Air Dried Hair - Stretching Relaxer
Hey loves! It's been approximately 9 weeks since I last relaxed and I'm loving the FULLNESS!! A couple days ago I realized that I only relax 4 times per year (i.e. once per season..winter, spring, summer and fall). Honestly, it sounds so weird saying that because I used to think ladies who relaxed with months in between their relaxers were crazy as it was such an unfathomable task to deal with all that new growth, but lo-and-behold, I'm now one of them :) Alright alright...stretching your relaxers isn't the craziest thing in the world, it just requires patience and the willingness to adapt a different regimen to cater to your new growth and ends - I understand now!
As such, this relaxer stretch has been smooth sailing and I must attribute that to the combination of retained moisture and the Castor Oil Challenge Part 10 on Hairlista.com. I'm participating in the extreme level. My main focus is thickening up my edges, hairline and nape...so far so good. I've been applying the Tropic Isle Strong Roots to my roots before I deep condition (extra soft new growth). I use the Tropic Isle JBCO with Rosemary and massage my hairline, edges and nape. I apply the oils to these areas every other day.
On this wash day, I deep conditioned on dry hair overnight (the BEST EVER!!!) with:
- Keracare Humecto Creme Conditioner
- Aussie Moist Smooth
- 2 tsps of Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- 1 tsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tsp of Coconut Oil
When I woke up, I co-washed my deep conditioner out with more Aussie Moist Smooth. I detangled and then blow dried on cool air with my blow dryer. I grabbed my trusty moisturizer, Scurl No Drip Activator (spritzed my roots and ends) and sealed with Jojoba Oil - my fav combo. Done! I left the house and went straight to the mall LOL :)
Air Dried Relaxed Hair
I totally recommend deep conditioning on dry hair overnight to ANYONE who is stretching their relaxer, transitioning or suffers from excessive dry hair. I haven't DC'd on dry hair for a while now and it was such a nice re-visit! It is a miracle worker and this process will forever be a part of my regimen - when necessary. My hair is happy :)
Above is my "unofficial" air dried length check. Since my hair is so thick and poofy in most areas, my hair tends to shrink up. Chances are I'm a little past MBL (Mid Back Length) when stretched. I'm not sure if I'm going to flat iron before the year is done - maybe for the holidays?...we'll see :)