Relaxed Hair Thread

Discussion in 'Hair Care Tips & Product Review Discussion' started by sweetpeadst, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Bad&Bougee

    Bad&Bougee Well-Known Member

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    Anybody using Caruso Hair steam rollers? I had one a long time ago and don’t know what happened to it so I bought another one yesterday. I think I’m loving it so far.
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  3. MzSwift

    MzSwift Texlaxed, Fine

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    Ooh, pretty @sweetiep !

    I've never used any steam rollers.
     
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  4. Bad&Bougee

    Bad&Bougee Well-Known Member

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    Your hair is gorgeous. Beautiful curls.
     
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  5. sweetiep

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    Thanks ladies! I wish I was good at rollersetting but I’m not. So I will see how this works. So far so good and because it’s steam I can do it more frequently.
     
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    Very pretty set @sweetiep

    I have a Caruso setter. Although I think the heating element in it had stopped working which I'm quite upset about so I'll have to stump up the money for a new setter. At least this way I'll have a decent amount of rollers. There is a real art to using the caruso's though, you can't keep the roller on the setter for too long as it just results in limp curls.

    They'll be some big threads on here, have search for tips.
     
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  7. sweetiep

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    @LushLox Thanks! I will do a search for it.
     
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    Guess I can stop lurking around and say hello.

    .....Hi!
     
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    MzSwift Texlaxed, Fine

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  10. Wenbev

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    relaxed today, was 12wks post. it is the longest I can go at this time. tried some different things - added olaplex no 1 to the relaxer, did a midstep protein treatment before neutralizing as well as a olaplex treat with no 1 and no 2 after neutralizing.
     
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    Hello Ladies!! I am currently 12 weeks post. This is the longest I have ever stretched. I had considered going natural (straight natural) but I don't like flat ironing my hair weekly. It has done very well, but I am just hesitant to use flat irons so frequently. I am debating on whether or not I should relax this weekend or stretch a few more weeks. Any ladies flatiron during your stretch? If so how do you maintain the health of your hair? Thanks in advance for any tips or suggestions. I am at Arm pit grazing BSL. My goal is full BSL by the end of the year.
     
  12. Bad&Bougee

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    If you are able to maintain without breakage then you should S T R E T C H a few more weeks!
     
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    This is just me personally.

    But I usually stretch to 6 months. I have kind of been graced with extremely fine strands. My hair is overall on the denser side, but the fine strands are soft so my new growth doesn’t put up a fight when I soften it with moisture.

    I do flatiron. But it’s only the 3-4 days prior to relaxing. Helps with parting and smoothing too. Cuts my time pretty much in half, and helps the relaxer take because my hair generally doesn’t take to normal strength relaxers at all even it’s super moisturized.

    So I’ll shampoo, condition, DC, and apply a light oil just where my new growth ends and keep my hair up until I relax and moisturize my already relaxed hair up until then.

    When it’s relaxed I make a point to not manipulate it much. If I need to detangle a bit I’ll separate with my hands, or put my hair up in four big twists, or loose bun. But I don’t put a comb or brush to my hair whatsoever when it’s flat ironed for those days. For my flat ironed new growth I don’t mind it puffing up a bit because I’ll spritz it to keep it moisturized, but I just make a point to keep it neatly separated and put up so it doesn’t tangle within itself.

    If I don’t flat iron prior to relaxing, I’ll blow dry on cool for however long it takes to dry and do the same to it for the few days prior to the relaxer like I would if I flatironed. I tend to blow dry more than I flatiron just because I don’t have to worry about heat. I only do this twice a year since I relax twice a year. If I do neither I’ll put in loose big twists after the initial detangle from washing, and redo them if needed.i make six sections and when I take them down to relax I just relax the sections since it’s already parted and everything.

    I just make sure to be gentle and separate any tangles gently and soften my new growth as much as I can prior to blow drying or Flat ironing.

    This seems like a lot but it goes by pretty fast in real time.
     
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  14. klsjackson

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    Thanks ladies!!! I think I will stretch a few more weeks. I have a trip out of town in a few weeks and kinda wanted to relax before the trip but I will see how it goes. @Bad&Bougee @PlanetCybertron I too have fine strands, but a dense amount of hair. I used to get a relaxer every 6 weeks!! My hair always thrived and grew but the stylist was trimming off my new growth at each relaxer. But I prefer to flatiron and not use the chemicals in my hair. I will keep you ladies updated. I will also upload a hair pic real soon.
     
  15. Bad&Bougee

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    I'm going to miss the Relaxed Hair Thread :cry3:I am transitioning back to natural. I enjoy relaxed hair, the myriad of styles that I can wear, and the response my hair has when relaxed but natural hair is probably my better bet. I truly miss the curls and coils, the density that natural hair has and all the protective styles that, apparently, others deemed to be my signature hairstyles. Not looking forward to the transition process or cutting off hair that has grown to a couple inches past SL but it will grow back.

    I wish you Ladies healthy, happy, relaxed, long hair.
     
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  16. PlanetCybertron

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    Happy transitioning!!!

    Show us your lovely curls after a while!
     
  17. Bad&Bougee

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    Thank you! I certainly will!
     
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  18. ItsMeLilLucky

    ItsMeLilLucky Aka Giveme D’Monee

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    I was literally about to type something similar :lachen:


    Well ladies, I think my season of relaxed hair is over for now.

