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4a/b texlax support and advice

kikisfkikisf Posts: 48Registered Users
I'm starting this thread so that 4a/b texlax heads who prefer to wear their hair curly or in a fro (as opposed to straight) can have a supportive thread to exchange tips, advice and brands.

I transitioned only to find out that my hair tangles and dreads easily. I searched several black hair care forums and discovered my hair type required me to wash/ condition my hair in braids. Basically my dreams of being a wash & go were only possible if I kept a short afro, TWA. (I prefer a BAA powerfro)

I was caught between a rock and a hard place. Rollersets and twist-outs took hours to do, yet never lasted more than a day because my hair wanted water but I couldn't wet my hair without losing my style AND going through a 3+ hour cowash-detangle-style process. (I have reaaaaalllllly thick below shoulder length hair so I'm not exaggerating about the time.) In addition I lost so much hair detangling while natural that my hair seemed thin to me and was losing instead of gaining length.

To simplify my life I got a texlax (Bantu for fine or color treated hair, cut with oil/conditioner,) in October 2009. It really cut down on the matting and breakage, however I still lose more hair detangling than I did when it was relaxed straight. My new growth because it gets water and conditioner everyday seems to be coming in curlier and smoother instead of the dense z pattern nap that it has traditionally been.

I'm hoping to find ladies that have had good results maintaining texlaxed hair so I can figure out:

1.) How to reduce the hair loss while detangling.
2.) How long before touch up. Once a year?
3.) Products that make texlaxed hair and a couple of inches of new growth happy! Aphogee vs Henna?
4.) Routines that are quick!


Thank so much. I don't have the time and patience to set up a fotki but am willing to share pics on request.

Namaste!
4a/b/c
Poo- Deva, Wen, Shea Moisture
Co- Aubrey Organic, GPD DevaOne.
Detangler- Aussie moist, Dove
LI- SM Curling Milk, infusium
KCCC KT on certain days
Oil- Coconut, jojoba,
Goal: Peace, healthy hair and to not spend alot of time and money on my hair.
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  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    1) I use slippery conditioners that help with detangling. The jilibre comb was causing tangles for me but my Goody comb I have no issues. My hair gets super coily with new growth. My stylist says the curls curl around themselves so I get major knots at times. Applying leave-in close to the roots in that area helps cut down on that.

    2) I go about 3-4 months between touch ups. I would like to see how long I can go though. I don't want to risk overlapping. I finally found a stylist who knows hair and listens to me. It's important to know your hair so you can tell your stylist what you need. I wish I could do these myself.

    3) I don't use henna or aphogee but I know there is a texlaxed poster here who does

    4) My routine is super quick with daily wash and go's. At times I just put it in a pony bush or bun and call it a day.
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

    SL APL BSL MBL
  • jay76jay76 Posts: 67Registered Users
    Hi Ladies,
    Your posts have me curious as to what a texlax looks like.
    could anyone post pictures? I'd really like to see what it looks like.

    Thanks
    Caryn
    4b
    Last Relaxer: Feb 2007
    BC: Jun 2008
    6 month protective style: 10/10-4/11
    "If you let your hair be what it wants to be and support it as best as possible with a good routine, that's what being natural is about." Surburbanbushbabe
  • kikisfkikisf Posts: 48Registered Users
    4a/b/c
    Poo- Deva, Wen, Shea Moisture
    Co- Aubrey Organic, GPD DevaOne.
    Detangler- Aussie moist, Dove
    LI- SM Curling Milk, infusium
    KCCC KT on certain days
    Oil- Coconut, jojoba,
    Goal: Peace, healthy hair and to not spend alot of time and money on my hair.
  • kikisfkikisf Posts: 48Registered Users
    Thanks for the response!
    1) I use slippery conditioners that help with detangling. The jilibre comb was causing tangles for me but my Goody comb I have no issues.

    Which kind of goody? Like this? /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.goody.com%2FProducts%2FCollections%2FOuchless%2FStyling_Tools%2FOuchless_Detangling_Comb.aspx" class="Popup
    4a/b/c
    Poo- Deva, Wen, Shea Moisture
    Co- Aubrey Organic, GPD DevaOne.
    Detangler- Aussie moist, Dove
    LI- SM Curling Milk, infusium
    KCCC KT on certain days
    Oil- Coconut, jojoba,
    Goal: Peace, healthy hair and to not spend alot of time and money on my hair.
  • vkb247vkb247 Posts: 266Registered Users
    kikisf wrote: »
    1.) How to reduce the hair loss while detangling.
    2.) How long before touch up. Once a year?
    3.) Products that make texlaxed hair and a couple of inches of new growth happy! Aphogee vs Henna?
    4.) Routines that are quick!

    Thank you for starting this thread! I have had a few pm's about texlaxing/texturizing so it would be great to have this thread to direct people to.

    1) I detangle with a lot - like more than half a bottle of V05 - of conditioner. I usually use a denman which is great because it can actually get to my scalp and it takes out all the shed hairs so I don't have hairs hanging down after I am finished in the shower. I have used a Jilbere comb once and I liked it but I really want to try this comb 92009.gif. One of the main reasons I use chemicals is because I am not willing to spend more than 20 minutes or so detangling and I want my hair to grow long so just ripping through it isn't an option (duh!).

    2)I touch up twice a year. Recently I did a corrective after 3 months because I want my curls to be looser for lazier hair care.

    3) When I started to texlax I also started cowashing, eliminated shampoo, and started using conditioner/deep conditioner as a leave in because I had problems with dryness. Once my hair reached a certain level of moisture it became a lot easier to manage. Oil rinsing/coconut oil and henna have made the biggest difference in my hair care. Henna also helps me keep my big hair and gives back a lot of what the relaxer takes away. I stopped using protein when I started using henna (I didn't use it regularly anyway). I am protein sensitive but my hair loves yogurt! I use lots of food items and natural products in my hair and I hardly notice when I have new growth.

    4) I recently started using an ayurvedic poo bar because of conditioner build up so I use that after rinsing out whatever pre-poo I have in my head at the time (usually herbs). I sometimes apply oil before or after the poo bar for a kind of modified oil rinse and then I add conditioner to my hair to detangle and get out the excess oil.

    After I rinse out the conditioner and squeeze out a lot the the water I add coconut oil first, then a leave in, then my styler. Sometimes I blow dry on cool because my hair takes forever to dry. Sometimes I only use a styling product on my edges. Most of the time my hair is in a puff and recently I have started wearing it in a bun type updo.
    Ayurveda Addict:love5:
    I Henna, Cowashing, Poo bars, KCCC, Eco Styler, Oils & Oil Rinsing and Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier:blob3:
    Always Playing with Herbs or Making Products
    :occasion7:Texlaxed <-- Click 4 Pics
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    kikisf wrote: »
    Thanks for the response!
    1) I use slippery conditioners that help with detangling. The jilibre comb was causing tangles for me but my Goody comb I have no issues.

    Which kind of goody? Like this? /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.goody.com%2FProducts%2FCollections%2FOuchless%2FStyling_Tools%2FOuchless_Detangling_Comb.aspx" class="Popup


    I'll have take a pic. I got this comb in the 90's and it's the only thing that doesn't snarl my hair up.
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

    SL APL BSL MBL
  • ericajoyericajoy Posts: 65Registered Users
    Thank you so much for starting this thread! Kikisf, I have a really similar experience of having hair that knots easily and takes a long time to detangle as it gets longer, and I really want and need a less time-consuming routine. I have an appt. on Saturday for a texturizer. Seeing your pics and hearing about people's routines really helped. I hope we can keep this thread going!
    *********************
    Hair type: 4a/b
    13 months of growth
  • MuysanaMuysana Posts: 2Registered Users
    I also appreciate this thread! I am still all natural and working with a few products to see if I can manage w/o chemicals. I had the easiest comb out yet, today with Eqyss Avocado detangler and Cloud Nine cream rinse! (Yes, they were made for horses but are safe for the human crossover market)

    If all fails, I am going to use The Green California Curl by Dr. Morrow. It leaves the kink/curl but loosens it slightly (or more if you choose) so that combing is very easy. I just want to shout out to Vkb247! Hey girl...you helped me out with my questions a few months ago!!!

