9.27.2008

Long Relaxer Stretch!

I am currently 18 weeks post relaxer and I still do not really have a desire to relax my hair. Every time I stretch it seems to get easier and easier to go a few weeks longer. This is the longest I have ever stretched my relaxer to date. I really think that is the best way to begin stretching, start out by exceeding your normal time length by a week or two. Then the next time your due for a relaxer extend by an additional week or two, if you do that you will be on your own 17+ week stretch sooner than you think.


*Please remember that stretching relaxers is not for everyone and if you notice breakage as a result of stretching consider ending your stretch because something is not working for you. Just make sure it's really breakage as opposed to shedding, your shed hairs will have a white bulb on the tip, curly hair, then straight hair towards the end. If shedding bothers you try a Garlic shampoo or treatment and that should help.


Stretching your relaxers has many benefits, take it from me...I used to relax every 4-6 weeks, remember?  That was long before my healthy hair care journey and before I had a healthy hair care regimen. Your wallet will thank you and so will your hair, because at the end of the day relaxers can be costly and the shorter your stretch the greater chance you have for overlapping relaxer on previously relaxed hair. Now that I relax less frequently I have seen a change in my hair as far as thickness goes.


While stretching it is important to keep your new growth well moisturized, this will help it stay soft. I use a spray moisturizer daily on the new growth and my hair loves me for it, I follow with some coconut oil. Also co-washes are a must and remember your shower comb! I also step up my deep conditioning regimen to twice (maybe even 3 times a week) during stretches. As for hairstyles during stretches, I end up wearing buns on an almost daily basis when I'm stretching just because it's easier and it keeps my ends protected. If you have to wear your hair straight for some reason, invest in a good flat iron so you can get those roots straight. Otherwise, try braid-outs, twist-outs, or roller-sets to switch up your looks.


Happy Relaxer Stretching!

7 two cents:

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Thanks for sharing this. I am 15 weeks post and have finally figured out how to keep my hair soft and my new growth happy.

take care!

Br0wnSugahDiva said...

I am currently 19 weeks since my last relaxer, which is actually pretty normal for me, lol. I do have an appt. to get one next saturday. But only because I want to start my new hair care regiment on a fresh not. It is normal for me to go weeks without it being relaxed. If I have no one to apply the relaxer for me I won't get it done or no extra funds. I won't gel it either. I just walk around with a frizzy head and a headband... all the time. I wash it every week and deep condition when I can. Big no no right. Hopefully after next weekend when I start to treat it with more care it will grow at a faster rate now.

Angy said...

Well...I finally relaxed after a 6 month stretch. I am kind of sad about it now. I was really loving my new growth. I didn't remember having little waves and healthy it felt. ugh! I dont know why I did it because my hair was not giving me problems at all! I veil so I didn't have to worry about styling it. I can say I didn't do super straight and can't wait to start seeing new growth again. Thanks for letting me vent.

Kim said...

Wow. I'm 17 weeks post relaxer and just today had the toughest time detangling. I've been doing braidouts, but decided I wanted to wear a bun today. That was a big mistake. My new growth was so hard to detangle. I combed in the shower, used my coconut oil and shea butter leave in...just like I always do. But for some reason I couldn't get my new growth to cooperate with me trying to slick it back neatly into a sleek little bun. I looked like a giant Q-tip! I tried a new Deep Condish (Giovanni Deeper Moisture + Avacado Oil under a plastic cap for 2 hours). The new growth was softer, but I could still tell that a bun wasn't going to happen. So I applied some Giovanni Direct Leave-in, which I don't really like, and just did my braids. I want to try a new style without damaging my hair, and I need a SUPER, NEW-GROWTH SOFTENING, CONDITIONING TREATMENT. Any Suggestions???

The Anti Hair Slave said...

Right now I'm loving Una Bomba, but my all time fav. is still miss keys. Also for a leave in Nexxus is great.

tmonte said...

Use said you use a moisture spray every day right/ Which one are you using.... I am a bit scared to do that. The few times I’ve tried it, it seemed like my new growth was harder to manage instead of it being easier. Also I'm afraid of mildew in my scalp from wetting it every day. Do you spray and sleep?? My hair is thick and it seems like there is no such thing as over night drying for me. If I do braid outs I would have to get up early in the morning to make sure I have the entire day to allow the braid outs to dry properly; Which further means I’d be confined to the house all day. I don’t believe in stepping out the house w/ my hair not done. And I don’t wear head scarves in public either. I find the BEST way to keep my new growth manageable is my coconut oil and WRAPPING my hair EVERY night. The nights that I don’t wrap it are the mornings I’m in trouble… no sleeping with buns and pony tails for me… please help

The Anti Hair Slave said...

tmonte- I use the spray everyday for the most part. But I do not saturate my hair with it. It's more of a mist. Also I sleep in buns for the most part or I tie my edges down with a scarf then use a second scarf over the rest of my head and hair.