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 as I went. Then I braided my hair into eight jumbo plaits and kept it sectioned throughout my entire process:
- Washed with diluted Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Shampoo
- Applied Kerastase and deep conditioned using Hot Heads cap for 20 minutes. Rinsed.
- Sat under my hooded dryer for ~8 minutes
- Unbraided one section at a time to apply Motions Straight Finish Leave-In Conditioner, followed by Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi High Shine Glosser.
- Detangled each section using fingers and my Magic Jumbo Rake comb.
- Lightly blow dried using fingers to add tension (this helped stretch my new growth).
- Twisted each section, covered with scarf and went to sleep.
- Went back to wigging (Owigs Full Lace Wig).
(I went keratin heavy in my product choices to help strengthen the line of demarcation and help stretch my new growth.)
I had a few tangles along the line of demarcation but nothing disastrous. However, I do have a bit of breakage in my crown where the two textures meet. I am six months post relaxer and not sure where I want to go from here. Since I am still struggling to see thickness retained throughout the LENGTH of my hair beyond full APL, I am thinking I should continue stretching. Why? Well, I’m wondering if the ends of my hair are being affected by the relaxer run-off effect. The “run-off effect” is when your previously relaxed hair becomes over-processed (over a period of time) because after each touch up, as you rinse the relaxer from your hair, it runs down the length of previously relaxed hair. Perhaps I should switch to a milder relaxer? My new growth is extremely thick and lush, but very tightly coiled. I am concerned that if I continue to stretch, the extreme difference in the two textures (straight, relaxed hair vs. coiled new growth) will become more problematic.
On the other hand, I don’t want to relax my hair only to place the added tension of a sew-in on top of it a few weeks later since I am still committed to protective styling until I reach my length and fitness goals. See my dilemma? Any advice? My last option is to transition to natural hair, which is also always an idea but not the reason I am currently stretching. But the idea of having natural hair is appealing because I am seeing too many grey hairs to pluck pop up and if I have to choose between relaxing and coloring my hair to cover the grey (in my case SILVER!!!! ugh!), my choice will be color all day! So I don’t know what I want to do!
From what I can tell, I am retaining length but I didn’t even stress that too much this wash day. At the moment I am more concerned with my hair’s health and avoiding breakage. In the meantime, wigs have been a godsend. I will be having my hair done this week, but after that its back to braids and protective styling. Of course, I’ll be giving you an update in between.
Thanks in advance for your advice – I’m all ears!
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