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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Hair update|week 10

Am 10 weeks 4 days post relaxer today!

Its been ages since i made a proper hair update. Not much has been going with my hair. I mentioned here that i trimmed it but thats about all the big news i have so far :/

July - below bra strap length (bsl) vs Aug above bsl

July – below bra strap length (bsl) vs Aug above bsl

Check out Yvette’s post…she too cut off a few inches.

Last week (Sunday-Monday) i did an overnight oil prepoo treatment, then i shampooed and conditioned my hair. A few days later (last Friday), i washed my hair again using ORS creamy aloe shampoo. I had gone for swimming the previous afternoon so my hair needed to be washed to get rid of chlorine from the swimming pool. This shampoo is not only a neutralizing and clarifying shampoo, but its also a chelating shampoo meaning that it gets rid of any mineral deposits that may be on the hair.

And then just this past Monday, only 3 days since the said chelating wash, i shampooed my hair again! I have to admit that this hair washing business is getting out of hand 😮 Needless to say, i shampooed my hair, let it air dry throughout the day and then at around midnight i applied some henna onto it.

Henna

I don’t know where my mind was when i made the henna paste because i made just enough to cover my roots and my ends. I think i used less than 50g of henna! (i usually use 100g). Anyway, i managed to work a bit of it onto the length of my hair (had to lightly mist my hair with water to evenly distribute it).

I had the henna on my hair for about 12 hours, then i did a deep conditioning treatment for only 30 minutes because i had to head out in the afternoon. After the wash i wrapped my hair in a towel for a few minutes, then applied some leave-in conditioner and coconut oil. For styling, i simply put my hair up in a ponytail. Here are a few pictures of how i wore my hair last week.

Yea...am not big on styling

Yea…am not big on styling

While in town on Tuesday, i picked up a relaxer kit and deep conditioner. I plan to retouch my hair tomorrow because i have a busy few weeks ahead of me and i want to have that freshly relaxed look within that time. Purchasing the deep conditioner wasn’t planned but i figured since i was in a part of town that i don’t frequent often, (and thats where i buy it from), “i might as well get it”.

mini haul

Has anyone tried out this new Argan oil ORS relaxer? I don’t know how long its been in the market. I first saw it last week.

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Onto other matters, i’ve been trying to use up my hair products before purchasing any more and so far so good…i bought 500ml of coconut oil and 200g of henna last month because i had run out of those and i needed them. Anyway, in the past 2 weeks alone, i’ve gone through Enliven shampoo, Enliven conditioner, Suave (naturals) conditioner, Suave (professionals) conditioner, Oliive shampoo with conditioner and Venus dual hair treatment. The creamy aloe shampoo is good for one more wash before i run out (save for the sample-size sachets i have). I have no conditioner left. Am thinking of doing a haul at the beginning of next month to mark my 4 year hair journey anniversary.

Relaxer update|May

I finally did my hair on Tuesday (12th) at exactly 16 weeks weeks post relaxer. This stretch was not difficult and i possibly i could have gone longer but seeing as i self-relax at home, i didn’t want to run into problems trying to relax lots of new growth. As usual i used the ORS relaxer kit pictured in my last haul post.

I actually texlaxed my hair this time. I mentioned here that i would not smooth the relaxer after the application step because i kept getting relaxer burns – from i guess aggravating my scalp (sometimes i tend to get carried away with the smoothing).

Anyway, what i did was apply the relaxer like i always do. This time i worked faster and was able to shave off 10 minutes from my usual relaxing time #WIN! I used my fingers to slightly smooth my hairline. Usually, i part my hair in small sections and use the back of a rat-tail comb to smooth.

After about a minute or so, i got into the shower and rinsed off the relaxer. Then i did 4 shampoo washes using the ORS creamy aloe shampoo which is a neutralizing shampoo. What it essentially does is stop any relaxer thats still in your hair from further processing hair (neutralizes the relaxer – remember your Chemistry lessons? 🙂 ), it also washes off any relaxer thats still in hair and restores the hairs’ pH because you know, relaxers/chemicals tend to throw off your hairs’ pH balance. I used a mixture of ORS replenishing conditioner, peppermint oil and glycerin to deep condition for a few minutes.

As usual, i had my in-shower-post-relaxer-freakout-moment where i thought i’d gotten my hair straight. My hair felt so straight and light when rinsing off the deep conditioner. But when i got to rinsing the front section, i could feel some waves and that got me excited. I couldn’t wait to get infront of a mirror and admire the waves.

When i did however, i saw that the outcome wasn’t what i expected. The waves were not as i had envisioned in my mind – they were smaller/tighter. The edges on the quadrant i relaxed last would not stay down. I like my edges slicked down…my right side was behaving well though.

Of course i started asking myself what i had done. I really did not like my hair at that point. I attempted to style it in a wavy style but it took too long to dry and since i needed to go out i just threw it in a low bun. I just couldn’t wear wet (looking) hair down and head off to town like that.

