Relaxer update|October

I retouched my hair yesterday at exactly 11 weeks post. I was having a bit of a lazy day and didn’t get around to doing my hair till 4pm. I started off by parting my hair onto 4 sections and applying Venus hair food to my scalp and coated the already relaxed part of my hair with the same product. This kept the relaxer from burning my scalp and over processing my hair (respectively).

Venus Hair Food

Venus Hair Food

scalp based, hair coated and  sectioned

scalp based, hair coated and sectioned

Once that was done, I took an applicator brush and started the application step. I usually start at the back of my head because the hair there tends to be more coarse than that on the rest of my head. Anyway, after a while i realized that i had forgotten to wear gloves so i had to stop what i was doing and go get them :s

ORS relaxer kit

ORS relaxer kit

Got a free sample! Hair lotion

Got a sample! Hair lotion

I somehow managed to work pretty fast because even after the smoothing step, i found myself with plenty of time to clean up my work area (aka sink) before hoping into the shower. And i did not experience any burning sensation at all.

In the shower, i rinsed my hair for a really long time before proceeding to the shampooing/neutralizing step. I used the last of my bottled ORS creamy aloe shampoo (but i have 2 sachets of the same left). I had a sachet with me in the shower because i thought i’d need it but a little of this shampoo goes a long way. I did about 4 or 5 shampoo washes (yea, i was in there for a while 🙂 ).

shampoo

After shampooing, i applied a deep conditioner mix that i had made earlier on. It basically consisted of some left over treatment from last week, ORS replenishing conditioner, Creme of Nature Intensive conditioning treatment and peppermint oil. I was running out of the bottled ORS conditioner which is why i added the Creme of Nature one. Both of these are protein based which is perfect because you want to use something thats protein based right after relaxing your hair.

last weeks' deep conditioner

last weeks’ deep conditioner

I left the deep conditioner on my hair for a few minutes as i carried on with the rest of my shower routine. Afterwards i rinsed my hair (first with warm water, then with cold), squeezed the excess water out, clipped my hair up, and then i stepped out of the shower.

Freshly relaxed

Freshly relaxed

Since it was getting late, i didn’t have time to do much else so i switched that blue clip you see above for a bobby pin, did a bit of cleaning in the kitchen, went for grocery shopping, got back and started cooking supper. Later in the night, i lightly misted my hair with water, applied Cantu shea butter leave-in and coconut oil, and then braided it up.

After-wash products: water, leave-in and coconut oil

After-wash products: water, leave-in and coconut oil

braids

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Recent purchases|May

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1) ORS relaxer kit 2) Mayonnaise 3) Perfect cosmetics hot oil hair cream 4) Vaseline petroleum jelly 5) Suave Professionals conditioner 6) Suave Naturals conditioner 7) Pure glycerin 8) Venus leave-in treatment

I did a mini haul last Monday because like i mentioned in a previous post I had run out of most of my hair products. This time i did not buy any shampoo because i have about 5 different ones…not to worry am curbing my product junkiesm 🙂

I mentioned here that i would relax my hair (at 14 weeks post) for an upcoming meeting but that did not happen. I ended up straightening my hair instead and have been wearing it like that for a week now. I should also mention that i have not worked out in a week! Didn’t want to sweat out my style 😮 I’ll relax my hair next week at 16 weeks post relaxer.

The mayonnaise is for the relaxer prep that i plan to do tonight. I need to strengthen my hair before putting it through harsh chemical treatment next week. I’ve done a mayo treatment before (see here) and i loved the result which is why am doing it again.

For deep conditioner, i got this one that has bone marrow extracts instead of my usual fruit extracts one because they didn’t have that. I honestly don’t like that it says bone marrow extracts but it smells heavenly. Still, i don’t think i’ll buy it again ’cause…bone marrow? Really? That is freaky.

The Vaseline, well, thats for basing my scalp and hairline on relaxer day because, you know, relaxer burns. I keep getting them and they are bad news! I need this.

I decided to pick up the Suave Naturals conditioner because i ran out of my last one. I bought the other one, Suave Professionals, from my Cousin Stella because she’d bought two of them. She kept borrowing my shampoos (we live together now) so i told her to just give me the conditioner in exchange for a shampoo…going to buy that for her today. You can never have to many conditioners right? Its not like shampoo.

