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Week 1- Relaxer day!

How to stretch your relaxer for healthier hair

Finally, today is the day that I got my relaxer! That means I will be doing another relaxer series! So many of you have asked me for an update on my hair and I thank you for pulling me back down to planet Earth because I was definitely on another planet with my L. Jones Hair Collection extensions and wigs. They are so addictive that it is unreal. But I am super excited to be getting my relaxer today. If you take a look at the pic below you will see why.

This is how you walk around when your hair looks a mess and you know you are about to get a relaxer!
 To the naked eye my hair actually looks fine. As a matter of fact it still looks straight from when I shampooed it approximately ten days ago. But do not let that fool you, if my hair were to get wet it would blow up like five times its size. I had approximately three inches of new growth.

relaxer ready
 After my relaxer service I decided to get a roller set. I did this simply because I did not want to put a lot of heat in it from the blow dryer right after a fresh relaxer. And, since my hair is freshly relaxed, it does not take very long for to dry. As thick as my hair is, I may have sat under the dryer just a little over an hour versus my normal time of two hours.

Can you tell how excited I am to be sitting under the dryer? Actually I didn't mind the heat on this day because it was ridiculously cold in Birmingham!
 After I got done drying, I took the rollers out and wrapped my hair. I wanted to wear something mostly straight but with body for this first week.

It may have been a bad idea to wear all black on the day I am supposed to give a hair update, it all blends in!
From the after picture above you can not get an accurate look at how much my hair grew, but wow, what a difference three inches makes! You can see my results better on the video listed below:


Week 2

For week two I decided to do a straight style so you can really see the length before I move on to the curlier styles. To start, I shampooed with the by L. Jones Extreme Clean shampoo twice and then I shampooed a third time with the Extreme Moisture shampoo. I did this because I have noticed that shampooing a third time makes my hair feel really good! After that I then followed up with the Replenishing Conditioner. Once I rinsed the conditioner out, I towel dried and then used the Leave-In Conditioner. The leave-in helped detangle my hair, adds an extra layer of moisture, and it also acts as a heat protectant so its basically a three in one!

Next, I moved on to blow drying my hair. And lastly I flat ironed with the Toi by L. Jones flat iron. Since my hair is pretty much freshly relaxed (only one week in), I put the heat on 430 degrees. It doesn't need much heat since the relaxer has done most of the work for me! If your hair is more on the thin side you can set your flat iron closer to or right at 400 degrees.

Since I did a straight style this week I'll be wrapping my hair all week long. That is the beauty of relaxed hair, you can just wrap it and go to bed! I swear I don't see myself giving up my relaxer anytime soon. Many people tell me that since I only get a relaxer twice a year that I might as well go natural but that couldn't be farther from the truth. All I am doing is allowing my hair to grow to a point where I know once I get my relaxer that I will not have any damage. Isn't that what we all want? Healthy, long, thick, relaxed hair? Be sure to check out the video for this week below.

Week 2 video:


Week 3

Stretching out your relaxer is key to healthier hair

For week 3 I decided on curls! I am not a big fan of curls but they do seem to help me keep the style longer. First, I deep conditioned my hair using the by L. Jones Extreme Clean Shampoo. I did this in order to get all of the excess dirt, oil, and residue off of my hair. I like to start with a clean slate so that my hair has the maximum amount of body and bounce.  Next, I moved on to the conditioner. I conditioned with the by L. Jones Replenishing Conditioner. This conditioner is fantastic at making my hair soft and giving it lots of slip and that luxurious feel. I only let it sit for about five minutes before rinsing since it does not take long to do what it needs to do. If you are like me, you may not always have time to do a deep conditioner. If that is the case then the Replenishing Conditioner would complement your hair care routine nicely since it starts workin so quickly. Also, my hair tends to be on the oilier side so deep conditioning can sometimes have me with super oily looking and heavy hair.  Lastly, I towel dried and sprayed the Leave-In Conditioner liberally. I do this because it adds an extra layer of moisture, acts as a heat protectant, and helps detangle. Who doesn't like a three for one??

