I haven’t made a hair post in soo long! I’m beyond overdue for an update! Last month, I finally ended my six month relaxer stretch (read more about stretching here) and was beyond ready for a touch up. I couldn’t wait to see where a year and a half landed me in my hair journey. When I did a quick length check back in July I discovered that I finally hit bra strap. I was hoping by November I would have made some progress towards mid-back. And I did!
Since I last checked in with you guys I’ve been doing my usual protective styling (more on that soon!) with bunning and weaves. I took my sew in out back in October and waited about a week before relaxing. It’s a rule of thumb to wait at least a week to relax after coming out of a sew in. After all of the detangling and manipulation you need to give your hair a break before putting any heavy chemicals in it. Since then, I’ve been bunning faithfully until a week ago when I finally decided to flat iron my hair and get my ends clipped. Because my ends were constantly hidden and moisturized pretty often I only lost maybe half an inch. At the moment I’m a little past bra strap length. Not as far as I was hoping but still pushing on! I’m hoping to see mid-back by spring. Here’s how I plan to do it:
- deep condition for an hour or more weekly or bi-weekly alternating between Mane n Tail Deep Moisturizing conditioner (moisture) and Aubrey Organics GPB (protein)
- add olive oil, honey, castor oil and vatika frosting to deep conditioner
- wash with sulfate free shampoo weekly
- clarify once a month using sulfate shampoo
- detangle in shower with conditioner and wide tooth comb
- air dry with leave in conditioner
- sew in for 4-8 weeks
- bunning in between sew in breaks
- stretch relaxers for 6 months
My regimen is pretty much still the same with just a few tweaks. I’ve been using more oils lately because they really seem to help lay my edges down during stretch months as well as keep my hair soft and moisturized by sealing in the moisture from my deep condition sessions. I also started using leave in conditioners. I didn’t realize how important they can be. Leave in conditioners help cut down on frizz and made my hair a bit more manageable during those rough stretch months. I try to stick with my regimen because it’s what works for me. But remember what works for me may not work for you. So it’s very important to find what your hair likes and try to stick with it. It took some time to get the hang of things but I feel like I really have a handle on my hair and know it inside and out. I can’t wait to see my progress in another six months! I’m hoping to finally hit waist by this time next year. Happy growing ladies!