Am still rocking a french braid three weeks on…not the same one I showed in my previous post.
Wash days have been consistent – weekly. I do an oil prepoo, a sulfate free shampoo wash and a conditioner wash. Yesterday however, I skipped the oil prepoo but followed the rest of the steps ending with the above french braid.
I find that keeping my hair in a braid retains moisture but I still moisturize and seal it everyday (sometimes every other day). I’ve been applying leave-in conditioner too and I love the wet-look it gives my hair. That, and the scent makes it look freshly done – at least for the first couple of hours.
I typically keep the braid in for about 4 days then wear my hair up in a ponytail.
About deep conditioning, I just haven’t been doing it. My hair is doing well so am not worried about skipping the treatment but I’ll probably do one on my next wash.
Onto the annoying stuff.
The hair lotion (moisturizer) I use has been out of stock for some time now which means that I haven’t been using it. I obviously don’t have to use it but I like the way it makes my hair feel.
I accidentally dropped my blow-dryer and so now it only gives off cool air – no heat! I can still use it but I don’t think I will. Am just not excited about using it anymore. I’ve had it for about 8 years…I guess it’s served its purpose.
Well, that’s it. Not much going on in hairville.
Have a blessed week!
Am 1 week post relaxer today!
That’s right. One week post.
I did a relaxer touch up last week on the 4th. I was 12 weeks post at the time. In the days that followed I wore my hair in a loose ponytail…nothing fancy.
I started off with dry hair. And I mean DRY. I hadn’t moisturized it properly in like two days.
I used a mixture of coconut oil and amla oil to do an oil prepoo treatment. As usual, I applied some to my scalp and massaged it in then I poured the rest onto my hair.
Afterwards I wrapped my hair in cling film, used heat on it for 15 minutes and then let it cool down before shampooing.
I used a sulfate-free shampoo and followed up with a moisturizing conditioner. I would have preferred to do a deep conditioning treatment at that point but I didn’t have any deep conditioner.
After the wash, I t-shirt dried my hair for about 10 minutes, applied leave-in conditioner, moisturizer and an oil.
Post wash. Before product application and detangling
One of the reasons I don’t straighten my hair as often as I would like to is because of what happens when I workout.
I literally had sweat dripping off my hair
I don’t have the option of heat-styling my hair everytime I workout. I did however polish up my style today with a straightener before heading into town. That’s the second time I’ve done this in like 3 or 4 days!
Don’t let the shine fool you
I figured I’d moisturize and seal my hair effectively once I got home and even went ahead and got me a few products to do just that.
However, after seeing some short pieces of hair on my top (hair breakage) those plans changed rather quickly.
So this is what’s going to happen instead; an overnight oil prepoo treatment, a sulfate-free shampoo wash and a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment. I’ll then air-dry my hair in braids.
That ought to restore adequate moisture into my hair.
Am 2 weeks post relaxer today!
I did a relaxer touch up on the 11th and followed that up with a henna treatment and a deep conditioning treatment.
I wore my hair in an airdried state for a week, water-only washed it a couple of times, then a week later I straightened and trimmed it.
Yesterday I passed a straightener through it just to polish up my style and that’s the look you see up top.
Looks like this is going to be my style for the week.
Hope you are having a blessed Sunday
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.
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!