Welcome to Relaxed Redefined ~ a better, healthier way to care for chemically relaxed hair. This is a personal hair journal created to share easy, do-at-home tips and techniques that have made my hair stronger and longer. I hope you'll learn something here that will enhance your healthy hair journey or better yet insprire you to start one. Happy Hair Growting!


RR Quick Tip: Lather and Rinse, DON'T Repeat

Hair products are big business, companies that make hair products want to make money, the best way for them to do that is to get you to buy more products. How do they get you to buy more of their products? By encouraging you to use up the product you have faster, hence the standard shampoo directions: lather, rinse, repeat.

Unless I'm getting a relaxer touch-up, it is a rare occasion that my hair is dirty enough to require more than one lather of shampoo, even when I'm using my sulfate free cleansers. I've found that if I thoroughly rinse my hair (for at least 2 minutes) prior to adding shampoo and then thoroughly lather my hair the first time, using additional product to get the full lather if necessary, there is never a need for me to repeat that process. One lather cleans my hair just fine, keeps more shampoo in the bottle and more of my money in my pocket!

Product Review: Hairveda Acai Berry Phyto Conditioner

Now for my official review of the Hairveda Acai Berry Phyto Conditioner that I have come to love so much.  I used this conditioner for the first time about a month ago and immediately I noticed how absolutely lovely it smells, like a rare tropical flower, its a very light and pleasant scent that lingers long after the product is rinsed out (which I love). Its a very light cream conditioner that feels like it could contain glycerin, but it does not (which I also love because it means I don't have to give it up this coming winter!!) When I applied this conditioner to my freshly shampooed hair I felt instant softness, which I thought was a little strange since it is technically a protein conditioner, but I love a product that creates softness no matter its original intent so I went with it. I let the ABP sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing and was very happy that the softness I felt when I first applied it stayed after the rinse was complete. The first time I used it I think I followed the ABP with Hairveda MoistCondition 24/7 to stick with the sage HHJ advice of following protein with moisture, even though my hair was so soft I didn't really feel it needed any additional moisture. So in subsequent uses I've forgone the additional conditioner after the ABP because its just not necessary, it makes my hair that soft. And detangling after using this conditioner was much easier even at 8 to 10 weeks post and as my previous rave about ABP post explains I believe Hairveda Acai Berry Phyto has been very instrumental in decreasing the amount of shedding I usually experience after a wash.

Price: $12.00 (plus shipping) for a 16 oz bottle at Hairveda.com (worth every penny!)

What they say:
Acai Berry Phyto is packed with vegetal phyto keratins that help restore hairs strength and volume. Acai Berry Phyto is light and perfect for your summer tresses. We've added Omega Fatty Acids and Antioxidants for added benefit to your scalp.

Acai Berry Phyto is made for hair that needs a daily lightweight, glycerin free option. It helps control the frizzies while keeping your hair moist and supple. Acai Berry Phyto can also be used as a leave in conditioner.

Key Ingredients:

Vegetable and Grain Protein- For Strength Retention and Rebuilding

Acai Berry Extract- For Boifunctional Nourishment and Fatty Acids

Restorative Oil Blends- For Softness and Conditioning

Actual Ingredients list: Aqua (water), Glycine Soja Oil, Phyto Keratin (Vegetable) Protein, Acai Berry Extract, Avocado oil, Olive Oil, Cetryl Alcohol, Steryl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Dimethyl Stearamine, Lactic Acid, Germall, Fragrance

What I say:

Everything they say about this product is true! This conditioner is beyond a staple for me, its a necessity. I don't recall ever using a product that has given me such dramatic and consistant results, did I say I love this product?  Because I truly do!

*Please note this post is 100% unpaid and unsponored by the company listed. This product review is based solely on my personal opinion and experience.


It's a hair thing... you wouldn't understand.

Before I post on why I love Hairveda Acai Berry Phyto conditioner so much, I thought I would demonstrate what it has done for my hair since I started using it just four weeks ago. As the saying goes, I can show you better than I can tell you.