    Thanks again, Kiksff!
  • vkb247vkb247 Posts: 266Registered Users
    Hey lady! I hope I was able to help and I'm glad you found this thread. I need to check out those last two products you mentioned because I've never heard of them!

    Thanks for the love!

    ETA: Dr. Morrow is actually Willie Morrow of 400 Years Without a Comb fame. I am interested in finding out more about this product because I wasn't able to find much online. He also created the jheri curl so I would be a little wary...
    Ayurveda Addict:love5:
    I Henna, Cowashing, Poo bars, KCCC, Eco Styler, Oils & Oil Rinsing and Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier:blob3:
    Always Playing with Herbs or Making Products
    :occasion7:Texlaxed <-- Click 4 Pics
  • tcoady27tcoady27 Posts: 3Registered Users
    Okay, first thank you so much for creating this post. I decided to go natural and I have to admit I have had a hard time. I have not had a perm in years at least 3 but I had been wearing braids. Now I have finally decided to wear my natural hair out, but it is so hard. So I would like to texlax, but I also want to henna.

    My hair has been growing like crazy but I feel it needs a little more strength. I have a really good wash, cowash, moisture regimen right now. I have done protein treatments (apohgee) but I not crazy about the results and every time I go to a salon they want to perm my hair and I don't want to deal with the peer pressure. I have stopped going long ago because of this, I even looked into Miss Jessie's because I felt they would welcome natural hair but they want too much money ($250 to $600). That's just crazy. Sorry I am rambling but here is my quandary,

    1. Can I texlax and henna
    2. If I can henna and texlax which should I do first
    3. Any recommendations on texlax products.

    Thank you in advance and I appreciate any help you can give.
  • kikisfkikisf Posts: 48Registered Users
    Wow. I hadn't looked for a little bit so I'm glad to see so many other texlaxed heads posting.

    tcoady27 wrote: »
    Okay, first thank you so much for creating this post. I decided to go natural and I have to admit I have had a hard time. I have not had a perm in years at least 3 but I had been wearing braids. Now I have finally decided to wear my natural hair out, but it is so hard. So I would like to texlax, but I also want to henna.

    My hair has been growing like crazy but I feel it needs a little more strength. I have a really good wash, cowash, moisture regimen right now. I have done protein treatments (apohgee) but I not crazy about the results and every time I go to a salon they want to perm my hair and I don't want to deal with the peer pressure. I have stopped going long ago because of this, I even looked into Miss Jessie's because I felt they would welcome natural hair but they want too much money ($250 to $600). That's just crazy. Sorry I am rambling but here is my quandry,

    1. Can I texlax and henna
    2. If I can henna and texlax which should I do first
    3. Any recommendations on texlax products.

    Thank you in advance and I appreciate any help you can give.

    vkb247 hennas and texlaxes so you might want to contact her directly.

    But from what I understand.
    1. Yes
    2. Depends. Most say space the treatments two weeks apart. However, curlynikki says her curls started loosening and hanging after doing henna (she did it every week at first and now does it monthly) so you might find you don't need the texlax or at least a shorter process which is always good. My hair gets kind of light golden tones on its own (although I'm dying for Vanessa Williams-esque highlights) and I would not be happy with it darker and definitely not red so I have only done the cassia which doesn't last as long and isn't as cumulative, however it is possible to highlight or color over cassia. and that is not possible with henna.
    3. For me, Bantu no base mild. it is the only lye for fine/color-treated that i know of. it is the one my hairdresser recommended. after admiring this curly singer /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latricebarnett.com%2Fpress%2Fhi_rez%2F007.jpg" class="Popup he told me she was his client and he texlaxed her. /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latricebarnett.com%2Fpress%2Fhi_rez%2F006.jpg" class="Popup

    But he told me I couldn't do that unless I grew out all my straight ends.

