My hair status is currently 8 weeks post relaxer. I have the new growth sprouting, but not a lot yet. Here is how my wash day 8 weeks post relaxer went:
1. Pre-poo: I did this with coconut oil and Cantu leave in conditioner mix. In this mix, I add water, leave-in conditioner and coconut oil together in a bottle. I wore a shower cap and covered my hair with Hair Therapy Wrap for 20 minutes. This wrap will help the mixture sink into my hair strands.
2. Shampoo: I used the Aphogee curlific shampoo to get rid of product build-up. I used a lot of it because my hair was really dirty.
3. Deep Conditioner: I applied Vitale Mayonnaise all over my hair and then covered it with a shower cap. I deep conditioned using Hair Therapy Wrap for 30 minutes. Then I rinsed it with warm water.
4. I wrapped my hair in a towel for 5 minutes to soak up excess water.
5. Leave-ins: I applied conditioner mix with Cantu Leave in conditioner to my hair and then sealed in the moisture with grape seed oil.
Whenever I protective style with a wig, that tendency to neglect my own hair is always there. However, it is important to still have a hair care regimen when protective styling. If you neglect your own hair because you are wearing a wig, then you might also experience a lot of hair breakage. Hence, I use the regimen below to still take care of my own hair when wearing a wig.
1. I moisturize and seal my hair twice daily with my special mix of water, Cantu leave in conditioner, few drops of coconut oil and grape seed oil. I do this before I leave for the office in the morning as also prior to my bed time.
2. I also baggy my whenever my hair feels really dry. I do t his by spraying my hair with the conditioner mix and wear a shower cap in order to generate some heat and provide some moisture.
3. I have my wash day once in two weeks. I also make sure I deep condition my hair on my wash days so that i can strengthen my strands.
4. I wear a satin bonnet to bed at night. This is to prevent my hair from hair breakage while asleep.
I have always wanted to deep condition with actual heat so I was very happy when I read about the hair therapy wrap. But prior to buying the wrap I usually deep condition overnight. I read that it is easy to use and it also generates just enough heat to help with deep conditioning.
I received my order last week Friday which happened to be my wash day. So I decided to try it out.
I set up the item as instructed in the manual. I inserted the gels that came with the cap in the cap’s compartments. Since my microwave is 1300 watts, I put the wrap in for 40 seconds.
After applying my deep conditioning treatment all over my hair, I wore the one of the shower caps that came with the package. Then I wore the wrap on the shower cap.
Because the cap did not feel hot I thought that it may not be so warm. But I was soooo wrong. My hair felt so soft after 30 minutes when I took off the wrap.
I wish I got this product earlier probably at the start of my hair journey.
My wash day this week was pretty easy and my hair seemed to thank me for it. Here was how it went:
1. Pre-poo: I applied coconut oil and Cantu leave in conditioner mix to my hair and covered it with a shower cap.
2. Shampoo: I used the Aphogee curlific shampoo to get rid of product build-up.
3. Deep Conditioner: I applied Vitale Mayonnaise all over my hair and covered it with a shower cap. I deep conditioned using my newly acquired Hair Therapy Wrap for 30 minutes. Then I rinsed off the deep conditioning treatment with warm water.
4. I t- shirt dried for 15 minutes for get rid of excess water from my hair.
5. Leave-ins: I applied Cantu Leave in conditioner when my hair was almost entirely dried. I sealed in the moisture with grape seed oil.
6. Air Dry: Then I allowed my hair to air dry.
7. Once dried, I plaited in my hair into 8 rows (all back). This will enable me to wear my wig comfortably. It will also make sure that the wig which is my protective styling style sits well on my head without any bumpy areas.
Then I headed off to a wedding ceremony, a.k.a Owambe. Owambes are known for a lot of dancing and eating. I made sure my wig was secured on my head tightly so it does not come off during a dance.
I decided to texlax my hair on Friday 30th January by myself. The results were a total disaster probably because I was scared about getting straight results during the relaxer touch-up. Some parts were texlaxed while most parts were still natural. My last relaxer touch-up was 14 weeks ago.
I decided to go to a salon the next day for a corrective relaxer. Here was how it went:
*I applied JBCO to my hair from roots to ends to prevent relaxer from overlapping. I also had a small pep talk with the stylist as regards the relaxer touch-up time and process.
*Motions relaxer was applied on the new growth. The relaxer was washed off. Motions neutralising shampoo was applied to remove relaxer completely. Aphogee 2 step reconstructor was applied for 3 minutes. Then rinsed off.
* I applied Vitale mayonnaise to my hair and covered with a shower cap. I sat under a hooded dryer for 15 minutes. Then I rinsed it off
*To complete the touch-up process, I then applied Cantu leave in conditioner.
* I applied Aphogee moose in order to set the hair.
So I decided to install a protective style (Senegalese twists) on Saturday. The stylist asked if I had any plans to have a relaxer touch up soon. I informed her about my hair journey and the need to stretch my relaxers. Before I could say Jack Robinson, she told me that all the stuff I read about healthy hair journey online are all a lie. She went on to say that a relaxer touch up should be done every 6 weeks as stated on the relaxer kit pack. She said she is a well experienced stylist since 1989, so I should heed her advice. She said it was also impossible for one to have waist length. If it were true, her hair should be reaching her feet by now.
I am even more motivated to continue on this journey. My doubting thomases are part of my inspiration.