I’m Finally at my target stretching goal (16 weeks). It has not been an easy stretch except for when I have a PS. I wore cornrows for approximately 4 weeks. Then in the past three weeks, I have been wigging. I bought my first wig and I have been loving having it on because I get to leave my hair alone except for wash days and when I’m M&Sing during the week. I am intending to relax my hair this coming weekend and so this wash day had a little more protein incorporated to add strength to my strands.
Here is how my wash day went:
Hair products used
1. I prepooed with Soft n’ Free GroHealthy Milk Protein & olive Oil. As I mentioned earlier, this oil is only used as a prepoo because it leaves my hair brittle. I’m actually using it because I don’t want to let it go to waste. When I’m done with this bottle I will not repurchase.
2. Shampooed with two shampoos. First, I shampooed once with Olive Oil Creamy Aloe shampoo to clarify. Then I shampooed with CoN Moisture & Shine shampoo to restore moisture to my strands.
3. After rinsing the Shampoo, I applied my Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner on my hair and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing.
4. I t-shirt dried for 10 minutes and then applied my DC. I used Bonnawell on the base of my hair and then layered with Lory’s on the ends of my hair. I coated this some EVOO and covered my hair with a plastic bag and let it sit for 2 hours.
5. I rinsed the mixture and t-shirt dried for 20 minutes.
6. I applied my leave ins (L=Chi Keratin Mist, C=ORS Carrot Oil, & O=EVOO) in sections and the detangled as I installed rollers. I slept in the rollers and that was the most uncomfortable night of my life.
1 inch rollers
Front side (half inch rollers)
I took down the rollers in the morning and kept the curls for the whole day. I do not have pictures of my hair after removing the rollers. The results were good but my hair reverted within a few hours because of the texlaxed texture. In the evening, I parted my hair in to six sections and braided(three on each side of my head), then tied my head scarf for the night. I have been wigging for the week.
I tried to curl my hair before and failed! This past weekend I was at my mum’s place and decided to experiment with her rollers. I used two different sizes of rollers.
Yellow (half inch)
Green (one inch)
I intend to purchase some for myself in the coming months. I would like to practice roller setting until I’m good at it. These are the results:
From the yellow roller
from the green roller
I prefer the curl from the green roller. I don’t like the tight look of the curl from the yellow on. Which one do you like?
I think that its important to celebrate small victories just like the big ones. I am 12 weeks post! Yay! I’m so happy to get to this far. I’ve had an easy time this time around because I installed a long term PS for three weeks.
This is how my wash day went:
1. Prepooed with Soft n’ Free GroHealthy Milk Protein & olive Oil. I bought this oil some weeks ago but it leaves my hair brittle. So I only use it as a pre poo because I know after that I can wash it off.
2. I Shampooed once with the last of Vitale Shampoo (one product down!). I shampooed again with CoN Deep Moisturising shampoo out of habit of shampooing twice. Because shampooing once is usually enough :).
3. I applied Roux Porosity Conditioner and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing it out.
4. I applied my conditioner mix (CoN Intensive Conditioning Treatment, Lory’s Professional, & some Olive Oil) on my new growth. I layered this with ORS Hair Mayo on the length of my hair. I let this sit for about 3 hours.
My hair with conditioner
5. I rinsed off with warm water and t-shirt dried for 1 hour.
6. I applied my leave in mix that I used last week and sealed with some olive oil.
I had intended to do a roller set but I didnt have time to do so. So i just seperated my hair in 5 sections and plaited 5 braids and let my hair air dry for the night.
I finally removed my cornrows at three weeks and 3 days (about a week ago. don’t judge me :) ). I had just about had it with the style. Its a good PS but I was tired of having the same style for too long. And my hairline was starting to suffer because the cornrows were starting to lift.
The best thing with this style is that it took me less than one hour to take it down. I gave my scalp two days to rest before washing my hair (
the truth is I had no time to do it because of work). When I finally got to my wash day, my scalp was literally screaming for a good wash. I detangled with my fingers and a wide toothed comb after applying coconut oil to my hair (pre poo stage). This is how much hair I lost after three weeks of not detangling.
1. I started by shampooing once with Olive Oil Creamy Aloe shampoo (clarifying shampoo). My hair felt clean after that. I followed this up with shampooing with CoN Moisture & Shine shampoo to restore moisture to my strands.
2. After rinsing off the shampoo, I applied Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner for five minutes and rinsed. I squeezed off the excess water and tied my hair in a t-shirt.
3. I applied my Lory’s DC to damp hair at the roots. I layered with ORS Hair Mayonnaise on the length of my hair for added strength. I covered this with a plastic cap for 30minutes.