How to stretch your relaxer for healthier hair
 Once I was done adding product I blow dried my hair and curled it with the Toi by L. Jones flat iron. The great thing about freshly relaxed hair is that it does not take much heat to curl it since the relaxer does most of the work for you.

For upkeep and maintenance I just rolled it up at night. This style was actually pretty easy to keep up and I rolled it with the flexi rods so they were super comfy to sleep in. Maybe I'll do curls again in the near future...

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Week 4

Week four was very interesting to say the least. Since it marks a month since my relaxer I wanted to do a moisturizing treatment. My routine consisted of oiling my scalp with the Silky Regrowth Oil, and letting it sit for several hours. Then I shampooed my hair with the Extreme Clean Shampoo on the first lather, and the Extreme Moisture Shampoo on the second lather. Then I put the Intense Moisture Treatment on an let it sit overnight. The next day I went to the salon and rinsed the conditioner out. I then sat under the dryer until my hair was dry. Once I dried my hair I noticed that it felt very moisturized but it didn't feel like it normally feels on a fresh shampoo. I went ahead against my better judgement and flat ironed it. Then that's when it happened...

After I finished my hair it was so HEAVY! Apparently I must have forgotten that my hair is prone to getting oily pretty quickly and I had just literally packed my hair with even more moisture. It was an ultimate fail! I immediately knew that I could not go an entire week like that so once I went back home I shampooed my hair again in the shower. This time though, I used the Extreme Clean Shampoo, NO CONDITIONER ( I think my hair had been conditioned enough), but I did put just a little of the Leave-In Conditioner in there. After that, I blow dried and styled again. This time, it was perfect! My hair's body and movement was restored!

Check out the video below for more insight on this week.


Week 5

How to stretch your relaxer for healthier hair

For week five of the series I decided to do a roller set. This turned out to not be such a good idea given that rain was in the forecast and it literally rained all night and into all of the next day as well! This resulted in my roller set falling, which made me want to just flat iron it but then that would have meant that I wasted pretty much my whole day by rolling my hair and sitting under the dryer. Therefore, I left well enough alone and kept my fallen curls.

Prepping for roller set

This week I started the shampoo process by using the by L. Jones Extreme Clean shampoo. I wanted my roller set to have lots of body so that means deep cleaning the hair to remove any dirt, oil, and impurities from the previous week. I shampooed with this three times before conditioning with the by L. Jones Replenishing Conditioner. After rinsing the conditioner out and towel drying,  I then generously sprayed the Leave-In Conditioner on and proceeded to detangle. Once I got the hair completely detangled, I then rolled it all up with my pink rollers that you see in the picture above. Instead of immediately getting under the dryer, I did everything I needed to do around the house and allowed it to air dry, then I got under the dryer so that I would not have as much dryer time.

Check out the video for this week here:

Week 6

I can hardly believe it is week six! It literally feels like I just got my touch up last week! I think I am just so used to stretching my relaxers out that six weeks just does not seem like any time at all to me any more. This week I decided to do a style that I did not have to do anything to simply because of the weather and because I just was feeling lazy in regards to my hair. It has been raining here in Birmingham, AL for almost an entire week and I did not want to fight with any humidity this week. Therefore, I decided on a flexi rod set. As much as I do not like curls, I will do them from time to time just to switch it up a bit. And again, it is a very low maintenance style that requires very little effort to maintain.

To get this look I first prepped the hair with the following by L. Jones products:

After that, I used a combination of the red, yellow, and green flexi rods to roll my hair. I was super determined to be done within two hours so I rolled my hair as fast as I could and it only took me about an hour to dry! I was done in less than two hours! I had an appointment right after and I wanted to have my hair out of the way so I could have the rest of the day to do everything else that I had to do. 

After sitting under the dryer, I pulled the curls apart and sprayed them with the by L. Jones Miracle Potion no.9. After that I was done! For maintenance I just put my satin cap on at night and that was it.  Check out the video below for this week's post.


Week 7

During this relaxer stretching series, I am basically doing four sets of six week stretches all at once.  So, this week marks the beginning of the second six week set. At this point, I still do not have much new growth, but it is quickly approaching one full inch which would put me right on track for normal hair growth.

