Wash Day: Relaxer Stretch + Castor Oil Challenge Update + Length Check

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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.

New growth

 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 :)

The Wash Day Experience

How was your wash day experience? What did you use?

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  1. I love deep conditioning on dry hair, it works wonders to the hair. Your hair is lovely.


  2. Beautiful results! I'm a champion for deep conditioning overnight! I LOVE IT!

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience chica!

    KLP @ www.savingourstrands.com

  3. Your hair is gorgeous Val! I love stretching my relaxer, I relax only twice a year, since 2008 and it seems to be working well for me! Glad you had a great wash day!

  4. Wow the thickness! :-) I love the whole look and your lip colour is gorge. I recently just purchased the rosemary JBCO. I literally screamed and called my sister when I found out my local BSS is now stocking the JBCO line. I'm really excited to see results with it especially combined with my BTR's. HHJ :-)

  5. Love the thickness of your hair, its beautiful.

  6. Your hair is doing wonderfully. If anyone out there is going to convince me to relax, it's will be you.

  7. Currently my hair is really dry, I am tempted to deep condition on dry hair. But as I wash my hair on a weekly basis, will I still gain the benefits of the deepconditioning

  8. Your hair looks amazing girl! You've got your routine down to the tee! I have deep conditioned on dry hair before, but I like to use shampoo weekly to every two weeks. I wonder if shampooing after DC-ing first would defeat the purpose. Do you ever shampoo after your dry DC?

    1. Awww thanks for the love Hun. Yes, when I do my protein treatments I apply it to dry hair, I shampoo and then I follow up with my moisture DC. Works like a charm. I do this once a week.

  9. Your hair is gorgeous, looks really healthy too. Thsnks gor eharing, I shall try the overnight Moisturising deep conditioning this week :-D. Im sure I've read somewhere not to do it with protein deep conditioner, is that right?

    1. Yes strictly moisture only. If you use protein you'll end up with rough, hard hair :(

  10. Hey sunshyne! Do you have a video that shows how you moisturize with S curl? I use this to help stretch my relaxers but I use it just on my new growth. I am curious to know how you use it on the length of your hair. Thanks

    1. No I don't have a video as yet. It will be coming in the near future :) thanks for the suggestion.

  11. Hello Sunshyne. Do you incorporate your hair steamer into your regimen or save it for special occasions?

  12. Awesome! Love your lippie as well :)

  13. I switched to normal strength relaxer about two years ago and started home relaxing (my mom does it for me). My hair has some texture in it but I'm still lacking thickness. My question is what can I do to achieve more thickness and how long do you typically leave in your relaxer?

  14. I am currently 16 weeks post. What has helped me tremendously is grapeseed oil. This keeps my roots very soft and manageable


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