I'm almost 13 weeks post relaxer- the longest I think I've ever gone. Yay me! I am definitely planning on transitioning to natural, but I'm open to texlaxing in a month or so if things get too hard for me.
I've been going to the salon every other week. I get a rollerset and then they blow out my roots. The salon I've been going to does a really good blowing out my roots on a low setting and still getting them straight. Straight hair definitely keeps my hair from shedding and breaking off as much. Between the salon visits, I wash and deep condition my own hair. I usually will rollerset and flat iron my roots. I have tried airdrying. FAIL. I have tried braidouts. FAIL. I end up with hard and extremely dry hair. I welcome any tips or suggestions!
In the past few weeks, I've also been trying some new products and techniques, and have discovered a few things:
1. S-Curl is not my friend. I've tried using it different ways and in different quantities and I still don't like it. When I use a little, my hair feels dry and coated. When I use more, my hair feels wet and mushy. I hate how the product feels on my hands. I hate how it smells. I will not be using S-Curl, Hawaiian Silky, Wave Nouveau, Carefree Curl, or any other similar products in the future. I just can't.
2. Argan Oil is my friend. Although I haven't used straight argan oil yet, my hair seems to really like products with argan oil in them. I've been using Hair One with argan oil, and Creme of Nature Shampoo with Argan Oil, and my hair comes out really moist and shiny. I've also been using serums with argan oil, and although I'm not convinced that products with silicones are good for my hair, I do get great first, second and third day hair with them.
I'm working on changing my mental state by appreciating women I see with natural hair. I am looking forward to having big hair that I can wear curly or straight.
This is not the best picture, just one of me and my son being silly, but I did my hair myself (rollerset + pincurls):