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Relaxed Hair Thread

ItsMeLilLucky

Aka Giveme D’Monee
You know what? I'm not mad at Hawaiian Silky. I think this might be my regular relaxer. I don't know what I'm gonna do with my ORS Olive Oil, but at some point I guess I'll have to use it. Can't be wasting money, but it is what it is. I'll go back to Hawaiian Silky when I use up the Olive Oil. I strongly believe it's the reason why I can use cheaper products and my hair still feels soft and none greasy even though I use leave in and grease just about everyday or every other day. Must be those botanical extracts :lol:
 

ItsMeLilLucky

Aka Giveme D’Monee
My braid outs work better with small cornrows but don't last more than a day. Sometimes they don't make it to the end of the day. The length is not helping either :rofl:Maybe I need to use a bit of gel on my hair and braid it a different way. I have no idea what to do to my hair on my bday even though it's still some months away. I'm most likely not getting a silk press because I don't think the length is going to be to my liking that quickly. Maybe I should stretch my trims to every 6 months, so every other relaxer:scratchchin:

I know I said this before, but my hair really be playing me. Unless I part and apply the products, the hair closest to my scalp acts like I didn't put anything on it. Granted it's only leave in and oil (only use grease on the length). She's a picky bword :lol:
 

ItsMeLilLucky

Aka Giveme D’Monee
I really be setting myself up :lachen:
I've been putting off wash day because my brain for whatever reason still thinks I'm natural and it's going to take forever and a day to finish doing everything I needed to do. I'm 24 hours late, but wash day is now really wash hour or hour and some change. Why did I decide to wash my hair at some 10:30-11:00pm? :spinning::look::spank:
Thank goodness I'm relaxed and it won't take that long to dry. If I was natural I would have had a situation on my hands lol
 

LushLox

Well-Known Member
So I’m trying to make an appointment for my virgin relaxer on 9/15. That will give me 3 weeks to prep my hair.

1st Wash - Olaplex 3/DC
2nd Wash - Olaplex 3/DC
3rd Wash - Reconstructor/DC

Does that sound good? I’m open to other suggestions.

Sounds good, what reconstructor will you use? And I'm glad you're getting a professional to do it for you. I am a 100% self relaxer, and I don't tend to go to stylists. But for a virgin relaxer, I really feel it should always be done by a professional, as it sets the tone for the rest of your relaxed hair journey.

And will you texlax or relax.
 

Theresamonet

Well-Known Member
Sounds good, what reconstructor will you use? And I'm glad you're getting a professional to do it for you. I am a 100% self relaxer, and I don't tend to go to stylists. But for a virgin relaxer, I really feel it should always be done by a professional, as it sets the tone for the rest of your relaxed hair journey.

And will you texlax or relax.

I’ve always been a self relaxer, but I don’t have the focus and the patience to do a virgin relaxer right now. I may even get my touch ups at the salon as well.

I’m probably going to use the Kenra platinum reconstructor. I was considering doing Aphogee 2 step, but I think that might be too much.

I’m going to relax.
 

LushLox

Well-Known Member
I’ve always been a self relaxer, but I don’t have the focus and the patience to do a virgin relaxer right now. I may even get my touch ups at the salon as well.

I’m probably going to use the Kenra platinum reconstructor. I was considering doing Aphogee 2 step, but I think that might be too much.

I’m going to relax.

I think Aphogee 2 Step is a lot and not necessary if your hair is healthy and in good condition. But I really like the Aphogee Strengthening Kit; it is not as powerful as the 2 Step, but it certainly packs a punch and my hair feels very strong when I use it and there's no sticky horrible smell and you don't need a dryer. I generally use this about once a quarter, or three times a year, keeps my hair tip top!

I'm going to stock up on these when I go to the US as it'll be cheaper.

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Best of luck with your relaxer!
 
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Theresamonet

Well-Known Member
I think Aphogee 2 Step is a lot and not necessary if your hair is healthy and in good condition. But I really like the Aphogee Strengthening Kit; it is not as powerful as the 2 Step, but it certainly packs a punch and my hair feels very strong when I use it and there's no sticky horrible smell and you don't need a dryer. I generally use this about once a quarter, or three times a year, keeps my hair tip top!

I'm going to stock up on these when I go to the US as it'll be cheaper.

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Best of luck with your relaxer!

