Last weekend was the half way point of my relaxer stretch and I have been doing a really good job of not using any heat on my hair, so with the new year upon me, I decided to blow dry and flat iron my hair to see how my hair was doing. I was curious about my length, but even more importantly I wanted to check on my ends.
Wash Day Routine.
I've been sampling out this new Pre-Poo combination of Aloe Vera Juice and Wheat Germ Oil. So far I'm liking it. I let it sit on my hair for 20 minutes before rinsing. I shampooed with Shea Moisture's JBCO shampoo and deep conditioned with my current fave, Silk Elements KeraMinerals Smoothing Deep Conditioner, for 30 minutes. After rinsing and allowing it to t-shirt dry for 5-10 minutes, I applied GVP The Conditioner and CHI Silk Infusion to my hair. I blow dried with my new blow dryer (which I'll tell you more about on a later date). Even though I was 13 weeks post relaxer I wasn't too concerned with getting my roots super straight so I went with slightly larger sections for flat ironing (larger than 1 inch sections to flat iron). But I did have the flat iron was turned all the way up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit spraying my hair with Proclaim Spray On Glosser just before flat ironing each section.
When I was done, I recorded a video of my length check (above). In my haste to get the video recorded and get out the door, I didn't take a still picture for comparison. And I'm still kicking myself for the brain fart. But below you'll find my attempt at screen shooting a still from the video, but if you want to see how my ends are and where my hair is overall compared to my October 2015 length check watch the quick 1-minute video above.
With maybe an inch of growth and my ends looking to be in decent shape, I am extremely happy with where my hair is half way into this relaxer stretch. I plan to keep up my current wash schedule and hopefully with my next length check I will see continued success with maintaining my ends and adding length.