Relaxer prep!

Last Sunday i did a protein treatment to strengthen my hair for my upcoming relaxer touch up. I’ve mentioned before that relaxers are damaging to hair in that they breakdown the bonds that hold protein (in the hair) together. Bottom line, chemicals weaken hair so its important to do a strengthening treatment a few days to a week before (and after) applying a relaxer to your hair.

I normally use henna to strengthen my hair but i was unwell that Sunday so hennaing my hair was out of the question. I just wanted to get the whole wash day routine over and done with in the least amount of time possible.

Because i had shampooed my hair 2 days prior, i didn’t need to do that again. I went straight into doing the protein treatment. I used 2 eggs for that.

Eggs

I know a lot people say that eggs are not effective for this treatment because the protein molecules present in eggs are too large to penetrate the hair strand, but you know what? i still do it. It not as effective as henna but it works for me to some degree. To each his own i guess.

Anyways…, all i did was beat the eggs in a container and apply them to my already sectioned hair from root to tip. I initially thought i’d need more eggs because my hair seemed to have so much volume but 2 was all i needed.

Sectioned

Need i mention how messy this process is?

Egged

Egged

Afterwards, i covered my hair with a plastic bag which i then secured with a head scarf. I left the treatment on my hair for about 30 minutes as i tidied up the house.

Once that time was up i rinsed my hair with cold water (you have to use cold water), wrapped my hair in a towel to soak up the excess water and then made my deep conditioning mix.

deep Conditioner

I applied this 2nd treatment to my hair in sections, from root to tip, covered my hair in a plastic bag and then a scarf, and left in on for about an hour.

See my new growth vs relaxed hair?

See my new growth vs relaxed hair?

Once again, when that time was up, i rinsed my hair (this time in the shower), applied my after-wash products (leave-in conditioner + oil) and air dried my hair in a bun.

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Regular conditioners Vs Deep conditioners

Post requested by Hellen

Regular vs Deep conditioners

Regular vs Deep conditioners

So what is the difference between these two types of conditioners?

Perhaps the most commonly known difference is the length of time these products are left on the hair. Regular conditioners, also known as rinse-out or surface conditioners are left on the hair for 2-5 minutes (without heat), while deep conditioners are left on for at least 10-15 minutes (with heat; under a hooded dryer or steamer) or upto 45+ min without heat.

conditioning time

Regular conditioners provide a quick moisture fix that only lasts a couple of days to a week (in my opinion). Deep conditioners on the other hand provide a longer lasting effect…keep hair moisturized for a longer period.

Deep conditioners are basically heavy duty versions of the regular conditioners in that they use higher levels of ingredients that can penetrate the hair strand e.g water, natural oils & shea butter. Glycerin is a key ingredient in most moisturizing products because it’s a humectant (draws moisture from the air to your hair. Honey does the same thing). Using heat while deep conditioning opens the hair cuticles allowing for easier and deeper penetration of the product.

What makes regular conditioners not as effective as deep conditioners is the fact that they mainly contain ingredients meant to smooth the surface of the hair strand…you know, lay down the cuticle so hair isn’t rough and frizzy. These ingredients have very low (or no) penetrative properties so they basically sit on your hair strand, coating it. Thats not all bad because they lock in the moisture so your hair doesn’t dry out, and in some instances provide some level of protection from the harmful UV rays.

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 :/