ESSENCE.COM Straight Talk: 5 Easy Ways To Thicken Relaxed Hair

Sunday, November 23, 2014
thin damaged hair                     thick relaxed hair

I like to space out my relaxers as far as possible. My hair thrives when I relax every 10-12 weeks. By stretching out my relaxers I'm giving my hair a break and allowing my new growth to grow in fully before putting the relaxer on it. When your new growth is not visible, it's much easier to overlap the relaxer on the previously relaxed hair. This can cause thinness, breakage and overall damage. Stretching your relaxers makes your hair stronger and thicker over time.

Normal strength relaxers tend to process the hair at a much slower rate than extra strength relaxers. The slower process along with my quick relaxer speed results in my hair not relaxed completely bone straight. There is still some texture left over in my strands. More texture means thicker dense strands.

I like to pre-poo my hair with a mixture of conditioner and coconut oil before I shampoo. Coconut oil is known to protect the hair from protein loss when used as a pre-shampoo treatment. In other words, it helps prevent damage to the cuticle. Less damage means stronger fuller cuticle, which gives you thicker hair.

I never relax my hair without my ends being protected from the relaxer. Relaxing previously relaxed hair can cause the hair to be over-processed eventually leading to thinness and breakage. Protecting the length of the hair to the ends creates a barrier between your hair and the run-off of the relaxer. I like to use a thick Oil or Grease to protect my hair.

I changed my regimen around in order to incorporate weekly protein treatments. Using reconstructors under a hooded dryer for 15-20 minutes is the best thing for my strands. Protein causes the hair to swell in diameter, therefore increasing the thickness. Protein treatments strengthen and fortify the hair preventing breakage.

Video: How I Apply My Deep Conditioner

Monday, November 17, 2014
My deep conditioning technique has changed over the years. Sectioning off my hair in 5 sections is much more effective for me. I've been deep conditioning my hair like this for the past 2-3 years. It's effective, easy and I'm able to saturate all of my strands with just the right amount of conditioner.

In this video I'm applying the conditioner to dry hair to maximize absorption. I still apply my deep conditioners to damp hair after I shampoo. I'm using Keracare Humecto Creme Conditioner mixed with the 3PO - Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil. I then go under my steamer for 30 mins, rinse, co-wash, apply my leave-ins and air dry.

Thanks for watching :)

Product Review: Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Promises: The Protective Mist Bodifier is a daily leave-in conditioner. Can also be used for comb-outs and detangling curly hair. Use on wet or dry hair. The Protective Mist Bodifier coats, protects and softens the curl patter. This results in easier to comb hair as well longer lasting styles. 

Directions for Daily Conditioning: Spray on scalp and hair from the root to the ends. Use at least three times a week for best results.

Directions for Comb Out/ Detangling: After completing steps 1-3 of the Black Earth System, towel dry hair and separate into large plaited sections, start at the nape area and un-plait one section at a time. Apply Protective Mist Bodifier to the hair in the un-plaited section. Comb through using a large toothcomb. Comb out from the ends and work up to the roots.

Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerine 99.7%, Cetearyl Alcohol and Ceterium Bromide, Cetyl Alcohol, Olive Oil (Olea Europaea), Wheat Germ Extract (Triticum Vulgare), Caprylyl Glycol Phenoxyethanol, and Fragrance (Parfum).

Truth: I tend to share products with my sister as we are both on a hair journey. She tried this product and it was just "okay" for her. She told me to try it out to see if it was something I may like. Needless to say, I was a bit skeptical due to the Olive oil already in the ingredients. This reminded me of the New Scurl No Drip Ingredients - which did not work well with me. Fortunately, this product was the opposite of what I had imagined! For the past couple months, I've been spraying it in my roots and my ends (as a moisturizer) - my hair feels soft and retains moisture easily. It reminds me of Scurl No Drip Activator due to the Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, and Cetearyl Alcohol. It's a great alternative. I love the fragrance! It's not overbearing at all.  It smells like a mixture of coconuts and fruit. It's a nice subtle scent that lingers in your hair. The consistency is similar to Scurl No Drip Activator, however, it's a little thinner and transparent. I find the detangling properties in this product slightly weak. I would not use this product for detangling purposes. Bonus, it's silicone free too! I would definitely re-purchase.

  • Moisturizing
  • Softening
  • Shine
  • Silicone free
  • Smells great
  • No detangling abilities as promised

Price: $7.99 CAD

Hairlicious Rating:  (4/5) Very Good