Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Relaxed Hair Update | July 2014

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

I relaxed my hair after 5 long months, which seemed to be crawling by until it finally got to relaxer day on Monday. In typical fashion I didn't really feel like relaxing my hair by this point but I went ahead as I've had some time off work and I knew I wouldn't have this much time on my hands again for a while. I feel like the relaxer process went well but I've lost the ability to apply and smooth the relaxer as fast as I used to. I guess leaving so much time between relaxers has left me a little rusty.

I did the half half method as usual using ORS Olive Oil Lye Relaxer in normal (my relaxer process is detailed here). I relaxed the back half first and then repeated the same process separately on the top half. I spent about 4-5 minutes applying the relaxer and left it on for 9 minutes on the back sections and for 12 minutes on the front sections in total. For the first time I coated my hair from root to tip in oil (I usually just put it on the previously relaxed parts). I also put vaseline on my ends, the line of demarcation and my edges as well as basing my scalp with it.


I really didn't want overprocessing (if you didn't already guess) and overall the results were near perfect. I have actual curls throughout my hair which I'm really excited about. You can see how textured it looks post-wash in the picture above. I used my Root2Tip Protein Balance Masque to restore protein levels and my hair is so soft and bouncy.

My transition to texlaxed (info here) has taken me so long to get right and I feel like I can finally visualise how my hair will look when it's fully texlaxed. I still have a very long way to go though and I've avoided taking accurate length check pictures in months to not discourage myself from transitioning. It's quite daunting basically starting over after spending years growing out my hair and I've (reluctantly) given up on the idea of maintaining mid-back length hair during my transition. My hair is about mid-back length now but I plan to cut off about an inch or so soon.

I also plan to document my transition more in the following months as I have no idea how long it's taken me to get to this point or realistically how far I've got to go.

What have you been doing to your hair recently?

Lesley x

29 comments :

  1. Perfect results! Your hair looks very healthy. It's awesome that you do such a good job working on your hair all by yourself. I am sure it takes time and patience to learn.

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  2. I love the results! They are perfect! People on the street will definitely mistake you for being fully natural at some point!

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    1. Thank you Raena. Yeah I can imagine they will do when my transition is complete! x

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  3. love the texture of your hair

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  4. Your texture is great. Check out the little curls in the back.

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  5. Wow, this looks perfect! I wish I had the time and patience to do this too... I think I'll spend time this weekend to read up all your relaxer tips and try to adopt them, because like you I also do my relaxing at home! I definitely think the idea of texlaxing will be a lot healthier for my hair.
    xo, coco | millennielle.com

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    1. Thank you Coco! I'm not that patient but I try to be with my hair on relaxer day! I started texlaxing in 2011 by mistake and it was the best accident to happen to my hair. It's not for everyone but I feel like my hair is a lot stronger and thicker looking x

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  6. Those curls are just beautiful Lesley, well done.

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  7. Those curls are on and popping. Beautiful texture!

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  8. Your curls look beautiful dear, xx

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  9. Beautiful hair!
    I ve never gone to a stylist to get My hair relaxed. I dont know if there even are places where you can get ut done here. You seemed to know it well even if you feel a litte rusty. Great results!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! Same with me, I have no idea where I could go to get my hair done now where I'm so picky x

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  10. I've read just about all of your posts to prepare myself because I'm going to start texlaxing soon. I love your results! With that being said, I'm still not entirely sure how you go about texlaxing. What exactly have you previously done, and what do you currently do to achieve your results? I know there are a lot of different methods to texlax, and I don't know how to go about starting, but I like your results so I'm curious as to how you go about achieving your results. Hopefully you understand what I'm trying to ask. I feel like this is written poorly :x

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    1. Hi Ahunya, to texlax I personally add oil to my hair and leave the relaxer on for less time. Let me know if you have any more questions x

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    2. Thank you so much for responding :) you answered my question!! I'm in awe of your hair, it's soo pretty! I hope to be at your length/ texture some day *fingers crossed*

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  11. Wow! You have a great texture for texlaxing, it almost appears like natural type 3 hair! Beautiful!!!! And way to stretch for 5 months, my hats off to you!

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  12. wow, that's a lot of texture, I thought it was the "before" shot lol. Looks great!

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