Wash Day

[1] Pre-pooed with L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner to help loosen the curls. I applied the conditioner to dry hair (in sections) and sat under my steamer for 15 minutes.


[2] Shampooed with Bobeam Apple Cider Vinegar & Bentonite Clay Bar. First impressions: After experiencing how stripped Bobeam Goat’s Milk & Honey Shampoo Bar could leave my hair, I’ve been a little hesitant to try out the rest of the Bobeam shampoo bars I purchased but it’s been a while since I clarifying my hair so on wash day I figured it was as good a time as any to try out Bobeam’s Apple Cider Vinegar & Bentonite Clay Shampoo Bar. I much prefer this Bobeam shampoo than the Goat’s Milk & Honey Shampoo Bar. This bar lathered up very well–after wetting the bar (and my hair) it only took one about two rubs across my hair to lather up. It produced LOTS of suds with minimal effort, rinsed clean without leaving my hair stripped, and gently cleansed my hair and scalp to remove product build up.
[3] Coffee rinsed.
[4] Wrapped hair with towel for 20 minutes to soak up excess water and then applied HairVeda Sitrinillah to my hair + sat under my steamer for 15 minutes.
[5] T-shirt dried for 30 minutes, applied my leave-ins: Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In (get 10% off your first Kurlee Belle order with code: JustGrowAlready10 — code should be entered in the “referral code” section) and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, and then detangled my hair. After detangling each section, I stretched and dried my hair using the tension method.
[6] I finished up by applying EcoStyler Gel to my edges and wrapped my hair up with a silk scarf while it air dried overnight.

As much as I loved last week’s flexi rod set (and was tempted to do another) I’ve learned that keeping things as simple as possible works best for my hair so for this wash day (and week) I went back to rocking my usual ponytail or bun. Unfortunately I didn’t have much patience to take my time when tension drying like I normally so my hair wasn’t as sleek as it normally is (you can tell by the texture of my bun above) but oh well, didn’t bother me.

I’m 13 months post relaxer y’all! Time is flying and it trips me out every day because I never thought I’d make it here… well not for another couple of years at least. And I never thought I’d be able to transition this long without big chopping out of frustration. Keeping. My. Hair. Stretched. Is. Key! I have nearly zero patience for annoying tangles (which is why I limited my relaxer stretches to max 16 weeks in the past)… here’s to hopping my current methods keep putting up a ‘no vacancy’ sign for all tangles until this transition ends!

What are your go-to methods for stretching your relaxer or transitioning?


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  1. Send me some of that hair!
    Coffee rinsed? Whaaaaat? Girl, this link up always opens up a whole nother way of hair thoughts!
    Two of my daughter's transitioned for two years. One of them never cut her permed hair off.
    Your hair is beautiful.
    Thank you for the link up! I love this link up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. BANDING!!! And you are absolutely right unstretched hair = tangles and lots-o-misery. It's been 13 months already? You are a transitioning queen!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

    1. Author

      I still haven't tried banding… I'm slacking! Time has just flown by. You're a relaxer stretching queen, you're 55 weeks post relaxer!

  3. As always, I love your bun!! Whenever I'm deep into a relaxer stretch, its the same rules for me. I can't give my hair even the smallest opportunity to coil up on itself. Have to keep it stretched and extra moisturized!

    1. Author

      Thanks Melanie! Moisture + stretched hair, I couldn't agree more!

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