    I think there are more texlaxed heads out there then we think.

    vkb247 and I want my hair to grow long so just ripping through it isn't an option (duh!). I hear you!!!

    BTW I just started using Pantene Nature Fusion with Cassia but I just found out the third ingredient is a heavy duty silicone. No wonder I like it. Will have to give it away.

    also i noticed that i don't tangle if i wear my hair in a pony so I'm trying to alternate that with the "big and loose days."
    4a/b/c
    Poo- Deva, Wen, Shea Moisture
    Co- Aubrey Organic, GPD DevaOne.
    Detangler- Aussie moist, Dove
    LI- SM Curling Milk, infusium
    KCCC KT on certain days
    Oil- Coconut, jojoba,
    Goal: Peace, healthy hair and to not spend alot of time and money on my hair.
  • vkb247vkb247 Posts: 266Registered Users
    @ kikisf - I love her hair in those pics. I want to process my hair for longer so it can look like that but my hair is so resistant. I definitely think there are a lot more texturized heads out there. Some even say that relaxers were never intended to completely straighten hair...
    tcoady27 wrote: »
    Okay, first thank you so much for creating this post. I decided to go natural and I have to admit I have had a hard time. I have not had a perm in years at least 3 but I had been wearing braids. Now I have finally decided to wear my natural hair out, but it is so hard. So I would like to texlax, but I also want to henna.

    My hair has been growing like crazy but I feel it needs a little more strength. I have a really good wash, cowash, moisture regimen right now. I have done protein treatments (apohgee) but I not crazy about the results and every time I go to a salon they want to perm my hair and I don't want to deal with the peer pressure. I have stopped going long ago because of this, I even looked into Miss Jessie's because I felt they would welcome natural hair but they want too much money ($250 to $600). That's just crazy. Sorry I am rambling but here is my quandry,

    1. Can I texlax and henna
    2. If I can henna and texlax which should I do first
    3. Any recommendations on texlax products.

    Thank you in advance and I appreciate any help you can give.

    Kikisf did a great job and was on point with her answer. I can only add that if I was you I would henna first and maybe even do 2-3 treatments before you start texturizing. You always want to make sure that your hair is in top condition before you use a relaxer. So if you think your hair isn't strong enough get that under control first. If not you might do irreversible damage by relaxing.

    I cosign using a lye relaxer in mild or mixed with conditioner. When in doubt, please do a strand test to ensure you get the results you are aiming for.
    Ayurveda Addict:love5:
    I Henna, Cowashing, Poo bars, KCCC, Eco Styler, Oils & Oil Rinsing and Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier:blob3:
    Always Playing with Herbs or Making Products
    :occasion7:Texlaxed <-- Click 4 Pics
  • ericajoyericajoy Posts: 65Registered Users
    Thank you all SO MUCH for all this info. Can I ask everyone a question?

    So I went to the salon last week for a texturizer, but the stylist was reluctant to do it b/c she wanted me to stay natural. She trimmed my hair, blew it straight and french braided it for me, and I was totally happy for about a week till I washed my hair again. Now I'm back to realizing that I want to be able to wash & go without having a tangly afro in a couple of days time (and without having to blowdry, twist, braid, etc. if I don't want to!).

    So I'm thinking again of getting a texturizer. One of the stylist's main concerns was that over time, as you retouch the roots, you develop straight parts and inconsistencies in the hair texture that are hard to style. Have any of you experienced this? If so, how do you manage it?

    Thanks ladies! And kikisf, who is your stylist?? You can pm me if you want to share. :)
    *********************
    Hair type: 4a/b
    13 months of growth
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    It only straightens over time if you overlap processes. If you wait until you have enough new growth to do only the roots you won't get straightened hair.

    I only have my roots done every 3-4 months.
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

    SL APL BSL MBL
  • kikisfkikisf Posts: 48Registered Users
    ericajoy wrote: »
    Thank you all SO MUCH for all this info. Can I ask everyone a question?

