So as I promised in my last post I owe you ladies a post on how the last few weeks of my Relaxer Stretch went to complete the 'STRETCH WITH DABS SERIES'!
I am still in awe of how well the stretch which ended up lasting 15weeks and 4 days went! I attribute the success to being so busy those last weeks I forgot about counting the weeks...but I didn't forget about caring for my hair, in fact I have never had as many co-washes before as I had during this stretch!! I literally let my hair speak to me, let me share some of the things it was saying and how I responded!!
One of the things my hair said to me very sternly I might add, during the last few weeks of my stretch say from week 12 was ''please don't comb me everyday...just don't''- So this is what I did, during my weekend treats once I was done, I would make sure I comb my hair gently and smoothly while it was damp after I had moisturized and sealed it and then I would put the hair in a ponytail still while damp and then use my stocking scarf (I cut off one leg of an old panty hose) and tie it round the base of my ponytail like this;
My hair would remain in the ponytail and dry out while I take care of the ends for the next 3 days, moisturizing, sealing the ends and styling them either by braiding them, twisting them or just rolling them into a bun/chignon . By mid week, either Wednesday or Thursday I would have gone almost all week long without combing my hair, if my hair began to itch, tangle or just simply feel dry, I would repeat the process all over again...
Another major issue my hair brought to my attention was MY EDGES!! Unfortunately for me once my new growth steps in, my edges refuse to cooperate! My go to trusted edge controller used to be....you guessed it-ORS's Edge Control...remember THIS POST! But after a while I dumped it because of its overly thick, tough gooey feeling that made application on my edges rough-it just didn't rub on smoothly!
Then I found Eco-Styler Olive oil Gel which I reviewed some time ago HERE and I found that though I love it, it has the tendency to cause build up after a few days of usage, I combated that by spritzing my edges with water first before adding the gel and it still works but I decided to try pure Aloe Vera gel which I LOVE!
Its just the right consistency for smoothing out my edges without causing build up and it kept them conditioned!
Finally, during the last lap of my stretch, I was MISS. K.I.S.S- Miss Keep It Simple Sister (There's a You tube guru whose channel is that name called Tracey, she was one of the first ladies whose videos I watched and loved when I started my hair journey in 2010). I could not afford to experiment or concoct hair treats not only because I was super busy but also because I just wanted to stick to my tried and tested hair treats, moisturizers, oils etc. Some of my staples;
Hair Treats; I stuck to a combination of Silk Element's Mega silk Olive moisturizing treatment;
Hair Trigger Explosive Growth Elixir (will always be a staple product for me, stretch or not!!love it)
Then depending on the weekend I would add a protein based or conditioning based ingredient like Henna, Honey, coconut milk or oils...
|ADDING MORROCAN ARGAN OIL|
Moisturizers/Detangler; My go to detangler will always be Mane n Tail Detangler-
This product worked the hardest during this stretch!! For moisturizers I stuck like glue to Giovanni's direct leave in;
and the Darcy's Botanical Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning crème which came just in time for my stretch and helped a great deal!!
Finally my go to sealing oils were olive oil and grape seed oil which I mixed in my root applicator bottle and used to seal in my moisture daily, I also used the Jamaican black castor oil for my nape hair to help it fill out!
Before I knew it, week 16 was almost here... it was Thursday the 18th and I just had a phone call from an aunt in Houston and she said she would be over to visit with the family...I took one good long look at my hair which was struggling to look presentable in a bun then I looked at my Calendar, just 3 days to go till week 16...immediately I psyched myself up, mixed a whole cup of my favourite relaxer in the world; Silk Elements Megasilk Relaxer;
and went to work!! By the time my aunt came over with my uncle and the family, your home girl had sleek edges and fluffy ends! WIN!!
That's how I was able to successfully stretch my relaxer, my next relaxer touch up will be in December!! Yes I am stretching again :) in the mean time stay tuned for the relaxer update, it's my next post!! As usual, thanks for stopping by!