Hey just got relaxer earlier this week. My beautician had to trim about .5 inch :-(. Here is my progress pic.
claud-uk said:Thank you afroette - do you use porosity control? one of the other ladies advised me to use this regularly to stop my relaxed ends tangling and it works! I use Lustrasilk PC 1-2x per month and haven't had that problem since. I'm sorry you are suffering with anaemia, my DH had this and before it was diagnosed things were really bad for her, we even thought she might be taking drugs bc the symptoms were so harsh, so I absolutely sympathise. I hope you can get a prescription to help get this under control without further delay. Hugs. On a lighter note, have you tried adding castor oil to your DC? That was another recommendation from someone else (I must find out who these clever ladies were so I can credit them properly) and it's probably my #1 hair tip, I'm trying to spread the word! I use 3 parts con to 1 part castor oil.
Hi Hyacinthe, how's your HHJ going? Thanks very much for your msg - my hands were covered with at least 1 months worth of breakage just from running them through my hair I work hard to keep breakage under control bc I didn't have the balls to do the BC, so I dust and do a protein tx 1x per week without fail, so when things start to go wrong like this I panic, bc I only know how to prevent problems, not fix them.
I'm going to start using Aph GT at least 1x per week on my ends, between protein treatments. I only bought it to use for my flatiron next weekend but looking at the ingredients it will double up nicely as a midweek protein spritz. What do you use it for and how often are you using it? I agree 100% about the Mizani Butter Rich!!!!! My DH got it when I asked him to get the H20 but the shop was sold out. I tried it and found it did nothing for my hair, no moisture or softness or anything, not even a little bit of grease for some slip, and I was mad cost it costs $$ over here! Then one day I was flatironing and didn't have any heat protectant or serum or anything (I grew up not knowing how to care for my hair). I put a little bit of this on and flatironed... let me tell you girl you ain't never seen smoother, shinier, silkier higher quality straight hair like it!!!!! On my daughter's life, I was blown away. Idk why but somehow the texture/ingredients in the Butter Rich work with the flatiron like it was just meant to be. I cannot wait to try this again for the first time since starting my HHJ, the only thing i'm worried about is that I will be using heat protectant and idk if that will affect the way the Butter Rich works. So basically i only bought it to flatiron with bc its useless for it's intended purpose or anything else!!!!! I got the h20 bc it's the only thing I remember using on my relaxed hair that ever made it feel soft or nice. Hoping it works the same for my natural hair too, if so Mizani will be replacing Keracare in my stash
hi HairPleezeGrow, thank you for your kind words, i will update back here if my new routine works, this will help somebody else I hope. I can already tell you about the Creme of Nature Argan Oil moisturizer - I used it on one side of my head and the Ultra Care I used on the other side. Even pouring from the bottle there was a big diff. The CON is thick/rich, but the UC wasn't. The CON has more slip, went on nicely and instantly softened the hair. The UC didn't make my hair feel soft or moisturized, just damp. I got the CON bc I'm so impressed with their Argan Oil Conditioner and it has not disappointed, Straight away this became an instant staple, just like the conditioner. I recommend you try them both, they cost pennies at about £3/$4.50 each.
Will be trying the Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair con and the Vatika Egg Protein mask this weekend so will update how those worked for me. I got them both bc they are DC treatments, instructions say to leave on for at least 15 mins.
The Vitale Hair Mayo is already a staple, it's a protein tx that leaves the hair soft and heavy, not thin and dry/hard like some protein does. With some proteins I mix coconut oil in to soften the effect but no need to with this. It's perfect for regular use.
I am flatironing next weekend, first time in a couple of months and my last results were so poor that i need to get a good result this time. I considered doing a BKT but I decided to try the John Frieda 3-Day Straight bc it's cheap, washes out with your next shampoo and I have read good reviews. That together with the ORS Humidity control I should be able to get some pics before my hair reverts and starts to poof.
sorry to ramble on ladies, i feel like Rachel in Friends where she went "on and on, 16 pages front and back"!
^^ this. YaaAsantewaa you went from (let's be honest) very little hair to full even NL already And you kept going through your issues and you still made this kind of progress? Sheesh, you should pat yourself on the back, seriously. What's your regi? A couple of us on here are struggling with breakage and it's good to share ideas.
Ladies, I may not participate in the length check on the 30th... breakage for about two weeks which I don't have completely under control yet, we don't have a private bathroom and i'm about to split up with "DH" ... seriously pissed off at the moment and thinking about hiding my hair till Feb 2013.
Does anyone find braids to be helpful in retaining growth? I'm currently in extension braids. Hope to take them out october for a length check. I'll be 2 months shy of my 3 yr hair journey. I get discouraged when I see people at full shoulder length after just a year. So depressing
claud-uk - Lets call a spade a spade - my hair was jacked! I stopped relaxing my hair and used MN and Megatek. TBH it was a combination of things, but I think wearing wigs for nearly a year helped the most. I still get breakage, especially in the crown but I try not to manipulate that area too much.
Sorry about you and DH, hope you can work through it amicably
I think they are but I can never keep mine in for more than a month or two lol and I can't wash and DC like i want to :-/ I dont believe in wasting my products on my braid hair. I still use them but not as much as I want!
YaaAsantewaa - yeah, your hair was jacked up, messed up and in serious need of therapy, I don't mind being honest if you don't, lol. That's what makes it so impressive. I can't wait to see it in another few months, you remind me of me!
Extension braids are my fave protective/growth/retention style, except that I like to be able to wash my whole hair regularly. I might go back to them for the next few months, I get guaranteed growth with them.
claud-uk said:Ladies, I did a failed flat iron yesterday but I did get some pics taken for length check. Again I didn't enjoy straightening my hair, I thought it was supposed to be a pleasure but its always a horrible job with a rubbish result. Next time I straighten will be my 1 year HHJ anniversary, I think I'll get it professionally done in a salon (Chocolate Rooms in Purley!)
My longest few strands at the back are about 1.5" past armpit, the rest of the back is exactly APL. The sides are about 1.5" pass collarbone, the shortest hair is at the front is now almost CHIN, whoop whoop soon be bye-bye mullet!!!!!
I need to get some comparison pics set up but here's to start: