I’m 31 weeks post relaxer and things are going well! *throws confetti; happy dance* I’m totally on cloud 9 and yes, I’m pinching myself daily trying to figure out if this is real or if I’m dreaming. The longer I stretch, the more I’m learning about my hair. I’m learning that my hair isn’t as complex as I thought and it’s manageable with the right level of patience and products.
This wash day started off with a good overnight pre-poo of extra virgin coconut oil. I finger detangled my hair really well before running a comb through it. I used the two comb method — Hercules Sagemann Jumbo Rake and Ouidad Double Detangler. These combs really help remove tangles so that I don’t have to deal with foolishness in the shower.
After my hair was fully detangled, I then moved to the second phase of my pre-poo. I used Komaza Pona on my hair and scalp. I also used HairVeda Red Tea Nourishing Conditioner on my hair. The Komaza Pona Hair and Scalp is an exfoliator / pre-poo that exfoliates the scalp and combats shedding. The HairVeda Red Tea Nourshing Conditioner adds softness to my hair.
I am all for using sulfate shampoo right now and I’m having great luck with it. Using sulfate shampoo removes buildup which allows my hair to respond better to conditioner so I cleansed with Nexxus Therappe.
I’m a creature of habit so I would normally reach for Nexxus Humectress but I decided to reach for a different conditioner – Silk Elements Kera Minerals. I purchased it from Sally’s Beauty Supply. A 12 oz. jar cost about $7.00. The conditioner is just like all the other conditioners I typically go for: thick and creamy. I mixed it with a tablespoon of agave nectar and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. The conditioner applied easily which I liked. The conditioner really didn’t make my hair feel like much of anything without using heat. I used my hot head conditioning cap for 30 minutes to let the conditioner do its thing and that it did. My hair was soft upon rinsing.
When it came down to leave-ins, boy did I layer them on. I didn’t intend to but it just kind of happened that way. I initially started off with wanting to flat iron so that I could trim my hair. Well, mid-way through, I decided to just tension blow dry with the cool setting and use the split-ender to trim.
Yeah, yeah, I know…I used a lot of leave-ins. I normally don’t use that many but my leave-in combination for flat ironing differs from what I’d use for air drying so when I had a change of heart, things got out of sync so I just layered everything on.
Wash day is getting progressively easier but post-wash day is getting progressively harder. My hair is super bushy and thick. If I don’t braid my hair soon after washing, it becomes dry and breakage becomes an issue. I did have more breakage than normal this wash day with all the manipulation of split endering my hair. However, I’m very pleased to report my split ends are still under control. What a relief that is!!!
What’s new and exciting with your hair?