STRETCH WITH DABS SERIES- THE LAST LAP!

Hiya,
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;




WITH;
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!

Xxx
Dabs


12 comments:

  1. Hey Dabs, can't wait for your hair update pics :) have you tried the aloe Vera styling gel by Forever living or even their aloe gel? I love the way it helps my edges. What does honey do for your hair and how often do you use it? Can I use coconut milk in tins for the hair treatment and when should I use it.

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    1. Hiya, I have tried their aloe gel, feels good! Honey is a humectant which draws moisture from the atmosphere and helps keep hair moisturized :) Yes you can use coconut milk from tins, that's what's in the picture above :)

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  2. Dabs,I miss you sha. Did you call these simple? LOL. I don't have any of these good hair care products and I'm stretching too. Hope every's is great. Bless.

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    1. awwww I will be back Gretel in full force :) Everything is great dear, thanks for asking! Wish you the best with your stretch!!

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  3. hi dabs, i thot u were using the texturizer originally, have you switched to relaxer now? or is it cos u just wanted sleek egdes? pls reply. iruoma

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    1. No I have been using this particular relaxer since 2011, I ''Texlax'' with it meaning I use it but leave it on my hair for a shorter period than required so my roots are not bone straight but still have texture at the end :)

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  4. Well done and great post.. Before i went natural i did 12 week stretches too :) id love to try giovanni some day.. I their products everywhere x

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    1. Thanks Yolanda, you should definitely try Giovanni out especially their direct leave in-good stuff! :)

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  5. Hi Dabs.. interesting post once again. Well done. Your hair looks fab. im also stretching to December. I Cant wait to give my hair all the TLC. looking forward to your next post.

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  6. Hi Dabs, I came across your blog last month. Nice job.. I'll become a customer soon I hope.. Long story short, I'm stretching but my hair seems to hate the deep conditioning pre poo.. It cuts like mad whenever I do that so I generally stick to coconut oil alone.. Any ideas or should I just remain with the coconut oil and forget about using a deep conditioner for pre poo?

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    1. Hi Neolle, thanks for reading my blog. Your hair might be cutting because your deep conditioners are protein based;protein overload usually leads to breakage. I definitely think you should incorporate moisture based treatments in your pre-poo I.e overnight or long hours of sitting with the treatment on your hair Nader a shower cap before you cleanse/shampoo your hair. Moisture based deep condotioners will be without cholesterol, protein/hydrolized protein, eggs etc. oh and the coconut oil is a protein based oil so that could be leading to the overload of protein that is causing the breakage.

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  7. Hi Dabs, I came across your blog last month. Nice job.. I'll become a customer soon I hope.. Long story short, I'm stretching but my hair seems to hate the deep conditioning pre poo.. It cuts like mad whenever I do that so I generally stick to coconut oil alone.. Any ideas or should I just remain with the coconut oil and forget about using a deep conditioner for pre poo?

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