I relaxed my hair 1 month ago.
In this month I have learned a lot of things about myself and about hair.
I told you about my initial regimen here but I obviously tweeked it a bit. Here’s what I’ve been up to.
I pre-shampooed with a blend of oil and conditioner. I used melted shea butter, olive oil and Burt’s and Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Conditioner. The reason why I’m using the Burt’s and Bees conditioner is quite simply that I don’t really like it. I feel like it doesn’t really help me detangle my hair, it doesn’t have much slip…I don’t even like the smell, so really I’m just trying to get rid of it!
In this conditioner’s defense though, it is 100% natural and I know that it doesn’t hurt my hair, which is why I like to add it into my pre-poo.
Right after pre-pooing I washed my hair twice with Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Shampoo.
I then used Joico K-PAK Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor as a protein treatment. I used it every other week.
I then moved on to a deep conditioning treatment with Blue Magic Cholesterol
I deep conditioned for an hour with a plastic cap and a plastic bag on top of it to make sure my head got as hot as it can on its own…I am definitely contemplating the purchase of a heating cap but my hair budget has already gone through the roof…so I’ll wait ;)
Then I rinsed my hair in the sink, finished with cold water, and applied my leave-ins: Infusium 23 Repair and Renew and Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream.
I air dried my hair then added a serum, the Elin Bianco Treatment Serum.
Other important thing to point out: I have not used heat on my hair since I had my perm one month ago.
The additions to the regimen and ever growing product stash
When I started a month ago I bought Blue Magic Cholesterol for deep conditioning. It was suggested by the lady at the beauty supply store and, for some reason, I had a bad feeling about it from the get go. I had gone to the store with another product in mind but since it wasn’t there, I bought the suggestion of the saleswoman. Then I got home and looked for online reviews…and couldn’t find any. Finally, Alma over at BlackHairInformation.com pointed out to me that contains petroleum which can weigh hair down. I then replaced it with LaCoupe Orgnx Re-Nourish Conditioner which I then also replaced with Aubrey Organic’s GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner and Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner because I had read such great reviews about the Aubrey Organics products and didn’t fall in love with LaCoupe’s conditioner. I will review each of these products in individual posts.
Also, during the third and forth week my scalp started to itch like crazy but only in my crown area. As you know, I suffer from Seborrheic dermatitis but it wasn’t the reason of it as I did not have any flakes and the itching was really on the crown area only. So I decided to do a clarifying shampoo to remove all product residues from my scalp and got the Neutrogena Anti-residue shampoo. After using it, the scalp itch subsided, so I’m thinking that it might have been caused by a product…I don’t know which one yet!
Other addition to the regimen: TRESemmé Split End Sealing Serum. I don’t have split ends, but I really do not want to get any. My ends are not extremely dry, but they’re not as smooth and moisturized as I would like them to, that’s why I decided to get this product as a preventive method.
My issues and plans
Up until last week I still had issues with breakage. I felt like a lot of hair would be left on my wide tooth comb after each wash. But since last week, when I deep conditioned twice (once with the GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner and once with the Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner) and added the TRESemmé Split End Sealing Serum I seem to have less breakage. The only thing that can explain this is that I have added quite a bit of protein to my regimen: not only with the GPB Conditioner but with the Split End Serum that contains Hydrolyzed Keratin. So maybe that’s what my regimen was missing.
Apart from that, right now, the only issue I have is that my hair is not cute. Actually let me rephrase that, my hairstyles are not cute. My hair is too short for a nice bun or anything else, so I’ve just been pinning it in the back, side part on the front. So I have NOT been feeling sexy. At all. But I’m making the sacrifice for a long term objective, so that’s ok. I cannot wait to get my braids back. I have been holding off to make sure I established a routine first and pampered my hair for a while.
I also had started a supplement (Nutricap) to promote hair growth but it caused a bad breakout. I had read that products with Biotin could cause breakouts and I was kinda prepared for my skin to maybe react for a while and then get adjusted. But I could not deal with my hair AND my face looking like a HOT MESS. So I will focus on the health of my hair first. Then when I get my hair in a good looking protective style I can try and deal with a breakout. I cannot deal with the flat hair AND the pimples. Come on…
Anyway! I will flat iron my hair once, next week, and then do a last wash and conditioner to prep my hair for braids I plan on getting at the beginning of December, God willing. I plan on keeping my braids for 8 weeks (I will then have achieved a 12 weeks relaxer stretch) then relaxing again.
Are you on a hair journey? How do you take care of your hair? Share your stories and ask your questions below :)