Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mini Wash (and Length Check Preview)

I can't believe that I'm already 10 weeks post. Not only am I not ready to relax in 2 weeks, I really don't feel like going through the hassle. Perhaps my relaxer fiasco from July is engrained in my hair psyche. (Can hair even have a psyche? Hmm...) Any who, simply stretching my air dried tresses then whipping it up with a The Bun Effect style is keeping this stretch easy breezy.

I am however, a little hair-bored. So what does this chica do when I get bored? Straighten it! I wanted to go this entire stretch heat free, but since this is only the 5th time that I've straightened since starting this Bad Habit Detox in March, I think I deserve it. Woop! *insert really embarrassing happy dance here* I see that judgey look on your face; my happy dance is awesome---weird---but awesome nonetheless. I also had a chance to trim and length check. Double Woop!

Here's how I prepped by tresses for flat-ironing:
  1. Detangled- the night prior with Aloe Vera Juice, sealed with my DIY hair butter, and pulled into a low bun.
  2. Extreme Deep condition- On wash day, I massaged my essential oil blend and JBCO into my scalp, Matrix Biolage Hydratherpie Conditioning Balm to the length of my hair, and the layered EVCO on my ends. I hung out under my heating cap for about 2 hours.
  3. Tea Rinse- I rinsed the conditioner then with 2 green tea bags steeped in 2 cups of water, I applied my tea rinse using a narrow tip applicator. I let it sit for a bit and rinsed.
  4. Smoothing Treatment- I applied a large dollop of Matrix Biolage The Great Detangler to my strands and massaged it in from root to tip for a minute or two then rinsed.
  5. Air Dry-80% in a cotton tshirt
  6. Leave-ins- It's a 10! + Chi Silk Infusion.
  7. Styling- Straightened with my Solia Iron.
 I loved how soft and fluffy my hair felt after I rinsed out the deep conditioner. Oh man, it took everything in me not to just hop out of the shower there. The tea rinse definitely killed a smidgen of that softness and the Matrix Great Detangler won't be replacing my Paul Mitchell Smoothing Conditioner either but it did do a fab job of loosing tangles at my roots. Perhaps it has potential after all. 

I cut about an inch off my hemline. I'll probably trim a bit more later and take a better pic. I feel so weird with straight hair; I almost don't recognize myself. Weird right?


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  1. Look at those long beautiful tresses and your ends look great! What's your length? Looks like almost MBL to me.

    1. Thanks Tomi!

      I'm not sure what length I am now. I had a friend snip a little more off a few hours ago, so I'll share an "official" length check pic tomorrow.

  2. Your straightened hair looks fab! I'm glad your having such an easy breezy time during your relaxer stretch, me, not so much and I'm only 9 wks post. I don't think I am going to make it to 12 wks :(

    1. You can make it! Moisturize like your life depends on it and gently stretch your roots to keep shed hair from getting caught up in the mix.

      Divachyk of Relaxed Thairapy has awesome tips on how to keep your roots manageable:

      Thanks for stopping by chica!

  3. Your hair looks awesome, girl! Oh and I hope your next touch up does not turn out so bad.

    1. Thanks Andrea! I'm still salty. I'm not sure what I want to do--I could try a different brand relaxer, take a stab at letting a stylist do it, or give ORS another try. *Shrugs* That's going to take some time to figure out. I really doubt that I'll relax again before the end of the year.

  4. I think I just drooled at that length! I'm also glad I'm not the only one who feels totally weird with straight hair! Great post :D

    1. Aww---Thanks Courtnea! I've gotten so used to my fluffy hair that straight hair just feels strange. Plus, I'm not used to having my hair down---I've jumped clear out of my skin several times in the last 24 hours because my hair was rubbing on my back. *shudders*

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Your hair looks great!!!!

    I have been eyeing the Matrix Great Detangler every time I go to TKMaxx but haven't caved in to buy and try yet.

    I feel the exact same way when my hair is straight doesn't look like me when I look in the mirror.


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