Sunday, May 27, 2012

It's Been Forever!!

I've been so busy with school and work! I feel like I haven't posted a new blog in ages (sorry!). I still don't know if anyone reads my posts, but I feel like this is more for me than anyone else. As of this Thursday (May 31, 2012) it will have been 3 MONTHS since I've had a relaxer put in my head :D It's been hard to come up with the last time I've had a relaxer (since I don't keep in touch with my former hair stylist that much), but I can tell you that I haven't had a relaxer in March, so I'm starting with that month.
So far, it hasn't been that hard and I'm very thankful for that. Since my last post I've done two shampoo and conditioner treatments on my hair (followed by a leave in conditioner - Wen). Because I haven't taken the time out to learn how to do a roller set on myself, I have continued with the flat iron, but I stay away from the transitioning line. Hopefully I will learn to do a roller or rod set very soon.
I think I have about an inch of new growth. Nothing major. I'm trying to stay patient. I haven't felt like going back to a relaxer, but I have felt like cutting it off and just getting braids. I might do that for the summer, so that I won't be touching my hair so much.
Anyways, I will try to post again soon *fingers crossed*.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Results After First Co-Wash...

I'm very pleased with how my hair turned out :D It has so much body and it still looks nice, even without having had a relaxer for over a month. My ends are SO much thicker and when I run my fingers through my scalp, I LOVE feeling all of my new growth. I'll be so excited to rock my hair all natural!!

First Co-Wash...

It's officially been a week since I've had all my dead ends cut off & my last shampoo/conditioner combo. I decided to do my co-wash a week and a day later so that I can set my co-washes every Saturday (because it's the weekend and I'm not in school). Instead of washing my hair in the sink (which I used to do & is VERY bad), I decided to wash my hair in the shower so that my hair will less likely get tangled up. So I'm gonna stop the rambling and get on with what I did :)

1. I parted my hair into four sections and washed each section with Organix Hydrating Teatree Mint (see previous blog post). I made sure that I didn't "scrub" the product throughout my head, because that can cause hair to tangle up and you will lose more hair. Instead I ran my fingers throughout my hair and made sure that I rubbed it on my scalp (since my new growth is the main focus).

2. I combed each section and the my whole hair with a wide tooth comb like this: 

3. I put Olive Oil Deep Penetrating Conditioner all over my hair, put a a cap over my head & let it sit for about 50 minutes while I did stuff around the house. You can also leave this conditioner on your hair for 10-15 minutes if you sit under a hair dryer... it is also better to do it that way (so it gets to the root), but I was pressed for time and had other things that needed to be done around the house before work.

4. After letting the conditioner sit on my hair for 50 minutes, I hopped back in the shower to wash the product out of my hair and then proceeded to towel dried my hair.

SIDE NOTE: I would have put in a leave in conditioner, but I haven't found the right one just yet.

5. I put Olive Oil Moisturizer throughout my hair so that it would not get dry while I blow dried my hair (NOTE: I did not put heat directly on my hair, I held it about 10 inches away from my head and moved it around my hair until it was dry).

6. After blow drying my hair, I sectioned my hair off into four sections and put Garnier Fructis Flat Iron Perfecter throughout my hair so there would be no heat damage to my relaxed hair.

7. Next, I used my Bed Head flat iron to straighten ONLY my relaxed hair. I did not touch my new growth at all. I did not even get close to the point where the relaxed part started and the new growth ended.

8. After I was done, I put a a small amount of the Olive Oil Moisturizer throughout my hair so that it would not be dry.

DISCLAIMER: I know I said that I would do a roller set after I cut my hair short, but I have school next week & I did not want this Saturday to be the day that I experimented with doing a roller set by myself. I will save that for another time. While my new growth is still less than an inch, I will flat iron, but once I see more growth I WILL have to start using roller sets as a transitioning hairstyle. As long as I'm using a heat protector and making sure I moisturize my hair daily, I know that I will not ruin my hair.

One Month & a Half Without Relaxer...

As you can tell I have close to an inch of new growth. My sides are starting to come in a little thicker :) SO happy!!