My Transitioning Hairstyles + Favorite Products for Both Textures

Transitioning Hairstyles - Longing 4 Length

Since having my hair cut a few weeks ago, I have enjoyed my hair and am learning what transitioning hairstyles work best for me.   The shorter length and incredible amount of new growth took some  getting used to but I am happy to report that I did not have any problems the three weeks I wore my hair out.  I fully intended to take better photos to chronicle all the styles I've been wearing but my cell phone selfies will have to suffice, … [Read more...]

Relaxer Stretching Tips | Divachyk of Relaxed Thairapy

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Most healthy hair journeyers have heard, read or been told stretching is a must to have healthy relaxed hair. For those unfamiliar, relaxer stretching refers to the practice of extending the amount of time between your retouches; Therefore instead of relaxing your new growth at the customary 6-8 week intervals you continue to "stretch" until 10+ weeks.   The purpose to relaxer stretching is to avoid overlapping previously relaxed hair and … [Read more...]

Wash Day | 6 Months Post & Relaxer Thoughts

Owigs Full Lace Wig - Longing 4 Length (2)

Since removing my VIP Luxury Hair extensions, I have been keeping my hair in sections first as twists under my wig but also to wash and condition - something I've never really done before but find necessary with so much new growth.  This week's wash day began by applying warm extra virgin coconut oil to my cornrows; this aided in lubrication as I untwisted and also served to prepoo.  As usual, I used my fingers to detangle and remove shed hair … [Read more...]

Pre-Weave Wash Day Routine

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I've decided to continue stretching my relaxer through the use of a sew-in.  I have had great success with the health of my hair, retention, working out and losing weight with wigs and weaves, so why rock the boat? To prepare my hair before installing a weave (or any other long term protective style) I usually follow the same routine - designed to both strengthen and adequately moisturize my hair before it is hidden away.  Because I am now … [Read more...]

20 Weeks Post Relaxer?!

20 weeks post relaxer

Thank you ladies for continuing to visit, comment and interact with me this summer...despite my erradic posting!  Between my schedule and technology issues it has been challenging to post as often as I would like to.  I don't say it a fraction as often as I think it, but thank you for your continued support. Anyway, I wanted to chat with you regarding my hair.  As you know I've been in protective styles all summer - two sew in weaves and my … [Read more...]

Resourceful Reads: Transitioning, Twists & Textures

Time for segment two of my newly created "Resourceful Reads" feature!  For those who missed the first, this feature highlights posts from other fabulous hair bloggers that I believe you will find helpful.  I'm just going to jump right into it! Transitioning Help.  You all know I'm not pro-relaxer, pro-natural or anti-anything as long as you keep your hair healthy.  I realize that while L4L may have a lot of relaxed hair followers - at any … [Read more...]

Flexirod Style at 15 Weeks Post

Stretching Relaxers

So after this week's wash day, I maintained my curls by re-rolling my hair nightly on about 8 purple flexirods.  Although I have about 1-1.5 inches of new growth, the resulting style was still pretty cute! Each night I've been using the LOC method with a bit of adjustment by moisturizing and sealing with OBI Naturals Curl Hydration Spray, followed by Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk, and sealing with the Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil (which … [Read more...]

Reader Question: Why don’t you stretch your relaxers longer?

Stretching Relaxers

I received this question and comment from a lovely reader recently:  Why do you not stretch longer than 12 weeks?  I find that fascinating seeing as all the other prominent YouTube gurus make it seem like you are doing your hair a disservice if you do not stretch a minimum of six months. First of all - girl, did you just include me in the phrase 'prominent YouTube guru'?!  Shut 'cho mouth!  *doing the wop* (and if you are too young to … [Read more...]