Its been quite a while since I updated my hair diary. I will have to keep things short here since I do not have much time to write.
First, I texlaxed my hair on the 19th of April after a 17 week stretch. I wanted to stretch my relaxer for 20 weeks but with the way my hair was constantly getting tangled into knots, I just couldn't risk the breakage and hair damage that could have resulted. I did the texlax on my own. I think it was a success since my hair looked very full after the texlax, and I had also gained a bit of length. My hair was fully shoulder length after the texlax (my hair hasn't been fully straightened for a while, so it might be even longer).
Since the texlax, I have been wearing my hair up in a ponytail almost every day. I moisturise at night with my own concoction of Dark and Lovely conditioning braid spray, water, glycerin and a tiny bit of olive oil. I always seal with coconut oil, and then massage a tiny bit of Castor oil to my hair line. I then comb my hair through with a wide toothed comb, then wrap my hair in a scarf before I sleep. In the morning I just pull my hair into a ponytail and go (since I always hit the snooze button and don't have too much time to do any more styling). Sometimes I GHE (greenhouse effect) during the week (about 2 0r 3 times). I just apply more coconut oil than usual at night, cover with a shower cap, cover the shower cap with old stockings, and then wrap my scarf over. The next morning, I then comb my hair through with my wide toothed comb, seal with a little coconut oil, pull my hair into a ponytail and go to work.
During the weekend, I do my usual wash. I changed my wash regimen a bit since the texlax and it seems to be working. I always prepoo overnight. I just slap on some olive oil onto my hair, cover with a shower cap, cover the shower cap with an old pair of stockings (too African of me I know) and then wrap my scarf on top. This is the only way for me to stop the shower cap from slipping off while I sleep. In the morning I normally brew tea for my tea rinse (one bag peppermint tea, and one bag black tea) as I have breakfast. I also mix up my conditioner concoction (my deep conditioner, with honey and olive oil). After breakfast, I get my hair thoroughly wet before dividing my hair into two sections. I try my best to get the shampoo (Herbal Essences Hello Hydration) onto my scalp only by applying it using my fingertips. It takes a while since my hair is really thick so I have to try to be more patient. I massage my scalp, and try to get the dirt off my scalp before rinsing off the shampoo. If my scalp feels extra itchy, I will repeat the process again. After rinsing off the shampoo, I do my tea rinse. I simply pour the tea over my hair, let it sit for a while (2 or 3 minutes) before rinsing it off. I then apply my conditioner mix onto my hair. I divide my hair into 3 sections, so I try to get the conditioner onto every hair. I detangle with my wide toothed comb. I normally check my length around this point, since my hair will be at its straightest at this moment (weirdly enough). I put on a shower cap, then have my usual shower at this point. I normally try to do other chores while the conditioner is on so that it can stay on long enough (since I do not have a hooded dryer or steamer). I also mix up my ACV mix at this point, a little vinegar, and quite a bit of cool water. I then rinse off the conditioner mix, thoroughly. After rinsing it off, I just pour my ACV mix onto my hair, let it drip off, before wrapping my hair in my (new) microfiber towel. After getting most of the moisture out, I seal with coconut oil and let my hair air dry totally. My hair loves this new regimen, its always softer and shinier after a weekend wash.
BTW, my hair anniversary was on the 1st of May. My current locks are now 1 year old. I grew my hair from a one inch length to shoulder length in a year. Pretty awesome huh? Here's to APL by the end of this year, and healthy hair through out.
NB: Sorry, no photos. My mirror is too small for those self shot images and my hair is rarely ever fully straightened. And I live alone, so I can't get anyone to do photos of me on wash day.