The Final Stretch??? Relaxed Hair Issues [BONUS Video]

Stretching My Relaxer

Another 6 months have passed since I last relaxed, it seems really quick when you think about it.  I mean my relaxer stretch went pretty smooth, minus the shedding I was experiencing in the beginning.  (Read about how I solved that problem here).  Overall my hair was pretty manageable considering there once was a time where I’d relax my hair like every 8-10 weeks.  Man I didn’t know jack about new growth then.

Stretching my hair is exactly what I needed to get my hair back in shape, thanks to this method (along with my Holy Grail Hair Care products) my hair is much thicker, stronger and getting longer too .  It’s actually in the best shape it’s been during my adult life.  This is now the third time I’ve successfully had a 6 month relaxer stretch.  The fact that I could go without relaxing for so long had me considering not relaxing it anymore.

That was until the relaxer of course!

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When I say I am so happy to feel my scalp again?!?!  I love the feeling of freshly relaxed hair.  The fact that I can actually run my fingers through my hair, I mean really run your fingers through without getting stuck, I LIVE for that!

I used the Crème of Nature Straight from Eden relaxer system as usual and then did an additional rinse with my normal clarifying shampoo, the ORS Aloe Shampoo.  I then went in with my hair’s love of its life, the Aphogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor and walked around with that in my head for about 5- 10 minutes.  Hey I just relaxed so you know I have to get that protein back in my hair!  Keep reading to find out what I did.

Deep Conditioning

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, deep conditioning is necessary.  Whether you rock your hair natural or relaxed, deep conditioning provides an intensive treatment that brings moisture or protein back into your hair.  Which deep conditioner you choose to use is usually based on the state of my hair at the time.  If you’re hair is feeling dry, you’re obviously in need of some moisture.  If your hair feels limp and lifeless you need some protein in your life.  I just picked up the All Natural Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner from Eden BodyWorks  which is a good balance of both so of course I thought I’d jump right into that.

The Jojoba Monoi (I just like that word Monoi lol) deep conditioner declares to balance the moisture in your hair while still giving it the strength it needs to be healthy.  It will treat damages we can all relate to like overprocessing or damaged and dry hair.  It’s formulated to work on all hair types with the results of healthier and more manageable hair.

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I used the Eden BodyWorks deep conditioner with my Hot Head deep conditioning cap (remember I told you about this new cool gadget during the stretch).  I can’t even tell you how long I left it in for but I know it was definitely a couple of hours before I rinsed it out.  I was able to cook dinner and everything.

Now I had full intention of going through the motions of blow drying my hair then trimming it then flat ironing my hair and adding flexi rods but at you can see that didn’t happen.  I walked around doing stuff in the house while my hair t shirt dried as normal.  I even got a new video edited and uploaded that night (About that haul tho…).  By the time I realized I should finish up my hair I was ready to go to bed.

So what did I do???

One of my favorite protective styles, a twistout!!  Since my hair wasn’t yet fully dried, I went ahead and applied leave in conditioner, actually not one but two leave in conditioners.  The first one is the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave in Conditioner.  I have been using this leave in for about at month now and my hair loves it!!!  I have a full review coming on this particular product really soon subscribe over on the right of the screen to be sure to catch that.  My hair is used to liquid leave in conditioners but since I’m all out of my normal one, I have been using this and have been highly satisfied to the point where I didn’t feel the need to run out and repurchase just yet.

 

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The second leave in conditioner I used was one that I’ve had in the stash for a while now.  Like I said, my hair prefers liquids but since the Elasta QP moisturizer is one of my holy grails, I thought I’d give their leave in conditioner another try,  The Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Anti-Breakage Leave in Conditioner Intensive Treatment is a thick creamy consistency so I basically just used it in place of my normal moisturizer since my hair was still damp (even more since I added the previous leave in).

