Am exactly 12 weeks post relaxer today!
I haven’t been following a strict regimen or any regimen really. I just wash and deep condition my hair whenever i feel like…usually once a week, sometimes i go slightly over a week without deep conditioning and sometimes i cowash in the middle of the week. My wash days are pretty random to say the least. The hair products i’ve been using are also different…
Well, they are different in that they are not my regular/staple products. Am sort of running out of the regulars so right now am just using what else i have in my stash. I need to do some shopping.
Due to all these inconsistencies, my hair feels different…and not in a good way. Whenever i wash it, it feels light and soft but it doesn’t retain moisture for a long period of time. It becomes dry very quickly and now i have lots of split ends that need to be snipped off.
I didn’t do a henna treatment last month so that accounts for how light my hair feels. I don’t know if this makes sense but when i do a henna treatment my hair feels heavy, and i like that.
The lack of proper moisture retention is probably due to product buildup. You see, i’ve been using mild shampoos (sulfate free and 2in1 shampoo-conditioner combos). These don’t get all the dirt out of my hair. I even went no-poo (not using shampoos) for a bit. I’d just rinse my hair or do cowashes. Doing so actually left my hair soft because its natural oils were not stripped off. However, the buildup i have now has formed a barrier preventing any products i apply to my hair to penetrate the strands. Thats why my hair is dry.
The way forward is to thoroughly cleanse my hair using a sulfate shampoo, do a strengthening treatment (henna) and trim my hair. I’ll also need to do an oil treatment at some point. I don’t remember when my last wash day was, probably a week or so ago (not good). I’ll get back to washing my hair on specific days that way i can keep track of things – new regimen coming up.
Lets talk about the trim. My last trim was in January. I didn’t like how my ends looked so i went ahead and gave myself a very light trim. I was afraid of snipping off a lot of hair like i did last year. Lets just say that my light trim was rubbish because i still had split ends after i was done. I have to get another trim soon. Am thinking of getting it professionally done – I haven’t had my hair done in a salon in 2 years.