Is your texlaxed (relaxed) hair regimen preventing breakage and promoting growth?
Well, let me introduce my wash day routine.
When I started my journey I learnt what worked for my hair including the best products. In this post, I will explain why this 5 step healthy texlaxed hair regimen helps me maintain and retain the length of my hair. The great thing about this regimen? It helps me prevent breakage and promote growth by using the best products for my 4b/c high porosity hair.
My texlaxed hair has been treated to a wash day and it feels great. I love washing my hair, yup, you heard right. Love. To some it is a long process, for me, it is a means to a healthy end(s) – see what I did there. I work on the premise that If you do not put the smart work in, you can not expect to see results. What I like to see is results and seeing the product work, leaving me with a thoroughly clean head of hair ready to start a fresh for the coming week. Plus if I leave it longer than a week my hair is more disrespectful than normal. By that I mean it is coated with product, harder to detangle and gets weighed down. This is the look I imagine I get from my hair.
So to avoid this look I do the following.
Texlaxed Hair Regimen
- Wash x1 per week
- Co-wash x1 per week
- Deep Condition x2 per week
- Moisturise and Seal Daily
- Light Protein Treatment x1 per week
- Medium Protein every 6 weeks
- Clarify Shampoo every 6 weeks
- Texlax (relax) every 12 weeks
Here is how I care for my texlaxed hair on wash day.
Step 1 – Pre-poo (pre-shampoo) – to prevent the breakage
First of all, I do a weekly light protein treatment because my hair is high porosity. Here is a great post on high porosity (Part 1 & Part 2) by Natural Haven, she taught me a lot about how to handle my hair from a scientific point of view. This means my strands are prone to having gaps and loose moisture easily. By me using protein weekly it fills the gaps, allowing me to #hairflip smooth, strong and detangled telaxed hair.
I mix 2 tbsp of Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor with 2 tsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO) and Grapeseed oil. I apply the conditioner to my hair dry and go under the steamer for 15 mins so that the product can penetrate my strands.
PRO TIP: Detangle and take out the shedded hair when applying the pre-poo at the same time.
Step 2 – Shampoo (scalp cleanse)
After I have rinsed out the pre-poo conditioner I squeeze the excess water out of my hair and cleanse my scalp. My go choices for a good shampoo are sulfate free, have good slip (the ability to eliminate tangles) and moisturising. TGIN Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo ticks all of those boxes which are why it is my Holy Grail. I am an avid reader of Christina’s blog posts and reviews so I felt my life was not complete without this shampoo sooooo I HAD to try it – it would be rude not too, right? check out her review you’ll see. On MANY occasions my inner product junkie has wanted to try other shampoos however I have stayed true despite regularly reading Christina’s reviews….. and drooling.
I squirt 3 shots of shampoo into a small bottle with water and apply the diluted shampoo to my scalp. Keeping my hair in halves, I use my finger pads to rub the shampoo on to my scalp allowing the rinse off to run down the rest of my strands. I only apply clarifying shampoo to my strands, therefore, every 6 weeks.
PRO TIP: Always wash your hair in sections. It makes the process so much easier to get to your scalp, concentrate on the application of the shampoo and prevents tangles.
Step 3 – Promote growth by using this Deep Condition method
This step is where my hair is the most disrespectful. It took me a while to find a deep conditioner that would penetrate and keep my hair hydrated. Introducing Hairveda Deep conditioner, it is packed with goodness my hair LOVES. It includes Castor oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Glycerin to mention but a few. My UK suppliers may not sell it for much longer so I will have to find an alternative and it literally puts the fear of God in me. Hopefully, I will find another supplier.
In my conditioner mix, I also add TGIN Honey Miracle Masque as it has Aloe Vera juice which means it will have a low natural PH. A low PH will help people with high porosity hair to retain moisture. Now on to the oils, I use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (prevents protein loss), Extra Virgin Olive Oil (moisturising), Avocado Oil (natural Protein), which are penetrating oils and soak into my hair. Then finally Wheatgerm Oil a ceramide oil to smooth my strands. Yes, this may seem like a lot.. but my hair does not do average. Hence the regular disrespect.
I put 2 tbsp of Hairveda Deep Conditioner and 1 tbsp of TGIN Honey Miracle Masque. 1 tsp of Extra Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado Oil and Wheatgerm Oil. I mix it up and apply from tip to root. