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!
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!
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!!
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.