Relaxed Hair Thread

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  1. MzSwift

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    HUGS to you, sis. I hope the treatments are very successful for you!

    You've got a lot of length already too. Even if you don't texlax, you could always just relax once or twice a year like some the LHCF old school heads used to. They were able to grow to long lengths using most of the year to maintain healthy hair and scalp.
     
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    I'm thinking about doing Ayurveda pastes biweekly as my deep conditioning treatments. The only thing I used to hate about doing them was that I went through the powders so quickly. I may cut to monthly until I figure out from where I want to buy my powders. I've actually been having luck with Amazon.
     
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    Hey ladies!

    Just checking in!

    I think I've finally made it to that boring part of my hair journey where I'm simply waiting for the length. I hate this part! Judging by my growth rate and length retention, I have to come to terms with doing heavy PS'ing for at least another 2 years. Yep, TWO YEEEAAARRRSSSSSSSS!

    I'm not playing around. I was pretty much at MBL when I had my setback, so now I want to go hardcore and see how much hair I can get. I'm thinking TBL. :)

    I've also gone back to my hair notes from ten years ago to make sure I'm doing exactly what I did before. Turns out I was a BEAST with my hair care back then! :lol: No wonder my hair got so long! I was missing few things, but I'm correcting that today.

    Time to get back into total beast mode! :yep:

    I hope y'all are doing well. I'll go back a few pages to catch up.
     
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    Thank you so much sis for your advice! When my hair was texlaxed in the past, It was much fuller and also had "weight". Observing everyone's progress encourages me on days when I want to shave my head. Hopefully I'll get back to my glory days.:boxing:
     
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    The Ulta Jumbo Love Sale is going on now! :)

    I just ordered a jumbo Nexxus Keraphix conditioner for $17 off and the jumbo Nexxus Keraphix Shampoo for $7 off. :yep:
     
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    When I was a kid and just discovering LHCF, I used to look up to you as my hair inspiration lol if you dont mind me asking, what caused your setback? You'll have long beautiful hair in no time!
    @sunnieb
     
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    Thank you!

    It's was extreme stress. My husband's health took a bad turn and my job was high stress on top of that.

    Hair care and self care in general took a backseat and my hair paid the price.

    Lesson learned. Always take care of yourself FIRST! :)
     
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    Relaxed my hair last night. I think it’s been 3 months since my last one? Somewhere around there.

    I slept in my protein treatment, since I was exhausted by the time I got off work.

    Rinsed this morning and sprayed some conditioner in my hair, sealed with Shea Butter Mix, and now I’m off to work.

    Will update later
     
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    Relaxed yesterday, can’t seem to get past 8-9 weeks without breakage. Still working thru the breakage at the nape and sides from a couple months ago due to the extreme night sweats I deal with.
    Otherwise my hair is healthy and is long enough to “hide” the breakage. I’ve also been using the ordinary brand hair density serum to help those problem areas and the hair is thickening up nicely.
    I will make an attempt to get some box braids in the next six weeks.
     
  10. MzSwift

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    Sounds you're doing the right thing -- listening to your hair. If you keep this up, I'm sure you'll see even more progress come the EOTY.

    Sometimes our hair is like: Stretching? Whatchu mean Stretching? I ain't Stretching. Psshh. Stretching. I gotcho Stretching.
    * walks away mumbling*
     
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    @Wenbev I used to be all about the stretch! 16-18 weeks was my goal.

    Now? 8 weeks on the nose. If my hair isn't ready to relax at 8 weeks, she'll tell me. Until then, no stretchie for me.
     
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    Okay so I measured my hair and I’m at 37 inches of hair. Measuring from my hairline going all the way down to my longest pieces.

    I washed earlier this morning, shampooed roots and conditioned, then sealed with Shea Butter.

    Then I decided to have my mom braid my hair. I will upload pictures tomorrow morning.

    When I say my mom has no type of caution when it comes to hair, she really does not. It was mostly me yelling at her the whole time:

    Me: “I swear if I hear another one of my strands pop, I’m gonna go off.”

    Mom: “I’m not even braiding that hard.”

    Me: “Well you sure aren’t braiding soft!”

    Mom: “Calm down its just hair.”

    Me: “Yeah MY hair!”

    Mom: “You’re so uppity, about this hair of yours.”

    Me: “Yeah and my hair this long because I’m so uppity about it.”

    Me: “ BRAID SOFTER!!”

    Mom: “Jeeze okay!”

    Needless to say I know some breakage was involved because it wasn’t me handling my own hair, but it’s completely braided up, so I don’t plan to take them down for an entire month. I got hair added, so they’re a bit bigger than what I’m used to, but I can wash my hair in between which is mostly what I wanted.

    Even though my mom braided loosely, I’m not used to this tight feeling. Since I always either have my hair loosely bunned, or twisted. The braids are medium/large since I didn’t want her pulling such small sections of hair into braids.

    I’m just waiting for my mind to focus on something else, other than pondering exactly how many hairs were lost during this installation. I know it probably wasn’t a lot, but I’m in my feelings about it. Love how my hair turned out though.
     
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  13. MzSwift

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    @PlanetCybertron

    LOL at that dialogue between you and your mom! I bet they look pretty! Feel free to show us a pitcha, ya know, if you feel like it. :prettyplease:
     
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    I got a relaxer this weekend, I like my hair, but I won't go back to this stylist.

