So I ended my stretch at 16 weeks because I just couldn’t deal with single strand knots anymore. One night I ended up cutting out 11. That was last straw for me. I used my usual Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil relaxer, lye formula, normal strength and I self-relaxed my hair, using my usual half and half method. You can watch a video of how I self-relax here. To keep each half dry, I use clips along the part between the two halves to help keep the plastic caps tucked into the part. I use two caps and always use new caps because the elastic on a new cap is always at its tightest.
Do you remember a few posts ago when I mentioned that I have two differing texlaxed textures? A thicker texlaxed texture the first 4 or 5 inches down from my scalp and then a looser texlaxed texture until I hit bone straight ends? Well I figured out what I was doing that was causing the more underprocessed texture: I was coating my new growth before relaxing it. In the past, there would only be vaseline on my new growth. For the last 8+
months when I’ve applied Roux Porosity Control and conditioner to my previously relaxed hair to protect it from being processed a second time while I work on my new growth, I’ve been applying the Roux PC and conditioners to my new growth as well. I wish I had done this from the very beginning because it’s just easier to apply the silk amino acids and conditioners (not the relaxer, the relaxer is only applied to my new growth) root to tip rather than try to be careful and stop at the line of demarcation… but we live and learn right?
I used Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus for my mid-relaxer protein treatment, then neutralized with Motions Neutralizing Shampoo, shampooing three times to make sure the relaxer was properly neutralized. Always, always, always properly neutralize a relaxer. Failure to do so means the relaxer will continue to straighten your hair, overprocessing it, causing breakage you just do not want. After neutralizing, I applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment for a few minutes, rinsed, and deep conditioned with Silk Dreams Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream with my conditioning heat cap.
After rinsing out the deep conditioner, I wrapped my hair in a t-shirt for about 45 minutes. My hair felt smooth and light. After applying leave ins (Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave In Conditioner and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum) I detangled my hair. It took 35 minutes to detangle, a huge improvement over the hour and 45 minutes it took me to detangle last week!! After detangling, I put my hair in big loose bun and tucked in for the night.
Freshly texlaxed hair after t-shirt drying. Haven’t applied leave ins yet and haven’t detangled yet.
Video of how I trim my hair found [here]
The next day (today) I wore a big bun to church and later this evening I finally got around to flat ironing my hair. I used a new heat protectant today, CHI 44 Iron Guard and I think I’m in love. It is the lightest heat protectant I’ve ever used. I sprayed it on my hair, from root to tip before flat ironing with my Sedu Revoloution 1″ flat iron (on 220 degrees Fahrenheit). My hair was so light, had so much “swang,” and my fine strands didn’t clump together the way it can with serum heat protectants. What makes me mad is the fact that I’ve had this bottle of CHI 44 Iron Guard in my product stash for over a year!
After flat ironing, I grabbed my shears. On the first cut, I took off an inch and went back and took off an additional half inch. From the hair framing my face, I took off an additional inch. Normally after trimming I do a length check but I just didn’t feel moved to do one. At the beginning of 2013, hip
Overall, I’m happy with my touch up results and will do my best to ignore that last inch lol. I’m not sure yet if I will stretch 16 weeks again… I’m leaning towards stretching for 12 weeks… after 12 weeks post is when it started getting frustrating lol. For my upcoming stretch I’m going to be babying my ends and nape like crazy. My ends because I want to prevent any future thinning so that I’ll have to trim less with each relaxer touch up, and my nape because I noticed a bit of breakage starting to creep up. My nape was my problem area when I first started my hair journey and it looks like history is trying to repeat itself. I’ll be working to nip that in the bud! I’ll do a post within the next week or so on what I plan on doing, focusing on for this upcoming stretch.
Thanks for reading my uber long post! Enjoy your weekend!