November 22, 2015

Hair Diary | My First Wig

I've been going back and forth in my mind for years (literally) about the idea of using a wig to protectively style.  But because of the high price tags that come with the ones that look natural, I've only browsed a few internet sites and imagined if I could be bold enough to rock a wig as a protective style.  Of course as novice to the wig game, I wanted something that mimicked my actual hair.  I wasn't looking for style versatility -- just an option for wearing "my hair" down without actually having to style and manipulate my own hair.

October 23, 2015

Relaxing Six Months of New Growth

I've shared the results of my six month stretch, but this is how the relaxer day actually went down.  I was trying to add my snapchat story for you guys to watch at the end of this post, but it wasn't really working out the way I wanted.  Instead, I included screen shots of the whole process.

October 14, 2015

Relaxer Update (Oct 2015) | My First 6 Month Relaxer Stretch Complete.

Well ladies, here we are.  I've completed my first six month relaxer stretch attempt.  And not only did I get a lot of growth/retention, but I was able to maintain my April length after cutting inches off of my hair.  Immediately after the cut I have to admit that I was a little worried I might have cut off too much, but after letting it settle in and seeing my length checks I feel great about it.  My hair is still bra strap (almost MBL) length but my ends and the overall length of my hair are considerably thicker than it was back in April.  I am so happy with where my hair is now that I want to do whatever I need to do to preserve its current state. 

October 8, 2015

How To | Stretch Your Relaxers For More Than 12-16 Weeks.

Normally when stretching your relaxer for 12 weeks or less, we can follow a pretty standard hair regimen: Shampoo, DC and style with minimal breakage.  But for most of us when we hit 12 to 16 weeks, that's when things start to go awry.  Between the dryness, tangles and issues with styling two different hair textures, one or more of these things come in and start to cause breakage and/or end our relaxer stretch attempts.  In this video I am collaborating with Jay from Relaxed Thairapy to give you tips for stretching your relaxer beyond 12 weeks.  When I decided to attempt my six month stretch I kept three goals in mind when caring for my hair:

October 5, 2015

Weeks 23 and 24 of My 6 Month Stretch | Preparing for Relaxer Day!

I've been a bad blogger, you guys.  Not only am I behind on updating you, but I can not for the life of me remember what I did with my hair for the first wash day of week 23.  I know that I did a flexi rod set again and I wore that for 5 days.  I know I deep conditioned (because I always do), but I can't remember if I shampooed, did a protein treatment or what products I used.  And did I take any hair pictures? ...nope.  Sigh.  Thankfully I was at an event where people were taking pictures all over the place, so I was able to crop some people out to show you the results of the flexi rod set (I apologize, in advance, for the picture quality).  And because I have no clue what I did, I had to do (or re do) my full relaxer prep wash day before I relaxed my hair.

October 1, 2015

How To | Air Dry Relaxed Hair with Soft and Smooth Results

I know when I started experimenting with air drying it shortened my wash days, but my hair always ended up dry, poofy, rough, and unmanageable, which is what keep me holding on to heat styles.  But the more I experimented with air drying, the more I was able to modify the process to get better results.  I'm not the best at air drying, but I have made major strides.  Lately I have been relying heavily on air drying as my method of finishing off my wash days.  Even on days where I take the time to style my hair with rollers or another low manipulation style, air drying has just been my go to option when I have the time.  And air drying into a bun is just so quick and easy that's become my default for most wash days.  Below you'll find my wash day process for air drying into a bun for softer smoother results.  

September 20, 2015

Weeks 21 and 22 of My 24 Week Relaxer Stretch | Anyone Baggying Still?

These two weeks followed the same pattern as previous weeks on this stretch.  Lots of cowashing, deep conditioning and detangling.  But something new occurred this week.  My hair was feeling really dry on Tuesday and while I planned to deep condition I didn't get around to it.  And when I found things winding down on Wednesday night, I knew deep conditioning was not going to happen.  Instead I opted to bring back the old school baggy method.  I heard about it on the hair boards years ago, but I have never actually done it as a serious part of my regimen.  I can count on my hands the number of times I've done this.  But I really needed some serious moisture infused into my baggying it was.

September 10, 2015

Hot Oils and a Silk Wrap! | Week 20 of My 24 Week Relaxer Stretch Attempt

I joined Jay and Jen's 30 Day Hot Oil Treatment Challenge.  For most of this stretch I've been deep conditioning as a pre-poo treatment.  With this challenge I think it will be a nice change of pace to switch back to hot oil treatments.  My first wash day on the challenge, I'm using Olive Oil and Castor Oil on my scalp and hair.  Since I feel like I've hit a big milestone with my relaxer stretch this week, I decided to straighten my hair as well.  I will be attempting a silk wrap and my goal is to do a better job than I did last July when I was 11 weeks post relaxer

September 1, 2015

Weeks 18 & 19 of My 6 Month Relaxer Stretch | The All Stars.

Last week's braid out was ruined by a run in with some serious rain.  I tried to salvage it by re-braiding that night but that was a fail.  I ended up having to cowash to reset and air dry in a bun.   Since then I haven't done anything but air dry into a bun.  I'll be 20 weeks post relaxer this Friday and the plan is to straighten my hair.  I don't know when the last time I did that was, but I think I deserve it for making it this far with no heat.  Plus, I really need to get rid of my shed hairs.  My most recent wash day took a lot longer to detangle because of matting.

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! :)
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