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Relaxed Hair Thread

Wenbev

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I’m just waiting for my hair to get long enough for knotless braids. I got some smedium size box braids in the mean time lol.
My nape wasn't long enough so she just did regular extension braids back there and you couldn't really tell. But they do not last as long as box braids so I probably would not get them done again. I'd say max four weeks as mine started looking puffy after three even with a scarf nightly. I also was not a fan of all the gel and grease as it made me break out even though I tried to rinse it out.
 

sunnieb

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Returning to my little spray bottle!

My hair is better, but still in recovery. I've been going through all of my notes from growing my hair out before. I used to carry a spray bottle in my purse so I could mist my hair throughout the day at work.

Even with all the moisturizing, dcing and cowashing, my hair still dries out during the day. Especially in this Texas heat.

Plus, I use up these bottles pretty fast and I can change the mixture often.

For my first mix, I added NTM, ORS Carrot Oil and water. :)
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Curls&Caramel

Active Member
SOS! So the last few weeks my hair has felt super soft and moisturized for the first time in my life. (Regimen: hot oil, wash, deep condition on Saturdays/Cowash on Wednesday. Damp bun on wash days and Braidout/braidout bun the rest of the week)

My Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor FINALLY came in the mail from America. I had planned to put it my regimen from the beginning, but had to wait for it to ship. I used it a week ago and I guess my hair feels "strong" but I'm struggling to love it. My hair was still tangled after my DC, Much more hair came out in my wide tooth comb and after air drying my ends were back to being a lil crisp.:cry3: (btw It's definitely the constructor not the 2 step and I moisture DCed afterwards.)

How often do you guys use it and how do you apply it? I did 10 minutes with a heating cap and I was 3 weeks post.

Could I have put too much protein in my hair? I realized that the Cantu Leave-in repair cream that I use for my braidouts also has protein and I used that daily with no problems.
 

LushLox

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SOS! So the last few weeks my hair has felt super soft and moisturized for the first time in my life. (Regimen: hot oil, wash, deep condition on Saturdays/Cowash on Wednesday. Damp bun on wash days and Braidout/braidout bun the rest of the week)

My Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor FINALLY came in the mail from America. I had planned to put it my regimen from the beginning, but had to wait for it to ship. I used it a week ago and I guess my hair feels "strong" but I'm struggling to love it. My hair was still tangled after my DC, Much more hair came out in my wide tooth comb and after air drying my ends were back to being a lil crisp.:cry3: (btw It's definitely the constructor not the 2 step and I moisture DCed afterwards.)

How often do you guys use it and how do you apply it? I did 10 minutes with a heating cap and I was 3 weeks post.

Could I have put too much protein in my hair? I realized that the Cantu Leave-in repair cream that I use for my braidouts also has protein and I used that daily with no problems.
What DC did you use after the Aphogee 2 Minute? From what you’ve said there the DC doesn’t seem moisturising enough.

How do you air dry and what products do you use.
 

LushLox

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I bought a really nice pure silk cap, it was expensive but I think it’ll be worth it.

I prepooed overnight with Olaplex No 3, then followed up with Affirm 5 in one and Coco and Eve.

I air dried then pin curled, then added my cap. Hair really retained the moisture the next day and my hair was nice and silky.
 

Wenbev

Well-Known Member
SOS! So the last few weeks my hair has felt super soft and moisturized for the first time in my life. (Regimen: hot oil, wash, deep condition on Saturdays/Cowash on Wednesday. Damp bun on wash days and Braidout/braidout bun the rest of the week)

My Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor FINALLY came in the mail from America. I had planned to put it my regimen from the beginning, but had to wait for it to ship. I used it a week ago and I guess my hair feels "strong" but I'm struggling to love it. My hair was still tangled after my DC, Much more hair came out in my wide tooth comb and after air drying my ends were back to being a lil crisp.:cry3: (btw It's definitely the constructor not the 2 step and I moisture DCed afterwards.)

How often do you guys use it and how do you apply it? I did 10 minutes with a heating cap and I was 3 weeks post.

Could I have put too much protein in my hair? I realized that the Cantu Leave-in repair cream that I use for my braidouts also has protein and I used that daily with no problems.
I only use that reconstructor as a midstep protein after relaxing. I would follow the directions on that one and use for only the two minutes. You'd also need to follow any protein treatment with a moisturizing conditioner. I'd rather see you use the reconstructor in the shower after shampooing, then use a moisture dc with heat for 20-40 minutes. I've learnt my lessons from protein overload.
 

MzSwift

Texlaxed, loccing again
SOS! So the last few weeks my hair has felt super soft and moisturized for the first time in my life. (Regimen: hot oil, wash, deep condition on Saturdays/Cowash on Wednesday. Damp bun on wash days and Braidout/braidout bun the rest of the week)

My Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor FINALLY came in the mail from America. I had planned to put it my regimen from the beginning, but had to wait for it to ship. I used it a week ago and I guess my hair feels "strong" but I'm struggling to love it. My hair was still tangled after my DC, Much more hair came out in my wide tooth comb and after air drying my ends were back to being a lil crisp.:cry3: (btw It's definitely the constructor not the 2 step and I moisture DCed afterwards.)

How often do you guys use it and how do you apply it? I did 10 minutes with a heating cap and I was 3 weeks post.

Could I have put too much protein in my hair? I realized that the Cantu Leave-in repair cream that I use for my braidouts also has protein and I used that daily with no problems.
So sorry to hear that ((BIG HUG))

Salt to the rescue!!