Lastly I sealed the 2 leave in conditioners with my latest mixture of oils that includes Shea Moisture’s Extra 100% Virgin Coconut Oil, my holy grail Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil, along with a host of other oils.  Find out the full details in this quick blog exclusive video of me mixing up my natural hair oils here.  Look at the Flick of the Wrist while I whip it up LMAO!!!

I then went in with my wet detangling comb that I picked up during my trip to Sally’s Beauty supply store this past week and with no method to the madness I grabbed the scissors and began to trim my hair.  I hardly ever wear my own hair straightened anymore so I’m not so concerned with it all being one length at the moment.  My goal is healthy growing hair and I was so over those straggly looking ends.  I’m sure I could use a bit more trimming but for now this will do.  After the trim I just grabbed big sections of my hair and ended with 5 twists that I wrapped up into bantu knots.  This is something I am going to have to give myself more time to do because my hair did not dry overnight and I love one of my good twistu knots (yeah I just made that up but that’s basically what I do to my hair).  If it would have dried and set the way I wanted it to it would have been BOMB!!!  Still turned out cute though 😉

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The Healthy Hair Journey #HHJ

As I stated earlier, I’ve contemplated continuing my stretch and transition into natural hair.  I just know if I did decide to do it, it would be an easier transition in the colder months.  Whether or not this will be my final stretch remains to be determined.  For now I will remain relaxed and continue on with my healthy hair journey.  Be sure to stick around and see if I end up changing my mind.  Right now due to successful relaxer stretching, I’m open to anything.

Y’all know me I’m #teamhealthyhair,  whether you’re natural or relaxed if it’s a head full of healthy hair, I’m all for it!!!  Me personally I definitely needed to get this task out the way before the heat and sweat kicks in and I couldn’t even comb through that mess anymore.  Having relaxed hair  makes it easier on life and wash days are just a little shorter.  See now that my hair is so thick regardless it takes longer to do but for now I wouldn’t have it any other way.

How are you planning for Summer hair???  Let me know down in the comments down below!

Until next time, Stay Blessed Beauties

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  • Tomes Edition

    Is your hair fully texlaxed now? Loads of volume. Awesome relaxer day.

    • Kay’s Ways

      Hey Tome!
      Yeah if anything is left it’s only a small part on the ends (I still haven’t blown it out or flat ironed to see what’s left to go). For the most part, it’s pretty much all texlaxed now, thank goodness! Those straggly ends were the worst

  • I love how thick your hair is even tho it’s texlaxed! Congrats on stretching for 6 months! Do you have any tips for those new to stretching?

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience!

    http://www.savingourstrands.com

    • Kay’s Ways

      Hey KLP!
      Yes I actually have it in the plans to do a post on Tips to a Successful Relaxer stretch coming soon. I’ll be sure to share that with you guys in the #washdayexperience. I love reading everyone’s methods to how they treat their hair and so glad to be a part of it again.

  • Six months is an awesome stretch! I just relaxed my hair and it didn’t take well. Next time I’m going to try this brand of Creme of Nature that you’ve been speaking of.

    • Kay’s Ways

      Hey Stacie! I definitely recommend it, so gentle but yields results!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Wow..kudos to you girl. I remember trying to grow out my relaxer and I barely lasted 3 months. Your hair looks great. Love those oils are well.

    • Kay’s Ways

      Yeah it definitely took some time to work my hair to last that long. Thanks so much for the compliment & dropping in to read/comment Vee!

  • Ursula Ball

    I love your post about your relaxer journey and having healthy hair! I have been going to a salon school in which I get mine done and trim my hair for $40 every 10 wks with the Mizani Butter Blend (this has been for 3 yrs and love the process/results!!) I have been using coconut oil for my scalp and limited days to use style products to beat the humidity!

    Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty

    • Kay’s Ways

      Hey Ursula!
      I hear great things about the Mizani butter blend, Im going to have to check them out. Coconut oil is the best!!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting

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