My Stretch is Over: Straight Up

I ended my longest relaxer stretch to date 2 weeks ago and I was just shy of a year. The good news? I’m finally below shoulder blade (BSB). The bad news? I have to trim like my life depends on it. In spite of the trims I have planned, I’ll still be AT LEAST bra strap length (BSL) by the end of the year. Claiming it!

I used my trusty Organic Root Stimulator Lye Olive Oil Relaxer in regular strength. I’ve been using ORS for about 10 years with no issues so I see no reason to deviate. I mixed 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil into the tub to buy my mom more time. From start to finish, it took about 25 minutes. Since I based myself the night before with Hot 6 and castor oil, I didn’t burn at all.

After rinsing out the relaxer creme, I liberally applied ApHogee 2 Minute Reconstructor and let it sit for about 5 minutes. I did this to replenish some of the protein my hair lost during the relaxer. I then neutralized with Isoplus Neutralizing Shampoo (with color alarm) about 3 times. The 4th time I let the shampoo sit in my hair for 10 minutes.

Detangling was insane. Not only was my hair hard to manage because of the neutralizing shampoo, there was shed hair EVERYWHERE. Clumps of shed hair was wrapped around my hair and they all seemed to be hanging out at the ends. I liberally applied some Jazzing Clear Rinse (after reading Ebony’s posts¬†about the benefits of rinses) and Roux Porosity Control and my mother went through each section gently detangling and removing the shed hair.

I’m in DIRE need of a trim but I’m going to cut little by little. I’m sick of hacking off my hair so incremental trims should take care of these ratty ends. These are the results prior to my mom roller setting my hair.

Scariest ends in the land!

Without rinsing, I added Kerapro Treatment for Dry to Very Dry Hair and sat under a heating cap for about 20 minutes.¬†After rinsing everything out, my mom set my hair on gray rollers. She sprayed ApHogee Green Tea and Keratin Restructurizer and Giovanni Frizz Be Gone Serum (trying to finish it up). Of course I don’t have pics of the finished result from relaxer day but here are pics from my roller set at the Dominican salon.

I’m really pleased with my results and intend to start protective styling in the middle of January until my next relaxer. The combination of hidden ends, consistent conditioning, and fresh trims will help me reach my goals. If I can’t find a trustworthy stylist (and I can’t think of one off the top of my head), I’ll have my mom slowly trim off the damaged ends until they’re all gone. Since my mom has stepped into my hair journey, I’ve faced a lot less frustration!

Another new wrinkle in this ever growing tapestry is that I’m texlaxed! I noticed it when I looked at my hair in the mirror at the salon. The difference between the hair that we just straightened and my previously relaxed ends is clearly visible when I air dry. When I roller set it, the line of demarcation disappears. Since I’m pleased with these results, I may continue to texlax my hair. I finally understand what all the fuss is about and, since I’m cutting off a lot of the relaxed ends due to damage, the transition should be seamless. I’m excited to see how my hair will look texlaxed from root to tip!
With the new year approaching, what are your hair goals for 2013? Did you recently straighten your hair for the holidays? Are you pleased with the results?

  • I think I am going to invest in a Babyliss flat iron in 2013. I want to be able to flat iron my hair myself. I have learned that 9x out of 10 I am much happier with my hair when I do it myself. Good luck to you in the coming year!

  • Exactly! I feel like nothing tops results at home.

  • Your hair looks gorgeous’!!! You’re making me want to flat iron my hair!

  • Kiki

    YOUR HAIR IS UTTERLY GORGEOUS! Majorly HAIR CRUSHING! :)

  • Your hair looks great!!

  • Kim

    I didn’t realize you were stretching for so long. Congrats on that stretch, your hair looks great! Your ends aren’t perfect but they’re not horrible either, I’d do a little at a time like you said and you won’t even notice the trims. HHG!

  • HairIAm_Shika

    Your hair is gorgeous! And trust me, I feel you on the incremental trims…

  • *blushes* Thank you so much :)

  • Thank you, Jeni!

  • Thank you! I’m definitely going to trim bit by bit until healthy ends are prominent.

  • Thank you! Every girl likes to see her hair straightened every now and again.

  • Thank you, Shika!

  • Well this year I surpassed my goal a bit, I gave myself a haircut and added some layers. My longest layer is shoulder blade. I started at ear length. Next year I want to reach BSL. I think it is completely feasible. I have already started on my Gro Aut oil. I know what you said about growth aids, but I really do get twice as much growth when I use it, and i’m sure of it because I see the uncolored grey hairs.Other hair resolutions will be to continue having fun with my hair, trying new styles and accessories and colors, but continue to maintain healthy hair. I want to wear my own hair at my wedding, and I want it long.

  • Tonkabelle

    Your hair looks lovely dear and congratulations on stretching for that long.