Relaxer Update- June 2016 

And it’s here!!!!! Yes,by the title, you’ve guessed it… Another Relaxer Day! I relaxed my hair at 12 weeks post, as scheduled and I am really loving the same stage of my hair right now. Relaxer days always bring me joy mostly because I can see my hard work paying off and I feel so rewarded and stimulated.

I started by preparing my hair for the relaxer which I explained in my last post, the night before and the next day I got to it. If you have read my other relaxer updates, then you are aware that my mother, a professional hairdresser, does my relaxer touch-ups every three months. I use the Kids Organics Texture Softener which is not a relaxer, but I still do not consider myself texlaxed as my hair has very minimal texture.

This texture softening kit comes with a scalp guard and texture control which must be applied to the scalp and hair shaft respectively to protect against any excessive damage so we first began by applying these products even though my hair was previously coated with oil. You can never be too careful! 😂 My mother then proceeded to apply the relaxer to my new growth and after approximately 15-20 minutes she rinsed and neutralized my hair.

The kit comes with a light protein treatment which I mixed with my Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner and applied to my hair. I sat under my deep conditioning cap for 30 minutes and rinsed and Detangled under cool, running water.

I then applied some Carols Daughter Mirabelle Plum Conditioner to my hair and let it sit for 5 minutes as my hair still felt a little dry. My mother then applied the Lottabody Setting Lotion to my hair as well as the Creme of Nature Argan oil Treatment and I sat under the hooded dryer for 1 hour. This was my first time doing this as means of drying my hair on relaxer day and the results were great but the heat was INTENSE!

After drying under the hooded dryer

Airdrying in a ponytail

After an hour my hair still wasn’t fully dry, and I refused to go back under that “hell hole” so I just airdried in a ponytail for the remainder of time.My mother applied the John Frieda Frizz Ease Styler and the Creme of Nature Sleek and Shine Polisher. My hair was then lightly blow dried at high heat, low speed for smoothness and flat ironed at 300 degrees.

Here are the results:

I am finally claiming full MBL which mean I am one step away from WL hair!!!!! I urge you, my fellow sisters on your hair journey, never give up! It took me three years to get here and I don’t regret any minute of it. I hope you enjoyed this post and of course, don’t forget to follow my blog and my IG account @iam_misstress to keep up with he hair fun as we grow inches one by one!

-Miss Tress 🙆🏾🌺💕💁🏽🌸🎀💇🏾

Back Again?! 

Hey guyssssssss…..! Yes I know…. I’m a complete stranger by now😩 As I was coming to do this post, I saw that my last post had been uploaded 100 days ago!!!!! And my absolute honest, insufficient and unreasonable explanation is “Life happens.” However, in my absence I didn’t complete forget my blog…… I have been thinking about great post and series  ideas which I can’t wait to share and also.. My hair routine and my hair itself has changed quite a bit. With that being said, we definitely have alot to chat about!

So for this post, I thought I’d focus on my change and updates in my hair and hair regimen.

1. Cowashing- Okay, so this I had to mention first because it’s probably the most surprising and major change that occurred in the past 100 days! After myriads and myriads of failed attempts at cowashing, followed by continuous expressions that “Cowashing just isn’t for me”, I finally experienced the greatness of a good co-wash! And to top it all of, it was completely unplanned! So in the past few months, I was faced with tons of exams and projects which kept me super busy, so much so, washing my hair became secondary.

However, my hair began to shed and break due to dryness and neglect and I refused to watch all my hard work and inches go down the drain, so I needed a quick and easy solution! One day, I simply decided…. Okay I will just put conditioner on my hair every 3-4 days and rinse to retain some moisture. So when I began this plan, I started looking for a conditioner to do so and I came across the MAGICAL Creme of Nature Pure-licious Cowash in my mothers product cabinet and of course, my curiosity and inner product junkie got the better of me and so I decided to give it a try. From my first application and rinse, I fell completely in love and the rest is history😂!

Now I Cowash my hair once a week on a Thursday and wash my hair with my shampoo on a Sunday( or if I have limited time, I Cowash again). I will be doing a product demo and in depth review of this Cowash in a few weeks so look out for that!

2. My Hair Anniversary and Relaxer Update- So I relaxed my hair at the end of March when my 12 week stretch had concluded. I didn’t blow dry or flat iron my hair with this stretch because I was loving a jumbo flexi-rod set! Therefore, I don’t have a length check for this update but I have a few pics of my hair.

