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Relaxer Prep at 25 Weeks Post Relaxer

After hiding from my hair for the past few months, it was finally time to give my hair a lot of attention.  If you remember, I was dealing with so much post partum shedding that it made wash days depressing.  I pretty much lost ALL my edges.  In November, I installed box braids. But because

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design essentials for relaxed hair

Last year, I randomly decided I wanted to try a hair regimen that contained all one brand.  And even though I had never tried Design Essentials before, the fact that a few of their products were specifically geared to relaxed hair made me choose this line. (And for the record, this post is not sponsored

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Relaxer Update | February 2017

I ended my relaxer stretch at 22 weeks and you already know that I cut my hair.  For this update, I really just want to share my plans for my hair as I continue with these long term stretches.  It feels sort of like a new beginning for me and so I want to take

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Stash Showdown: Neutralizing Shampoos

There are currently three neutralizing shampoos in my hair product stash and it’s time to figure out which one is best.  The showdown is between Design Essentials Milk & Honey Neutralizing Shampoo, Elasta QP Stop Action Shampoo and Mizani pHormula-7 Neutralizing & Chelating Shampoo.  I will say that none of them are horrible, but there

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Relaxer Day | September 2016

I literally lost track of this relaxer stretch.  I’m not sure how it happened, but I had no idea whether I had relaxed my hair in March or April. :/  That’s why every time I updated you guys there was a four week swing, lol.  Thankfully after looking back at my social media posts last week, I

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Straight Hair from 3 inch Magnetic Rollers

I have been all about this flat twisted protective style lately, which has been such an easy way to get through wash day in less than an hour.  I’ve been DCing or cowashing twice a week and retwisting my damp hair (Products I’ve been using: As I Am Coconut Cowash, Chi Infra Treatment, Biolage Detangling

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indirect heat and soft curls

This weekend was a blast from the past.  I went to my college reunion, which was so much fun.  I forgot how amazing my classmates were and years later they are even more so.  It was such a great time reconnecting with everyone.  And in preparation for the weekend of fun, I decided to go with

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Relaxing my hair with a new relaxer for the first time.

I know you’re giving me the side eye right now for having yet another relaxer day post for you guys.  I mean, what do I think this is…a RHOA reunion? lol.  But please don’t throw tomatoes at me, lol.  A lot happened with my last relaxer and it was way too much to consolidate into

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1 week post relaxer wash day

One week after relaxing, blow drying and flat ironing my hair, I’m back to my air dry routine.  Even though there’s a big part of me that wants to go back to straight hair, I know it’s best to continue with my current (low heat – low manipulation) hair regimen if I want to claim waist length

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Lots of New Growth | 23 Weeks Post Relaxer Wash Day

I made it to the (almost) end you guys!  I’m 23 weeks post relaxer and relaxer day is on the horizon.  This second attempt at stretching for 6 months was a little more daunting than the last, but I did my best to be patient with my new growth.  In preparation for my relaxer day, I