Monday, May 20, 2013
Wash Day: May 18, 2013
Or the "I like wash days again because my hair has been recently relaxed" wash.
Happy Monday lovelies! I hope you all are doing well. On my end, these past couple of days have been STRESSFUL!! On Saturday, the timing belt in my car wore out so I had to deal with that. Then I spent the rest of the weekend in the house sans car. Thankfully, no major damage was done to my car (God looks after children and fools, for real!) and I can breathe a sigh of relief.
Since I was house bound for the remainder of the weekend, I gave my hair a good washing. I skipped last week (I was feeling really, really lazy that week) and I was definitely about due. Since this was the first wash post relaxer, I added several different things to this wash day. The first thing I did was wash my hair with Silk Elements Neutralizing Shampoo. This is just something I do following every relaxer to ensure that all of the relaxer has been properly neutralized. I then followed up with Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo. Since my hair just went through the trauma of relaxing, I decided to use a protein DC just to give my hair a little strength. This seems to be a common trend with relaxed ladies as their post relaxer wash includes products like Joico K-Pak Reconstructor or Aphogee 2 min Reconstructor--basically products with enough protein to give your hair some strength but not too much to send you into Protein Overload-ville. For this wash, I used Aubrey Organics GPB because I love how it not only strengthens my hair but it also leaves it moisturized. After I sat under my heat cap for an hour, I rinsed the DC out and applied Roux Porosity Control. While Porosity Control used to be a weekly staple of mine, I now only use it post-relaxer. If you don't know, relaxers (due to their high pH) basically lift the cuticle of your hair (which makes sense because how else is the relaxer going to get in there). What you want to do post relaxer is make sure that cuticle is closed or else you can have some serious moisture retention issues. Have you ever had porous hair? I have. It wasn't fun. Couldn't hold on to moisture if it had a bucket. Anyway, after I rinsed the Porosity Control out, I detangled my hair using my good ol' bone comb and Hairveda Ends Hydration. I then air dried in a ponytail and went about my business.
That is what I absolutely love about the first 8 weeks following a relaxer. My wash days are so easy breezy. There aren't any marathon detangling sessions, no having to tip toe through new growth...none of that! Just wash, detangle, and dry! It reminds me of the days when my hair was short and maintaining it didn't take much effort.
There you have it, my post relaxer wash day..my favorite of all wash days!