I bought glycerin to use in place of honey (in my deep conditioner mix). The kind of honey i use comes straight from a bee farm and i run out of that too. So, before i get more of that, glycerin will have to do. Honey and glycerin are humectants, meaning they draw moisture from the air. So when present in hair, they keep it moisturized and soft.

And last but not least is the Venus leave-in treatment. I’ve been using Cantu shea butter leave-in conditioning and repair cream which has a somewhat creamy texture. Somedays i just need a runny/watery leave-in and for me, thats the Venus one.

Cantu shea butter

Cantu

Description
Leave-in conditioning repair cream

Promises
Shine, strong, long healthy hair, intense moisture to leave hair soft and manageable. Formulated for damaged, dry or coarse hair

What it does
Mends hair breakage
Repairs split ends and reduces frizz
Protects hair from heat damage
Hydrates and moisturizes with shea butter and natural oils

Great for: relaxed, natural, texturized, coloured or Permed hair

How to use
Daily styling
Leave-in treatment
For frizz-free hair

My take:
This product has a creamy soufflé-like consistency which i love.

soufflé

Its also got a sweet subtle scent that i can’t quite place…i don’t know how to describe it. I noticed that my hair still carries this scent days after i’ve used the product. It almost as if it masks the coconut oil scent everyone (except me) seems to smell in my hair.

Despite this product being protein-based (notice the word repair in the description?), there’s no doubt that it also adds moisture to my hair. The softness and shine that result from its usage are proof of that. And as you all know, soft hair is oh so easy to manage i.e comb through.

About it repairing split ends, i don’t believe any one product can do that. You have to snip off those ends. Thats the only way to deal with them in my opinion.

The downside:
Other than the insane pricing of this product (Ksh.700+. Roughly $7), i hate that it does not layer well with gel, and one is left with little white balls aka residue. The residue also appears if you apply a lot of the product. Of course the sensible thing here is to use a little product but you know there are days when you accidentally use too much.

Now, the residue does eventually go away but for someone who washes their hair right before leaving the house, this just won’t do because, who wants to wants to walk around with white stuff in their hair waiting for to disappear?

I only apply this leave-in after washing-conditioning-towel blotting my hair (1-2 times a week). One can apply it daily to tame frizzy hair but i’d advise against doing that because this product tends to easily build up in hair and can cause it be weighed down and feel dirty (greasy/oily).

Would i buy it again? Yes. I love the scent. I love how it makes my hair feel. I love that i only need to use a bit of it so its sure to last me a long long time…so maybe the price is worth it. I wish it cost less though :/

October ‘mini’ haul

oct mini haul

1) Perfect cosmetics hot oil hair cream 2) Eco Styler olive oil gel 3) Cantu Shea butter leave-in conditioning repair cream 4) Creme of Nature Intense conditioning treatment 5) ORS replenishing conditioner

I did some shopping last Friday in preparation for my upcoming relaxer day. I also bought a relaxer kit but forgot to include it in the above picture.

The deep conditioner i got this time has olive extracts. I normally use the one with mixed fruits extracts but they didn’t have it. I haven’t deep conditioned my hair in a long time so am really looking forward to doing that.

I’ve used the Eco Styler gel a couple of times already to slick down my edges for ponytail styles and i love it. I still have some Eco Styler brown gel left over but i really wanted to try out this olive oil one so bad.

Another product that i’ve been looking forward to using is the Cantu Shea butter leave-in conditioning cream. Seriously, i’ve been on the lookout for this product since before the beginning of my hair journey! Of course i forgot all about it but when i saw it on the shelves, i had to have it!

The Creme of Nature Intense conditioning treatment has been on my wishlist ever since i tried out the Moisture and shine sulfate-free shampoo from the same line. I can’t wait to use these two products together!

And finally, the ORS replenishing conditioner. I run out of my first bottle which i’d had for slightly over a year. This product is amazing and i was actually going to purchase the bigger ‘professional-size’ bottle but seeing that the gel, leave-in and CoN treatment were impulse buys, i had to compromise :/