It’s been three weeks since I self-texlaxed my hair and just as it states in The Science of Black Hair, you only see the true results of a relaxer after a couple of washes. I have since discovered that my hair is less processed than it looked in the first week and a bit frizzy in places.
However, I have decided to return to my old and trusted hairdresser in late December to correct the relaxer. In the meantime I have been pre-pooing with my homemade garlic conditioner, washing once a week and deep conditioning with the Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment.
In addition, almost every other day I apply three leave-in conditioners that seem to be working very well: Vitale Leave In Conditioner, Crème of Nature Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave In Conditioner and Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 Miracle Worker. If I had to pick just one it would be Hawaiian Silky as it leaves the hair soft and shiny. I also seal the cuticle with a homemade blend of Shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil.
Despite the frizziness which is due I feel to the difficulty in getting the texlaxing process right (some parts of my hair are too under-processed), it nonetheless appears to be quite strong and the garlic pre-pooing is working well as there has been little shedding.
As long as I can keep growing my hair, I will wait a few months to get the ends trimmed so that I can monitor the rate of growth. However, it is always a good idea to trim straggly ends as strong ends are less likely to break and it will be easier to retain new growth.
At the beginning of October I started my trial of a special combination of supplements designed to boost hair growth based on the main ingredients of Hairfinity. My daily supplements are:
1000 mg MSM
500 mg pantothenic acid
5000 mcg Biotin
1000 mg flaxseed oil
Multi-vitamins which consists of:
Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Folic acid & Niacin
I take one capsule of each every morning and I have also stuck rigidly to drinking two litres of water a day. Time will tell as to how effective this regime will be in helping to grow my hair, but I shall be monitoring the results at three-monthly intervals, with the first one due at the beginning of January. Watch this space!