Today’s Feature Friday post places the spotlight on Judithrese, a Nigerian based blogger on a mission to achieve healthy, relaxed hair (texlaxed hair).
When and why did you start your healthy hair journey?
I started my healthy hair journey in October of 2013. It started as an act of curiosity to find out from the Internet if African/black women could grow very long hair. I came across you and other amazing bloggers with really long healthy hair, even women from my own country Nigeria. I was further motivated by the negative words of my mum and brother who specifically told me I would be wasting my time and that my hair can never be like the ladies I saw both on blogs and YouTube.
What is your current length / goal length of your relaxed hair?
My current length is Bra Strap Length and my goal length is waist length.
What is your relaxed hair regimen?
For weeks 1-8/10 I wash my hair once a week, prepoo, shampoo and deep condition on every Washday (I do not cowash) apply leave ins and style. Weeks 8/10 and above I stretch my Washday to every 2weeks. I try to do protective styles that stretch my hair and sometimes put in small twists (I don’t use extensions). Every two days I do my scalp massage with an oil then moisturise and seal my hair.
How often do you touch-up / trim / use heat on your relaxed hair?
I touch up every 16-20 weeks and I texlax my hair. I usually trim my hair when needed but starting next year it would be on a strict schedule of 1-2 times per year. I use warm or cold air setting to blow dry. I haven’t used a flat iron since the beginning of my healthy hair journey (2years).
What are your favorite go-to styles?
My go-to style would definitely be buns and updos. I also love bantu knot outs and flexi rod sets.
What do you love most and least about your hair?
I love the thickness of my hair and it’s versatility. Most of the time it looks and behaves like natural hair. The least thing I love about my hair… Right now are the ends. After I take off 2-3 inches to get rid of the ends, there would be nothing I would love least!
Do you take any supplements or use growth-aides? How have they helped?
I do not take any supplements. The growth aids I use are proper hair care practices, finger detangling most of the time and scalp massages with pure castor oil. These have worked effectively for me. I’m currently experimenting with Amla oil.
What has helped you most in achieving and maintaining length?
Finger detangling, stretching my relaxer and good haircare practices.
Name a hair product, accessory or tool you cannot be without? And why?
A moisturiser and castor oil for scalp massages. This is because I can do without or have cheap and easy alternatives to every other products in my hair regimen.