Henna update | September

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.

Deep treatment

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.

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Ponytails | Then and now

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.

February 2014

October 2014

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.

2015

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.

Hello!

It’s been a couple of months since my last post went up and now that am off my blogging slump, let’s catch up!

Am 23 weeks post relaxer!

My air-dried hair today after washing, conditioning, moisturizing & sealing it last night. No gel

Not my longest stretch but it’s still a big deal to me. I don’t know if I have gone this long since I started self-relaxing my hair. Speaking of which, next weekend at 6 months post relaxer, I’ll give myself a relaxer touch up. Note to self: pick up a relaxer kit this week.

Sample I got with my last kit

My hair has mostly been in buns and ponytails (and the one-off braid styles). Nothing new there, but am bored and want to wear my hair out (straight and also curly) for a change. I want my hair to be as manageable as I can get it for that, hence the upcoming relaxer touch up.

I gave myself fresh bangs last week. I say fresh because I had let them grow out to my chin. I snipped off some hair and then did about 4 mini-trims till I got to the final, desired length. I didn’t want to mess up by just going for it in one or two snips.

That’s all for now.

Have a good day!
Or night

🙂

“Artfully messy”

Its been 1 week and 2 days since my last relaxer touch up

This has been my hairstyle for the past week…

A far cry from my sleek bun look

Okay, maybe not artfully done but you get the point. Messy but not so messy. I just use three hair pins to hold my hair in place and am good to go. Can I just mention that I haven’t combed my hair in a week? I plan to keep that up till my next wash day which is hopefully 2 weeks away. Its amazing what you can get away with when you have textured hair! 😀

Of long wash days…

Last Thursday was wash day for me. I’d gone for close to 3 weeks without washing my hair but since I always wore it in a bun, my hair stayed moisturized for the most part and so it didn’t bother me much. However, because I kept slapping gel onto my hair to keep everything sleek (not to mention my daily use of oils) I developed some serious residue build up.

And so I washed my hair.

I just shampooed and used regular rinse out conditioner (no deep conditioning). My hair felt so fresh, light and flowy afterwards. I hadn’t realized how weighed down it had been! I loved it. I didn’t want to add much (if anything) to it and so after applying a leave-in conditioner and an oil, I pulled it back into a ponytail and rocked it like that…flyaways and all. That was my Thursday and Friday hairstyle.

Come Saturday morning, I felt rather drab. I was 10 weeks post by then and itching to do a relaxer touch up. I also realized that my hair was way too light. I needed to do a strengthening treatment. A henna treatment. My last one had been in December…so much for my monthly hennaing plan :/

I decided to do both treatments one the same day – for the record, I’d never done that before. That was going to be a long weekend for me…I even turned down weekend invites and had no shame explaining that I would be occupied doing my hair 😀

Lets just say that I did not do my hair on Saturday but instead spent the entire day in bed. I had come off a night shift that morning and the plan was to sleep till sometime in the afternoon. But…I woke up at around 6:30pm. Anyway, at 9pm, I made a henna paste. I meant to let it sit and release the dye for 3 hours before applying it to my hair but guess what? I fell asleep! Again! Till 6 something the next morning! Am telling you I had so much sleep its unbelievable. Its almost as if I had been drugged!

Note my henna stained nail? Its been that long.

Moving on…on Sunday, I finally got to do my hair. I did a relaxer touch up at around 1pm. There was no power or running water at home but that was not going to deter me. I managed.

After shampooing out the relaxer, I let my hair airdry, run errands, lounged, cooked, did random stuff basically. Of course my hair dried and I had to dampen it in order to have a easy time applying the henna afterwards.

Mid-step henna treatment

I kept the henna in my hair overnight, rinsed it off and then did a deep conditioning treatment on Monday. I thought I had some of the cholesterol treatment I use left over but no. There was very little of it left. I ended up mixing all sorts of products to have something to treat my hair with. I used the left over cholesterol treatment, TRESemme conditioner, ORS hair mayo, ORS replenishing conditioner, Glycerin, avocado, castor, olive and Jamaican black castor oils. I just went for it.

Post henna. No products in my hair

Deep conditioning

After rinsing my hair and applying my products, I let it air-dry in two French braids. I kept the style in for two days – till yesterday since I didn’t need to go anywhere.

Am definitely not looking forward to washing my hair anytime soon. Am currently shooting for 2 weeks but with little-to-no-gel use, I should be able to push it to 3 weeks granted my hair stays moisturized.

Have a blessed week!

🙂