Wash Day: Stretching my 4C Hair with Flexi rods

00:59 Naija girl next door 11 Comments

 My last wash day with flexi rods was fantastic guys. It had a lot to do with the products I used, especially my new deep conditioner, but I'll get to that.
            Up until mid last year, my favourite method for stretching my 4c hair was threading. The problem was that even though it stretches my hair very well, it also makes it feel drier than usual and I end up having to do detangle all over again too. Flexi rods on the other hand leave me with hair that is not just stretched, but airy and bouncy as well. The kind of airy and bouncy that makes you record a slow mo hair commercial video. Not saying I did, not saying I didn't. Just keep reading, I'll show you how I did it (the flexi rod thing, not the video).

I wasn't kidding when I set my hair goals. Moisture is everything for my hair, and moisture was the plan for this wash day. I started with hair that had been in a protective style for weeks. It was dry so I spritzed with water + a little oil and worked it in to soften my hair enough to part into sections.

Pre-poo: I warmed the oils I used over a bowl of hot water. Hair trigger on my scalp, extra virgin olive oil on my hair. I actually massaged my scalp for up to five minutes. That's an improvement. I covered with a plastic cap and let it sit for a few hours. Normally I do 30 mins to an hour but it was a busy day. When I took off the cap, my hair was moist and soft so I detangled first with my fingers, and then with a wide tooth comb. This was one of those rare occassions when I actually use a comb. I needed to get out over a month's worth of shed hairs.

Shampoo: Diluted black soap. I've been experimenting with it. Two lathers got out all the oil I had in my hair, which was a lot. Perfect canvas for testing a new deep conditioner.

Deep condition: Hairveda Deep Conditioning Hair Masque. First impressions: Not much slip to aid detngling, but it sank into my hair immediately and softened it. It was already late so I kept it in my hair overnight and rinsed out the next morning. My hair was SOFT like buttahhh.

post rinse
 I'll save the rest for the review after I've used it a few more times. Meanwhile, it's currently on sale on sizzelle.com for N2900 which is a steal in this economy.

Leave-in: Hairveda Whipped Creme Leave-in on damp hair, sealed with whipped shea butter. That just reminded me of desserts. I cut out all sugar from my diet after the first week of January and even though I'm not craving badly, there's Maltesers in the fridge tempting me, taunting me.

Stretch: flexi rods.
It's not the same as doing a flexi-rod set where you want actual curls. This one is easier because it's less precise, and you use fewer rods so it's better for sleep.

Instead of smaller, round sections, mine were long and thick.

Keeping the hair stretched and flat against my fingers, I wrapped it down and around the flexi rod.

Secure the top and bottom by bending the rod against itself. That's it. Repeat all over

My hair was so stretched and soft that it took no effort and no extra product to gather it into a low ponytail and braid it.
Flexi rods are my new favourite way to stretch, at least until another method comes and sweeps me off my feet. I'm romantic like that.

 I've really missed wash day posts. What have you been up to with your hair?


Hair Goals for 2017

11:03 Naija girl next door 8 Comments

Welcome to 2017!

I hope you're settling in nicely. Did you set any goals? I'm setting a few for my hair, my blog and my life.

 2016 ended on a high for me. Remember that exam I mentioned in my I'm Back post? I aced it! I just thank God for his direction and for answering my prayers. I had a lot on the line.

You know I haven't posted about my hair in a while. I'll be honest, I haven't exactly been on my best behaviour with my hair, I've done some good things and some bad things.

The Good

  • Low manipulation: My hair has been in protective styles lately; crochet braids, faux locs. They're good for keeping manipulation to a minimum so my hair doesn't break from too much touching, detangling, combing. Also, it's not exposed to the elements so it won't dry out as fast.
  • Paying attention to my protein needs: Every now and then my hair shows signs that it needs a protein shot. Even though I have used a couple of protein deep conditioners, good old egg is still what my hair best responds to. (Remember to do a strand test if you try it because one girl's go-to is another girl's no-no).
  • Snipping off single strand knots every time I see them.
The Bad
  • Slacking on moisture: This sums up everything bad I'm doing (and failing to do). I'm not moisturising as frequently as I should, which for my hair is daily. I kind of neglected my hair under the protective styles. There's also the problem of my all-time favourite moisture deep conditioner, Shea Moisture Purification masque, becoming such a scarce commodity in Nigeria. When I do find it, it costs N8,350- N8,450 (Girl, bye). I'm yet to find a satisfactory replacement. It's not every time I have the energy for DIY.
The Hair Goals
  1. Moisture, Moisture, Moisture: I'll be focusing on moisture primarily. During my relaxed and transitioning hair days, I retained a lot more length because my regimen was a very simple one centred on moisture. I'll be doing this by deep conditioning weekly and moisturising with water daily. I'll have to tweak the conditioners I now own to get more moisture into my hair. I'm also getting a heat cap to help them penetrate better.
  2. Length retention: If I'm really good with the moisture, this will naturally happen. I also have to continue to keep manipulation to a minimum; so styles like loose twists, cornrows, crochet braids, buns are my friends. I just have to remember to moisturise and keep my edges pressure-free.
  3. Scalp massages: This is the one I'm least likely to fulfill. My track record isn't the best. Hopefully my Hair Trigger oil will motivate me. Why have a growth stimulating product if you won't use it right, right?
  4. Straighten once this year: I haven't flat-ironed my hair in several years; even before I consciously started a healthy hair journey I knew direct heat was bad. However, it can be done safely if precautions are taken and it's not done too frequently. I plan to do it at Tasala HQ or Kemi Lewis's salon. Really want to see my hair straight.
Hey I got the Cassie Daves blog planner. I started lusting after it last year when I began falling behind with my blogging. I'm already motivated to do more. It really is money well spent. Shoutout to Cassie for this creation <3 <3

Do you have any hair goals this year?