4. I rinsed this off and t shirt dried again for 30 minutes as I took a shower.
5. When I removed the t-shirt my hair felt soft and moisturized.
6. I applied my leave ins, a mixture of CoN products (Intense Conditioning treatment, Nourishing conditioner, Oil Moisturizer & Leave-In Creme Conditioner), and sealed with coconut oil.
I dried my hair using the tension method on cool setting on the blow drier. Then I applied some Gel to my edges and and tied with a scarf for a few minutes as I got ready. I’m now officially 11 weeks post relaxer.
I’m officially 2 months post relaxer! This is so easy to say now that I’ve been in a protective style for the last one week. I just realized that when hair is covered it is so easy to reach these goals. I will definitely be covering my hair more.
This past wash day was no fuss. I had literally two steps;
1. Applied DC in between my lines, covered with a plastic bag and let it sit for about an hour.
2. Rinsed off the conditioner and shampooed with a moisturizing shampoo.
I was very careful not to rub my hair because I still need to keep the style neat :). I Just T-shirt dried overnight and then air dried for the day. Here is how my hair looks one week post;
Link up with others over at the wash day experience.
As you all know, I installed corn rows on Saturday at 7 weeks post. The challenge I’m facing now is how to moisturize my hair seeing that I did the corn rows using extensions. I then came up with a plan to mix some of my products to make a moisturizer for my corn rows. I added the following together;
1. Crème of Nature Lemongrass & Rosemary Leave-In Crème Conditioner (For Dehydrated Hair)
2. Crème of Nature Chamomile & Comfrey Nourishing Conditioner
3. Crème of Nature Oil Moisturizer
Crème of Nature Products
Crème of Nature Products Mixed
I am now applying this in between the lines in the evening and it has this cooling effect on my scalp that gives me a relaxing feeling at the end of a long day at work. I apply this in the evening because it leaves my hair looking white ish like this.
After Applying Mix
If I apply it in the morning, then it means I have to overly rub my hair to dissolve it completely and that is not good if I want the style to last me a while. Over and above that, I have mixed some braid spray, water, and EVOO in a spray bottle like this.
Braid Spray + Water + EVOO
I spray this on my hair after applying my moisturizing mix. This reinforces the moisture and helps to get the cornrows really moist and that means moisture gets into my hair that is in between the extensions. I then tie my head scarf for bed.
In the morning, all I do is spray my hair with Chi Keratin Mist and leave it in for the day.
CHI Keratin Mist
How do you moisturize your hair while in a protective style?
I cant believe that its already 7 weeks since my last relaxer! I’m sorry I didn’t link up a post last week on the wash day experience. I still haven’t mastered any technique that makes my hair smooth. I enjoyed reading the posts that you all posted. I even left comments on some of them.
This wash day was long but fulfilling. I shampooed my hair on Friday evening after work. I used Crème of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture & Shine Shampoo (Hydrates & Detangles) that gives me the slip and leaves my hair moisturized and detangled. I shampooed twice. I have recently adopted T-shirt drying instead of towel drying. I have noticed that I have been experiencing fewer tangles. I have also noticed that the t-shirt dries my hair without sucking the moisture out of it and that makes me a very happy girl :).
I then applied my DC mix, which is a mixture of Lory’s Proffessional, honey, and Crème of Nature’s Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment. I was meant to let that sit for an hour then rinse but I dosed off and had it over night.
I rinsed in the morning. My hair felt very soft. I t-shirt dried again for 20 minutes while I took a shower. I applied my chi keratin mist and then detangled in sections as I blow dried using the tension method. I was about to grab my leave-in and rollers for the ‘Rollin’ Down the River’ link up. But then something struck me that I should try a protective style. One of my friends has been protective styling most of the time for the past few months and her hair has really grown! I got dressed and headed to the salon. Lucky for us in Kenya, you do not need an appointment to make your hair because the salons are very many and the hair dressers are also many. Unless you have a specific one that you like to go to then you have to call them and find out if they are free (most of the time they will say yes and then when you get there they have like 2 people ahead of you. You either sit and wait or go back another time #makesmemad!)
I did some corn rows with extensions. I had to instruct the lady to be extra careful not do the front too tight for the sake of my hairline (My hair breaks easy on my front hairline). I also asked her to bun the ends of the extension permanently (sew the bun in place) to avoid tagging at my hair line every morning as I try to style. After that I went home and applied my leave ins just as I would if I was applying grease to my scalp in between the corn rows.
Long story short. These are the results!