Freshly relaxed air dried hair

 

Jumbo Flexi-rod set

Shrunken Ponytail on Old Jumbo Flexi-Rod Set

I also celebrated my three year hair anniversary in April and I am so proud to say that I am grazing MBL hair at the end of my three years! I really wanted to do a post for my hair anniversary but hey! “Life happens”😂.I straightened my hair and did a length check for my hair anniversary however so I guess I can use that as my relaxer update length check since my hair anniversary and relaxer day was a week or two apart.

As you all can see, there’s not much of a length difference be uses I trimmed my hair during that stretch and was mainly focused on the health of my ends which I must say has significantly improved.

3. Protective Styling- Due to my busy schedule, I’ve also been protective styling A LOT! As you all know, Princess Crown Braids as I call them are my absolute favorite protective style and I wear them for almost anything! Not to mention how easy they are to manipulate because they can also double as a braid out! I’ve been wearing them every-single- day for the past 5-6 weeks but recently my scalp started to become a bit sore from the braids so I have switched it up with some buns etc. However, I really want to try to get to full MBL by the year’s end so I am protective styling like crazy!!! I am also trying to avoid daily manipulation to my hair so I’ve been moisturizing every two days and placing my hair in the same style. It’s been really really great to my hair! My shedding is at a minimum (even at 8 weeks post),  it’s extremely soft and manageable, not to mention real easy to Detangle and style!

4. Washing My Hair- Usually I used to wash my hair in sections, however, on days where I had limited time I started washing my hair going straight back all at once and I gradually noticed that I got less shedding this way. So obviously I was all for it- a super simple and easy way to wash hair that reduces time and shedding….Definitely!

Well guys, that’s about it for my hair update and changes. I am so glad to be back and I intend to be very active for these next three months so I hope we can have some hair fun together! I’ll be posting at least 3 times a week from now on and of course, my wash day series will resume weekly. I am super excited…😁😝✌🏾️

Thanks for reading…. Don’t forget to follow my blog and I deleted my old IG page so I’ll be doing a new one soon!

-Miss Tress 💕💇🏾🌸🎀💁🏽💕🙆🏾

Relaxer Day 4

Hey guys! I am ecstatic to be back! As you all know, there are are three-four days of the year that bring me sheer ecstasy…. Relaxer day! And of course, I cannot wait to share this one with you!

Since I have several relaxer day posts including my process and products…. I will simply discuss my results, goals etc.

Firstly, I relaxed my hair at 16 weeks post relaxer which was an okay stretch, however I do think that I became a bit lazy during the last few weeks. As usual, I used the Kids Organics Hair Softening System on my hair and my thick new growth took up the entire container. My hair was relatively straight as in, it was straight, but not lifeless and limp! These were my results…..

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In my efforts to refrain from excessive heat use, I air dried my hair and in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season…. The air dry became a 2 day long process 😅!

 

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Air drying-35% dry

After my hair dried, I slept on it for 2 nights in its air dried state and I finally came around to flat ironing! For the first time, I used the Creme of Nature Hair Sheen along with my Carols Daughter Heat styling products and my hair was so shiny and sleek! I was absolutely blown away!! So these are my results….

However, just when I thought I couldn’t be any happier with my hair, I did a comparison picture and found that I had retained my full 2 inches of hair!!!!

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These pictures really  build my hope and inspiration because I completely delight in seeing my progress. It helps my determination and perseverance because I would be completely lying if I ever say that this journey is an easy one but I encourage you all to keep at it…. Even when you feel like nothing you do is working !

Now recovering from that Oprah moment…. 😂😂😂

Of course I had to see my ponytails also!

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They look just about right! I didn’t do a length check this time around simply because I would like to do my length check in April on my 3 year Hair anniversary!!!! However, I would not be relaxing my hair in  April 2016, but in March instead which leads me to my next problem…

I have decided to return to relaxing my hair every 12-13 weeks. After doing some reflecting and observing my hair, majority of the breakage and shedding which I receive occurs during the last 3-4 weeks of my stretch even with frequent moisturizing and proper maintenance. This thus influenced my decision to shorten my stretch. This will help me to combat breakage and shedding in 2016 hopefully and I can therefore achieve MBL hair by April! With this relatively short term goal in mind, I am setting my long term goal of Waist length hair by December 2016!!!! Just the thought of being so close to the length which I started my journey to achieve excites me and I think of how far I’ve come! It feels like yesterday that I was at armpit length! Wow!

You can also see how far I’ve come by visiting my My Hair Progress Page!

Anyway, that concludes my relaxer update! I hope you enjoyed it and remember to follow me on Instagram @miss_tress123 for tons of hair pictures , impromptu hair product hauls an loads of fun! Also click the follow button on my blog for weekly and bi-weekly posts!

Happy holidays 🎁🎊💕.

