April 11, 2014

Doing the Bare Minimum for My Hair Health

I think everyone goes through ups and downs in their hair journey.  And I'm sure neglect contributes to some of those down times.  When we neglect our hair regimens the inevitable next steps are damage and despair. Lately, I've been lingering in the realm of neglect.  Weekly wash days have not been happening and some of the steps in my typical wash day were missing as well.  I knew that I was not interested in completing my full regimen, so I tried to make a conscious decision to pare down my regimen.  But at the same time, I wanted my hair health to maintain.

March 2, 2014

Happy Hair Weekend.

While looking for a "throwback Thursday" picture for Instagram this week, I came across the pictures from this roller set where I was trying to find a combination of hair products that would add shine to my hair.  My previous "recipe" called for:

February 22, 2014

Let's Talk About: Growth Aids!

Claiming a certain length is quintessential to just about every hair journey.   And most of us would certainly be open to trying out new things to get it there faster.  Even with that, you'll notice that I don't talk about growth aids much on this blog.  I like to keep things as basic as possible around here because growth aids are one of those things that don't work the same for each head of hair.  And they can be prone to causing some serious and unwanted side effects.

Disclaimer: If you are interested in testing out any of these growth aids, I strongly urge you to do extensive research. There are possible side effect and unsafe drug/ingredient interactions that I haven't mentioned.  And there are some brands of these products, which should absolutely avoided for health and safety reasons.

When I started my hair journey, I did test out a few growth aids.  But after not seeing much as far as accelerated growth rate (and/or having to deal with the side effects), I've sworn them off for the most part.  Below are my experiences with the growth aids I have tried and some new info on newer ones that have been circulating the hair blog/vlogosphere lately.

February 2, 2014

My New Regimen.

With my last  relaxer my ends were in bad shape (again!).  At that point, it was clear to me that I had to re-group and modify my regimen to address this recurring issue.  I did some online research, read some blogs, and asked you guys for advice.  Once I gathered all the information I could on the matter, I began to formulate ideas of what I wanted to do with my regimen.  My main goal over this stretch has been to protect my ends from breakage.  To accomplish this I decided to:

January 18, 2014

Something's Got To Give...

It's a new year and the main thing that has been on my mind has been to get rid of the excess, especially when it comes to my material possessions.  After recording my "What's in My Hair Product Stash?" videos, one thing was abundantly clear to me:  I need to pare down my hair stash.  It's just too much.  I plan to apply this to every corner of my home, but right now the area in most need of attention is my hair product stash.  You saw the video -- you know exactly what I'm talking about.

January 4, 2014

Top 10 Hair Products Under $10

This post rounds out the relaxed hair posts that I promised you guys for the month of December.  It's a little late, but I hope you don't mind.  It's my picks for the top ten hair products under $10 and many of the picks are geared specifically towards relaxed/texlaxed ladies.  Below you'll find a preview of the list, but watch the video to find out why I like each product.  I hope you enjoy!

December 21, 2013

Texturizers vs. Relaxers

This week, I watched TressedforSuccess's recent youtube video where she clarifies some statements, ideas, and opinions that people are sharing about texturizers.  She breaks it down just the way I like--reading the ingredients list, decoding the components and interjects her personal experience.  If you've ever wanted to know how Texturizers compare to Relaxers, then this is the video for you.  It's a must see!

December 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday: My First Self-Relaxer(s).

I thought it would be fun to take you guys back to my first (second, third and fourth) attempt at relaxing my hair...at home...by myself.  When I first started my hair journey, I spent hours on Long Hair Care Forum reading the archives.  I was mesmerized by the beautifully luscious and long relaxed heads of hair on there.  My favorite threads to read were the challenge threads because there the members shared their regimen AND showed their growth over a period of time.  And I have to admit I was completely overwhelmed with the hair regimens.  But I was willing to learn and do more, because I had been stuck at neck length for years.  I took on things that were in my comfort zone but refused to do a lot of it.  And one of those things that I was adamant that I would NOT do was relax my own hair.  I just wasn't willing to risk it all--my hair that is--especially when people are trained in school to do this.  But as the months weeks went by and I got deeper and deeper into my hair obsession journey the idea of relaxing my hair for myself seemed more and more appealing.  

December 7, 2013

Let's Talk About Relaxer Application Time.

Relaxer Application time starts the moment relaxer touches your hair and ends when you start rinsing it.  Finding the right application time is essential for consistent texture throughout the the length of your hair.  If you're not bone straight staying close to your goal time will help with that consistency in texture.  And it avoids frustration and breakage later on.  My hair is relaxed but not bone straight (or texlaxed) because there are no curls just wrinkles, lol.  With each relaxer I try to relax my hair within the same 5 minute window.  I'm always working as fast as possible to get the relaxer applied all over my hair -- my goal for that part is 12 minutes (I haven't gotten there yet, but I'm getting close).  And then I use the remaining application time to go back through and smooth my roots making sure that every hair strand is saturated in relaxer.


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