Check out Kim’s story for your Tuesday dose of Hairspiration!
– Hair type and length –
I have medium/fine type 4 hair that is medium in density, I’m relaxed and my last length check in December had me at BSL. I’m hoping to be Midback length/closing in on Waist Length by the end of this year.
– Haircare regime –
Over the 2+ years that I’ve been on this journey my hair products have changed but what has been consistent for me is I always shampoo, deep condition, add a leave-in treatment and protective style. Every couple of weeks I’ll do a protein treatment and I’ll moisturize and seal as needed.
The products that are currently in my product stash:
GVP Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo or Nexxus Therappe Shampoo
GVP Biolage Conditioning Balm or Nexxus Humectress Conditioners
Aphogee 2 minute Keratin Reconstructor
GVP Paul Mitchell The Conditioner, GVP Sebastian Potion 9 or Aphogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer
Water or Hawaiian Silky 14 n 1 Miracle Worker
Heat Protectant/Serum(when flat ironing)
Chi Silk Infusion and Proclaim Spray On Glosser.
– Top hair tips/lessons learned –
- Protective styling has been instrumental in retaining length. I protective style five to seven days each week. I’m almost always wearing buns.
- Limiting/eliminating flat iron/blow dryers has helped to minimize split ends and breakage. Before I started my hair journey, I use to leave a trail of broken hairs everywhere I went. Limiting direct heat (and Deep Conditioning) has virtually eliminated breakage for me. I’ve gone many months without using heat during this hair journey and I honestly believe that why my hair maintained/increased in thickness.
- Always Deep Condition: even if I’m in a rush I still apply deep conditioner for at least 5 minutes, although I prefer to keep it in for at least 30 minutes. It’s improved my hair’s flexibility, manageability and overall appeal.
– Biggest challenges faced since being on your HHJ? –
Stretching my relaxers has, by far, been the most difficult part of this hair journey. After 8 weeks post relaxer, limiting breakage at the line of demarcation, keeping my new growth moisturized and styling my hair with inches of new growth can be a struggle to put it mildly. When I first started I just went along looking a hot furry mess, but I’ve since learned how to better handle and maintain my new growth during my stretch. I can now safely stretch my relaxers between 12 and 16 weeks and these things that have helped stretching be a benefit as opposed to a detriment to my hair journey: (1) Rollersetting – helps to keep the new growth detangled; (2) flat ironing the new growth; (3) moisturizing the new growth they way that you would apply relaxer; (4) being gentle with new growth in between wash days – I treat it like fine china (and I don’t comb through the new growth while dry); and (5) deep conditioning.
– Three hair products you would take if stranded on a desert island –
If I could only use three products and had no heat appliances, I’d take:
GVP Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo
GVP Biolage Conditioning Balm
Aphogee Green Tea Keratin Restructurizer
– How can we keep in touch? –
My name is Kim and you can always find me:
blogging on fancyflairlady.blogspot.com
tumbling on fancyflairlady.tumblr.com
or tweeting @fancyflairlady
Starting length 2008
2009 – 2010