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Monday, March 12, 2018

How To Stretch Your Relaxer For Healthier Relaxed Hair (Series)

How to stretch your relaxer for healthier hair

**Scroll to the bottom for the newest week

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...

Check out the video for this week:


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:

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