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.  

My hope for this stretch is to be able to still be MBL with thicker ends after I cut away my thin ends.  Currently, I am 11 weeks post relaxer and a 6 month (24 week) stretch would take me to the weekend of October 3rd (right before my birthday:) ).  While I am excited to attempt this stretch, I am a bit nervous about it too because I DO NOT want to experience too much breakage.  And because of that, I will not hesitate to end this stretch the moment that I notice things going a little haywire.  
Today I washed my hair and detangling was a bit much, but I got through it with a lot of patience.  After deep conditioning, I air dried my hair in a bun.  Next week I will have to do a roller set to stretch my new growth and get rid of any and all shed hairs.  That’s all I’ve got planned for now, but wish me luck guys.  I really want to get through this stretch with success.   
What’s the longest you’ve ever stretched your relaxer? And how did it go?

21 Comments


  1. My hair is Japanese straightened, so I go 6 months between touch-ups every time. Now I really recommend experimenting with protein layering, which is meant to even out the strength of your hair. The reason we experience breakage when stretching is because our new growth is stronger than our relaxed hair. It'd also help with your ends, the oldest, most worn out and protein depleted part of your hair.


  2. Hey Kim, I only relax my hair twice a year, so regularly stretch my hair to 6 months. I just finished my longest stretch of 12 months. While I thought it went well, my hair did suffer, as I was not getting regular trims, so I had to cut off 4 inches, but over all I was happy with the stretch, I don't think I will stretch that long again tho. I will stick to my twice a year.


  3. I have gone 18weeks max but my comfort zone is 16weeks. Good luck with your stretch.


  4. Thank, Yahya. Protein layering will absolutely be a part of my plan. It's good to know that you've been able to stretch for 6 months and retain so much of your growth. It is definitely inspiring and motivating.


  5. I knew that you just completed a year long stretch, but I didn't realize that you normally go 6 months at a time. This is great motivation for me, I'll have to reread your blog posts when I start to feel stuck/frustrated with my stretch. It should be a great source of inspiration. Thanks, Keoshia!


  6. Hey Tomes, That's pretty much where my max is at this point. Hopefully, I can find a way to get past that sticking point.


  7. The longest I have ever gone I think is 18 weeks but I am considering doing 21 weeks or more this time. It does depend on if I can no longer manage the new growth or if my hair can no longer be styled. I am getting to that point where styling is a hassle.
    Using a mild protein deep conditioner weekly and drying my hair stretched has helped me this far.


  8. All the best Kim i hope you make it without breakage, haha your funny, thought we had one less relaxed hair blogger for a moment! Have you considered washing your hair in plaits/braids to avoid tangling?
    I've never gone beyond 16 weeks, and protective styling is what got me through the frustration that comes with handling multiple textures. I'm aiming for 20 weeks this time, I'm on 15 weeks right now.


  9. The title had me!! Haha! Good luck with your stretch, the longest i have stretch while relaxed was 23 weeks!! So a week shy of 24, my hair didn't like it so much, think it was lack of all the protein layering! Can't wait to see how you get on!!


  10. I've been using more protein (that's why I picked up the Apogee 2 minute reconstructor because I knew I could safely use it weekly). And thanks for the tip about stretching the new growth as it dries, I think that's a good idea. Good luck with your stretch!


  11. Lol. Thanks, Becca. I have been shampooing in braids for the last few wash days and I think it helps. In braids I can get to my entire scalp without messing with my hair as much. And I plan on continuing to do that throughout the stretch as well because sometimes shampooing does re-tangle the hair. I appreciate the well wishes. And good luck to you on the last leg of your stretch!


  12. LOL, sorry Yvonne. Thanks for the well wishes. I am hoping the protein layering works out for me as well.


  13. Hi Kim! Good luck on your longest stretch ever! I did a 6 month stretch earlier in my journey and because I didn't have enough research, it was counter productive. But I have noticed however, that when I do curly styles such as bantu knots and flexi rods, my hair isn't tangled and doesn't drive me crazy as opposed to wearing it straight. You should also try braid outs and twist outs.


  14. I'm on 27 weeks post at the moment (transitioning) and this is the second time I've got this far (first time was a stretch). It's way easier this time because I honestly forget about my hair for most of the week! Some advice: Tension blowdrying is a good idea and low manipulation/short term protective styling is the way to go. You can maintain your hair on a daily/weekly basis unlike long term protective styles and you're less likely to get breakage from dryness. Be prepared to cut (not just trim) at the end of the stretch! Also, the more new growth you have, the thinner your ends will appear and this can be very deceptive/worrying. Good luck!


  15. The Title had me wide-eyed! lol
    I am 6.5 months post right now and I'm happy to say it has been a breeze.
    You can do it!


  16. Thanks, Yemi. I've been watching a ton of flexi rod and braid out tutorials on youtube so hopefully I will get enough courage to give it a try as I get deeper into my stretch. uh…I'm 12 weeks now so I guess that's pretty soon, lol. :$


  17. Thanks for all your advice, Lam! It's good to hear from someone who has been down this road before. I like that you have an option for getting through it without long term protective styles. I haven't had braids in such a long time. I'm almost afraid to go back — what happens if I don't like them on me? I don't want to spend the money and end up hating them. I'm going to see how far I can get trying tension blow drying, and low manipulation styles. Thanks again!


  18. Thanks for all your advice, Lam! It's good to hear from someone who has been down this road before. I like that you have an option for getting through it without long term protective styles. I haven't had braids in such a long time. I'm almost afraid to go back — what happens if I don't like them on me? I don't want to spend the money and end up hating them. I'm going to see how far I can get trying tension blow drying, and low manipulation styles. Thanks again!


  19. Sorry, lol. I thought it would be funny. 🙂 I just realized you've been stretching this long. I don't know where I mind has been. But I'll be going back to see what you've been doing lately to make it that far. Thanks for the motivation, Abbi-Jo!


  20. My longest stretch is 20 weeks. I want to be able to do six months
    all the best with yours.

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