    So I went to the salon last week for a texturizer, but the stylist was reluctant to do it b/c she wanted me to stay natural. you develop straight parts and inconsistencies in the hair texture that are hard to style. Have any of you experienced this? If so, how do you manage it?

    Thanks ladies! And kikisf, who is your stylist?? You can pm me if you want to share. :)


    I can understand your dresser not wanting you to texturize. Nothing is prettier than a natural head. But they aren't the ones that have to comb it when it gets wet! LOL.

    My bangs and middle part are a bit straight at the ends and shorter from that area being left out from when I wore a weave. But it doesn't take much to disguise that. Either scrunching or a headband. My curls are not perfectly uniform but then again if you have a mix of 4a and 4b your hair isn't uniform to begin with.

    The real question is what is your hairstyle goal?

    My goal wasn't ringlets. I just want the combing ease and the ability to get my head wet without a few hours long ordeal.

    Here is one of my hairstyle inspirations
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fimages37.concordmusicgroup.com%2Fartists%2Ffullsize%2Fesperanza_artist2.jpg" class="Popup

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.willdoo.com%2FIMN%2FIMNadmin%2Fuploads%2F2EsperanzaSpaldingJohannSauty2008-68576.jpg" class="Popup
    4a/b/c
    Poo- Deva, Wen, Shea Moisture
    Co- Aubrey Organic, GPD DevaOne.
    Detangler- Aussie moist, Dove
    LI- SM Curling Milk, infusium
    KCCC KT on certain days
    Oil- Coconut, jojoba,
    Goal: Peace, healthy hair and to not spend alot of time and money on my hair.
  • ericajoyericajoy Posts: 65Registered Users
    @ afrosheenqueen: Thanks, it's helpful to hear that you haven't had that problem. I probably wouldn't retouch my hair any more often than every 3-4 months either.

    @kikisf: Yes, I love her hair!!! My goal isn't ringlets, either. I want more ease of washing, detangling, and styling. I actually want to try some styles like twistouts, *when I want to*, and I think having my hair a bit more stretched out will make this faster and easier.

    So I'm really leaning toward texturizing...I'll definitely post pics if and when it happens.

    And I love hearing and seeing other people's experiences! Please keep them coming.
    *********************
    Hair type: 4a/b
    13 months of growth
  • vkb247vkb247 Posts: 266Registered Users
    Its funny that you would post those pics kikisk. My mother had huge fro when I was born. I remember that she would braid it every night and tie it up before she went to bed. I was talking to her about maintaining that big perfect poof and she told me that a stylist use to run a texturizer through it for a couple of minutes. I was amazed!

    As for hair getting straighter on touch up, this is what is likely to happen to you when you get a retouch and the chemicals are being rinsed over the hair that has already been processed. I highly recommend that you coat your previously processed hair with conditioner/vaseline/grease/base before processing your roots to prevent the hair from getting straighter over time and to keep it as healthy as possible. It's a big part of keeping processed hair healthy.
    Ayurveda Addict:love5:
    I Henna, Cowashing, Poo bars, KCCC, Eco Styler, Oils & Oil Rinsing and Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier:blob3:
    Always Playing with Herbs or Making Products
    :occasion7:Texlaxed <-- Click 4 Pics
  • tcoady27tcoady27 Posts: 3Registered Users
    thank u all so much for your replies, I definitely agree that I will get my hair into shape with 2 to 3 hennas before I texturize, i am thinking every 3 weeks for the henna treatments, I'll see how my hair reacts. also any suggestions of websites for purchasing henna and indigo?
  • ericajoyericajoy Posts: 65Registered Users
    @tcoady: mehandi.com is a great and informative website where you can get henna and indigo.
    *********************
    Hair type: 4a/b
    13 months of growth
  • ericajoyericajoy Posts: 65Registered Users
    vkb247 wrote: »
    I was talking to her about maintaining that big perfect poof and she told me that a stylist use to run a texturizer through it for a couple of minutes. I was amazed!

