Wash Day + Wig Protective Styling

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.

Protective styling with a wig is a way to reduce excessive manipulation to your hair. Protective styling helps you on a journey to long Nigerian hair.
Protective styling with a wig
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Relaxer Touch-up

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 did my relaxer touch-up myself but I had to visit the salon to do a corrective relaxer touch-up.

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.

The results:

I did my relaxer touch-up myself but I had to visit the salon to do a corrective relaxer touch-up.

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Harmattan Regimen

The harmattan came in a full force this January. It is characterized by extreme dryness. My scalp dried out a couple of hours after moisturizing it. Below is my regimen:

– I currently installed Senegalese braids (protective styling)

–  I moisturize and seal daily with water and coconut oil.

– I massage my scalp with coconut oil nightly.

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Disbeliefs and Doubting Thomas

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.

Protective Styling - Senegalese Braids
Protective Styling – Senegalese Braids

I am even more motivated to continue on this journey. My doubting thomases are part of my inspiration.

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Why Blog a Bet???

I intend to grow at least 10 inches of my hair in 12 months.
The standard growth rate for my hair is 1/2  inch every month. This should results in 6 inches in 12 months.  However, I have decided to take on this challenge.

THE CATCH: I made a bet with a friend to give him 1000USD by December 31st 2015 if I acheive waist length hair. However, he will give me the 1000USD if I attain the goal.

Blogging is a means to document the journey to the goal.

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