These are the products that I used for this week:

I was sure to use the Extreme Clean Shampoo simply because I had a lot of product on my hair last week from having it spiral set. I wanted to be sure that I got all of the product residue off because this week I chose to go bone straight. I missed my straight hair a lot after having curls for a week. After three lathers with the Extreme Clean Shampoo I conditioned with the Replenishing Conditioner to soften and moisturize my hair. After rinsing and towel drying I then generously sprayed the Leave-In Conditioner which helped me to detangle and also add an additional layer of moisture.

The only thing left to do was to blow dry and flat iron! Once I flat ironed my hair I wrapped it for a few minutes and then took it back down to get my final results. Oh how I missed my straight hair! It was super bouncy, had so much body, and also felt incredible. For maintenance I wrapped it every night.

Check out the video for this week below:

Week 8

Week 8 was a total flop in my book! But hey, everyone is entitled to mess up every now and then right? My goal was to do some pin curls in order to give the look of a roller set, but the curls took on a mind of their own and literally took over my head! And if you have been reading this blog for a while you already know how I feel about curls (I am not fond of them at all!) so I was doing everything I could to make these curls fall! Nevertheless, I got through the week without adding anymore heat.

To begin, here is what I used to prep my hair:
  • by L. Jones Extreme Clean Shampoo
  • by L. Jones Replenishing Conditioner
  • by L. Jones Leave-In Conditioner
  • (all of these are packaged together and listed under "Dry Hair Bundle" on the site.
I shampooed twice with the Extreme Clean Shampoo, then put on the Replenishing Conditioner from root to tip. After a few minutes I rinsed it, towel dried it, and then applied the Leave-In Conditioner. After that, I blow dried and pin curled. My mistake came in when I left the pin curls overnight. I should have taken them down in like five minutes like I normally do. Once I took the pins out, the curls developed a mind of their own! It was definitely a curl overload to say the least.

During the rest of the week I wrapped my hair in order to relax the curl. 

Check out the video below of this post. 

Week 9

This week I was not feeling well at all! But my hair still needed to be done. I thought I could get away with shampooing it and letting it air dry in hopes that if I at least got started that I would feel better. Unfortunately, that did not work! But, since I got started I had to see it through. I wanted to just skip shampooing this week altogether but I went ahead and did it. I chose to do my hair straight simply because it is the easiest and fastest for me to do and if you have ever been sick then you know that you want nothing more than to be in the bed! Plus, for some strange reason I waited until it was bedtime to start on my hair so the bed was looking rather nice to me!

To begin, here is what I used to prep my hair:
  • by L. Jones Extreme Clean Shampoo
  • by L. Jones Replenishing Conditioner
  • by L. Jones Leave-In Conditioner
  • (all of these are packaged together and listed under "Dry Hair Bundle" on the site.
I always shampoo two to three times with the clarifying shampoo in order to ensure that no residue or build up is left on the hair. Next I put on the Replenishing Conditioner but I simply ran it through my hair then waited literally a minute before rinsing back out.  I towel dried for several hours before applying the Leave-In Conditioner and detangling. I waited so long because I thought I would give myself some time to feel better before continuing on my hair. The upside to waiting so long is that when I did finally blow dry my hair, it took less than ten minutes! I'll definitely keep that in mind in the future.

To maintain my hair for the week I will simply wrap it.

Check out the video for this week.

Week 10

This week I decided to do a non-heat style. Unfortunately, my hair is growing so fast that the new growth is not cooperating with these non-heat styles. So, with that being said, I may not be doing many more non-heat styles during the stretch but we will see..

I opted for the big rods this time. I prepped my hair with the following:
  • by L. Jones Extreme Clean Shampoo
  • by L. Jones Replenishing Conditioner
  • by L. Jones Leave-In Conditioner
  • (all of these are packaged together and listed under "Oily Hair Bundle" on the site.
After prepping my hair, I then began rolling. In order to decrease dryer time I let it air dry for a while by doing other things around the house. Once I got under the dryer it did not even take an hour for my hair to finish drying!

Once my hair was done, I styled it with my fingers then wrapped it. After unwrapping it I began actually liking it. More than likely I'll do this again when the relaxer is more fresh so my roots can be laid down more. Nonetheless, I'm still happy that I did a no heat style this week just to give my hair a slight break with the heat.

