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I relax my new growth every 16-18 weeks, Here is the summary of my hair regimen cycle and schedule.
I wear my hair in a bun or ponytail 80% of the time. I usually wear my hair straight for the first 2 weeks after relaxing, and in heatless styles for the next 6-8 weeks. By the 5th week, the new growth are about an inch when stretched, so I rely heavily on protective styles (buns), deep conditioners and spritz mix to tame the roots.
My hair type is 3c/4a or the ‘O’ using the LOIS system. A fellow blogger, Journey to Waist Length has the exact same curl pattern as i do. As I barely use heat and a quarter of my hair is texlaxed, my roots tend to form tight curls, causing significant shrinkage.
I will be doing length checks from time to time, but note that my goal is the health of the hair, not the length.
Below are the products that I use. The ones that are striked are no longer in use, but i still recommend. The list is extensive, so please do not go out and purchase all these products as they were acquired over time, starting in August 2013 and I have never spent more than $40/month (avg. $20) on products.
- Hot Oil Treatment: (Castor Oil + Grapeseed Oil +
Coconut Oil+ Sweet Almond Oil) Mix
- Coconut Oil
- Moisturizing (sulfate-free) Shampoo: L’Oréal – EverCrème Intense Nourishing Shampoo, Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo
- Clarifying Shampoo: ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo
- Conditioner: L’Oréal – EverCrème Intense Nourishing Conditioner, ORS Replenishing Conditioner, TRESemmé Smooth and Silky Conditioner
- Deep Conditioner: (Honey + Olive Oil + Conditioner) mix,
Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Repair Cream, Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask
- Protein Conditioner: ORS Hair Mayonnaise, Greek Yoghurt
- Leave-in Conditioner: Crème of Nature Strength & Shine leave-in conditioner,
All Naturals Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner
- Moisturizer: ORS Olive Oil Hair Lotion, ORS Olive Oil Crème Hair Dress
- Spritz Mix: Crème of Nature Strength & Shine leave-in Conditioner + Water (Summer), ORS Hair Lotion + Water (Winter)
- Grapeseed Oil, Avocado Oil, (Summer) | Shea Butter, Crème of Nature Argan Oil (Winter)
- ORS Olive Oil Heat Protection Serum
- Flat Twist: Pantene Triple Action Volume Mousse, Ecostyler Krystal Gel
- Flexi Rod Set: Elasta QP Pudding, ORS Hair Lotion + JF UCC Crème, Pantene TAV Mousse
- Blow Out: Jojoba Oil
- Blow Dryer: Vidal Sassoon 1875
- Flat Iron: Corioliss Jade Digital Ceramic Hair Straightener
- Curling Iron: Conair 3-in-1 Ceramic Iron