Like butter wash day

So washed my hair last Friday and I was tempted to conclude that it was the best wash day ever! Started with light finger detangling then got my hair into six plaits. Prepooed with a Tresemme naturals conditioner and grapeseed oil mix which sat on my hair for about 4 hours. Next shampooed with Shea moisture replenishing shampoo. Did a black tea rinse making sure to focus on my roots. Not sure how long you’re suppose to leave it on the reap the anti-shedding benefits, but I let that soak in for a couple minutes then rinsed it out. I know some people deep condition over the tea rinse but the handful of time I’ve deep conditioned without rinsing out the tea, it left my hair feeling rough and dry so I opted to rinse it out. Used a shirt to soak up excess water from my hair before adding the dc. I had a little bit of my prepoo left over so I mixed that with Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle conditioner and deep conditioned with my heat cap for about 25 mins.

After removing the heating cap, undid each plait individually and detangled with my Hercules Sagemann comb which sliced through my hair like butter. I couldn’t believe how much slip my hair had, wish every detangle could be this easy again. Needless to say Aubrey Organics honeysuckle rose is my new favourite conditioner. Rinsed out the deep conditioner then did an ACV rinse. Let that sit on my hair for a couple minutes then did a final rinse with cold water.

T-shirt dried and wrapped my hair up for about 15- 2o mins.Had planned to blow dry my hair but it really wasn’t needed. As my hair was so easy to detangle I just  rebraided each section after detangling with the comb and called that a night.

Combed my hair in about 16 plaits the next day and styled them simply. Three days after the wash and with only one moisturizing and sealing session (forgot to do it yesterday, will do it today after wring this), my hair is still nice and soft, love it.

world cup wash edition

Yeahhhh, Germany won!!! Wont describe myself as a football fan but gosh, I love it when a plan comes together. That is exactly what Germany had today and throughout the tournament, a strategic approach to the game that played out in their favour in the finals. They definitely deserve to win for their skill, all round team effort and superior strategy

Enough of that. In addition to completing what seemed like a million other things today, I washed my hair. I put my hair in 6 sections and prepooed last night with Tresemme naturals conditioner and today shampooed with Shea Moisture moisture retention shampoo. There was a bit of product build up my scalp so I did a apple cider rinse by pouring 10 parts diluted apple cider over my head, making sure to focus on getting it on my scalp. I let that sit for a minute or two then rinsed it out.

Since its the second week since texlaxing, I did a protein treatment today so added Aphogee 2 min reconstructor to my hair and covered with a shower cap for about 7 minutes. Finally got my Aubrey organics honeyrosesuckle conditioner so deep conditioned with that. Made sure to squeeze as much water from the plaits  before adding the conditioner so that the hair absorbed more of the conditioner.  I detangled each section with my wide tooth comb which was the only point during the wash when I undid the plaits. Did about 4-5 passes on each section with the comb but dont think that much was necessary as the comb seemed to glide real easily through the hair. This was surprising as the conditioner didn’t feel like much when I first put in on my hair but after adding a bit more,I realized it had quite a bit of slip.

Covered my hair with the deep conditioner with my heating cap for about 30mins then waited another 15 mins or so before washing out because well, I was doing other things, cooking, laundry etc. My hair felt so nice and soft immediately after rinsing out the conditioner. I t-shirt dried and then wrapped up my hair for about 30 mins to further dry. Didn’t mean to stay that long but again, laundry, cooking, etc.

Normally, when I wait that long to get to moisturizing, sealing and detangling, my hair is usually dry and totally shrunken. This time around, I was pleasantly surprised to find my hair still soft and moist and in need to just a light bit of detangling. This Aubrey organics conditioner does a much better job of moisturizing my hair than the ORS deep conditioner I previously used so I will be sticking with it for now.

Anyway, added my Darcys Botanicals leave-in conditioner and sealed with grapeseed oil. Because of my propensity to be a bit heavy handed with sealing, a few weeks ago I bought the Misto spray bottle which I’ve heard good things about. It is suppose to dispense just the right amount of oil to effectively seal without added too much oil to the hair. I’ve been using that for a few weeks now but I’m not really sure it does such a good job, I always feel like not enough oil has been added to my hair to get the job done. Anyway, today I went back to pouring a bit of oil directly into my palm which to me did a better job of sealing in moisturize. I’ll keep with this during the week to see how it goes.