    I’m still gonna pop in and like y’all posts. You can’t stop me:angeldevil:
     
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  19. Bad&Bougee

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    It will be good to have a Transition Buddy.
     
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    ItsMeLilLucky Aka Giveme D’Monee

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    Well don’t count on me for that. I’m thinking about chopping today :lachen:

    I will, however be rooting for you from the sidelines.
     
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    I found this youtuber, she speaks French so I understand just a bit of what she's saying but her hair is out of this world amazing


    btw, when doing the LOC method how is the hair styled after? is it done the night before? does it go in a bun?


     
  22. klsjackson

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    I decided to relax yesterday. I was a few days past 13 weeks. Relaxer went well. I did not relax bone straight. Now I can focus on something else. I just know that natural is not for me and I don’t want to flatiron every week. My hair is 4a/b and fine. So most protective styles are hard on my nape and edges. Wrapping and or pin curling works best for me but I do like stretching my relaxers so I,will try to do 16 weeks this time. Thanks for your advice ladies.
     
  23. alundra

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    This was me. If you want to, I can find/post it, but I was just over BSL in January 2011. I was so proud -- that was my real hair care goal. My hair looked GREAT. In 2006/2007 when I started, I kept meticulous notes. I wrote about conditioners, shampoos, co-washes, scents and oils and everything!

    I started getting lazy. Then in late 2016 I started losing my hair like crazy and couldn't figure out why. I may be shoulder length if that now. I had a second set of tests and it's either due to low iron or iron stores (I'll tell you in a few weeks). Now I have to start from scratch.
     
  24. ItsMeLilLucky

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    @alundra That lazy bug always gets me. Good thing you took meticulous notes, now you know where to start at.
     
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    @alundra I deal with low iron and low blood. I got sick in November and was not able to take care of my hair as normal until January. My hair suffered!!! It was literally falling out of my head. The shedding was horrendous. I lost quite a bit of hair on my edges and it was so thin. I felt horrible. Dr put me on iron pills and I put myself on a hair vitamin that helped me the last time I dealt with hair loss due to low iron / anemia. It’s called Hair Revive. I will post a link later. My shedding and breakage slowed within two weeks and I noticed a complete end of it within a month. Absolutely no shedding or breakage and my hair started back looking like “my” hair. It doesn’t make my hair grow so to speak not like Hairfinity but the overall health of my hair improved greatly with this product. I have ordered enough to last the rest of this year and will do to take. I hope your dr can give you some advice. Good advice. Most people don’t understand the seriousness of low iron. And when it begins to effect your hair, that means you need immediate help.
     
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    @alundra
    The price fluctuates. This was $21 when I purchased a few weeks ago.
     
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    Here's some notes I found on my computer from 2007. You can tell how old it is by the product recommendations.

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    Part 1, 15 April 2007

    I have washed my hair about twice this month so far. I used Amla Oil as a pre-shampoo. It really detangles my hair and makes it soft!
    I do not have problems with detangling at all. I notice a lot of ladies do at the LHCF. (2018 note: I really have problems with detangling now!)

    I have sat under a small bonnet dryer that my aunt gave me to dry my hair. It doesn't get very hot at all, and my roller set turned out really well, I just should've waited until it dried because it frizzed up.

    I didn't seal my hair with oil, so it looked kind of ... raggedy until I put some vatika oil on it and mixed it with the dove moisturizer. Next time I will give it a try. Was I over moisturized?

    Things I am having trouble with:

    1. Protein treatments and DC
    I don't know when to do a protein treatment. WHat does it mean when your hair is "mushy"? I'm not sure.
    2. Products
    I still have not found a regiment that is right for me, although I am working on it.
    3. PJ-ism
    I want to try everything that everyone is recommending, but my wallet does not like me.

    I will try to stick to washing my hair once a week until I get a good regiment going.

    NG
    I am having some NG in my crown area. Just a little bit - I can feel it, but it's not like a forest. It's growing in soft. I don't have any in the back.

    Products:
    Silicon Mix, Amla Oil, Redkin product removing shampoo, Rusk smoother conditioner, Nexxus Moisturizing Shampoo.

    Products I want to try:
    Lacio Lacio leave in, Salerm Leave in, Boundless Tresses (I ordered it), EVOO

    Final verdict:
    Everything seems fine. My next relaxer will be around May 10th. If I can stretch until May 17th, that would be good too as it will be near payday!

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    VimiJn Let the truth set you free!

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    I haven't been to the hair forum in months. I'm so sorry you had a setback. Like my heart skipped a beat when I read that. Your hair is goals.
    What happened ?
     
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    Lost over half of my hair back in December. I began skipping dc's and regular maintenance. My hair was so damaged that by the time I relaxed, most of it broke off.

    I'm recovering and my last relaxer went well. I'm documenting my journey back to hair health in my Fotki. It'll take me a few years, but my hair will be back better than ever! :)
     
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    VimiJn Let the truth set you free!

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    Wow. I'm glad you've got a plan of action. Sending:bighug:your way.
    I am still using the Design Essentials sensitive scalp relaxer (i think I have about 15 tubs left). Though I could never find the other items like pre relaxer treatment or the neutralizer, so I just use what I have at home. It's going well. I definitely could implement a better protein regiment (as in it's non existent at the moment).
     

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