    Amazing! You'd never guess.
    *********************
    Hair type: 4a/b
    13 months of growth
  • ericajoyericajoy Posts: 65Registered Users
    Okay, last thing: can you ladies please share the mixtures you use for texlaxing? Specifically, what brand of relaxer, and how much oil or conditioner do you use, if any? Thank you!!
    *********************
    Hair type: 4a/b
    13 months of growth
  • vkb247vkb247 Posts: 266Registered Users
    Here is my complete texlax procedure. I have very resistant hair and I have used:

    -Motions Herbal in Super (a relaxer known for reverting and underprocessing
    - Revlon Realistic in Regular (known for processing very slowly)
    - ORS lye in Regular

    I coat previosly relaxed hair with a thick conditioner/grease/vaseline to protect it,focusing on really protecting the ends.

    I use about half a tub and mix that with about 1/3 cup of conditioner; usually V05(particularly Silky Experiences when I can find it because of the silk amino acids). I apply and smooth with my hands only for up to 12 minutes (incuding application time).

    I always add a protein conditioner to my hair after I rinse the relaxer out but before I neutralize - anything with hydrloyzed protein or silk amino acids. I let that sit for up to 5 minutes and then proceed with neutralizing etc.

    I can't remember how much of this I already said but I prefer a lye relaxer to no-lye because they process slower and aren't as drying. Lye isn't great for sensitive scalps but I don't have any problems with burning because I always mix my relaxer. If you use a no lye relaxer than I would advise using a chelating shampoo like ORS Aloe to remove mineral build up/prevent dryness.
    Ayurveda Addict:love5:
    I Henna, Cowashing, Poo bars, KCCC, Eco Styler, Oils & Oil Rinsing and Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier:blob3:
    Always Playing with Herbs or Making Products
    :occasion7:Texlaxed <-- Click 4 Pics
  • ericajoyericajoy Posts: 65Registered Users
    ^^ Thank you, vkb! I ended up reading more about your process on Black Hair Media, but I really appreciate you posting the info here.
    *********************
    Hair type: 4a/b
    13 months of growth
  • ericajoyericajoy Posts: 65Registered Users
    Well, I went to my new stylist and got a texlax today, and I have to say I'm pretty happy with the results! I was expecting my hair to be a bit looser, but now I'm actually glad it's not. I got a texlax b/c my hair was knotting up, getting really tangled, and was difficult to shampoo, detangle, and generally manage. I think I got what I wanted, which is somewhat elongated curls that *hopefully* will be easier to comb through, and a little bit of "hang."

    Here's a link to some before and after pics. Before is about a week ago. In both cases, my hair is about 50% dry and with [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Mixed-Chicks-Leave-in-Conditioner-p-279.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=mixed-chicks-leavein-conditioner]Mixed Chicks leave-in[/buylink] raked through. (I do like this leave-in! My stylist recommended it. Pretty darn moisturizing.)

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fericamarchand%2Fhair-pics%2F" class="Popup
    *********************
    Hair type: 4a/b
    13 months of growth
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    That's great, Erica. I hope detangling is easier for you now.
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

    SL APL BSL MBL
  • tcoady27tcoady27 Posts: 3Registered Users
    I am soooooo happy I henna'ed, my hair color is amazing. I guess my hair color wasn't as dark as thought it was, because my hair came out a brownish very red highlighted chocolate. It looks great and I am very pleased. I did a henna gloss:
    henna
    amla oil
    honey
    green tea
    olive oil deep conditioner
    peppermint essential oil(just a couple of drops to cut down on the heavy henna smell)

    I deep conditioned under a hood dryer with [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Mixed-Chicks-Deep-Conditioner-p-674.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=mixed-chicks-deep-conditioner]mixed chicks deep conditioner[/buylink] and olive oil deep conditioner.