Love, Miss Tress🎀

 

Relaxer Day 3 With Miss Tress!

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Sooooooo relaxer day finally rolled around and this stretch concluded at 20 weeks post! And I’ll just say from now that I’ll never get this far into a stretch EVER AGAIN! Boy was this hard work! My new growth was super thick and that’s one of things I love most about relaxer day… I can feel my scalp again. But I must also say that it was worth it because I did see an improvement in my hair however, I think I may have stumbled upon my first hair journey setback which we will discuss at the end with the pictures….

As usual, I began my relaxer day by detangling my hair in four sections with an oil. This time I used the Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil and the shedding was the expected amount for 20 weeks post hair that hadn’t been combed for a week so I wasn’t very worried. You may or may not know, but my mom does my relaxers as she is a professional hairdresser! Lucky me! I used the Organics Kids Texture Softener (my staple relaxing system) and we began the process of application in three sections (two at the front and one at the back) which was done using a relaxer brush. With all this new growth, of course I used the entire jar and then it was left to process for almost 15-20 minutes.

We proceeded to wash the relaxer out with hot water as it cleans the shaft faster and more thoroughly and followed up with the neutralizing shampoo which was also a tad insufficient for my new length and thickness but it was enough to stretch so we didnt have such a huge problem. Next came the deep condition which we did with the light protein treatment that came in the relaxer system as well as the Carols Daughter Mirabelle Plum Hair mask and sealed with the Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil. I sat under the hooded dryer for 15 minutes to add heat to the deep condition which would help the product’s penetration in the hair shaft.

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I simply rinsed afterwards with cold water to close the hair shaft and applied my Creme of Nature Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner and the 7n1 Treatment and revisited the hooded dryer for 25 minutes and left my hair to airdry the rest of the way.

So after airdrying, my mom skipped blow drying because my hair airdried pretty smooth and began to flat iron using the X Infiniti Pro by Conair flat iron. She also applied the John Frieda Frizz Ease Touch Up Creme and the Carol’s Daughter  Macadamia Heat Protectant and flat ironed my hair in 1″ sections which took about 1 hour. And of course…. the finished result!!!!!!!!

So based on the pictures I took, I realized that I got a very little amount of breakage from the long stretch but breakage nonetheless so I have decided to return to my 12-16 week stretch duration but other than that I am quite happy with my hair. I defintely see that I have returned to BSL which I am ecstatic about and I cant wait to get to MBL!

Before I forget…. I had never done a length check before so out of curiosity… Here’s my results!

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And thats it for my relaxer day!! Check out my hair progess page to see how far I’ve come and thanks for reading… Hope you enjoyed it! DOnt forget to follow me for many more posts and follow my IG for tons of hair pictures and mini updates

XO – Miss Tress

Relaxer Day 2 with Miss Tress!

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Happy Holidays everyone! I relaxed my hair on December 23rd at 16 weeks post. I just wanted to stretch my relaxer to as close to Christmas as possible which I achieved. Wanna see what I did and what changed from  my previous relaxer…..let’s get to it then!

My shedded hair!

My shedded hair!

As you may or may not know, my mom, who is a professional hairdresser does my relaxers. So in order to prep my hair, I had to detangle and oil my hair! It was in a 6 day old Braidout so detangling was not super “do-able” but after brainstorming I decided to mix my Africa’s Best Growth Oil and some water in an applicator bottle as my detangling aid.

My hair in braids

My hair in braids

This acted as an awesome lubricant for my hair, gave it tons of slip and allowed me to detangle easily enough. I would highly recommend adding water to your oils when detangling as pre-poo, hot oil treatment etc. I also must say that at 16 weeks post and 6 days post combing  my hair, I shed an understandable amount of hair. I then placed my hair in four braids and left it for the time being.

imageBy detangling and oiling my scalp prior to my relaxer, I experienced an alarmingly small loss of hair during the process, which I was quite contented about. I used the Kids Organics Olive Oil Hair Softening System and my results were straight but still had some body. After using my neutralizing shampoo, I deep conditioned my hair with my Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair DC for about 20-30 minutes, rinsed, and air dried until my hair was 80% dry.

My mom them blowdried using the Carols Daughter Cupaçu Blowdry Cream and flat ironed at 350 degrees using the Carols Daughter Macadamia Hair Serum and Organix Macadamia Dry Styling Oil. These were my results:

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I noticed am increase in my hair’s thickness which I loved! I saw it in my ponytails as they got fuller compared to my previous relaxer day which you can see here👉  https://misstress1.wordpress.com/category/relaxer-updates/

However, my ends desperately need that trim which I plan to get in January. I am quite happy with my length and was considering maintaining this length but I am just curious to see how far my hair can grow so my journey continues!  I am also loving how my layers are growing out and evening up my hair. Overall, I think it was a pretty good relaxer day and I am proud of my progress thus far which you can check out

here👉   https://misstress1.wordpress.com/my-hair-progress/

Relaxer Day 1 with Miss Tress!

