picture of my pre-trim hair and he fully supported growing my hair down to bum-length haha…. I purposely avoided telling him I was about to cut some off, but after this post he’ll know I “attacked” (his phrase, not mine) my hair. Whoops.
Successful stretch all in all. I’ll stretch for 10-12 weeks again and simply keep doing what I’ve been doing in between. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!