Hair Question: How Did You Thicken Your Hair?Tuesday, October 29, 2013
"Hi Sunshyne, your hair is beautiful. You are definitely my hair inspiration. How did you thicken your hair between APL and now. It looks significantly thicker."Advice:
Thank you so much for the compliment. I'm so humbled to be considered an inspiration :) As for how I got my hair thicker, it wasn't just one thing in particular that contributed to the thickness of my hair, it was a combination of a few key factors.
Check them out below:
1. Stretching My Relaxers - I like to space out my relaxers as far as possible. I usually relax my hair 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 overlapp 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.
2. Using Normal Strength Relaxer vs. Extra Strength - 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 (20-25 mins; fast relaxer speed = less processing = less texture removed from the hair = thicker hair) my hair is not relaxed completely bone straight. There is still some texture left over in my strands. More texture = thicker/dense strands. Also, I ONLY apply the relaxer to my new growth. Nowhere else. Previously relaxed hair does not need to be relaxed again (this is called over-processing which can lead to thinness). I like to use ORS Lye Normal Strength.
3. Protecting My Previously Relaxed Hair While Relaxing - I swear by this. 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 which eventually leads 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. While rinsing out the relaxer, the length of your hair can be processed, if not protected properly. Coat your strands with Vaseline (nothing is penetrating through that), Castor Oil, or Porosity Control Conditioner for maximum protection.
4. Pre-poo with Coconut Oil - 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/hair as it penetrates deeply into the cortex of the hair, therefore, less protein is lost. Less damage = stronger fuller cuticle = thicker hair.
5. Weekly Light Protein Treatments - I changed my regimen around in order to incorporate weekly protein treatments. Protein causes the hair to swell in diameter thus increasing the thickness of the strands. Protein treatments strengthen and fortify the hair preventing breakage. I like to use Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor once a week.