FEBRUARY RELAXER UPDATE!

Hiya,
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!
 
Xxx
Dabs 
 
 

 

 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

21 comments:

  1. Hello dabs nice post. U ve never replied any of my comments or. Mail I just hope u rely ds being d 1st 4 2day. I ve ds dry fulll coarse frizzy n stubborn hair. N I'm thinking of relaxing in 2wks time. I also want to do dat protein thing wit egg mayo n olive oil I hope it will not make my hair burn. Cause I will be relaxing it a wk after. Also what can I do 4 my dandruff its really annoying I've had it since childhood. I just hope n pray u reply ds.
    Odibo Zino Dollhouse

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    1. Hi Zino, I am pretty sure I have replied your email in detail. A protein treatment will help prepare your hair and strengthen it for the harsh relaxer treatment, doing it a week to relax day is not going to affect your hair as you relax it, at least it doesn't affect mine and I've been doing pre relaxer treatments for years now.

      Sorry about your dandruff, I have posts focused on dealing with dandruff, please use the search column to find those posts just type, dandruff. But in the meantime, you can try hot oil treatments using tea tree oil on your scalp regularly.

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  2. Your hair has truly grown thicker too! So lovely...

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  3. By asking ppl to send in pic every 2 months for a lenght check
    arent you encouraging to relax or to straighten the hair to get a more accurate lenght check?

    I get you want to relax more often at times but to do that all year long........i am not sure I am in favour of that

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    1. Hi Feyi, I am relaxed and relax my hair every two months and that hasn't changed for the past 3years since I started growing my hair. If you relax less often that's fine, the logic behind making the check every 2 months is that the average hair grows 1/2 an inch a month and so in 2 months your hairs should be 1inch longer, wether you relax it or not, so by the end of the year your hair should be 6inches longer after 12 months. Hope this explanation helps.

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    2. I was referring to people who may have wanted to take part, relaxing less often (eg every 12 weeks or so) as supposed to more often.

      Anyway different strokes for different folks. Happy haircare!

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    3. That's fine, I said it in my reply, if you want to relax less often that's fine but the bottom line is that your hair at 2 months old should be an 1inch longer that's why we are checking every 2 months regardless of the state it is, natural or relaxed. I relax at 10 weeks sometimes, I've stretched to 13 weeks, it does not affect the fact that your hair is 1inch longer at 2months. Hope you get me now.

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  4. I agree with you on the Nature's Gentle touch ish. They need waaaay more research on black hair and if they insist on using only their products in their institute, they gotta have variety. Lovely hair as usual.
    As for Bance, no comment :x

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  5. Congratulations on your hair growth dear.I agree with holding off trimming your hair.

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  6. Your hair looks so healthy after the relaxer. It's obvious you prepared it well.

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  7. Dabs,pls I need heeelp.I hve dis severe frontal hair loss.pls wat do u recommend?tanks

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    1. Please read my post on 10things to stop receding hair line under my 'popular posts' on the top right of this page. It should help you identify what you need to do to remedy the hair loss. If you need more assistance please send me an email detailing the hair loss, when it started, does it itch etc. pictures could also help and I'll see what I can do to help. Thanks for reaching out! Cheers

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  8. Hi, my name is damola and i believe i av all the hair problems known to man from dandruff to itchy scalp. Ma hair crumbles like crakers biscuit and it has never grown past its present annoying lenght. I heard of your blog from a friend and i am truely "flabber-whelmed" especially with the growth challenge thingy. I would really love to have long and healthy hair that i dont have to cover up all the time with weaves. Please i need help!!! *sad face*

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  9. Omg!!! Dabs I love ur hair. I jes started reading ur blog today. My hair is so damaged it has cut all round as if a rat ate it. I need my full hair back pls wat do I do? Tnx

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  10. Hey hey! Tell me about the game!! LOL cracked out when I saw that mac' n cheese hair do! And guess what I'm from SA! ...think the blonde thing started in the FIFA 2010 World Cup, thanks to French players! Not much of a soccerfan ei unless either SA or Naija is playing. Just for moral support sake n to see who's ass will be whoped by Naija. Starting a healthy hair journey myself, hope to see more great posts....hugs from South Africa

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