This was my last wash day before my relaxer touch up. Outside of some minor breakage and dry ends I haven't run into major issues. Naive me I thought this would be uneventful and good wash like my previous ones. I was wrong.
It all started with me postponing my wash by a day because I was tired on the day I planned to do it. I knew if I washed my hair when I was tired I wouldn't want to be bothered anymore than half way through, I'd take some shortcuts and would regret it. This turned out to be the best decision ever.
Pre-pooDid this with L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Ceramide Conditioner for about 30 minutes without heat. I also detangled as the conditioner provided decent slip.
CleanseIt was time to clarify so I used Shea Moisture Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo. I mixed the shampoo with some water in an applicator bottle. I guess I put more in the bottle than I needed so I ended up cleansing my hair twice. This is probably where things have started to take a wrong turn. My hair felt stripped and drier than it usually does after cleansing.
Deep conditionBecause I was clarifying and stripping some moisture from my hair, I wanted to add back in moisture with Eden BodyWorks Jojoba DC. I sat with it on my hair for a little over an hour without using heat.
RinseAfter I applied the dc I realized that I forgot to do my green tea/apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse. So I did it after rinsing out the dc. This was a mistake. While my scalp felt great, my hair felt didn't.
DryI did this by wearing a t-shirt for about an hour. Next I applied Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave In and grapeseed oil and detangled again. I'm positive I fully detangled before I washed, so outside of the shampoo and tea/ACV rinse I can't figure out where the tangles in my new growth came from. I sent about an hour slowly working out these tangles. Then I had to finish drying my hair.
ResultWhen I was done I was exhausted and done with my hair for the day. All I had the strength left to do was cross wrap and go to bed.
When I woke up the next morning I though the hair fairy had visited. My relaxed hair and new growth were tangle free, soft, moisturized and shiny. Not a trace of the issues the night before to be seen.
I'll be protecting my ends for most of this week by wearing braided styles or buns.
How is your relaxer stretch going?