During the second half and extra time of the match, I combed my hair in about 25 plait and curls, using the end of my seamless rat tail comb for parting. Seems like a long time just to plait some plait and curls but I cant say I could have gone any faster. To have gone faster would have meant rushing which would have resulted in breakage. As matter of fact, the whole wash process took a bit longer than I really care for. Excluding the overnight prepoo, it took about five hours but that’s with doing other chores which generally is the way I wash my hair anyway, I try to use conditioning time and air drying time to complete other tasks. I would say total hair handling time was about 3 hours a half hours which is about an hour more than I’d really like to spend on my hair every weekend (btw, I have shoulder length hair). The reason I texlaxed my hair was because it supposedly was going to reduce my hair handling and maintenance time. However, I cannot say that has been the case these last two weeks. Wash days take just as long and because I didn’t have my hair in my usual plaits/braids, there was a lot more handling arranging daily buns during these last two weeks as shorter nape and edge hair kept falling into disarray.  That stops today though as I attempt to get back into my weekly  plait protective styling regime. As I get used to handling my own hair however I can only hope that my wash day efficiency will increase.

During plaiting, I noticed that loosened bits of build up still clung to my hair close to the roots. It is so annoying to go through the whole process to lift the build up from the scalp and have it not completely rinse from your hair. Its now stuck there requiring either an additional rinse or rough handling to completely remove. Need  to remember to run my unloosened plaits under running water to better help with the removal of build up from my hair next time.

Okay, this was way more than I ever expected to write about a simple wash day, hope you didn’t just find the whole thing utterly and completely boring. Have a good hair week!

So…

So its been one week since I texlaxed my hair, how am I liking you ask? Apparently not that much. Let’s just say it didn’t turn out as I expected. First, even though the relaxer was on my hair for more than 15 mins, most of that time was spent on the back of the head so the front of my hair is more textured than I care for. No problem really, its all part of learning how my hair responds to the relaxer and figuring out timing for the future. The result though is that my hair especially the hair line, is not as smooth as I really wanted. That was the point of the texlax, for a smoother look when styling, might as well have kept my hair natural if it was still gonna look kinky when pulled back.

Second, my hair is not ‘as long’ I imagined it would turn out to be. I knew I was in for a serious trim cause my ends were completely uneven before the texlax. Considering that I was going from completely natural, I expected that the gained length from relaxing the natural curl pattern of the hair would have been more than enough to compensate for the trim. However, I would say my hair now is just slightly shorter than it was before. Bummer but at least now my ends are more even and I feel good about the health of the ends. It’s about retention now I guess so I’ll  be watching them like a hawk,moisturizing ,sealing and protective styling to prevent split ends.

Anyway, I prepooed last night with Tresemmee naturals conditioner and olive oil for about one hour under a shower cap then shampooed with Shea moisture retention shampoo, followed by a deep condition with ORS conditioner for about 15-18mins. I washed in five section one at the back, three across the middle and one at top. Completely less stressful wash day with the texlaxed hair, took way less time and the comb glided seamlessly through the hair.

I then t-shirt dried for about half hour then added  Darcy’s botanical leave in conditioner and Paul Mitchell serum per section as I detangled. Needless to say, my first attempt ever to roller set my hair was a learning experience. The hair was not smooth on the roller , frizz galore. Not loving it at all but I’m encouraged to keep at it.

So week one I would say was filled with ups and downs regrets and encouragement. Funny how I kept noticing all the natural hair ladies around me this week, it seems like everybody in the city was doing exactly what I just ran away from, made me wonder what fool thing I had just done. Now though I’ve accepted my hair and recommitted to this for at least the next six months. Stay tuned.

The what

Hi world,

Glad you’ve decided to join me here at relaxbacktonatural. I’m Kali and this blog is going to chronicle my healthy hair journey from natural hair, to relaxed, to transitioning  and finally back to natural. You got that?…good… My hair has been natural virtually all of my life ( it was relaxed one singular time) but at its current length, it takes more time than I’d like to dedicate to wash, detangle and comb. While I love the natural texture, I have gotten the itch for something different. Thought through many options but in the end  figured might as well go all in, take the plunge and relax. But not completely straight, texlax is what I’ve settled on.

Have no fear my fellow naturalists, I plan to rejoin you in the near future. I’ve given myself exactly two years to enjoy the ‘convenience’ and ‘ease’ of texlax hair, before beginning the transition back to natural. Dont worry, I have a plan so stay tuned, it’s going to be exciting!