August 20, 2015

YouTube Channels Featuring Relaxed/Texlaxed Hair Care in 2015

Let me start with...I love all healthy hair.  But today, I'm featuring all the Relaxed Hair YouTube Channels that I follow because sometimes it's hard to find a YouTube channel that actively (and currently) posts content geared towards their relaxed hair journey.  Back in 2013 I did a video shouting out the relaxed hair channels I followed at that time, but two years later that video is very out of date.  So I thought wouldn't it be great to update that attempt with a blog post listing the YouTube channels that currently feature relaxed hair care, tutorials, and their personal hair journeys.  Below you will find all the lovely ladies that I follow and one of their more recent videos (listed in alphabetical order.)  It's kind of long... but if you end up subscribing, let them know I sent you! :)

August 18, 2015

Weeks 16 & 17 of My 24 Week Relaxer Stretch | Procrastinating

These past two weeks I've slacking on my hair agenda.  I've been trying to consistently add a midweek co-wash as I get deeper into this stretch, but I'm finding it's a lot easier to convince myself not to do it.  In addition to adding more moisture to my hair with an extra wash day each week, I want to do low manipulation styles more.  And I've been planning to do a braid out for these past two weeks and somehow I haven't been "able" to get around to it until my most recent wash day.  What finally pushed me to sit down and braid my hair was the fear of the tangles and matting that could be hiding in my hair.   Check out my wash day recaps for weeks 16 through 17...

August 8, 2015

My SL to MBL Relaxed Hair Regimen

As I start to rework my current hair regimen, I thought it would be best to document the hair regimen that got me to MBL for those who are still trying to find a regimen that works for them.  I went from Shoulder Length to Mid-back Length in 3 years.  And even though I'm in the middle of revamping the whole thing this regimen gave me consistent hair growth.  It also allowed me to maintain at Mid-back Length for over two years now.  It's pretty modest as far as hair regimens go, but with consistency I saw consistent results.

First the Proof...

August 1, 2015

Week 15 of My 24 Week Relaxer Stretch | Flexi Rod Set

Still aiming for stretched and detangled new growth, I opted for a flexirod set (click here for my tutorial) after last week's blow out.  Putting my hair on the flexi rods forces me to go throughout my entire head in small sections to detangle, thus ensuring that I remove the shed hairs.

July 26, 2015

Week 14 of My 24 Week Stretch Attempt | Avoiding Matting

I want to do my best to document this 24 week stretch attempt so that (1) if it is successful, I'll know what to do next time or (2) if it is a failure I'll be able to pin point where things went wrong.  Since I usually get stressed with my stretch around 15-17 weeks (see: this and that), I feel like now (at 14 weeks) would be a good time to start keeping track of what I am doing and to start taking steps to avoid the stress that often comes.  Up until this point I have been washing or cowashing my hair 1-2 times a week depending on whether there is buildup on my scalp.  What products I use change, but I always do some variation of a pre-poo, cleanse/co-wash, deep condition, add a leave-in and air dry.

July 12, 2015

First Voluminous Braid-Out on My Relaxed Hair

Wash Day.
I'm 12 weeks post and instead of relaxing my hair I tried a braid-out.  I started my wash day by deep conditioning on dry hair using Proclaim Argan Oil Intense Moisturizing Conditioner for about 2 hours.  As I rinsed out the conditioner, I detangled my hair in three sections under the running water with my fingers first and then with my shower comb.  Then I secured each section into loose buns and massaged the As I Am Coconut CoWash into my scalp, ran it down the length of my hair and rinsed again.  As my last step before hopping out the shower I did an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse: 1 part ACV, 3 parts water.  This is my second time doing this and I like how smooth my hair feels after rinsing this out.  

July 5, 2015

Product Review | Silk Elements Kera Minerals Smoothing Deep Conditioner

Remember that haul that I told you about?  Well in the meantime in between time I've been going in on this Silk Elements Kera Minerals Smoothing Deep Conditioner from that haul.  I bought it because I was looking for a deep conditioner that gave me the same or similar air dried results to what I got when I deep conditioned with Darcy's Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Moisturizing Conditioner.  And to my surprise the very first product that I auditioned as its replacement looks like it might be "the one."  Find out what else I like about this deep conditioner in my video below.

July 3, 2015

Transitioning, Maybe...

...NOT!  Lol, I know I shouldn't joke about things like that, especially given the number of relaxed hair blogger who have transitioned within the last year.  But not me, at least not right now anyway.  I will however be attempting my first ever six month stretch and I feel like I will have to embrace a transitioner's mind set/regimen in order to get through it with minimal breakage and maximum growth retention.  

June 25, 2015

Protective Styling Pictorials, For The Win

Protective Styling is pretty much in everyone's top 3 things that helps you to retain length.  And while we all are familiar with the standard: braids, weaves, wigs and buns.  If you are anything like me that's about as far as your mind goes when it comes to choosing a protective style.  Well, I came across this post on Tumblr and decided to share these incredibly beautiful (and creative) protective styles pictorials.  Now, yes they're all on natural hair, but there's no reason a relaxed head couldn't replicate these styles with the same level of awesomeness. Take a look at these fabulous women and their creative protective styles.  

June 21, 2015

My Haul-erific Weekend | New Buys

I threw caution to the wind and went on the search for some new hair products to try out.  I really wanted to add some products that would work well/better for my air dried hair.  Sometimes immediately after and then sometimes a few days after my air dried hair feels rough and dry.  Since I plan on air drying with more consistency, I decided to try out some new hair products that would hopefully give me softer, smoother and more moisturized hair.  For more on what I got and why I got it read below.
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