Saturday, August 31, 2013

Relaxer Update (Very Overdue)

Hey ladies! It has been a looooong while since my last post it seems.  Like many of you all, life has been happening and so I haven't been making the time to post any updates on my hair, although I have continued to stalk you all's blogs.  I get excited to see you ladies' progress. I feel like we are all in this together, supporting and rooting each other on.  It's amazing!


Length check before trim
So what's been happening with my hair since my last post?  Well, I ended my 12 week relaxer stretch back on August 9.  This stretch seemed so easy.  I've been incorporating a lot of the techniques I've learned from many of you ladies and it has made life so much easier. Seriously!

For my relaxer, I did the half and half method as I usually do.  I was worried that I ended up with bone straight results; especially on the left back side which is the side I started on, so it had a bit longer processing time than the right side.  The rest of my hair seems to have reverted a bit since my last wash, but the left back still feels a bit straight.  I'm hoping this will not cause any issues at my next relaxer. My plan is to coat my new growth with my Silk Remedy (Sally's comparison to Chi Silk Infusion).  I usually only try to coat my previously relaxed hair, but next time I will try to coat the new growth as well.  I also plan to begin relaxing on the right side instead of the left.

Other than the "over-processing" scare (well not really), my relaxer touch up turned out to be successful.  I did a regular roller set and tried out the saran wrap method again. I've tried this before unsuccessfully, but never posted on it.  This time was definitely a success.  It was like I had flat ironed my hair without a flat iron. Perfect!


Finger combed hair into bun
After my relaxer I decided to go for a trim at Super Cuts.  My ends were in pretty good shape as far as health, but I've mentioned before that my ends are much thinner than I like, so I've decided to gradually snip away until I'm happy with the thickness.  I snapped a length check pick before the trim but never got around to taking a post-trim pic.  The day I went for my trim it was raining and humid. My hair turned into a puffy mess so I didn't bother.  As far as length, it looks like I reached around line 6-ish again which was the length I was at before my last trim back in April. I think she took about an inch off for this most recent trim. Not too drastic.

Since relaxer day I have been in bun city and loving it! I've barely been manipulating my hair other than to moisturize or massage castor oil into my scalp.  I'm hoping this is good enough for my M&S-ing though it doesn't seem to be too thorough  I've been trying to get the moisturizer into most of my hair as much as possible without having to part or manipulate it into sections.  It seems to be working so far.



Back view
I'm hoping to do an update on my nape soon. It's not where I want it to be but definitely making progress.  I've definitely gained some length and thickness there.  I can even get some small rollers back there.  This was not possible before starting my journey.

So far so good on this journey of mine. I may be starting my wash day tonight. I have not washed in two weeks. I have been so busy studying I couldn't even take the time for my weekly wash and my hair is screaming for a cleanse.




I hope all is continuing to go well with everyone's journey!


Thanks for reading,

   Andrea

16 comments:

  1. I've missed your blog post so much. I'm glad that you're doing good .

    It's good to hear that your relaxer -day went good. as far as changing the side you begin with, I think it's a great idea.

    You're nape has make a nice progress. Have you think of relaxing this part only every other relaxer?
    this way it could gain more ng's and strength

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    1. Thank you, Bebe! For my nape I did consider relaxing at every other touchup, but because I was doing my nape last every time it really seemed like it was not processed at all. The relaxer would only be at my nape for like a couple of minutes before I finally rinsed.
      This time around I started with my nape because it was so coily and I wanted to see how much length there was, so I may skip my nape the next time.

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  2. Great results you hair looks really thick and your nape looks good too! Texlaxing is oh so hard to get the same results, am a bit scared about my texlax coming up. But will try coating my new growth. Happy hair growing, indeed we are in it together :)

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne! Texlaxing is very hard as far as consistency. I definitely think coating your new growth will help prevent getting bone straight results. HHG! :)

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  3. Your bun looks nice and full and your nape is making great progress!

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  4. Your hair looks nice and thick girl! Good job texlaxing!
    I am a student as well and sometimes if I am at home doing hw I'll throw on some conditioner and a cap while I work. Not a full on washday, but you'll be happier with your hair and you can prolong your washday:)

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    1. Thanks girl! Doing a simple DC and rinse is a good idea. I definitely did not have the time for a full wash day. I'll try this next time because going two weeks without washing was too much.

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  5. Good to have you posting again Andrea! Your nape is looking good at least all your hairs can come up in a bun mine is a story for another day lol still working on it my edges however are filling in quiet nicely:)

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    1. Thanks Lydz! The secret is, I actually smoothed my hair up and tied a scarf around my edges. The hair at my nape fortunately stayed in place, but it didn't reach the bun. One day it will though. lol! Glad to hear you are making progress with your edges. Hope you post on your progress and let us know what's been working for you.

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    2. Good old castor oil and simply leaving them alone seems to be working I will most def do a post as soon as I am satisfied with my progress

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    3. Can't wait for your post, Lydz. And castor oil has become my best friend too! :)

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  6. Hey Andrea!
    Love the bun and your nape looks good. My nape...just like you, it would get relaxed last so there are a lot of curls to take care of next touch-up. School...baggying and DC while you work is a great tip!

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  7. Great job, Andrea! Your hair has this beautiful sheen to it! Your bun is perfect! Very cute, indeed!

    Congrats on getting your nape to grow out! I think we all have those areas that need a bit more of love (my is the front part of my hair) :)

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