Monday, March 17, 2008

7 weeks post relaxer...

...and my hair is busted! I'm not sure if stretching is for me. With all of the breakage I'm having, I don't think my hair will allow me to stretch longer than 6-7 weeks in it's current state. I have a hair appointment on Saturday to get a relaxer and a trim. Yes, I said trim. I was going to try to hold out on the trim for a little while longer, but my ends are so bad. I want my hair to look nice again, and at this point I'm worried more about my hair health than my length. I also need a color- bad- my gray platinum hairs are really coming in at the edges. I don't think I'm going to have the stylist do it though. I'm either going to put in a rinse or take the plunge and try henna a week or 2 after my relaxer.

Yesterday, I did my final wash before my relaxer on Saturday. I pre-poo'd with a little amla oil the night before (yes, I know I said I would stay away from oils for a while). I also put a little Organics Hair Mayo on my dry hair before I shampoo'd. I shampoo'd with Dudley's itchy scalp shampoo (to clarify) and Elasta QP Moisturizing Shampoo. I did an Aphogee 2 minute treatment and deep conditioned with Elasta QP DPR-11 mixed with honey. I put some Paul Mitchell The Cream leave-in and a drop of Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum in before I rollerset. My hair was so tangled! I think it may have been the Paul Mitchell products, and maybe even the oil. The Cream definitely thickens my hair up a bit, but it's not worth it if I'm going to be pulling so much out while de-tangling.

My rollerset came out good for my ends, but of course my roots were thick, bushy and rough as hell. I still have not figured out a way to soften my new growth. I didn't do the saran wrap treatment, I just cross wrapped my hair and put a scarf on. Today I put it up in a clip, but it looks terrible. My roots and edges look thick. My hair doesn't feel as hard as it looks, so I guess that's a good thing. I'm trying really hard not to write how much I hate my hair because I promised myself I would stop saying and writing that.

My takeaways from this weekend's regimen: 1) really stop using the oils, 2) take a break from Paul Mitchell, 3) throw away the Organics Hair Mayo (I haven't really seen a difference, and I've head that this isn't as good as the ORS Mayo), and 4) possibly get rid of the DPR-11 and find a really good dc.

I'm tired of looking at other women's hair and wishing I could have it...

Okay, I try not to end my posts in such a down and depressing tone. At least my hair is growing. I know a lot of people with alopecia and other hair growing problems would kill to have my hair. So part of me feels like a brat for even complaining. It's just taking more time that I thought it would to find a good regimen and to be able to do my hair like I got it done. It was so much easier for me with short hair!

1 comment:

Margarida539 said...

awwwwww! i totally know how you feel about seeing other people's textures and lengths and wishing your hair would do the same thing. ahhhhh...the grass always looks greener on the other side, right? i realized yesterday that i have 2 or three textures on my head...i find that rather frustrating too b/c now i have to figure out how to meet "everyone's" needs...i hope you reach your goals though!