External moistureTo keep me focused on external moisture retention, I joined the the 30 Days of Moisture Challenge hosted by Jen of Just Grow Already and Jay of Relaxed Thairapy. To participate in the challenge I decided to do the following three things:
- Deep condition my relaxed hair weekly using my Hot Head Conditioning Cap
- Moisturize and seal at least every other day
- Co-wash my relaxed hair every other week
Related post: Moisture Challenge Check-in: Quenching My Dry Strands
So did I stick with the plan?
I also kept up with moisturizing and sealing at least every other day. There were a few times where I ended up moisturizing and sealing almost every day between washes.
As for co-washing I did co-wash twice, but it wasn't every other week. Now that winter is coming I want to try and make sure I co-wash every other week as that should help me with moisture retention during these drier months.
What's next for my hair
By focusing on moisture I think I now have a good moisture balance in my relaxed hair. I don't have to pile lots of product on so my hair feels moisturized. Also my hair feels softer and I've noticed it thickening back up. I do think I have slacked a bit on the protein side though.
With this in mind here are the hair goals I've set for October:
Baby the left side of my hair for length retention. For this first year of my healthy hair journey I decided to focus on improving my hair health and not length outside of retaining my length. That being said, I've noticed that I have been retaining length. Especially the hair on the right side of my head. My left side doesn't seem to be keeping up. So I'm going to baby the left side of my hair for the month of October.
Stay on the moisture challenge. I'm going to keep with the moisture challenge especially now that the weather is cooler and the air is dryer. In North Carolina we literally went from summer one day to fall the next and my hair isn't liking the drier air. I plan to continue deep conditioning with my heating cap, moisturizing and sealing and drinking 10 glasses of water a day. As for co-washing, I'm going to work on doing that every other week.
Do a protein treatment. I've been using conditioners with some light protein ingredients and so far my hair has really liked them. I've yet to do a heavy protein treatment and I'm feeling some weakness in my strands. So I think it's time for my hair to have it's first heavy protein treatment.
If nothing else doing a heavy protein treatment will help balance the moisture and help me avoid breakage. The heavy protein treatment I'll most likely use is the Aphogee 2 Step. I've seen a lot of good reviews on it.
Related post: Wash Day: 8 Weeks Post 8/9 Relaxer Touch Up
Participate in the 30 days without heat challenge. I've currently been on an unofficial no direct heat challenge and this gives me a reason to make it official. The challenge is being hosted by Relaxed Thairpy, Just Grow Already and Grow it Girl.
Now that cooler weather is here, have your hair goals changed?