Getting Started with a Healthy Relaxed Hair Journey

I've always thought my hair was one of my best features. Growing up it was long and thick. So thick that I hated to wash it or get it wet because it would take forever to dry - even with a relaxer. Once I hit my teenage years I cut my relaxed bra strap length (BSL) hair to chin length and have been cutting it ever since bouncing between shoulder length and chin length.

Fast forwarding several years and I started to notice breakage and thin ends which I attribute to using a lot of heat, not moisturizing, no protective styling and not using products that benefit my hair. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and began searching online for help and tips on how to get my relaxed hair healthy again.

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I found a lot of blogs and vlogs with ladies who had thick, healthy relaxed hair like I used to have. They did this by developing hair regimens that consisted of:
  • Hair products that addressed the issues or needs of their hair. This would be protein-based products for breakage and weak strands. Moisture-based products for dry strands. Or products without sulfates or silicones
  • Consistency of their wash day routines
  • Between washes regularly moisturizing their hair and sealing in that moisture with natural oils
  • Stretching their relaxers by going more than six weeks between touch ups
  • Using little to no heat on their hair

After spending time reading and digesting the information I committed to begin my healthy relaxed hair journey. My goals to achieve healthy hair by the end of 2014 are: 
  • Stretch my relaxers for 10-12 weeks versus the 6-8 I'd been doing
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: use my leave-in conditioner every other day, use moisture focused products during cleansing, and pre-poo and deep condition during every cleansing 
  • Do protein treatments every other week 
  • Clarify once a month 
  • Listen to my hair and cleanse it when it's asking for it 
  • Use only products that have natural, hair healthy ingredients. No petroleum, parabens, or sulfates

Have you set any hair goals for this year?



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