My relaxed hair wash day started on Saturday morning. I skipped doing my usual overnight pre-poo. I just was not in the mood the previous night. I jumped in the shower and did a first wash with Activilong exambusiness
Smoothing Care Shampoo. I figured that since I had been moisturizing everyday for the last 2 weeks, my hair would have A LOT of buildup! So, I proceeded to clarify my hair with Organic Root Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo (excellent shampoo by the way!). My hair felt very smooth and not too hard or dry!! Next, I applied some coffee to my scalp (using an applicator hottle).
Next, I applied Nexxus Humectress Ultimate moisture Deep Conditioning Treatment conditioner, wore my shower cap and sat under a dryer for 30 minutes.
Allowed my hair to cool off and then rinsed out. For final touches, I applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment Conditioner, left it in for 3 minutes and rinsed off. Very happy with how soft my hair felt!
For my leave-ins, I applied John Frieda Frizz-Ease exambusiness exam Daily Miracle Treatment (with heat protection) and Activilong Spray Thermo-Protecteur Conditioning Milk Spray. I detangled my hair first with a wide-tooth comb and then with a medium-sized comb. Afterwards, I clipped my hair at the back with a banana clip, tied my satin scarf for about 2 hours and then went out for a Christmas fair at my son’s school.
By the evening, my hair was not completely dry so I opened it up to allow it to dry. When it was finally dry, I flat ironed my roots in 1/2 inch sections. I used the Remington wet-to-straight flat iron: it doesn’t have any temperature settings so I used setting 6 (out of I think 15 setting levels). I have to go look for a flat iron with temperature settings so I know exactly what temperature I’m using on my hair!!
I had deliberated over my decision to flat iron for several days prior to my wash day:
Fear of heat damage vs sleek hair? Fear of heat damage vs sleek hair? Fear of heat damage vs sleek hair?
But in the end, I caved in to sleek! I was tired of puffy roots!! (I’m 9 weeks post-relaxer). Anyways, I didn’t let the iron touch the ends because this is the most delicate part of the hair and is more susceptible to damage and thinning.
In the end, the results were not too bad:
Look out for any good sulfate-free shampoo
Nexxus humectress conditioner contains keratin and ceramides amongst other ingredients. Simply look out for products containing these ingredients. Or make yours: yoghurt contains some keratin. Grape seed oil, safflower oil, hemp oil are examples of oils that contain ceramides!
Motions Nourish-at-home spray conditioner contains good heat-protectant agents and you can use it as a heat protectant spray.
Would I flat iron my hair again soon? I don’t know but heat damage is very real and if my goal is thick healthy hair, I will try my best to refrain my fingers from reaching out for my iron anytime soon. If my new growth gets unbearable, I might as well fix a weave or just relax my hair!