Be cautioned, this is lengthy. I also recorded this, so I hope to post a video soon.
I really wanted to hold off, but its too hot and it was becoming a trial putting my hair in a simple ponytail. I had this bad hump on the top that only pins could hold down. It caused my head to be rather dome shaped. I don’t mean to be cute, but lets face it, we are all a little vain. I could have really held out, but with the heat, sweaty scalp and dry hair and new growth, I just couldn’t. Adrienne I don’t know how you do it!!!
I was 13 weeks post and had:
-1.5″ of growth in the front
-2″ of growth in the crown
– >1.5″ but < 2" in the back/nape area
So I started with sectioning my hair in a) halves then b) preparting those sections. It makes application faster. Then I applied base to my scalp, CHI (I know, but I forget to buy silk amino acids) and coated that with Crisco. This took about an hour with my hair not making it any easier.
Next I set up my wash station. I’m trying to go from the bathroom mirror to the bathtub in less than 5 seconds, so that means being prepared.
I relaxed with Mizani Butter Blends Normal Lye Relaxer and applied with a sprush. I used the half and half method. I did the first half in less than 10 minutes including application, smoothing once and getting my front edges super straight and certain parts of my front half straight. Not bone straight but not texlaxed either. After washing, I did the second half in the same amount of time. Timing it from recording, it may be been 8-10 minutes. That’s a record for me.
I used Millcreek Organics Keratin Conditioner for my mid protein step. It has hydrolyzed keratin as the second ingredient. It wasn’t too strong and it didn’t cause my hair to revert or curl too much. I then neutralized with Motions NS. I used it for 5-6 minutes the first time, then 10-15 minutes the second wash. Last, I used Isoplus NS as an indicator only. Once I see white, I’m good. Something worth mentioning is that the Crisco takes a while to wash off. If you try it, you’ll notice after the first wash, you hair will feel silky soft, the the second wash it will still feel slighty soft and after the last wash, it will feel like hair again. The Crisco takes a while to wash away. Im paranoid of runoff so that was my specific purpose for using it.
I used Roux PC after rinsing to ensure full normalization. I know better safe than sorry, but for someone with closed cuticles (I fail to believe them heauxs are tight) it just tightened my hair even more. It was hard to peel apart, but at least I know it was good.
This is me during neutralizing. The half you can see is neutralized, the other half is unprocessed.
This is my hair after both sides are processed.
Goodbye Cealy, Hello Side Show Bob hair!
After, I was so tired I just put some Silk Dream Vanilla Silk and went to bed.
It isn’t a Tasia Wash Day without a rollerset.
You know what time it is! I cut about 1/4″ of an inch in the back half, cleaned up my crown (from recovering crown breakage) and 1/2″ from the front.
Grazing MBL 🙂
Clearly, what I’m doing is working. No jokes about it. No cockiness about it. If what your doing works, try new products, but continue the method that works for you! I want to try one last conditioner line, BASK beauty, as I have heard great things about the line from bloggers, customer reviews, forums and my friend. If the products are getting you there, what makes you think they won’t keep you there???
My hair has come a long way. I never thought id see the day my hair would be grazing MBL and healthy. I never thought I alone would be the one to get it there. But I’m doing and in the process I’m trying to covert EVERYONE!!!! Lmao.
Y’all know Tasia loves her buns…. And on that note,
One Day, It Will Happen