Severe Hair Breakage
This is really a relaxer update but bear with me…I have to deviate a bit to share my frustrations. Last relaxer day was very disappointing for me 🙁 So disappointing that it took me six days to get into the mind set to compose this post.
You see I had my hair relaxed 8 days ago not because I really wanted to but because I had too. It wasn’t helping that my hair was starting to look a little wild and frankly I was having an “ugly” week. Maybe by some form of a premonition I wasn’t excited but I knew if I didn’t go when I did I wouldn’t have been able to go until September. 18+ weeks of new growth is not my cup of tea so I bit the bullet and booked the appointment. Going in I knew I have a breakage problem. Breakage comes and goes with me. Sometimes it is regimen induced but most times it is due to external factors i.e. stress. If work is particularly stressful or exam times roll around for example I prepare myself for the breakage and shedding to “drop in”. Last relaxer day I discovered that not only do I have a breakage problem, but I have a fairly serious breakage problem in the top of my head. I never realized it, but the hair in the center of my head has shortened significantly (less than half the length of the rest). When my stylist brought it to my attention I was in shock. In my defense I don’t have eyes in the top or back of my head but I was disappointed I hadn’t discovered it sooner. In addition my ends were wispy and in need of a major trim.
Ultimately I went in expecting to lose 1″ maybe 1½” but after trimming away the ends and adding a few layers to mask the breakage issue in the top of my head I instead left minus 2″ and even 3″ in some parts. Basically 6 months of growth down the drain. Just thinking about it makes me want to scream and slam something but I won’t (although I really really want to lol). I have to roll with the punches right? Well let me tell you it ain’t easy. Back to the drawing board. The following adjustments to my regimen have come to mind.
- Cut down on the long stretches. Many ladies are able to pull off long stretches effortlessly but apparently I’m not one of them. This was my longest stretch (almost 14 weeks) since starting my journey and by far the worst results. I’m thinking 8-9 weeks is a good time to relax.
- Add heavy protein to my regimen once a month. I know I detest heavy proteins and so does my hair (so I thought), but I’ll give it another try if it’ll prevent this from occurring again.
- Ramp up on the vitamins. I have to think back to the vitamin cocktail I was using when my hair was thriving.
- Trim every relaxer day.
As far as how the relaxer itself went…it was not as good as previous relaxers. My hair was extremely thick and difficult for the relaxer to break down. I eventually started to burn because it was quite tough to comb through the front and middle areas. One surprising point was when my stylist rinsed my hair with vinegar after washing out the relaxer to neutralize the relaxer. I’ve never had a stylist do this and truth be told I was a little impressed.
I also opted to get a temporary colour. The only colour that made sense for me was black because the other colours wouldn’t show on my particularly dark hair. I’ve tried colours and streaks/highlights,in colours ranging from sunset orange to burgandy reds but never ever black. The colour she used was Jazzings Bluest Black. My first thought when she mentioned the name of the colour was “OMG bad weave”. You know those weaves that are so black they look blue? I won’t lie, I was a little concerned because she had already started applying. Luckily it doesn’t look that way at all. It’s basically jet black. I can hardly tell the difference because my hair is very dark naturally, but the bf noticed the difference. He says he can’t see the brownish hues anymore. It’s ok but I don’t think I’ll be doing another black colour. It’s wasted on my dark hair.
After the colour and unwelcomed trim my hair looked nice. lol. It has movement and some swang albeit not as much length as I would have liked. No I’m not ungrateful just a little disappointed. I’ll be sure to continue to keep you posted on my high points and my low points. This was definitely a low point but worthy of being shared nonetheless. I haven’t taken pics or anything to get an exact length but I imagine I’m back to barely grazing shoulder length! Arrrggghhh…oh well it could be worse.
Have you experienced a considerable setback that make you feel disappointed? Please share.