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Yes ma'am, protein overload is no joke. Fear of protein overload has terrified me throughout my entire HHJ which is why I either ALWAYS mix my protein with moisture when I DC or follow a protein tx with a long moisturizing DC. The one time my hair was like what you're describing was after a henna tx. To fix it, I added salt to a cheap moisturizing DC and it brought softness and moisture back to my hair. Only use about 1.5 tsp to 1 tbsp of either table salt or sea salt if you want to try it.

And when I'm being fancy I add some EVOO and sometimes honey to that for an extra infusion of moisture. GL to you!
 

LushLox

Well-Known Member

Wenbev

Well-Known Member
So sorry to hear that ((BIG HUG))

Salt to the rescue!!

Taking Off The Shirt - Superman GIF - Superman Shirt Super ...


Yes ma'am, protein overload is no joke. Fear of protein overload has terrified me throughout my entire HHJ which is why I either ALWAYS mix my protein with moisture when I DC or follow a protein tx with a long moisturizing DC. The one time my hair was like what you're describing was after a henna tx. To fix it, I added salt to a cheap moisturizing DC and it brought softness and moisture back to my hair. Only use about 1.5 tsp to 1 tbsp of either table salt or sea salt if you want to try it.

And when I'm being fancy I add some EVOO and sometimes honey to that for an extra infusion of moisture. GL to you!
yes @MzSwift salt is the ish thank you so much for teaching us that trick. When I had my protein overload last year that is what saved the day. You always have the best and most sound advice!:kiss:
 

Curls&Caramel

Active Member
What DC did you use after the Aphogee 2 Minute? From what you’ve said there the DC doesn’t seem moisturising enough.

How do you air dry and what products do you use.
I used Keracare Humecto Creme Conditioner. Added EVOO, Avocado oil, and coconut oil. Used my hot head heating cap for about 30 min.

I hope Humecto is ok. It usually makes my hair so soft. And I just got my 5lb tub in the mail from the US. ;)

I tshirt dry for about 10 min. Spray liquid leave in (AS I AM leave in mixed with water,) Cantu repair cream leave in, and avocado oil. Sometimes I blow dry my hair on cool to speed up drying. Then pull it into a wet bun to air dry. Not sure if this is right, just going by trial and error.
 
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Curls&Caramel

Active Member
I only use that reconstructor as a midstep protein after relaxing. I would follow the directions on that one and use for only the two minutes. You'd also need to follow any protein treatment with a moisturizing conditioner. I'd rather see you use the reconstructor in the shower after shampooing, then use a moisture dc with heat for 20-40 minutes. I've learnt my lessons from protein overload.
If I ever touch the stuff again, definitely only going for the two minutes in the shower. Thanks for the advice. I go to the salon for my relaxers every 8-10 weeks, but I could try using it on the wash day the week after.

I saw lots of videos and recommendations for once a week or once every two weeks use. Don't think I'll be playing around with protein until I get a better understanding of my hair.

Hopefully my hair can make due with the Cantu leave in.
 

Curls&Caramel

Active Member
So sorry to hear that ((BIG HUG))

Salt to the rescue!!

Taking Off The Shirt - Superman GIF - Superman Shirt Super ...


Yes ma'am, protein overload is no joke. Fear of protein overload has terrified me throughout my entire HHJ which is why I either ALWAYS mix my protein with moisture when I DC or follow a protein tx with a long moisturizing DC. The one time my hair was like what you're describing was after a henna tx. To fix it, I added salt to a cheap moisturizing DC and it brought softness and moisture back to my hair. Only use about 1.5 tsp to 1 tbsp of either table salt or sea salt if you want to try it.

And when I'm being fancy I add some EVOO and sometimes honey to that for an extra infusion of moisture. GL to you!
Honey? Salt?! Girl I'm googling like crazy. Thank you so much for the tip. Today is wash day and I'm ready to be brave.
 

mheatley

New Member
Today I prepooed with olive oil, Jamaican black caster oil, and coconut oil.
Washed with Shea moisture coconut & hibiscus curl and shine shampoo
Deep conditioned with alter ego garlic mask and the coconut and hibiscus conditioner
Leave in was salerm 21 silk protein and kinky curly
Sealed with biosilk maracuja oil and rice bran oil.

I have really fine strands and this is causing me single strand tangles/knots and when detangling too much shed hair for my liking. Anyone have any suggestions or a change in my routine that might help.

also just ordered olaplex no.0 and no.3
 

Wenbev

Well-Known Member
I didn't get box braids after I took out the knotless ones after all. I relaxed instead at 14 weeks post. Since I only have to go into the office Thurs-Fri, I'll just braid my hair in sections during the week and do a braid out when I go in.
 

starfish

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I’m BSL on my way to MBL and I’m getting impatient and have started to become a product junkie. I need to keep it simple, wash, deep condition, moisturize and seal, and bunning. I really want to go to WL but when I get to MBL I’ll probably do what I always do, say it’s too much hair (I like to rollerset and wear it out) and cut it back to BSL. I really prefer to wear my hair down but I‘m going through menopause and it’s too hot. (Lawd I’m so hot!) So wet bunning it is.
 

11228

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I self installed box braids out of boredom over the week. I hope my hair magically fixes itself when I take out the braids in about 5/6 weeks. I haven't been able to get to the sweet spot between moisture and protein in a long time

I wish I knew what I was doing wrong for my hair to tangle on itself so much that I can't run a wide tooth comb through it :confused:
 

abioni

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I find that it is better to detangle my hair after washing it, rinse out my deep conditioner and wrap it in a tshirt for some minutes, before applying a leave-in and oil. I used to go straight to applying the leave-in without detangling it first, believing the leave-in will provide slip and make it easier to detangle. But the process of applying a leave-in conditioner to my hair while it's already tangled only made it more tangled if I don't detangle first. I'm liking this process so far. Reduces my tangles majorly and saves me time.
 
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