“Stretching ain’t easy”
I don’t think anyone ever said it was either. Just like most things in life, things just become better to deal with, with time and practice.
So I am going for my first 16 week/4 month stretch. I’m doing it for a vanity reason (its not that bad, I just want manageable hair for a special occasion in September), but after weighing the pros and cons, it has more pros than cons. If I can successfully stretch for 4 months, I will do another by the end of the year before I attempt a 6 month/24 week stretch over the winter.
Anyway, that brings to the main subject: S-Curl. I started using this bad boy at the beginning of my journey although I thought it was stupid and never told anyone. I mostly thought I was stupid for using something that could possibly make me look like something out of Coming To America. Come on, you know you thought the same thing too!!!! After scanning the ingredients, its pretty much water, glycerin and pathenol. It’s helped me greatly, but then last summer, I hid the bottle for wanted to try other items.
I dismissed my old bottle my last stretch because I was trying to reduce Paraben usage but then what do you know? A new and improved version surfaces. I didn’t want to bother because they added Argan and Olive oils I believe (Argan is to heavy for my hair and Olive sometimes leaves me subject to build-up and sticky hair) but I decided to try it again.
As usual, S-Curl will leave your hair wet for about 1-3 days depending on porosity (usually 2-3 days for me) but I did have manageable new growth. After I washed and deep conditioned, once detangling, I had super manageable roots. Even with rollersetting with that small tooth comb, it was still pretty ok to deal with. I had no reakage while combing wet hair in the shower and I had few broken hairs when smoothing for rollers. Even after removing rollers, I was paranoid that I had never seen that small amount of hair. At almost 11 weeks, I’m EXPECTING breakage
My new thoughts: using S-Curl as a prepoo a day or two before washing.
Any Cons? Depending on porosity and regimen, this could leave build-up. A little of this goes a long way, but for me, I’d have to use it before a wash day as from my previous experiences, using it after a wash day makes my hair sticky and untouchable. And did I mention wet for days?
I’m not ecstatic about the new formula due to the new oils and possible buildup, but the new formula also resulted in better detangling results on my wash day. The old one didn’t. I’ll take better detangling with a side of buildup for $100 if it helps prolong stretching!!!
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One Day, It Will Happen