Current Hair Info

Current Relaxed Length: blunt Full SL
Current Curly Length: 1/2 inch all over
Current Stretched Curly Length: 1 inch all over
Last Relaxer Date: January 19, 2015
Next Relaxer: May 2015
Last Trim: February 21, 2015

Current Hair Length

Current Hair Length
February 21, 2015

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Hair Goals 2015

Hair Goals:

Keep hair rodded for a month
Braid out for a month
Updo for a month
Sew in for a month
Braids for a month
Reach full APL
Graze BSL before 2016


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July Goals Recap + August Goals!!!

Hello, everyone. Today is the last day of this month, and I am coming to you with the recap.

So, here is July: 
1) castor oil everyday - SUCCESS 
I am so glad that I was able to do this every single day. I can tell where my edges have grown in. I also sealed my moisturizer with the castor oil. So I believe that I did great. 

2) flexi rods with every wash - FAILED
I did them for half the washes of July. I realized that sleeping with flexi rods was pulling and breaking my hair. I decided to end this challenge early. 

I also said that by August 1st, that I would get rid of 6 product bottles. Altogether I got rid of six. It felt good, but my hair stash is s very large and filled with some products that I do not even use. I plan on changing that slowly but it will be changed nonetheless. I have challenged myself to minimize my stash by the 1st of December. This will include me not having any products overflow onto my floor. Everything will have a near place. 

So other than that goal, here is my August goals: 
1) prepoo withgrapeseed and almond oil mixture

2) apply jojoba oil to my hair everyday

3) use one moisturizer consistently

That's going to be about it. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

My Relaxer Update (pix included)

Unfornately I had to relax my hair early due to drying hair. I rather relax it then try to figure out what was wrong after trying for three weeks. I didn't have a great deal of new growth in the front. However I had a ton of new growth in the back. This is the only texture pic I have and I was actually trying to catch a pic of my gray hair rather than texture lol. 
I know it isn't much but it was crunchy and dry. I truly couldn't deal. So I relax a few days shy of 8 weeks. I really agonized over it, but I am very happy that I did. 
I have a typical relaxer prep, but I won't bore you with the details. Instead, I'll show you a few result pix. 
The left pic is from May and the right pic is from July. I think that I am going to officially claim APL. I'm so happy, however, it did take me 4 and a half years to get from SL to this point. I'm thankful. I had to learn about retention, I am just really learning about it this year. Any who I am extremely pleased with the results. 

So what is my plan for my next relaxer stretch? I am planning a 20 week stretch. I am extremely excited and nervous. It will be my longest stretch and my last relaxer of the year. So I am going out with a bang!!! I will also be participating in the nape challenge. I am going to try to grow my hair as close to BSL as I can before the new year! Wish me luck! I can't wait to keep you updated. 

New Relaxer Date!

So, to jump right into it, I had to get an emergency relaxer on July 14, 2013. Granted, that isn't many days ago. Here is my reason:

I have been washing my hair and to no avail, my NG would be dry. I would DC with the best methods I have, but my NG would remain very dry, very hard and very stiff. On top of that, my hair would snap off at the roots. It was a very sad day, but I had to relax a couple of days shy of 8 weeks post.

Thanks to Instagram, I have found myself joining forces with a couple of people in regards to stretching until the end of the year. That is exactly what I am going to do.

As you can see from this Ticker, I have a while until my next relaxer. In other words, I will not receive another relaxer until December 1st!!! I am super nervous, but I am extremely excited. My plan is to use braids, rollersets, maybe a weave and a couple of buns as protective styles.

Please follow me as a begin my long journey in stretching. I will update my blog regularly and my Instagram (@enduring_ego1920).

My relaxer post will be available in a couple of days.

-LEX

Sunday, July 7, 2013

My Product Stash (pic heavy)


I promised that I would do a post about my stash. So here I am, back with picture proof that I have overdone it, lol. Maybe it isn't that bad, but I do not have room anymore for it all. 

If you see a lot of black and brown stains, I just recently have had an accident with black tea. Lol. It got on everything. But as you can see, I had to have reinforcement to house my products, and that's not even enough. 

This has been my main shampoo and conditioner. Actually there is an additional bottle of shampoo that is not in this picture that is also this size lol. I am no longer interested in using this product. It smells great, but it isn't quality product, in my opinion. I am on the hunt for a more reliable shampoo. 

These are almost all of my wash out conditioners (DCs are included in this pic). Unfortunately I am nowhere near running out anything here. Sadly enough, seven of the bottles picture above are brand new. SMH. At least I can get through the next few months without buying conditioner. Lol. 

This pic is of another bottle of conditioner, my protein products and three shampoos. Also, my setting lotion is in this pic. 

This pic is strictly leave ins and moisturizers. A few of these moisturizers are not goods (review coming soon). I wanted to throw them away, but I decided to use them when I am bunning. So they have been saved. Lol. 

This is strictly an oil collection pic and heat protectant pic. I am using everything in this pic except the coconut oil. However, I will begin to incorporate it into my regimen when I am further weeks post relaxer. 

Finally, this is my extra pic. I have my oil sheen, extra bottle of oil, aloe Vera for edges, edge control, gel, black tea in the blue bottles shampoo and conditioner in the dark green and light free bottle, moisturizer, jam, mousse, foam lotion, aphogee spray, spritz in the clear bottle and setting lotion in the yellow bottle. 

Sadly I had a couple more things that I did not take pictures of. After pulling it all out, I really can see where I need to minimize my area and the products in it. I am hoping to get rid of some of those conditioners and oil. Also, I am ready to be rid of some of those moisturizers. If you haven't read it in earlier posts, I live with my parents, so I am limited space to put my products. Another thing that some of you may not know, I have started a new hobby: extreme couponing lol. So some of these products have not cost me much money, but I am running out of room. 

That was my horrific stash. Lol. I'll see you at the next post. Thanks for reading. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Moisturizer Hunting

Hello. I just wanted to come by with a quick blog about my hunt for moisturizers. As some of you might as well know, my mother and I are on the elusive hunt of finding the perfect moisturizer for our hair. So far, it has been a difficult road.

I have bought three moisturizers. I must say that I am disappointed already. I have invested about twenty dollars in some duds. Some of these moisturizers leave our hair hard and crunchy. Some leave our hair hard and oily. SIGHS! We are going to continue to search for moisturizers. We refuse to give up. We HAVE to find one that works for us. I can already tell that I am going to have some moisturizers that are going to build up in my stash. I definitely do not want that.

I plan on doing a review on a couple of these moisturizers in less than two weeks. Please be on the look out for that post. I will be purchasing a new moisturizer next week, and I will soon start using the new one.

Please continue to follow me, and thank you to all of the followers. I appreciate the love. Other than the fact that I like journaling my experience, you are the real reason I continue to get on here and displaying my experiences!!!

Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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