I have an old vid of how I trim my hair and I used the same method for this touch up, you can check out the vid here.
As you've probably guessed from my Instagram and the JGA Facebook page, I ended my stretch at 11 weeks yesterday. I used the same exact half & half method (relaxing the back half of my hair first, then the front) I always use to self relax my hair. You can check my video of how I self relax here.
I used my usual Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil relaxer, lye formula, normal strength. For new JGA readers, I do not relax my hair bone straight. I opt to texlax, which simply means I purposely under-process my hair thereby leaving more texture. For more on the ins and outs of texlaxing, check out this post: Texlaxing: What, How, & Why
link here!) to check it out. After rinsing out my deep conditioner (Silk Dreams Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream) I wrapped my hair up with a cotton t-shirt to absorb excess water for about 30 minutes. After applying leave in conditioner and serum, I detangled my hair and bunned it for the night. I normally finish my hair all in one day but I wasn't feeling up to it.
The next day, my hair was smooth from air drying in the bun that I didn't really want to flat iron it... but, I did because I planned on giving myself a trim and wanted my hair all one length for the trim. Below is a picture of my air dried bun the next morning and to the right is my air dried hair after taking down the bun (not yet flat ironed). Smooth right?
|Looky, looky. I'm smiling in a blog post, lol!|
After flat ironing, I trimmed off an inch, which was one of my March Goals, so I'm glad I stuck with it! I didn't do an "official" length check a la pink length check shirt so I don't know exactly how much I grew (although I will say that I can't remember the last time my new growth was as dense as this stretch... but it was at least an inch since my pre-trim hair hit my elbows and I was I think an inch above them last touch up) ... or how far away I am from hip or w/hip length (between waist and hip) but that's fine with me. I'll keep on growing and chopping off bone straight ends throughout the year.
I texted my BF a picture of my pre-trim hair and he fully supported growing my hair down to bum-length haha.... I purposely avoided telling him I was about to cut some off, but after this post he'll know I "attacked" (his phrase, not mine) my hair. Whoops.
Successful stretch all in all. I'll stretch for 10-12 weeks again and simply keep doing what I've been doing in between. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!