Why I Always Use Coconut Oil With My Protein Reconstructor

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Coconut oil mixed with my protein reconstructor are my "go-to" combination when I'm due for a protein treatment. I apply my protein treatments once a week (typically on Sundays) on dry hair for 20 minutes with heat. Using protein on a weekly basis has assisted in my hair growing strong allowing me to retain length and increase the thickness of my hair. 

The reason why I frequently use Coconut oil, specifically on my dry hair, is because Coconut oil prevents hair damage - period!! Not only does Coconut oil smell so good, it stops protein loss, prevents split ends, reduces hygral fatigue, prevents breakage due to manipulation and it penetrates deep into the cortex to fortify and strengthen the hair! 

I mix 1-2 tsps of Extra Virgin Coconut oil along with 4-5 tbsp of my protein reconstructor to cover my hair from root to tip. Since I apply coconut oil to my dry hair, and then shampoo after, the Coconut oil naturally aids in preventing my hair from swelling and contracting when water is entering and leaving my hair shaft. It's absolutely one of my favourite penetrating oils. 

To make it even better, I like to add it to my protein reconstructors for double the benefits! So not only am I getting the benefits from my Coconut oil in preventing damage, my hair is also absorbing the Hydrolyzed Keratin protein from my reconstructor, which does a great job in strengthening my chemically processed strands against breakage!

What Oil + Conditioner (protein) combination works best for your hair? 

What do you mix with your Protein treatments? Let me know :)

Loving My Relaxed Hair™ Presents: TexlaxedCutie

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Introduce yourself! what's your name? where are you from? 
Hey everyone! My name is Texlaxedcutie and I love to post informative tips and document my hair journey on my instagram! I was born in New York. As for my culture/ background, I am of West Indian heritage and have parents who are Guyanese and Barbadian.

How would you describe your hair? What's your hair type?
I would describe my hair as high-maintenance, although I love it for that particular reason! If I had to put my hair in any category, in its natural state, it would be 3c (and 4a in some spots). My hair is naturally very thick and probably the healthiest it's ever been in all the years of my hair journey! I am also recovering from a big set back in my journey. Last summer I cut my hair from mid back length to shoulder length! But I am definitely back to my original length but my hair is much thicker and healthier! I'm very exited to reach my goal of waist length. My hair is anywhere between bra-strap and mid back length - I'm not completely sure because I haven't straightened it in about 8 months. I do plan on clearing that up next relaxer which will be in May!

When did you start your relaxed hair journey? What is your hair regimen? Share a few of your "go-to" hair products. 
I started my relaxed hair journey when I was 14 and discovered youtube and wonderful hair forums like Hairlicious Inc.! I was so determined to have long relaxed hair because I was extremely bored with my shoulder length relaxed hair. It was then that I devised a healthy hair regimen that I still use today! I start my regimen by detangling my hair and prepooing with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). I then rinse out the oil and proceed to cleanse my hair with a moisturizing shampoo. Then I whip up my favorite concoction of ORS replenishing pak, EVOO and coconut oil and sit under my Huetiful hair steamer for about 40 minutes. After I rinse that out, I t-shirt dry for 30 minutes and apply my leave in and style.

My go to hair style is a braidout but I also love buns and curl former sets. I only texlax my hair two to three times per year and my favorite relaxer is Creme of Nature Straight from Eden relaxer in formula B.

My two absolute "go-to" products are:
1) Shea moisture curl and style milk and the
2) ORS replenishing Pak.

What #1 hair tip you would pass on to other relaxed haired ladies who are starting their hair journey? 
The number one hair tip I would pass on to other relaxed ladies would be to "baby your ends!" If length is the goal, you'll love this tip because it's easier to retain length. The best way to do this is to apply extra product to your ends and "baggy" them after you moisturize and seal.

Nowadays it's becoming more uncommon to see relaxed hair or products geared towards relaxed hair. Do you feel a 'pressure' to go natural? Why or why not? What are your thoughts on the natural hair movement? 
I do not feel pressure to go natural because I am head-over-heals in LOVE with my texlaxed hair! I think the natural hair movement is great, I love seeing big, beautiful natural hair pictures on my Instagram! But it's not for me at this time because I love the versatility of my texlaxed hair. I can have sleek straight hair one day, a loose curly wash n go another or rock my big voluminous braidout the next!

Why do you choose to remain relaxed while many are transitioning back to their natural hair? 
I choose to stay relaxed because, like I said, my hair is high-maintenance, as it is, and I do not have the time right now to care for my natural hair properly. I am totally comfortable with my hair right now and do not plan on stepping out of my comfort zone any time soon!

What do you absolutely love about your relaxed tresses? And why?
The texture, versatility and the therapeutic nature of caring for it! I love everything about my texlaxed hair!

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Wash Day - Braid Out + Half Up Top Knot

Thursday, April 2, 2015
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My Wash Day Run-Down:

Pre-poo: I applied Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to my hair while dry. I left my pre-poo on for 20-30 minutes with a plastic cap.

Co-wash: Rinsed out the EVCO and grabbed my lovely Aussie Smooth conditioner to co-wash my roots/hair. Love this stuff - it's truly moisturizing and detangling!!!

Air dried: I t-shirt dried for 15-20 minutes until my hair was just slightly damp. I applied some Scurl No Drip Activator mixed with Creme of Nature Argan Oil Foaming Wrap Lotion to set my hair for increased definition in my braid-out. I sealed my hair with the Creme of Nature 100% Pure Argan Oil to lock in moisture. I then started to section off my hair in 5 sections and began to braid. I added perm rods to the ends of each braid. I air dried my hair overnight and removed my braids in the morning with a little bit of CON Pure Argan oil on my finger tips to prevent frizz.

Style: Since I'm freshly relaxed, braid-outs don't always come out looking 100% because I have no new growth. It can be a hit/miss. I opted for the half up top knot for a more chic trendy look, plus I was celebrating my birthday so I wanted something fun and cute :) 

I gently used a boar bristle brush on my hairline and edges for smoothness. I secured the section with a ponytail holder and began to two-strand twist the remaining hair - wrapped it around & pinned it down! My hair felt so soft and smooth - just the perfect combination for a braid out :)

Results: My Birthday hair :)... out and about!

Until next wash day....

The Wash Day Experience
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