Yes, I relaxed my hair.
For those who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me upload a photo with my straight mane a few weeks ago. Truth is, I loved my natural hair - the curls, testing different products, and the whole works. And heck, I would do that natural hair journey all over again! One lesson I learned through it all was that, hair is hair. You just have to take the time out and have the patience to take darn good care of it.
Being natural taught me how to care a whole lot better for my relaxed hair. I now use better products, and take care of it just like I would my natural hair (and I was super obsessed when it came to keeping it healthy). I'll try to stay away from bleach and colour (note: I'll try), as it was the case of that which led to my hair breakage in the first place.
One of the strangest, or might I add, coolest thing I've realised since my relaxer, is that once I shampoo my hair each week, my curls pop right out (best of both worlds?), and so I have the option to wear it curly without the use of heat, or straight once I roller set. I try to minimize heat usage as much as possible, and so if I decide to flat iron, I ditch the blow dryer and air-dry.
Now to share with you guys the products I have been using...
Herbal Essences "Break's Over Strengthening Shampoo"
I'm big on Herbal Essences products, so there's no doubt that I hopped back on the Herbal Essences boat. I'm now using the 'Break's Over Strengthening Shampoo', and I absolutely love the smell of cocoa. It makes my hair undoubtedly soft. Unfortunately the hair store was out of the conditioner. Womp.
Creme of Nature's "Intensive Conditioning Treatment"
I picked up Creme of Nature's 'Intensive Conditioning Treatment' since they had no Herbal Essences conditioner. I've heard so many good reviews about this product, and it really does match up to its expectations. I don't even have to use a leave in conditioner after this treatment.
Every Strand "Keratin Polisher"
I found out about the Every Strand line of hair products in 2013 when my hair started to break after a bleach job gone wrong. The Every Strand 'Keratin Polisher' states that it's for chemically treated hair, and it is free of alcohol, which is a major plus! It's really thick, so you just have to use a little, resulting in the product lasting a long time.