So as I promised, this post brings you my first relaxer update for the year 2013. I relaxed at 8weeks, told you all about my ordeal here. It went well this time, thank God! I actually did the entire process infront of the TV as I watched Burkina Faso play Ghana in the Semi Finals of the AFCON competition!
I am not a huge soccer person but after Nigeria had scored 4 goals, I had to know who we were going to play! So I turned my living room to a salon and yes my Hubs gave me the side eye but he saw the plea in my eyes and he understood...I definitely tried not to spend 30minutes relaxing the hair as that would not have given me the texlaxed look so I must have spent about 20/25minutes for the entire process, I coated my hair (leaving out the roots)with conditioner and coconut oil (cannot over emphasis the importance of this step) and twisted in small sections then I started with my edges which usually are the last place I apply my relaxer but with edges that looked like they had never been relaxed before, I needed to start there. I dont advice that if you have thinning edges.
With the twists, I did something different this time around. While having my hair in twists is a brilliant idea because it really prevents the tangles and breakage that arise from dividing your hair as you apply your relaxer and it saves time, if not done properly some parts of your roots can be left untouched so I decided that this time I would take a twist, loosen it, apply the relaxer with my sprush and smooth it out with a comb straight away;
And I thank God I made that decision because it avoided time wasting when I was done applying the relaxer and it was time to wash it out;
I washed my hair out, applied some conditioner rinsed it out a few minutes later and the game was still on!!! I came in time to meet the penalties; Ok can I take a minute to talk about the Burkina Faso striker's hairstyle? Can I say macaronni and cheese?!!LOL
|No Bance, we dont think your hairstyle is cute!! lol|
Needless to say, I had a good laugh over his hair style and He seemed to have rubbed off on other players, one was sporting a bleach blonde beard and even his Ghanaian opponent had a similar hairstyle...what salon were they visiting in SA, I wonder!!
Jokes aside, I enjoyed the match and enjoyed that my hair was perfectly texlaxed in the end with sleek enough edges;
Now to the NHCG 6inches inches of growth challenge check in; I straightened my hair on low heat, put on my length check T-Shirt and excitedly checked to see if I had succeeded in gaining the 1inch of growth from December to now...the verdict is in and its a............YES!!
As you can see, I am past 7 inches and an inch to go to 9inches, my ends are starting to tapper which I am not a fan of but I am tired of cutting this hair because of the smallest issues, I am going to only seek and destroy split ends but that's as far as I must go for this challenge to be successful. So far so good!!
If you are taking part in the challenge, you should take a length check for February, remember we check every 2 months, next check is April, the person closest to gaining 6inches of growth at the end of the year will get $100 worth of hair products of their choice and NHCG goodie bag consisting of a choosen hair kit. Compensation prices will also be available to ladies who showed remarkable hair transformation at the end of the year, soooooo take care of your hair and while you do, snap away, you are just a picture away from winning any of these prizes!! Cant wait to see your pictures!!
I am opening a new page beside the SHOP NHCG page just to upload my progress pictures for this challenge, this picture with my length check is the first that will be going on there, hopefully I get to my goal of reaching the 13inches mark by the end of the year, God willing...till then expect more tips and tricks from me to make the challenge worth it!!
In other news, I did not go to profile Natures Gentle Touch's Hair Institute after some of you guys warned me that they would make me use only their products...whoever knows salon owners that do this, please discourage them, its not a good idea at all especially when dealing with African hair. As for the hair institute, I understand that they have a brand (which needs some refining) to promote but we all have different unique textures and you cannot subject every head of hair to the same product. Let clients use what works for them, if you are going to impose products then you better have a variety of different brands to choose from... based on this finding profiling them is out of the window for me but I have my sights on many other salons in this town, now my hair is well texlaxed I won't mind a salon visit...so stay tuned people!!
Have a great week ahead!