Relaxer Update: July 2013

Last weekend, I ended my relaxer stretch at 15 weeks.  If you've been following along, you know that I was avoiding heat tools for the majority of the that time period.  My initial thoughts, as I was rounding out the end of the challenge, were that I would try to continue to implement no heat wash days into my stretches, but I wasn't really interested in continuing it as strictly.  

Well, I proceeded with my relaxer day process and opted to roller set my hair instead of my typically (after relaxer) blow dry and flat iron session.  I wore my curls for a day before combing them out for my length check...

After taking my length check pictures, I realized that my ends were still thinning, which is frustrating because I really tried to handle them with care this time around.  My game plan for this next stretch is to really try to moisturize my hair daily.  I've never been able to remember to do this daily and so I quickly gave up on it, but I think that the ends of my hair could really benefit from some added attention during the weeks.  Some ladies on youtube recommended baggying, but I'm going to hold off on that for now.  I want to see if this added moisture helps me out.

March 30, 2013

July 14, 2013

And on the very bright side of things, I retained length! Yay!  I'm so excited about this because I didn't really even realize it until I was editing the length comparison footage for the Relaxer Update video below.  When I imported the March 2013 length check footage I was shocked by the difference.  Now because of this "new found" added length I will absolutely continue my no heat regimen (and I will follow it more strictly than I had originally planned -- how's that for motivation, lol.). ;)  

Last Trim: March 30, 2013
Relaxer Stretch Lasted: 15 weeks (3/30/2013 to 7/13/2013)

Products Used This Relaxer Day:
Summit Sensitive Scalp Hair Grease
Affirm Fiberguard Sensitive Scalp Relaxer
Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus
Mizani Phormula-7 Chelating and Neutralizing Shampoo
Elasta QP Stop Action Conditioning Shampoo
Roux Porosity Control and Conditioner
Nexxus Humectress Moisturizing Conditioner 
Aphogee Green Tea & Keratin Restructurizer
Generic Value Products Conditioner (leave in treatment).

If you want more information on what products I use on relaxer day and why/how I use them check out this video (at the end there is BONUS footage comparing my hair length in March vs July):

And in case you missed it, here is my Grow With Me Series where you will see everything I did to my hair during this entire relaxer stretch (week by week).

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