13 weeks post!!! 😈
I haven’t stretched this long in quite sometime and likely won’t again (don’t hold me to that). My relaxer stretch norm is every 10 weeks as that is my sweet spot. Any longer leads to breakage and frustration. This stretch was no different. I’ve lost more hair over the past 3 weeks than I care to admit. No matter how gentle or careful, break break break. I find it amazing how some can stretch months and months whereas I seem to struggle as I near 10 weeks. All that to say, this wash day was not all that great but I survived. Note: wash day was Sunday although I’m just getting around to posting it. 😯
I started with using KeraVada Fenugreek oil. I really like this oil. It’s very light and spreads well. It softened my new growth and made it manageable for wash day.
My hair has been really dry lately no matter how much I clarify, co-cleanse, co-wash or deep condition. I typically use Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose and while my length loves it, my new growth seems to laugh at it hysterically. Therefore, I decided to use something different this wash day — Sally’s GVP Conditioning Balm. I conditioned for 1 hr total — the first 30 minutes was with steam under my LCL Stand Up Steamer.
Air dried using the banding method.
Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose and Sally’s GVP Conditioning Balm are moisture based and usually do my hair right no matter what issue I’m experiencing. However, much like the past wash days, I again experienced tangles, breakage and dryness. 😥
It wasn’t until this wash day did I have a potential a-ha moment – my new growth seems to respond better to natural techniques (baggying, greenhouse effect, spritzing with water, etc) throughout the week when moisturizing and styling. Perhaps my new growth prefers natural handmades vs. commercial grade products. My next wash day is right around the corner so I plan to condition with a lovely handmade to test out this theory. I will report back and let you know if using a handmade made all the difference for my problematic hair.