Flexi rods. I used flexi rods for the first time this year and while sleeping in them is akin to cruel and unusual punishment, the results have been worth it.
Successfully stretched my relaxer for 6 months! Whoop whoop! This stretch is the longest stretch since the start of my healthy hair journey and frankly I wasn’t sure if I would make it this far but here I am. I still haven’t made up mind regarding when or if I’ll be relaxing my hair so for now, the journey continues.
HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner. This is the most moisturizing deep conditioner I’ve tried in a while. I deep conditioned my hair 7 days ago and even though I didn’t moisturize and seal during that time (*gasp!*) my hair remained moisturized.
Pura Body Naturals Murumuru Moisture Milk. This moisturizer (which can also be used as a leave-in conditioner) has become my staple, most-used moisturizer. It provides lasting moisture without weighing my hair down too much, even with daily use. My review is posted here.
Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum. This is an oldy but a goody. I’ve used this serum since 2011 and I still love how well it works against breakage. This has helped me tons with preventing further breakage at my nape (which was the goal of my 6 month nape challenge).
Komaza Care Matani Leave-In Conditioner. This is the second protein leave-in conditioner I’ve tried (the other being CHI Keratin Leave-In Conditioner in the gold and silver bottle) but I think it’s my fave out of the two. It’s a light leave-in that strengthens my hair without weighing it down, all while providing enough slip to detangle. CHI Keratin Leave-In Conditioner doesn’t provide much slip.
|My hair after applying aloe vera gel (but before tying down with a scarf).|
Aloe vera gel and Eco Styler Gel. These two gels (mostly AVG because I use it more often) have been my edges’ saviors. My edges remained tame, smooth, yet never hard and never flaky. My stretch would be 100 times more frustrating if I didn’t have these two gels in my arsenal to help keep my frizzy edges at bay.
Keeping my new growth stretched. This has helped immensely during my relaxer stretch. Keeping my new growth stretched helps reduce tangles, which is always a cause for celebration in my book.
Deep conditioning twice a week. Increasing the number of times I DC has bumped up my moisture levels and have helped reduce breakage at the line of demarcation.
|My hair with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque|
Komaza Care Protein Hair Strengthener. This protein conditioner was too hard of a protein for my hair. It caused my hair to stiffen tangle. I haven’t tossed it yet in the hopes that it might work better if I ever have to correct some serious moisture overload.
Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo. This shampoo was too much of a “clarifier” on my hair (even though it isn’t advertised as a clarifying shampoo). It made my hair feel stripped and my hair tangled up horribly. I’ve only used it once (during this wash day back in November) and I’m too wary to ever use it again.
Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. I’m not sure what this conditioner was supposed to do but it didn’t do much of anything for my hair. It just sat on top of my hair until I rinsed it out.