Thanks! I have seen these kits, but I didn't know it was a new(er) product. I assumed it was a convenience kit of the 2 step. I may try this out once I am relaxed, cause the 2 step is a pain to use. Is this the only protein you incorporate? Do you use any other strengthening products?
 

secretdiamond

Well-Known Member
I didn't post about my 2 year anniversary, cause I was bummed. Relaxed 5 weeks ago. My hair looked great. Most of my hair was past my shoulders and thick. I decided to stop wearing the crotchets and enjoy my hair styled for the 1st time. I bumped the ends with a flat iron. My hair had tons of movement and body, but would not hold the full curl for more than 20 min. I tried a curling iron, on a higher temp than normal and also steam rollers - same result.

Even though I had just trimmed the week before (my ends were not thin), I chopped off several inches -- maybe about 3-4 inches? I didn't do it all at once; I just realized the more I cut, the better it would curl and stay. Yes, I used a lot of heat for this experiment (L'oreal Steampod!).

Last week, I think I finally pieced it together. Because of my scalp condition and because my hair would be cornrowed to my scalp for 4-6 weeks, I would apply medicated shampoo (w/sulfates) to my scalp and then also to my strands, to remove all buildup. Followed that with a super moisturizing cleansing conditioner creme (Oribe) and deep conditioner. I thought the latter 2 would be enough to counteract the dryness. It seemed so. So, I still continued doing this, even though I stopped wearing the crotchets.

But, for my last wash, I applied the medicated poos to my scalp only and went straight to Oribe and Kerastase on my strands, without realizing it. After blow drying with RevAir, I couldn't believe how much more moisturized and pliable my hair felt! And, it retained moisture better throughout the week.

The culprits:
- 4-6 week protective styles without conditioning = dry hair
- Long detangling sessions, repeatedly combing to get the shed hairs out = roughing up cuticles
- Sulfate poos = even more dried out hair, damaging integrity of ends
- Repeat for 1.5 yrs

I knew the sulfate poos were drying. I just thought the super moisturizing products I used were enough to counteract it. They probably did keep them from breaking though. I hope this is the last set back I'll have.

Lesson learned: Can never replace moisture better than preserving it.
 

LushLox

Well-Known Member
Thanks! I have seen these kits, but I didn't know it was a new(er) product. I assumed it was a convenience kit of the 2 step. I may try this out once I am relaxed, cause the 2 step is a pain to use. Is this the only protein you incorporate? Do you use any other strengthening products?

I'm a big protein fan, I think it is absolutely essential as a relaxed head. So I occasionally use protein products in between the Aphogee, such as Affirm 5 in 1, Amika The Kure, and others; I also use Olaplex also.
 

starfish

Well-Known Member
So every time I have general anesthesia I get scalp dermatitis for about 4 months. I’ve been looking for Neutrogena’s T/Sal shampoo but can’t find it anywhere, so I bought some Nizoral shampoo and conditioner with salicylic acid. Where was the conditioner? T/Sal has slip, this didn’t. My hair was matted when I rinsed the shampoo and still matted after my Taraji Make it Rain conditioner. And so dry! None of my leave-in conditioners worked. I couldn’t get a comb through it so I decided to wait until my hair is dry to detangle. I’ll never do that again. I’m most concerned about how itchy my scalp gets and what I’m going to do about that before my relaxer. I think I’ll look for a scalp treatment rather than a shampoo.
 

naturalpride

Well-Known Member

LushLox

Well-Known Member
A friend of mine swears by the Pattern leave in conditioner, so I picked up a bottle today at Ulta. Trying it out tonight.

Looks like I also need to try TPH by Taraji! :lol:

Still missing my beloved NTM.

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We went into Sephora today and my mum picked this up, it is VERY nice indeed; I like the texture, and it's not too heavy. I would have bought one for myself but the tube is so massive so I'll buy it when I get home.
 

sunnieb

Well-Known Member
We went into Sephora today and my mum picked this up, it is VERY nice indeed; I like the texture, and it's not too heavy. I would have bought one for myself but the tube is so massive so I'll buy it when I get home.

I know! It's expensive, but my hair has spoken. :lol:

I plan to buy the big one tomorrow at ULTA. They have the 21 Days of Beauty going on and I think double points on Pattern and other stuff.
 

sunnieb

Well-Known Member
Another of my OG products is getting hard to find.

ORS Carrot Oil

I discovered this even before I found LHCF. I was reading hair blogs and this woman swore by this stuff. Her hair description sounded like mine - dry, coarse, relaxed, etc. I have some, but I can't find it in stores anymore. Only online. That's usually the first sign. :(
 
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