April 24, 2015

Relaxer Update | April 2015

Last week I thought I was 11 weeks post relaxer when I relaxed my hair, but when I looked back at the calendar I realized I was way off.  I actually relaxed my hair at 14 weeks post relaxer, which partially explains why my new growth was so out of control.  I was so focused on the Castor Oil Challenge that I got my relaxer stretch count messed up.  Below you'll find the details on my most recent relaxer.

April 12, 2015

The Castor Oil Is Working on My Edges

There are just two weeks left in this 3 Month castor oil challenge.  I have been consistent with applying Jamaican Black Castor to my scalp twice a week and messaging it in afterwards.  Additionally, I'm adding 1-2 teaspoons of the castor oil to my weekly deep conditioning treatment.  By the time I was 8 weeks into the challenge I could see that my edges were growing back.  Below is a picture of my edges 8 weeks into the challenge.

March 29, 2015

Wash Day | Roller Set, Flat Iron, Curl.

I was so close to picking up CHI Infra Treatment on Thursday night.  I was browsing the beauty section at TJ Maxx when I saw that they had the liter size on clearance for $10!  I felt this instant compulsion to purchase it because of the massive savings that were available to me even though I'd never really heard much about this product.  After going back and forth with myself on the issue, I decided to leave it there.  Sigh...I didn't pick it up, but that protein conditioner would have been perfect for my last wash day because I ended up using a lot of heat on my hair.  I may or may not be making another trip to see if it's still there for $10.  If it is still there, I'm taking that as a sign that we were meant to be together... Below are the details on my wash day without the CHI Infra Treatment...

March 19, 2015

My Flexi Rod Set Lasted 5 Days!

Remember my flexi rod set from last week?  Well I wanted share how it held up in the following days.  Each night I would pineapple my hair to preserve the curls.  When the morning came I would essentially shake and go.  I did not moisturize or anything like that over the days because I wanted to minimize frizz.  Below you'll see how the set held up over 5 days.

March 14, 2015

Coconut Oil as a Daily Moisturizer = Brittle Hair?

Remember when I posted that I would be using Coconut Oil as my daily moisturizer?  Well, I heard your feedback loud and clear (on the blog and on instagram posts).  Coconut Oil hasn't worked well for many of you as a daily moisturizer.  Many of you explained that when using it that often (daily or close to it) it leads to dry brittle hair.  And instead of pushing full steam ahead with my plans because they seem to make perfect sense to me in my head (like I did after the warnings you gave me about using ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo every week), I am heeding your warnings this time.  I appreciate you all for helping to steer me in the right direction -- towards my healthy hair goals.  I trust you, so I'm listening.

March 9, 2015

Style Trial | My First Flexi Rod Set

To scratch my itch for something new, I decided to channel that energy into trying CourtneyNaturalHair's No Heat Flexi Rod Set Tutorial (I bought some new goodies to complete the look :) ).  I liked her video because her end results were more like waves as opposed to spiral curls that I've seen with other flexi rod tutorials.  Since it was going to be my first real attempt at this, I took pictures and recorded the process for you all:

February 12, 2015

My First Wash Day Experience | Roller Set Results

This roller set came out so nicely, I had to share it with you guys.  I shampooed with Generic Value Products Tea Tree Shampoo.  I deep conditioned for 45 minutes with Nexxus Humectress and 2 tsps of castor oil.  After rinsing the deep conditioner, I applied Apogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer, Generic Value Products The Conditioner and Proclaim Foaming Wrap Lotion to my hair.  Next I roller set my hair using the popular mohawk method.  After sitting under the hooded dryer for about an hour, but I wasn't confident that my hair was dry but it was really late.  So, I took a chance and went to sleep with the rollers still in my hair.  I thought for sure that it was going to be the worst night's sleep ever, but it wasn't too bad.  I took my hair down in the morning and created a few pin curls just to gather the curls.  Once I finished getting ready, I released the pin curls and sprayed my ends with Sebastian Shaper Plus Holding Spray. I combed through the roots leaving the curls at the ends of my hair undisturbed. (See this video for a visual demonstration).

February 6, 2015

Helpful Tips for Relaxing at Home

Can I start this one with a disclaimer? Relaxing is a chemical process that can cause irreparable damage to your hair and scalp.  It is very important that you do extensive research before attempting to relax your own hair.  That's what I did before I attempted my first self-relaxer and I was still scared out of my mind.  Below you'll find my tips for successfully self-relaxing.

February 1, 2015

Empties Report: Part 3!

I thought I'd be done whittling down my hair product stash by now, but it's taking a bit longer than I thought it would.  I am getting closer to the end of this process.  After this report there should be just one more report left before I can share what products I'll be keeping as my staple hair products.  Until then check out my thoughts on the products above that I've finished over that past few weeks.
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