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 hair...so 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! :)

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.  
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