Check out the video on this post here:

Week 11

For week 11 I wanted to do some curls but did not want tight curls at all. I also did not want to use rollers anymore because frankly I feel like my new growth just laughs at them at this point. So I pulled out my trusty Toi by L. Jones flat iron because with only one pass, my new growth has no other choice but to lay down! And I simply love when my hair cooperates with me, don't you? As always, I shampooed and prepped my hair in the shower. Here is what I used, in order:
I use this regimen quite often because my hair tends to create its own oils as the week goes by and if I use a lot of moisture products, it will make my hair way heavier that it needs to be.

After I detangled with the Leave-In Conditioner, I blow dried my hair then proceeded to flat iron. The pictures above and below are my end result. 

**About my new growth** I am noticing a lot of growth with my hair. My new growth is getting harder and harder to manage which is a great sign that my hair is growing. Remember, don't complain about having new growth if the plan is to grow your hair! The more new growth the better!

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Dandruff can be such a pesky and annoying problem to have.  Especially when a lot of your wardrobe consists of black clothes!  Today I'm going to explain how to get rid of your dandruff once and for all! Let's jump right in..

First I need to give a little disclaimer.  If you have have very excessive dandruff that appears to be large flakes or waxy in substance you should consult your dermatologist first.  This could be eczema or psoriasis and needs to be treated by a professional immediately.  Using what is/will be prescribed to you often will clear up the problem.

On the other hand, if you have mild to moderate flaking that is mostly small flakes you have a classic case of dandruff.  In this case, I can help you solve that problem if you follow these steps.

  • Shampoo your hair weekly- This may not be good news to some of you but trust me it really works.  Shampooing your hair weekly will drastically reduce the dandruff you have if it doesn't get rid of it altogether.
  • Use a dandruff shampoo- This is also an essential part of controlling your dandruff. If you can find it, I recommend using Nizoral.  It used to be prescription only, then went to over the counter, but lately I haven't seen it on the shelf anymore at any of the stores I've been going to so it may may have gone back to prescription only.  You could also try ordering it.  All I know is shampooing with this weekly will get rid of that flaking.
  • Drink more water- Not all dandruff is caused by a dry scalp however, if dry scalp is the reason for your flakes your skin is more than likely dry as well.  Drink at least 48-64 ounces of water daily. I know first hand that this will help your scalp as well as the rest of your body become more nourished.

That's it! If you do those three simple things weekly you will see your dandruff drastically decrease if not make it go away completely.  And a little secret to using the dandruff shampoo is to do exactly as the directions say!  Most require you to let it sit for a little while on the second shampoo. Whatever they directions say, do it!  You can't say it doesn't work if you aren't willing to follow manufacturer instructions.

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The best hair care routine for oily hair

It is safe to say that everyone has different needs when it comes to their hair. That is why two people can use the exact same products and get totally different results. As a result, everyone will not have the same hair care routine.  I often get many questions from women regarding what they should do to their hair or what type of shampoo to use and that has inspired me to share my recommendation for the best hair care routine for oily hair.  Listed below is my recommended hair care routine for oily hair.

Recommended shampoo for oily hair 

Hair Care Regimen For Oily Hair

Step 1.  Shampoo every 4-7 days-  Oily hair is just that, very oily.  Depending on how oily your hair gets you should shampoo every week using a clarifying shampoo.  I recommend the by L. Jones Extreme Clean Clarifying Shampoo because it removes all dirt, oil, and product residue from the hair AND it is sulfate and paraben free. Shampoo twice with the clarifying shampoo and rinse thoroughly.  **IMPORTANT** Do NOT use a moisturizing shampoo on your hair.  This will only add more even more moisturizers/oil into your hair.  

Step 2.  Apply a light conditioner and finger through or comb all the way through to ensure each strand is covered. I recommend the by L. Jones Replenishing Conditioner because it is lightweight.  Do NOT use a moisturizing conditioner as this will only add moisture/oil to your hair.  A daily conditioner is lighter and will not cause your hair to get very oily too quickly like a moisturizing conditioner would.  Rinse the conditioner thoroughly as if any is left on your hair it can leave an unwanted residue.  If your hair is extremely oily, you can skip the cream conditioner altogether and just opt for a spray leave in conditioner (like this one).  