Hey all! There’s always three or four days a year that fill me with great relief and today just so happens to be one of them… Relaxer Day! Woohoo! My new growth is crazyyyyyy thick because I naturally have thick hair like no matter how hard I try, it’s been like a month or so since I could run my finger through my hair and feel my scalp. However, I had a different feeling toward my new growth during this stretch, I loved it! I mean don’t get me wrong, I love my natural locks but for the past few years my new growth has come as a “beautiful burden” to me but this time, I constantly wanted to play with it and such. So, I think transitioning is definitely going to be considered, but that’s another post. We’re all here to chat about my relaxer day and my results so let’s get started!

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So, my mum usually does my relaxer because she is a professional hairdresser. However, since the week prior to my relaxer, I did no detangling of any kind and my hair LOVES to tangle (my new growth), I just left my hair in a bun and moisturized and sealed the ends every two days. Therefore, fast forward to Friday night, my hair was in a tangled hot mess. Back to my mother, she is a professional BUT she loves to do whatever she is doing very quickly and I knew if she had to part my hair to apply the relaxer in that state, she would show my hair no mercy.

I usually apply my COC oil mix to my hair before relaxing but this time I applied it and detangled my hair while doing so. So I divided my hair into four sections, applied the oil mix to my scalp and gave myself a scalp massage. I then placed the oil on my hair shaft, finger detangled and then detangled with my wide tooth comb. I braided each section after this process, and trust me, it was a crazy long one! I then took the four braids and placed them into a bun, Bantu-knot type thingy and secured with an ouch less ponytail holder. I covered my hair with a stocking cap( to prevent oil stains on my pillow and all over my bed) and them tied my satin scarf.

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The next afternoon, we began! My mum used the Kids Organics Hair Softening System which is geared to texlaxing however, my natural hair pattern gets straight really fast so it’s almost as if I relax. Anyway, so she applied relaxer to my hair in 3 sections and due to my extreme amount of new growth, we used the entire container of relaxer (scraping product of the sides included).  She left it on for about 20 minutes and we then rinsed and neutralized my hair with the shampoo in the set, however the small amount of shampoo was no match for my hair’s thickness so we had to use another neutralizing shampoo from the TCB brand.

imageI proceeded to deep condition my hair with my Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner for about 30 minutes. I rinsed and didn’t have to detangle because I was like 1 second post and that conditioner is tangle-eraser magic! I then t-shirt dried for about 15 minutes and here are the results!

I then airdried my hair until it was 90% dry. My mom then applied the Brazilian Kerating Hair Straightening Serum and Gloss Spray to my hair and blowdried. She reapplied the products and flat-ironed my hair on 350 degrees. So, the big question is…. Did I make my goal of a healthy bra-strap length by the end of summer…… Well the answer is….*drumroll please* YES! I think that definitely calls for an emoticon celebration!

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I was so thrilled and my hair happened to be in wayyyyyy better condition than I thought it was in after all those pool and beach-filled summer days. I actually learnt that leaving my hair alone every once in a while doesn’t hurt that much. My hair definitely taught me a great lesson during this stretch: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger ! So without further ado, I present my Bra- Strap Length Hair:

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It’s relaxer days like these when I meet my goals that I am inspired and I become even more dedicated to my hair journey because I see that hard work pays off and if anyone is reading this right now and feel like giving up on your hair, trust me, I know it’s hard and that you feel lazy sometimes but for every down you have on your journey, you will have a ton more of ups. So never give up because you can do it!

On a lighter note🎶 (lol), where does my hair journey take me next you ask? Well, I had said in an earlier post that I was going to trim my ends but to my surprise, they were in tip-top shape so as the old saying goes, Why fix something that’s not broken? So my goal for my next relaxer is to maintain my healthy ends with some SERIOUS TLC because I am noticing just a smidge of thinning , so I want to nip it in its bud stage and you can never have too much thickness so I am also trying to gain some more thickness. Want to know how I plan to do it? Keep up with my blog for my next post on my new regimen! My next length goal however, is to be mid-back length by August, 2015!( God Spare life of course) and I want my hair to completely cover my bra strap by April,2015.

I hope you enjoyed a relaxer day with Miss Tress and you can see my progress since my previous relaxer here 👉 https://misstress1.wordpress.com/my-hair-progress/