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Thursday, April 23, 2009

10 Weeks!

I canNOT believe I went 10 weeks between relaxers. I don't think I've ever gone this long. Ever. The thing is, my hair really isn't that bad. Yes, the roots are thick, but they're soft. I could probably go longer, but my birthday is this weekend and I want my hair to look nice. I can't believe I actually like my hair at this point. The key really has been to keep my hair conditioned and moisturized. I've only been washing it once a week, but I always deep condition and I use the Aphogee 2 minute protein treatment every other wash or so. Hopefully, I have about an inch of new growth.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Baking Soda

I've been trying to get this black rinse out of my hair for over a month. I really think my hair gets addicted to rinses because it doesn't act right when I don't regularly put them in after a while. I still want to use rinses, but I want to go a little lighter. Last week I decided to finally try clarifying my hair with baking soda. Besides being too black, my hair felt a little weighed down, so it seemed like a good idea.

I didn't pre-poo with my usual Organix conditioner. Instead, I put a little vatika oil in my hair in the morning. That evening, I mixed about a half tablespoon of baking soda in a large water bottle mixed with room temperature water. I got in the shower, soaked my hair with water, and applied the baking soda mix. I let it sit in my hair for a few minutes, massaged my scalp and rinsed. Instantly, my hair felt better. It felt like I really got a lot of gunk out of my hair, but it didn't feel stripped at all. I did it one more time, then shampoo'd once with CON shampoo. When I got out of the shower, I applied an Adore medium brown rinse and sat under the dryer for 15 minutes. I rinsed and deep conditioned with ORS Replenishing. After I rinsed out the conditioner, I rollerset as usual.

My hair feels so much better. I was 7 weeks post relaxer and it felt like I was only 4. My hair was soft, manageable, and looked good. I won't have any trouble going another 2 weeks without a relaxer. It still looks black, but that's okay for now. I'm just happy that it's so soft and easier to do. I will try to do the baking soda treatment once a month from now on.