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Relaxer Update 2

So I was 10 weeks posts (about 2 months), when I relaxed yesterday.  This stretch was a bad one for me.  I traveled a lot for track and school began to kick my butt.  As a result, I became inconsistent with my regimen.   Then I ran low on products, and just started to improvise.  By the last few weeks, I was praying time would go by faster so I could come home and relax.  I’m very happy to say, my first year of college is officially over.  I got home yesterday, and immediately got to work on my hair.

I used ORS Olive Oil Professional Creme Relaxer (Extra Strength).  I’ve found that the regular formula in most relaxers leave me with under processed/texlaxed hair, which isn’t what I’m looking for at this stage in my hair journey.  I grabbed this to try it out, and I LOVED it.  I know for a fact I haven’t gotten better at applying relaxers (I’m still pretty sloppy, and I still need to work on my speed), but the results so far look great.  I got the bone straight results I wanted and it looks like I didn’t over-process my hair.  I’m so proud of myself, and will definitely stick with this relaxer from now on.

Here’s how my relaxer day went. Continue reading ‘Relaxer Update 2’


Wash Day + Rollerset 1

My Wash Day: (1) I decided randomly to do a semi hot oil treatment.  I used a mixture of castor oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and olive oil to my scalp and new growth only, and massaged it in in.  I then put it in a loose bun, put a plastic cap on, and wrapped my satin cap around that overnight. (2) The next morning I deep conditioned with a mix of ORS Replenishing Pak, jojoba oil, castor oil, coconut oil, and vegetable glycerin for 2.5 hours.  I wanted to do this under a dryer for 1 hour, but my dryer is broken.  So now I’m on the market for a new dryer.  (3) Shampooed with Silk Elements Luxury Moisturizing Shampoo.  (4) Applied Aussie 3 Minute Miracle for about 3-5 minutes. (5) Applied Roux Porosity Control for about 1 minute then rinsed.

I decided to practice a rollerset before the challenge began. I also needed a starting photo for the challenge, so I figured I would kill two birds with one stone.

Results:  The overnight hot oil treatment made it a lot easier to detangle my hair before I deep conditioned.  Deep conditioning went smoothly, though I kinda lost track of the time as I was doing it.  I also forgot how much I loved the smell of ORS Replenishing Pak.  After I rinsed out the deep conditioner my hair had so much slip, it was amazing.  The Silk Elements shampoo is ok.  It’s not my favorite, but I couldn’t find my Neutrogena Cream Lather, so I had to settle.  The Aussie 3 Minute Miracle did not impress me at all.  My hair has definitely felt a lot more moisturized with different conditioners.  I’ll post a review later, after I’ve used it a few more times, but right now it’s not looking too good.  The Roux Porosity Control I have mixed feelings for.  I didn’t see any difference in the porosity of my hair, but I’m pretty sure I left it on a minute too long.  Next time I’ll keep it in for much shorter and see how that goes.  I tried out the Silken Child Detangler, too.  The first thing I noticed was the smell.  I hated it.  It smelled like fake grape flavor,, which I dislike immensely.  I think your like of the smell depends on your preference, though.  I got used to it eventually, and it was really good at detangling.  I need so much more practice in rollersetting.  I’m so rusty at it.  By the time I sat down to start rolling, my hair was 50% dry, so I had to re-wet it multiple times.  I also realized I need new rollers.  the ones I have now have those small spikes/ridges on them, and I’m scared there just going to break/damage my hair more.   I’ll have to stop by Target and pick some up soon.  The rollerset itself came out horrible.  It took forever to dry without a dryer, and as it was drying I could see it becoming frizzy.  I took it out after 5 hours, and it was still slightly wet.  When I took them out, my hair was just a fluffy mess.  I’m going to rollerset every other week, and hopefully I get better at it.

Hair Haul

I had a 20% off coupon from Sally’s that was going to expire soon, so I went there to grab a few things I’ve been eyeing and to see if there was anything I wanted to try out.  I also got a couple things from Wal-Mart, since I was heading to that side of town anyway.

ApHogee 2 Minute Reconstructor

I ran out of this the last time I came home and did my relaxer.  I just picked up a small bottle, since I only really use it during my relaxer process.  I find my hair doesn’t enjoy it at any other times,  it gets rough and hard to manage.

Silken Child Leave-In Detangler

I picked this up because I watched a youtube video and/or read a blog where someone talked about how it was comparable to the Mane and Tail Detangler, which I am almost out of.  I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for the Silken Child brand, and I wanted to check it out for myself.

Goody Satin Scrunchies

I picked these up because of the satin scrunchies.  I bun 99% of the time, and I really wanted something that would give a little extra protection against breakage.

Shower Comb

Sally’s was having a sale, so I picked this up on a whim.  I figured I’d keep one at home, and take one with me while I’m in college.

Roux Porosity Control

Ever Since I’ve been reading up on porous hair, I have been dying to get my hands on this.  I’m pretty sure I have very porous hair, and at first I was going to use an ACV rinse, but I always forget to pick up Apple Cider Vinegar when I go grocery shopping.  As soon as I saw this I snatched it up and now that I think about it, this will be easier to travel with and use while I’m away from home.

ORS Replenishing Pak

I ran out of this a long time ago, but I’ve been to lazy broke to pick some up.  I’ve been feeling iffy about the protein in my hair, though, so I decided to go back to using this as my weekly deep conditioner just so I can be sure that it’s getting some protein.

Satin Hair Cap

I actually grabbed the wrong thing, but I’ll live with it.  I wanted to get the satin scarf, the one you can actually wrap yourself, but I’ll just deal with the cap for now, I guess.

Metal Duckbill Clips

I want to try these out for wrapping/cross-wrapping my hair.  I have regular clips, but I find wrapping difficult with them, and have been bunning for sleep as an alternative.  I figure these will be especially good for when I start the rollersetting challenge.

Processing Caps

I actually had a huge package of these, but for the life of me, I have no idea where they ended up.  It’s only $2 for 30, so I picked some up.  Deep conditioning wasn’t the same without these.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Another thing that I’ve seen people on hair forums rave about a lot.  I desperately needed a conditioner since I’m almost out and won’t be able to pick some up for a while, and decided I might as well give this a try while I can.  I’ve used the leave-in, which I loved, so I expect (hope) this turns out as well.

Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment

I grabbed the sample size because I didn’t want to invest in a regular size bottle without knowing how my hair would like this.  I have yet to hear bad reviews, so I’m expecting a lot from it.  Of course that means it can either live up to the high standards, or fall short of them.  (I’m hoping it lives up to them).

I will probably write reviews for some of these as I try them out.

Happy Hair Journeys,
Gemma ♥

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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