The wavy style i attempted - old pic

The wavy style i was going for – old pic

When i got back home in the evening, i did 6 flat twists, went to bed and actually kept them in the following day (kind of took the day off). On Thursday, i wore my hair in a failed twist out – my hair was just not having it, and so today am rocking a curly somewhat messy bun to salvage the failed twist out. Thank God its Friday and am working from home today otherwise i’d not be able to get away with the look out there.

So, do i regret texlaxing my hair? No. My hair always looks better after one or two wash days (post relaxer). I’ll give it time to get its act together 🙂 In the meantime, i’ll keep reminding myself why i wanted to texlax in the first place…

1) Because i keep saying i want to. I once mentioned that i would transition to natural hair once my hair got to bra strap length. I got to bra strap (still there it seems) and i have zero interest in going natural. So…texlaxing it is!

2) I want thicker hair! My hair looks thick. Its actually medium textured and i’ve been told that i have a lot of hair. I just want more of that and i know for sure that texlaxing will get me there…call me greedy.

3) Waves!

'Bunny' tail

I’ve shared these pics of my (2011) natural hair numerous times on my blog. I really want to be able to achieve a similar look without having to go natural. Am sort of over straight hair…sort of.

4) No more relaxer burns! I didn’t get any this time *happy dance* 🙂 Texlaxing is healthier for my hair and scalp anyway. Natural is best, but am sticking with the creamy crack for now.

Check out this post when all i wanted was straight hair…i was a little upset when my hair got accidentally texlaxed. How things change 🙂 Looks like am embracing change.

Sorry for the lack of pics :/ I’ll try and put some together.

Relaxer update| January

I relaxed my hair last Tuesday (the 20th) at 11 weeks 3 days post. That was a short relaxer stretch for me seeing as i always try to aim for 16 weeks (i usually miss it by a day or two).

The first time i self-relaxed my hair i was at 11 weeks post and i stated then that i would not do such a short stretch again because i kept going over more than just the new growth with the relaxer. This time round, i had no problem so i guess am getting good at this 🙂

Despite working faster, i got relaxer burns. Again. This is the 3rd time its happened. I mentioned the 1st time here and the 2nd time was in November (i don’t have that relaxer update up but i’ll link it below once i publish it.)

Anyway, the relaxer burns keep occurring at the same spots (or so it seems). The second time it happened i assumed it was because i had gotten carried away with the smoothing step. This time i was careful not to smooth too much but that didn’t even help. I guess my scalp is just sensitive in those spots. Next time i’ll relax those areas last and maybe not smooth at all :/

Speaking of not smoothing, that will result in even more textured (texlaxed) hair. I know i said (here) that i would start texlaxing my hair but i couldn’t. I love my current hair texture, but i’ll just roll with whatever texture i get next time from not smoothing.

Onto the actual relaxer day post

Relaxer

I randomly decided to relax my hair (out of frustration mostly) so i didn’t do a strengthening treatment as recommended 1 week prior to relaxing hair. This is what my hair looked like that Monday (i relaxed the following day).

Ponytail

This time i didn’t get any extra free stuff :/

Relaxer

To deep condition, i used a mixture of ORS replenishing conditioner, coconut oil and a few drops of peppermint oil. I deep conditioned my hair in the shower for 10-15 minutes. I’d had a long day and just wanted to be done with my wash once and for all (i.e. not coming back after an hour or so to rinse my hair again).

dc

This was right after i got out of the shower. I just squeezed out the excess water and had no products in my hair.

relaxed

For styling, i decided to do a wash n’ go style. Since my hair is relaxed and i have no curls, i had to work at creating some sort of texture and this is what i came up with…

Wash n go

If you’d like to see how my typical relaxer day goes, check out these previous relaxer update posts.

September 2013 relaxer update

December 2013 relaxer update

April 2014 relaxer update

July 2014 relaxer update

Mini haul

I did a bit of shopping last week.

Jan haul

1) Royal henna 2) Perfect cosmetics hot oil hair cream 3) ORS relaxer – normal

I had very little deep conditioner left (not even enough for 1 application/treatment) and so i decided to pick up another tub.

Deep conditioners

Am so glad i got my regular one (the one with fruit extracts) because the one i previously had (with olive extracts) looked horrible to me. I just didn’t like that green colour. It wasn’t like an avocado mix (which i guess is okay)…to me it looked like detergent. Horrible i tell you. But it works fine.

I also picked up a relaxer kit because my new growth was driving me crazy (at 11 weeks post). I was just tired of having to use gel to slick down my edges (almost) daily, and having to deal with puffy roots.

The final purchase was henna. I bought this brand because i cannot seem to find my usual (Nupur henna) anywhere! This one is different from the one i used last month. I’ll do a comparison of the two after my next henna treatment.