Lessons from my 6 month stretch and my texlax results

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Hello ladies

You may know that I relaxed my hair almost three weeks ago and I have shared some of the pictures on Instagram but this post is crammed with loads more.

I stretched for 6 months plus and I certainly learned a few lessons along the way which as always, I hope you can benefit from.   I will attempt to keep things short and sweet and jump right into it.

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The Cons of My 6 Month Stretch

 

It was time consuming and got increasingly difficult

The longer your hair and the longer the stretch, the more time and effort hair care takes.   I am usually quite good at stretching but I really struggled on this stretch and absolutely dreaded wash days.

Even though my wig regimen usually makes my stretches more bearable, I struggled to be consistent and patient with my hair.

I think I also found the stretch challenging because I was quite busy with work over the last few months and just really didn’t have the time that was needed to manage my hair as well as I would have liked.
Breakage at the line of Demarcation

I noticed that I had more breakage at the line of demarcation. The breakage occurred more in the areas that have thinner and weaker hairs. This reminded me that everyone’s hair is different and some ladies may not be able to stretch for long periods as it may do more harm than good. I usually notice some breakage on my 5 month stretches but the breakage on this stretch was more than I felt comfortable with. This is the main reason I doubt I’ll stretch for 6 months in the future.

 

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The Pros of My 6 Month Stretch

 

My hair feels healthier than it does after shorter stretches.

At several points on this stretch, I felt as though my hair was becoming quite damaged as a result of my struggle to manage the two textures. The length of my hair added to the difficulty of it all.

To my genuine surprise, when I texlaxed eventually, I found my hair to be in the best shape it has ever been since I began my hair journey. This reminded me that the less we expose our hair to harsh chemical processes the healthier our hair is….so long as we remain consistent with good hair care practices.
My ends are the best they have ever been

A long term hair goal of mine was to have even blunt or full looking ends.

I don’t want to create unrealistic hair goals.  It is normal for hair to be a bit thinner towards the ends because with age and wear and tear, the cuticles of our hair gradually chip off and results in thinner hair especially towards our ends which are the oldest part of our hair.  I however felt that because I was no longer letting my hair get longer by cutting off approximately 6 inches a year, with normal hair growth, good hair care and regular trims I would eventually have thicker ends.

Towards the end of my stretch, my hair began to look very uneven and I became discouraged about the stretch and I ended up cutting off two inches just so that wouldn’t look so bad.
When I eventually texlaxed my hair I could see that my ends where nowhere near as bad as it looked but I still cut off a further inch and half after my texlax.
I have trimmed off a total of 3 and half inches and my ends are currently in pretty good shape. I hope to maintain this by being consistent with my regimen and trimming as and when necessary.

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If you are on a long term stretch, it is normal for your ends to begin to look very thin and lifeless in comparison to your thick new growth. Try to hold off trimming until your next relaxer and if for whatever reason you can’t wait that long, try not to get too scissor happy and cut too much off.


Despite the positive aspects of this stretch I don’t think I will stretch beyond 5 months in the future. I simply don’t want to work as hard as I had to on this stretch.

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Have your recently ended a stretch? How did you manage the stretch and were you happy with your results?
My next post will be a simple hair style pictorial after a much needed wash day.

See you soon.

x

Lade

Learn | Change | Grow

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. April 12, 2017 / 1:23 am

    Lade your hair looks great!

    I used to stretch my relaxer between 16-18 weeks. Sometimes even longer. As I would get deeper into the stretch I would have weeks when it was easy to work with my hair and weeks when it wasn’t. Now I only stretch about 12 weeks. I’ve learned that moisture and the occasional use of protein-based products are key for me to have a successful stretch.

    Leah | A Relaxed Gal
    arelaxedgal.com

    • Lade
      May 3, 2017 / 9:44 pm

      Hey Leah

      I am so glad that you know what works for you now….thank you for sharing.
      With me my hair tends to suffer on a stretch when I start slacking or not putting in the time and effort my hair needs.
      PS your blog is lovely.

      x

      Lade

  2. B Rouse
    April 12, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    Are you on Facebook? How can I sign up to get your articles on the regular?

    • Lade
      May 3, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Hello…I am so sorry for my late response
      The best way to get regular updates of my posts is to follow me on Bloglovin…
      Happy hair journey…..oh and Hairducation is on facebook

      x
      Lade

  3. Whitney
    April 13, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Hi lade..am currently in my 5th month strech and my hair is super thick.currently i have single twist braids on with my hair and i’ve noticed there’s so much new growth…in may i’ll be texlaxing

    • Lade
      May 3, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Hello Whitney

      Thank you soooooo much for sharing. We are now I May so I hope your texlax goes well
      Let me know how it goes if you can spare some time.
      xx
      Lade

  4. April 22, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Hello,i love wat u do..i juxt relaxd my hair for the first tym,nd i noticd dt evry1 dt z relax has dier hair turning brown,pls aw du i prevent myn 4rm turning brown?

    • Lade
      May 3, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      Hello Oluwanike

      I hope your relaxer went well and that you are enjoying your journey as a relaxed haired girl
      Yiur hair should not turn brown if you have a good regimen that you follow
      Regular conditioning is always a good idea
      I hope that helps
      all the best
      xx
      Lade

  5. April 22, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    And also av read ur posts,and u xd one shuld moisturize and seal daily,wat if my hair z in plaits?,or i weave my hair naturally widout extensions?..cn i use eggs as a protein treatment?..if yes aw du i go abt it?,cn i also use water as a moisturizer nd seal with oil or hairbutter?..i pray u c dis

    • Lade
      May 3, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      Hello Oluwanike

      he best way to moisturise your hair when wearing extensions is by using a product you can spray.
      Water is not the best thing to use as a moisturiser…the PH is higher than that of our hair.
      eggs are used by some ladies as a protein conditioner but I think products that contain hydrolysed protein are a better option.

      x
      Lade

  6. Queen
    April 30, 2017 / 10:52 am

    What moisturizer would you recommend ?

  7. May 1, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I love your hair……it’s beautiful!

    • Lade
      May 3, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Thank you soooooooooo much
      xxx
      x
      Lade

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