Your hair is?… Relaxed (this includes texlaxed)
When and why did you start your hair journey?
I actually started my journey over this year. I’d recently given birth and DESPERATELY needed a change. Even though my hair was 3 inches away from my goal of APL I told them to take it all off. Didn’t bat an eye when the beautician looked at me like I was crazy. I now have a pixie cut. (For some reason I just knew it would be easier to take care of. ⌐_⌐)
I decided to grow my hair out because I missed it. That and I started stalking hair related blogs and YouTube videos again. I discovered the reason why I had so many problems during my last journey, and I’ve incorporated them into my new regimen.
What is your current regimen?
I have protein sensitive, low porosity hair, so my regimen is all about moisture. (I didn’t know this during my last journey). Because I have seborrhoeic dermatitis, adult cradle cap if you will, I wash my hair twice a week on Sundays and Wednesday. I prepoo my hair for 20 minutes with a mixture of EVOO, EVCO, JBCO, and Avocado oil. I chose this oils because they help my hair retain moisture, have anti fungal properties, and give my hair strength. I use a moisturizing sulfate free shampoo, and follow up with a cheapie rinse conditioner. (I’ll be omitting this step once I correct my protein overload.) After letting my hair dry a bit I apply my DC and sit under the dryer for another 20 minutes. After that I let my hair dry for and apply my leave in and seal in the moisture with Argan oil. I either air dry or sit under the dryer. I clarify twice a month, and do a protein treatment every relaxer which is every 8 weeks. (That’s the longest I can stretch with such short hair!)
As my hair is so short I unfortunately have to use heat once a week. I don’t think that’s too bad, but the less heat the better.
Do you have any hair goals? Have you achieved them? How did you achieve them? How are you working to achieve them?
My goal is to actually reach APL this time. 🙂 I’m working on achieving my goal by being patient. As I better understand my hair it’ll be much easier this time. It also helps that I got all my product junkie ways out of my system. 🙂 I’m keeping my regimen as simple as possible, and listening to my hair more.
What do you wish you knew at the start of your journey?
- That I was protein sensitive and have low porosity hair. That air drying doesn’t work for me after 6 weeks because my new growth can be ATROCIOUS.
- Relaxing my hair is more trouble than it’s worth.
- Do what works for me. Don’t get swayed by what others are doing.
- Be patient.
What are your favorite protective styles?
I can’t do any now, but I’m looking forward to my buns again. 🙂
What do you love most about your hair?
That it’s resilient, and it is THICK!
How do you deal with people who doubt you? What motivates you to keep going?
I don’t have any doubters. My husband is supportive, and my mama asks for advice on occasion. 🙂
What is the funniest or strangest hair related experience you’ve ever had?
When I was cutting my hair another stylist came and took my hair. Said she was going to use it to fill out a wig. o.O I’ve never heard of such.
Thanks for sharing your story with us! Your last response had me laughing out loud. For some reason, I pictured the stylist hiding behind a styling chair and running by grabbing your hair off the floor lol!