So, last week I was a bit under the weather on painkillers. Im better, but please believe I am a few post behind where I need to be.
So, by Saturday, I felt better enough to wash my hair. It was such a catastrophe that I would have had to wash again and because I was not still feeling great, it made no sense to air dry my hair again if I was just going to be lazy with it since I couldn’t get around “well”.
So I decided to end my 16 week stretch. Im not going to risk a setback to attain a stretching goal just because I need to. Things happen and keeping your eyes on prize needs to always be the goal.
So this is what I started with:
My sister gave me the idea that when doing the half and half method, to just finger part your twist instead of putting your head through the constant manipulation of a fine-tooth comb. This actually took less time (45 minutes) versus an hour the old way.
So, I didn’t feel like using CHI Silk Infusion because its just too expensive. I decided to get some IC Fantasia Hair Strengthening Spray that contains Aloe, Keratin and Silk Amino Acids that sealed my cuticle well. Then, I twisted and coated with my handy dandy Crisco.
Next, I used my sprush and applied Linange Shea Butter Relaxer to the new growth of each twist, then unraveled the twist to get relaxer in between the [new growth] twist and moved from bottom right half to top right half. This seems like a lot, but it took me 1 minute less to this (13 minutes compared to 14 minutes) because I am unraveling the twist as I go along versus taking them out the last minute, then straight to neutralizing. I use Motions Neutralizing Shampoo and left it in for 30 minutes while I relaxed and neutralized the other side. Had to play catch up. Then the second wash was done together. The last wash was with Isoplus NS which has the color indicator. That stayed in less that 3o seconds when the shampoo stayed white. Last, I used Naturelle Grow Coconut and Mango conditioner for 1 hour.
Next, I roller set. I had to use the black Diane rollers. I don’t think I can use the grey ones anymore.
I still had a lot of texture as my roller set took me 30 minutes to set using Aphogee Green Tea and Keratin spray since I did not use Roux Porosity control this go around. The Aphogee was actually really good after a chemical service. A little hardening too, but Id rather be safe than sorry. It hasn’t given me breakage either.
I dusted the back half of my hair and was impressed with the fact that I really didn’t have too. It looks like a V, but I just pushed it together for the picture because I have to stand on my tip toes to take a selfie.
And this was the end result after fluffing and adding some Keravada Bringraj Oil:
In the end, I am really happy. I am not upset I ended my stretch. To me, its just taking care of my hair. Some people cannot afford that attitude yet, and that’s ok (separate post coming), but when you hair gets to a certain point, you realize that while you set goals, you have to be able to improvise at a moments notice. For me, it was because I am not sure how long this cold weather is going to last and I cannot be bothered with having matted hair. I’m lazy right now because the cold weather gives you no motivation to try. If you need to end a stretch to avoid a setback, make that decision. Don’t feel bad because you can’t go longer; you will feel worse when hindsight shows you should have followed your instincts.
I hope you enjoyed my relaxer results. I was not expecting this, but I am glad I did it!
One Day, It Will Happen