Disclaimer: I am not a hair expert. I am just a fabulously resourceful girl, who needed to save some money, and learned how to care for her own hair :-)
So, I relaxed my hair! Transitioning from relaxed to natural, was not for me at the time! I found myself putting more heat on my hair to straighten and style, only to have it all go to shambles when I walked out the door, due to the humidity factor! I fought the good fight for nearly 10 months, and I had to do what was going to work best for my lifestyle!
As everyone already knows, relaxed hair is much more fragile that your natural texture, therefore it is imperative that you take extra care! I’m so pleased with how my hair is growing, and I just wanted to share with you a few of the products I’ve been using to care for my relaxed hair!
1)Shampoo and Conditioner: Creme of Nature Moisture and Shine shampoo and One’n Only Argon Oil moisture repair conditioner! These two together are great for me! The shampoo is super creamy and sulfate-free! I don’t need much to get the job done! I focus primarily on my roots and gently work my way through the rest of my hair! I must admit washing my hair was so much easier when I had a snap full of length! Now that I am able to pull my hair into a project ponytail, I have to be more gentle, as to avoid breakage. I apply a very generous amount of this conditioner and rinse. I don’t let it sit in my hair for more than 3-5 mins.
2. Deep conditioner: I’ve never been big on deep conditioners, like ever. Not because I didn’t like them, I just didn’t know how important they were to maintaining a healthy mane! This Deep Repair Masque* is AMAZEBALLS! I found out about this product from the Glamtwinz334, Kelsey and Kendra. (They have some of the best hair tutorials on their YouTube channel). This product is thick and creamy, so a little bit goes a long way! I apply to my hair, paying acute attention to my ends, and leave it on for about 30-40 mins under a shower cap. Although my hair isn’t damaged, I like how it has helped to strengthen my hair. I guess you can say this is a preventative measure.
3. Leave-in Conditioner: I love this product! This stuff right here, leaves my hair feeling strong and healthy. Once I rinse out the deep conditioner, I shake and spray this Creme of Nature Strength and Shine leave-in all over my hair! The shine is evident once I blow dry. Truly magical! lol
4. MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE: I’ve been preaching “moisture” to everyone who will listen!!! Do you understand how important it is? When your hair is hydrated with the appropriate moisture (stay away from petroleum and mineral oil based products), it is stronger and healthy length can be maintained. Dry hair is brittle. It breaks and crumbles (literally), leading to split ends and damage! Forget about length, dry hair just won’t grow (in a healthy manner)! Trust me I know! I’m speaking from experience. Moisture is a vital component to maintaining healthy hair, whether relaxed or natural! I go for moisturizer in a more organic form. I love this Coconut Oil from Whole Foods. To me it is lighter than olive oil. I apply a small amount to my hair once it is styled. I also add a small amount to the ends of my hair every 2-3 days in the evening before wrapping my hair for bed.
I am still on a journey to grow my hair out a bit more! We’ll see how long this lasts :-)
Keep it stylish,
*The Macadamia Deep Repair masque retails for $29.99 at Target. However, on Target.com you can get it for $16.97. Crazy savings! I went to the store, grabbed the product off the shelf, took my happy self to customer service and asked for a price match. I saved myself the time, money, and the shipping charge! You can thank me later :-)