But first I need to explain something that people outside the healthy (African/black/textured) hair community probably would not understand. And I am aware that to some people what I'm about to explain may seem a bit neurotic, maybe even psychotic. But since I've started on my healthy hair journey I can admit that I have become a little obsessed with my hair, not just the length, but also the over all health, so maybe I am a little crazy about my hair!

With that said I'll move on to the explaination, every time I detangle my hair after a wash I keep track of the amount of hair I lose. Every shed or broken hair that ends up on my hands after I've smoothed on leave-in conditioner, every hair that ends up in my comb after I've combed the product through, each hair is collected on the edge of my bathroom sink until the process is complete. At which time I take all of the collected hairs, roll them between my palms into a ball and access (/obsess). Even though this exercise increases the amount of time it takes to detangle my hair, for me it is a very useful way to analyze the difference between shedding and breakage as well as the amounts of hair lost to both. And even though the total number of strands probably never tops 40 to 50--I don't actually count them (hair fact: the average person can lose up to 100 hairs per day to shedding) the size of my hair ball always makes me feel like I'm losing too much hair. Generally the size of the hair ball is consistent after each wash, sometimes a little bigger and sometimes a little smaller, but never significantly smaller, that is until now.

The first photo was taken earlier this year and as you can see the hair ball is about the size of a quarter. The second picture was taken last night and as you can see it has decreased dramatically (at least to me) to the size of a dime. I firmly believe that Hairveda Acai Berry Phyto has been a large contributor in significantly strengthening my hair over this past month and greatly reducing shedding and breakage. Needless to say when I placed my re-order for the product, I ordered 2 bottles, I never want to be without this conditioner. My hair loves it, and so do I!

Actual review of the product, the ingredients, and how I've used it are still to come!


Looping back around

In my Coming Up Next post from July 7, I mentioned a few things that I didn't follow up on so I thought I should get back to those issues before I move on to new things.

Relaxer Schedule: my plans for relaxing every 12 weeks or so haven't changed, as a matter of fact I will be getting my next touch-up next week (September 29), which is actually only an 11 week stretch this time, but I have an event coming up the first weekend in October.
Length Goal: my goal hasn't changed either, I'm still aiming for somewhere between arm-pit and bra strap length, but I have come to terms with the fact that it is probably going to take much longer than I originally thought for me to reach that length. I thought I would reach it by the end of this year with no problem, but now that I see how slowly my hair seems to grow, I think it will probably be the 2 year anniversary of my hair journey before I actually get there. When I first had this realization, I have to admit I was a little disappointed, but I'm okay with it now and I just plan to keep doing what I've been doing and practice patience. On the bright side I'm already 2 month into the 2nd year so I only have 10 more months to go!

Henna: I thought I was going to henna my hair during this last stretch, but the truth is its been a pretty lazy hair summer for me. I've been washing and conditioning my hair regularly of course, but I haven't done much in the way of deep treatments at all. And henna definitely falls into deep treatment category as I've read the application can be pretty labor intensive, but I'm up for the challenge, besides I have to do something about all of my gray hair! So I am definitely going to do it during my next stretch and I plan to write about it here, before and after. Henna is useful not only as hair color but also as a hair strengthening treatment. I have a lot of research to do on which product is best before I place my order and I'll share that info here as well.

Now I'm ready to move on to the new stuff in my next posts, like the best hair conditioner I think I've ever used, yes I said EVER :)!


I'm Baaaack!

Its been waaay too long, but I'm finally ready to start posting on a regular basis again.  How regular? Well, I'll have to see about that, ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies, LOL. But I have a lot I want to write about, so that should keep me going for a while. I've also updated the template and color scheme of the blog to signify a fresh start and I'm loving the new look! Topics coming soon:
  • My new favorite hair conditioner: Hairveda Acai Berry Phyto
  • What I learned over the summer about my hair
  • Preparing for winter hair care, a regimen update
  • Future hair care plans, including HENNA
  • Next relaxer update, coming in just a few weeks.
In the mean time, I'm looking forward to great weather for the final weekend of the summer and getting back to work (by work I mean blogging :) next week!

Happy Hair Growing!
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