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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…

Week 16 – Detangling My Flexirod set.
Mid-week Wash Day:
[*]Detangled in about 5-6 separate sections with water.
[*]DCed overnight with Proclaim Intense Hydrating Masque
[*]The next morning to rinse and detangle further in the shower. (I have to say that both detangling sessions were surprisingly a breeze.)
[*]T-shirt dried for a few minutes (about 10-15 minutes),
[*]Applied Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Leave-in Conditioner to my hair in small sections (continuing to finger detangle and get rid of any shed hairs that I came across).
[*]Massaged my scalp lightly and topped my ends off with Olive Oil and Castor Oil.
[*]With my damp hair I created a low bun with a side part using ORS Smooth N Hold Pudding with a little bit of the Eco Styler Moroccan Argan Oil Gel mixed to smooth down my edges and give them a nice hold for the next two days.  I tied it down with a scarf for about 5 minutes and I good to go.

Week 17 – Still No Braid Out

Full Wash Day:
[*]Pre-pooed with Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor for about 10-20 minutes.
[*]Rinsed and detangled in the shower.
[*]Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow and Restore Shampoo – My first impression is kind of iffy on this one.  It has proteins in it so I’m thinking that maybe I shouldn’t have used it the same day that I did a protein treatment on my hair.
[*]After rinsing the shampoo out I applied the Proclaim Intense Hydrating Masque to my hair for deep conditioning.  I deep conditioned for an hour this time.
[*]T-shirt dried my hair
[*]Skipped the braid out and I applied the Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Leave-in Conditioner and slicked my hair back into a bun using the same gel and pudding I used a few days earlier

Note to Self.
Air dried buns/Wet buns are good but not too great when you’ve got a lot of new growth to contend with.  I feel like I don’t end up detangling thoroughly enough to avoided tangles and matting later on with continued use of air dried buns.  As I went to bed Sunday night, I promised myself that I would do a braid out for my next midweek wash (even if I had to stay up late and sit under the hooded dryer to get it to dry).  And I didn’t do it during the week, but I did do it with my next wash day.

Week 17 – Finally a Braid out

“Mid-Week” Wash Day:
[*]I detangled with water and the ORS Detangler and just like I suspected the back section especially was tangled and took a little extra time and TLC to get through.
[*]I deep conditioned overnight with Proclaim Intense Hydrating Masque with Olive and Castor Oil on top.  I put my hair in four braids to prevent further tangles.
[*]I rinsed the next morning and did an Apple Cider Vinegar (1:4 ratio) Rinse.
[*]I T-shirt dried.
[*]I detangled in four sections using spraying ORS Detangler to help my comb glide through.  I’m loving this detangler.  It helps me detangle with minimal breakage.
[*] In the back half I separated my hair into three sections. And the two front quadrants into two sections to be braided later.
[*]Prior to braiding each section, I detangled again and applied Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Leave-in Conditioner  and ORS Smooth N Hold Pudding.
How far along are you in your relaxer stretch?  How is it going for you?
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8 thoughts on “Weeks 16 & 17 of My 24 Week Relaxer Stretch | Procrastinating

  1. Your braid out looks gorgeous, healthy and thick. Love your documenting your stretch with steps and products. They are very helpful. Your end result and hard work will certainly pay off. I usually stretch to about 3-4 months but scared to go beyond 4 mths. Your 6mth stretch is giving me ideas though. Has the overnight deep conditioning made a difference along your stretch and easier detangling?

    Great blog and gorgeous hair.

  2. Thanks, Stacey! The overnight deep conditioning helps to make sure that my hair is very moisturized (even with so-so conditioners) — new growth and relaxed hair. It doesn't add much as far as detangling though unless I'm using the right conditioner. When I DC overnight, I put my hair in braids and then clip them up so that my hair doesn't tangle as I sleep.

  3. Thanks, Abena! I need that reminder because when I sit and think about it I feel like I still have so far to go. And yes, I've been contemplating banding (well more like creating several small ponytails to stretch my new growth) but for whatever reason, I just haven't gotten around to it. I think it would be a great way to stretch my new growth. ….Actually when I think about it, I do know why I haven't done it. It's because I'd still end up styling my hair in a bun in which I would still stress my edges getting them to lay down. All of that extra manipulation isn't worth it for what will end up being a bun. But who knows, I may end up trying it in the future anyway just to see what kind of results I get. Thanks for commenting! I love these suggestions that get me thinking.

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