Gone back to how it was in the beginning when Wednesday night was my designated deep conditioning night, although to be quite honest the following took place this morning because…laziness.
I started off with the above airdried mess which was a result of last evening’s water-only-wash. Let me explain that. Last evening I run water through my hair in the shower so that I could have my hair damp while applying the deep conditioner to it. That was unnecessary by the way.
Deep conditioning treatment
I poured the above products into a container and mixed them up into a creamy consistency which I then applied onto my hair.
I worked my hair into a bun, wrapped that up in cling film – no more plastic bags for me since they were banned in Kenya. And then I secured that with a scarf. Two actually.
I melted the coconut oil and poured it into this little jar for ease of access once it solidifies. It’s so hot nowadays but somehow, this oil stays solid! I saw the old version I used to buy. That one is cheaper and I liked it better. I’ll purchase it before the weeks over.
Melted coconut oil
I still have the deep conditioner on my hair but am going to rinse it off now…need to head out and look for something to eat!
Am 4 weeks 6 days post relaxer today!
Earlier this year I stocked up on henna. I could only find the 50g packs which sucked because I typically use 100g on my hair each time I henna. Since henna has gone up in price, I decided to be mixing it with a cheaper brand to top it up to 100g. So that’s what I what I did this past Wednesday morning.
The plan was to henna later that evening after getting back from work but I got back home at 9pm and was too tired to tired to do that. I just got ready for bed and was out in a heartbeat.
old lived-in hair
Come Thursday, I busied myself with all things housekeeping. Hennaing was not on the agenda…not in the mood really. I had an overnight shift later so there was no way for me to henna that night.
Bun with bangs pinned back
When I got back home yesterday morning (Friday), I knew that was my last chance to henna and so I did that at around 10:30. I slept with the henna in my hair and rinsed it off about 6 hours later.
I did quick deep conditioning treatment, applied a leave-in conditioner and sealed that in with avocado oil.
Afterwards I air-dried my hair in a loose bun and kept it like that for the night. Today I came to work with my hair in a bun but later removed the hair tie and now its in a loose braid.
Am 4 weeks post relaxer today!
Today I did a quick cowash then put my hair up in a ponytail (though it later ended up in a bun). I took the above picture while my hair was still damp so my ponytail is a bit elongated compared to the way it is in this next pic which I took a month ago at 6 months post.
So much shrinkage going on here. I love the volume though
Anyway, I went through some of my old ponytail pics and I like the progress I made back then.
Feb ’12 – Aug ’12 – May ’13
2014 was such a great year in my hair journey. I absolutely love how voluminous my hair was in these next pictures. I had probably washed my hair and let it air-dry in these ponytails. Great for building up volume but my hair always ended up being really dry…or so it seemed. Being on a hair journey sort of makes you a bit paranoid. Like whenever a strong gust of wind blows through my hair, I always imagine moisture leaving my hair with it. Its weird.
My hair was still doing well in 2015. I don’t know if I have a decent ponytail picture showing that. But I know my hair was doing great in terms of length. It was progressing well.
2016 was a blur. I don’t think my hair did too well that year. Inconsistencies in my hair care routine, skipping out on important hair treatments,…all that and more lead to breakage. And in 2017, well my obsession with blunt ends ensured my hair stayed a certain length…well above bra-strap length. I cut my hair a bit earlier this year in January. Right now, am back to retaining length and getting longer hair. I gained a bit of length during my 6 month relaxer stretch and believe me am holding on to that.
Am happy with the way my ponytail is right now. Its been better (longer) but am going to get back to that in no time.
I relaxed my hair at 6 months post on the 19th of August which was a Sunday. I wore it curly for about a week, kept it in plaits for a few days, then washed and conditioned it at 12 days post. The very next day I decided to straighten it so I did a protein treatment then blew it dry and finally flat ironed it. I’ve had it straight for 1 week 3 days now. Today I put it in a low bun for work ’cause its started to bore me. Looks like wash day is coming up very soon.
Relaxer of choice: ORS in normal strength
Am currently 3 weeks 3 days post