How I Got Overwhelmed With My Hair and Did Something About It

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 5:47 PM


No, I didn't relax my hair. :)

About 2 weeks ago, I got two inches cut off my hair and tried the Organix Brazilian Keratin Smoothing Treatment for the first time.

The product did exactly what I wanted it to do, and I'm very happy with the results. Let me back up for a moment and explain what led up to this.

I've been bunning my hair pretty much all summer, and was getting pretty tired of wearing it up. It's been really humid though, so every time I did wear it down I had to go through massive detangling sessions afterwards. Long hair is a lot of work (more to follow on this). During hair sessions, I was noticing that my ends were looking pretty shabby in some places. So, I decided that my hair needed to be stretched for awhile.

I blowdried my hair, which was an exhausting, sweaty process only to find even more damaged ends than I originally thought. Let me dispell a couple of myths right here and now. 1) Natural hair can have just as much damage as relaxed hair if you don't stay on top of it. 2) Blowdrying is not necessarily a bad thing. I get less knots and tangles when my hair is blow dried, so for me, the pros outweigh the cons. Going forward, it's very likely that I'll be blowdrying my hair after washing more often than not. This should only amount to about twice a month at the most.

At this point, I realized that I needed a professional trim and that my usual search and destroy session was not going to help my situation. If you've been reading for awhile, then you know my goal was for my hair to reach waist length (stretched) by the end of 2011. I didn't want my ends to be thin, knotty and damaged; barely scraping my hair goal length. So, I got the trim. I'm telling you, if your hair is misbehaving, unmanageable, uncontrollable; you may very well need your hair trimmed. Don't worry about losing the length. Remember, your hair is only as healthy as you keep your ends because ultimately the damage is going to travel up the hair shaft and detract from the strength of your hair.

Anyway, with my fresh trim I felt like I had a clean slate, and I wanted to wear my hair straight-ish for awhile to keep the knots away. I'd been considering this Organix smoothing treatment for awhile because I have a friend who's been using it for awhile on her natural hair and she loves it. After researching the product and getting comfortable with it, I decided to bite the bullet and try it. I loaded up the kids and we went on a field trip to Ulta (or mommy's toy store, as they like to call it).

What sold me on it is that 1) it's temporary - the effects last for about 30 days or less and wash out gradually   2) it's basically a conditioning treatment  3) it's gentle enough to be used even on relaxed hair 4) it would cut down on my blowdrying time 4) it would decrease frizz and tangles even in humid weather. Numbers 3 and 4 are huge for me right now. Between my damaged ends and the humidity poofing up and tangling my hair; wearing my hair down was not working out for me before the trim and the smoothing treatment. After the treatment, I'm able to wear my hair down and my hair pretty much stays where I put it. It's still thick and full, but it's easier to manage. Which leads me to another point.

I don't know if I want waist length hair anymore. After the trim, my hair is just above bra strap length again. It's long enough to provide a lot of styling options, but not so long that it becomes difficult if not impossible for me to maintain without having to wear it up all the time. I just don't have as much time with a busy one year old and two older kids in school and extra curricular activities and everything else that I have going on.  My plan for now is to continue to let it grow, but keep an open mind about it. If I find that it's getting too long, I won't hesitate to cut it. I've learned the importance of practical decision making, particularly at this time in my life. I want to be healthy, fresh, polished, AND reasonably low maintenance.

I'm sorry I don't have any pictures of my hair straight right now. I just forgot to take any pictures of it. Here's a twist out I did that had major staying power. This picture was taken at the end of the day. And it was a hot day.  That night, retwisting was a breeze. No knots or tangles. Mission accomplished.

How do you make edits to your beauty regimen to help it fit into your busy lifestyle? 
Have you ever tried this DIY version of the Brazilian Kertain Treatment?
Do you think I'm crazy for trying it???  :)