    Got about 2 inches cut off because of damage.

    But my hair is laid, I am grateful, I have been struggling over the past couple of years. LOL


     
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  15. MzSwift

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    Aww, I can't see the pic :( I bet it's pretty though. I'm glad you feel better about your hair! Maybe it's laid because you've been babying it. :cool:
     
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    Hi! @MzSwift

    Can you see it now?

     
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    I sure can! And IA, your hair is laaaaid! Lovely!
     
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    Sorry ladies, this is becoming my little hair journal. Lol.
    Dropping my motivation to go back to mini braids, ayurveda and KISS.

    3.5 Year Growth/retention

    Ceasar June 09 Back.jpg Length check Dec 12.jpg

    ETA my "lazy" regi snippet from then:

    -putting my moisturizer (oil, condish and water) in a spray bottle and using it once or twice a day.
    -mixing my protein and moisturizing DCs so that I have one-step conditioning after washing.
    -I mix all of my ayurveda powders into shampoo and conditioners mixes once every 1-1.5 months and use those as usual (weekly wash, daily cowash or whatever).
    -I also use castille soap as a more natural, non-sulfate alternative to "clarifying". That stuff really cleans!
    -Styling my hair once per week -- about 95% of the time.

    PERSONAL CHALLENGE: OK, I'm gonna try do this for the next year. No length goal, just looking to see how much my hair's health improves and how much I retain. I'll flat iron in December 2020 to see my results.

    Adjustments-
    -- The "water" in my spray mix will be a tea made with brahmi and hibiscus powders.
    --my hair will stay styled in long term PSs (at least 3 weeks long)
     
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    So I took those god forsaken braids out. I just couldn’t.

    Here’s what they looked like:
    [​IMG]

    Don’t get me wrong the style was very pretty, and loved the metal clasp things, but my mom used waaaayyy too much hair, and it was putting so much tension on my scalp, despite her braiding as loose as she could.

    She used about 6 1/2 packs of hair, we originally had 8, but didn’t use all of the last few, when at most, she could’ve easily gone with 3-4 packs, because I didn’t mind if the color of my hair was slightly different from the braiding hair. I just wanted my real hair braided up and protected. My hair is incredibly fine, and doesn’t need a lot of hair added.

    This is how much hair she used:
    [​IMG]

    There was also a bundle on the floor, but this was the majority of it.

    These are what my roots looked like:

    I’m sure it looks normal to you guys, but it was so uncomfortable.
    [​IMG]

    To me, that was just too much hair, and the sheer weight of it left me with an aweful headache after waking up recently from a nap today. I was hoping after three days, it would’ve loosened up, but it just felt like it was getting tighter and tighter.

    My length is fine, and I didn’t get much breakage if at all, but my scalp is incredibly unhappy, sore, and very very warm to the touch.

    I’m not knocking braids, I love them, but this is the last time I do braids with added hair. My scalp is just waaaay too sensitive.

    I think the sensitivity is mostly due to me not being used to this. I haven’t had braid extensions since I asked my mom to start letting me do my own hair in middle school. I’m in college now, so that just isn’t something I’m used to anymore.
     
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    Aww, they were so pretty!!!
    But you're right, the pain isn't worth it. I also think you're right that you could've used 3-4 packs instead. I actually had a braider put braids into my hair who only used 1.5 packs!

    Anyway, I hope your headaches go away soon. ((BIG HUG))
     
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    Mini braids completed yesterday. So happy to get back to easy hair! Everytime my hair is loose I wonder how much damage I'm doing to it. Since my relaxer 3.5 weeks ago, I've kept it either in a braided ponytail/bun or two braided pigtails pinned up around my head. I only redid the braids once/week. Now it's time to incorporate more of my ayurveda powders.

    Hope everyone is doing well! :)
     
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    Thank you!!!

    Originally I wanted just two packs before we even went to the store, I was wanting her to just barely add in hair to reinforce the style, so when I washed, the braids wouldn’t come apart.

    This morning my head felt fine. I was going to rub some essential oils on my head last night but I didn’t wanna irritate it any more than it already was.

    It’s still slightly tender in certain spots, but today it is much better. I washed and did all my leave ins, and I have my hair up in a bun now. I do have more noticeable flyaways now, but all I can do is just be more gentle in that area.


    Tonight I will be doing medium sized twists, since my hair has already started to tangle up. I much prefer twists, since they’re easy and keep my hair separated with virtually no tension.
     
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    Definitely same. I love my buns, but unless I bun while my hair is every slightly damp, just keeping my hair out in a regular bun makes me self conscious on how dry it’s probably getting.
     
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    You just reminded me of a lady I saw featured on the Just Grow Already relaxed hair blog. She wears her hair in medium sized twists. She said she started doing them because whenever her hair was loose it would break off. She retained so much hair. Now I want to go re-read that so I can see her technique.
     
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    Wow, so a trend I'm noticing is that A LOT of these ladies use BUNS as their primary PS.
     
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    This moving has been draining the life out of me. Poor, poor, Sybil. After I’m done and everything is squared away, I’m gonna start focusing on her more.
     
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    I always forget when I relax my hair. Lemme go dig :lachen:
     
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    Lol, I have to put it in Google Calendar whenever I do. That's the only way I can keep up.
     
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