Posts Tagged 'hair status'

The Beginnings of a Stretch

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As most of you may or may not know, this past year I’ve been experimenting with stretching my relaxers.  Mostly not by choice, as I was in college, and didn’t feel comfortable doing the relaxer while I was at school (I didn’t have my own bathroom and I wasn’t going to go to a super expensive salon).  Most of them went well.  And some…not so much.  Right now I’m still debating on if I will go past 11-12 or not.  I’ll see how it goes as the time comes. In the mean time, I like to pay attention what happens to my hair and how it reacts to certain things.  Here’s how my hair is during stretches.

•  My hair grows at different speeds depending where it is on my head.  My edges grow a lot slower than the rest of my head, and as I stretch it becomes noticeable, which is very annoying.  A line appears around my head, and you can see exactly where my line of demarcation is, which is both good and bad depending on how you look at it.  When I’m styling my hair I usually wear a headband to hide it.  I still haven’t done a braid-out or twist-out that I can honestly say I like yet, but when I do, I’ll be rocking that style as much as possible.

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Top:  Left view of my hair right after waking up and not touching it from the night before.

Center & Bottom:  In these two photos you can really see where the line I’m talking about is. I wrap my hair at night so my edges can be smooth for the next day, so it seems like hair goes from flat edges to a poofy ponytail and/or bun in a weird transition style :/

In these photos you can also see my natural hair color.  My hair is a dark brown with light brown/red highlights.  Not sure if all the time running in the sun is what gives me the highlights, but I have them.  They’re really only noticeable when I’m in the sun/a bright area, though.

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Hair Loves

Love 1: My hair has discovered the love of ACV Rinses. Well, I guess discovered isn’t the right word since I never tried to use them before, but now that I have I can’t get enough of them. I started doing the rinses two weeks ago, and immediately noticed a difference in how my hair dried and felt after my wash. I tried Roux Porosity Control when I was home, but it didn’t have quite the same effect as the rinses do to my hair. I do them once a week, as my final rinse after I deep condition, shampoo, and then use regular conditioner.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Here are a few Benefits of ACV Rinses:

gets rid of minerals, deposits and/or other harmful substances in our water
restores the PH in our hair
allows our hair to retain moisture because it seals our hair cuticles

ACV rinses have definitely become a new part of my regimen.

Love 2: A couple weeks ago I ran out of my usual moisturizer, the name escapes me at the moment. I bounced around using random things I had lying around, but finally decided to invest in something new. I decided to try the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-in Cream. It was light enough that it wouldn’t weigh down my hair, but still able to moisturize it well.

NTM Leave-In

I think I’ve finally found something my hair really agrees with, I just wish the bottle was a little bigger. I feel like it will run out sooner than most other moisturizers.

Love 3: Last but not least, I splurged and ordered Dabur Vatika Coconut Oil.

Dabur Vatika Coconut Oil

My hair loves this stuff. After moisturizing with NTM and sealing with the oil over night, I woke up with hair that was much softer and still moisturized. This was a huge turnaround because I ran out of my regular coconut oil over the Christmas break, and have been sealing with either Jojoba oil, which is way too light for my hair and a mixture of EVOO and Castor oil, which just makes my hair hard and stiff in the morning. This is another thing I will be adding to my staples list. When I have the time (and money), I’ll have to order more and hoard them for later.

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Gemma

Salon Day

Like I said before, I wanted to start the new year off right by getting my hair cut, but I didn’t want to do it myself (too scared at the moment). So I went to the the salon for the first time in…8 months. It was a pretty good experience. Now that I’m on hair journey, I notice so much more about what’s going on with my hair, what’s being done to it, and how I feel about everything.

Here are the results(which I love):

And my Official Length Check:

Right Side

Left Side

As you can see, I’m a tiny bit past shoulder length.  Hopefully, I’ll be halfway to APL by the time my 6 month stretch is done.

Hair Status & Goals – 2011/12 Edition

My hair status currently:
Extreme breakage
Gets dry quickly
Lots of split ends
Uneven length

I’m not completely sure why I have some much breakage. I’ve been examining my hair and it seems very damaged. I want to cut off an inch or 2, but I don’t want to use heat on it and damage it even more. I think it’s too far gone to save right now, hence the cut. I self-relaxed twice, and also used heat twice. However, I’m not sure which one I should contribute the damage to. I think it may have been the second relaxer and lack of proper care afterward, I’m not sure. Either way, I’m stretching for 6 months (last relaxer was in November, next one will be in May/June), and this time I will get it done at a salon. My hair is very thick, and I get a lot of new growth after these long stretches, and I think it’s just too much for me to handle on my own. Once my hair gets healthy again, then I’ll consider self-relaxing and shorter stretches.

Goals for 2012:
Find a good moisture/protein balance
Stay consistent with my regimen
Learn to Rollerset + Complete the Challenge
Get my hair back to a healthy state that I can be proud of

Well, hopefully by this time next year I’ll have reached some/all of my goals. I’ll just have to have patience and treat my hair properly 🙂


Hair Updates

Wearing my hair: buns

Last Relaxer: October 26, 2012

Next Relaxer: February 2012

Last Trim: June 17, 2012

Length Goal: Full Armpit length

Last purchase: Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo, Dove Damage Therapy Cool Moisture Conditioner

Wishlist: Flexirod Set, Hairveda Whipped Creme Ends Hydration Leave-In & Moisturizer, Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer C.C., more miscellaneous oils, more DC

Loving: Dabur Vatika Coconut Oil Experimenting with: Sulfate-free Shampoo, using conditioner as a moisturizer

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