    I didn't notice any loosening of my curls but my hair was definitely stronger and I could get my fingers through it. I plan on henna'ing two more times and then texlaxing. I would like to henna every three weeks.
  • vkb247vkb247 Posts: 266Registered Users
    ericajoy wrote: »
    Well, I went to my new stylist and got a texlax today, and I have to say I'm pretty happy with the results! I was expecting my hair to be a bit looser, but now I'm actually glad it's not. I got a texlax b/c my hair was knotting up, getting really tangled, and was difficult to shampoo, detangle, and generally manage. I think I got what I wanted, which is somewhat elongated curls that *hopefully* will be easier to comb through, and a little bit of "hang."

    Erica your has is beautiful before and after. I hope you are enjoying it and please keep us updated!
    tcoady27 wrote: »
    I am soooooo happy I henna'ed, my hair color is amazing. I guess my hair color wasn't as dark as thought it was, because my hair came out a brownish very red highlighted chocolate. It looks great and I am very pleased. I did a henna gloss

    I'm glad to hear that the henna is working for you and your mix sounds yummy! Please post pics of your hair!


    BTW: I decided not to buy the comb I posted because it isn't seamless. I found a $15 handmade seamless comb at the BSS and I am about to throw all the other out!
    Ayurveda Addict:love5:
    I Henna, Cowashing, Poo bars, KCCC, Eco Styler, Oils & Oil Rinsing and Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier:blob3:
    Always Playing with Herbs or Making Products
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  • ericajoyericajoy Posts: 65Registered Users
    vkb247 wrote: »
    Erica your has is beautiful before and after. I hope you are enjoying it and please keep us updated!

    Thanks! I am loving my hair. It's still very curly, but MUCH easier to detangle. Much. It takes like half the time it used to, literally. I was worried about dryness, but it's not any drier than before.

    I've been busy so I haven't had time to try any styles like twistouts or braidouts, but I love my wash-n-go's. So overall, it's been about 3 weeks since the texlax, and I really love it.
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    Hair type: 4a/b
    13 months of growth
  • kikisfkikisf Posts: 48Registered Users
    I have been busy with midterms so haven't checked in a while. Ericajoy your hair looks great. It looked great before and great now. So [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Mixed-Chicks-Leave-in-Conditioner-p-279.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=mixed-chicks-leavein-conditioner]mixed Chicks leave-in[/buylink] is awesome? mmmmm I was waffling over whether to get some but it was expensive so I didn't get it. But I think my hair is similarly texturd to yours and if you like it I think I will by some.

    Has anyone tried LongAid curl activator gel? The cheap old $5 stuff? I noticed a couple of naturals raving about it.
    4a/b/c
    Poo- Deva, Wen, Shea Moisture
    Co- Aubrey Organic, GPD DevaOne.
    Detangler- Aussie moist, Dove
    LI- SM Curling Milk, infusium
    KCCC KT on certain days
    Oil- Coconut, jojoba,
    Goal: Peace, healthy hair and to not spend alot of time and money on my hair.
  • ericajoyericajoy Posts: 65Registered Users
    kikisf wrote: »
    I have been busy with midterms so haven't checked in a while. Ericajoy your hair looks great. It looked great before and great now. So [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Mixed-Chicks-Leave-in-Conditioner-p-279.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=mixed-chicks-leavein-conditioner]mixed Chicks leave-in[/buylink] is awesome? mmmmm I was waffling over whether to get some but it was expensive so I didn't get it. But I think my hair is similarly texturd to yours and if you like it I think I will by some.

    I do like it. Better than Karen's Body Beautiful, DevaCurl, and I can't remember what else I've tried. I'm halfway through my bottle and will probably continue to buy it.
    kikisf wrote: »
    Has anyone tried LongAid curl activator gel? The cheap old $5 stuff? I noticed a couple of naturals raving about it.

    Yes, I've tried Long Aid. It's fine. I've read the rave reviews of it too, but it didn't do anything rave-worthy in my hair. Just a decent gel with pretty decent curl definition.

    And thanks for the comments, kikisf! I love your hair. How is it these days?
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    Hair type: 4a/b
    13 months of growth
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