Step 3.  Dry your hair by sitting under a dryer or blow drying.  Any kind of set will require the use of a hood dryer.  Otherwise blow drying is fine.  If you blow dry your hair, I suggest using a thermal protector before doing so as this will help protect your hair from any damage that may occur from the heat of styling tools.  Don't worry, these will not add any oil to your hair.  They are perfectly fine to use on oily hair. Some leave-in conditioners (like this one) have heat protectant inside so using something extra is not necessary.

Step 4.  Style and finish.  Style your hair as usual without applying any oils, serums, creams, etc.  Having oily hair means that your hair produces enough oil on its own without the use of anything extra.  Using these products will make you have to shampoo your hair again that much sooner.  

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Is it safe to flat iron natural hair daily on low heat?

Most women with natural hair can get away with a lot of stuff that us relaxed women can't. For instance, natural hair can withstand color without falling out. It is true that natural hair is stronger than relaxed hair because the relaxer does weaken the hair some. But do not be fooled. Natural hair can still get damaged and needs to be taken care of. This leads me to today's tip. Is it ok to flat iron natural hair daily even on low heat?

Is it ok to flat iron natural hair daily?

The answer to this question is no! Despite the fact that natural hair is very strong, it is not hard for natural hair to become heat damaged. Flat ironing your natural hair, even it is on low heat is not advised if you want to keep your hair healthy. Flat ironing your natural hair on low is somewhat pointless anyway being that it takes a bit more heat to straighten natural hair. So, even if you tried to flat iron your natural hair on low, you would find yourself going through the hair with more than one pass and that is also a no no. Therefore, never apply heat to your natural hair more than once per week.

Never flat iron your hair more than once per week

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2 important reasons why you should always neutralize your hair after getting a relaxer

I have heard many women ask if it is necessary to neutralize the hair after getting a relaxer.  First of all, I never recommend that you do your own relaxers, period. The fact that you are asking this question tells me that you more than likely are not a professional hairstylist and therefore you should not even look at, let alone touch, a relaxer if you are unsure of whether or not neutralizing is necessary. Second, if your professional hairstylist ever skips this step then its time to look for a new stylist.  No professional hairstylist will forget one of the most important steps in the relaxer process other than the application itself but I would just like to reiterate just how important it is.

Neutralizing the hair after a relaxer is always necessary
Whenever you receive your relaxer, and it is time to rinse the relaxer out, neutralizing the hair comes shortly after.  The neutralizing shampoo does two very important things.  First, it stops the action of the relaxer. Stopping the action of the relaxer is what allows your hair to not become damaged due to over processing, besides leaving it on too long.  Rinsing alone is oftentimes not enough because even though there are no visible traces of the relaxer left, there may still be a residue left on the hair that is undetectable with the naked eye.  That residue alone is enough to cause damage even though you can't see any more relaxer on the hair.

Only use neutralizing shampoo to neutralize a relaxer instead of home remedies
Second, the neutralizing shampoo brings the hair back down to its normal pH.  Healthy hair has a pH of 4.5 to 5.5.  Once the hair is relaxed, it raises the pH of the hair so neutralizing it allows it to brought back to normal.  It is important that your hair is shampooed with the neutralizing shampoo a minimum of two times.  After that you can use your normal moisturizing shampoo or one of your choice and it will not damage your hair.  I personally like to use a clarifying or deep cleansing shampoo after the neutralizing shampoo because I like to be extra sure that there is nothing left on the hair.  Many neutralizing shampoos will make the suds pink if there is still a residue left on it.  Pink suds mean that you should keep shampooing the hair until all of your suds are white.

Always allow a professional to do your chemical services
If your hair is not neutralized after getting a relaxer, the result will be that your hair will become very brittle, damaged, and eventually break off. I even go so far as to wipe my shampoo bowl in the salon with neutralizing shampoo as well so that residue will not get on the next client. Now do you see how important it is to always neutralize your hair after getting a relaxer? Always remember that relaxers are chemicals and should be handled properly at all times in order to keep the hair healthy.

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