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!


Silly Me...My Relaxed Hair Loves Humidity

My hair has been doing really well this week, retaining moisture, very little mid-shaft breakage and I've been loving it. I thought I'd finally discovered the perfect hair technique, even though I really couldn't figure out what I was doing differently to bring about such a change. Then this morning it dawned on me, its not me at all, its the rain, it has rained every day this week (and nearly every day this month) where I live, and what does warm Spring air + rain create? Humidity. Apparently my hair loves humidity, I learned this when I vacationed in the Caribbean last month, my hair was super soft and manageable then too. The only thing I've done this week to help my hair is add a moisturizer that contains glycerin, and since glycerin is a humectant, it helps draw moisture from the air into my hair. If I was wearing my hair straight I'd probably be annoyed with all this extra moisture in the air, as it would more than likely create frizz in my straight style. But since I've been bunning all week, my hair can soak in all the moisture it wants with no ill-effect on my style. I wish I could take the credit for the great state my hair is in right now, but I can only thank the April rain. This does however  confirm that I need to look into a hair steamer sooner rather than later, because these Spring rains aren't going to last forever, and my hair seems to need all the moist air it can get.


I'm Not Going to Make It.

I really, really wanted to do a 16 week relaxer stretch this time, but I already know I'm not going to make it. 16 weeks from my last relaxer touch-up on March 9 is June 29, however I have a charity gala to attend on June 10, and there's no way I can go to a formal event with 13 weeks of new growth. This means I'll be changing my planned relaxer appointment date from June 29 to June 10, its only 3 weeks shorter, but it would have been nice to go all the way. In the mean time I'll be looking for a hairstyle to wear with my fancy dress (which I don't actually have yet, but I'm looking). Right now, at 6.5 weeks post, I think I'm finally seeing some positive response to my new spring regimen, which I will keep doing even though I'm not going for the full 16 week stretch. Hopefully the improvement will continue and I'll have plenty of new growth (and length retention) come June 10!


Komaza Care

Last week I placed my first order from Komaza Care, and I should be receiving my shipment any day now. I ordered sample sizes of the Moko Leave-In Conditioner and Intense Moisture Deep Conditioner, both products have all natural ingredients and are pH balanced. I'm especially excited to try the leave-in because it contains natural ceramides like Rice Bran Oil and lacto-ceramide derived from milk lipids. I've been looking for a good ceramide conditioner for a long time and I'd purchased the Matrix Biolage Cerafix conditioner, but I just wasn't happy with the idea of using a product that has Amodimethicone as a main ingredient. I also know the best way to use a ceramide conditioner is as a leave-in so on paper this product looks as good as gold, but I'll have to actually try it before I can give a final verdict. If these products are as good as their ingredients list I can definitely see them making it into my regular rotation. Once I've used both products a few times, I'll write a full product review. The P.J. in me is so excited to try these new products!!


Oh the Drama...

Ok so I can admit to being a tad overly dramatic at times, even if I don't intend to. Earlier this week I think I was just feeling a little discouraged about my hair journey which caused me to get somewhat paranoid about the amount of hair I need to have cut. I think wearing protective styles during the week has made it easy for me to project my worst thoughts about my hair because I can't actually just glance in the mirror and see its not at bad as I've let myself think. Once I got home that night and took my hair down for  moisturizing and sealing, I could see my ends actually look and feel just fine, and while I do need to keep working to curb mid-shaft breakage, I don't need to cut 3 inches off my hair. I'll be doing my midweek co-wash tonight and wearing my hair out tomorrow (Caruso Roller Set) so I think being able to actually see my hair will help me see reality instead of just my perception. Sometimes this can be a bit of any emotional roller coaster, I've put so much time and energy into growing out my hair, sometimes its hard to keep things in perspective. I can add that to my list of things to work on.


Sad Realization

I'm feeling a bit of hair sadness today because I've come to the realization that I can't avoid getting a haircut. I'm hoping I'll be able to reduce the impact with just a good trim rather than an actual cut, but either way I know my hair will coming in contact with a pair of scissors in the near future. Two things caused me to come to this conclusion, one I can take the blame for, the other I don't think is my fault. I'll start where I'm blameless, I got a regular ends trim with my relaxer touch-up which was only 5 weeks ago. Over the last week or so I've noticed several tiny splits on the ends of my shed hairs (yes I examine them that closely) I also noticed this morning the last quarter inch of my hair is looking very shabby and that's not normal. I think my last trim may have been done with dull scissors which is an express route to tiny splits and shabby ends, so at the least I need to have my end re-trimmed with sharper scissors.

As for the part that is my fault, last week I flat ironed my hair, with every intention of taking a length check picture, but that didn't happen. I didn't have my husband take the picture because after one glance at the back of my hair with a mirror, I knew my hair length hasn't changed one bit since the last length check I did in January. Well maybe it has grown "a bit", but not enough to justify posting a new pic. This discovery was disheartening enough, but the bad new from that day unfortunately continues. As I was ironing out my hair section by section, I could clearly see a line where the last 2 to 3 inches of my hair have started to thin. It was really startling that I could see and feel it so plainly. From my scalp down about 7 to 9 inches my hair is thick and full, but from there down my hair is visibly thinner and that is a little depressing. I know my thinned ends are due to a combination of things like ~the thin part of my hair has been with me the longest and will naturally taper as all hair does with normal wear and tear, ~this hair was relaxed more frequently than then hair closer to my scalp since its probably been with me for 3 to 4 years and I only started consistently stretching my relaxers a year and half ago, ~and finally, over the past year I have not been deep conditioning or protecting my ends the way I should and this has caused me to experience an increase in mid-shaft breakage, broken pieces about 2 to 3 inches in length have become an all too familiar sight. All of these factors combined have me very tempted to get my hair cut to the full/thick line and call it a day, but that would mean at least 3 inches of hair cut off and oh my, just the thought of that makes me a little queasy.

My ends aren't so thin that my hair looked horrible when it was straightened, and other people may not even be able to see what I see, but I see it and that's bad enough. So I'm going to start with my re-trim and tread lightly from there. I will continue with my revised Spring regimen (which does seem to be helping) and I'll give it to the end of the month before deciding how to proceed. Getting 3 inches cut off my hair would definitely be a devastating blow, but I also know it would leave me with healthier hair over all, however, that doesn't really make me feel any better about the prospect.
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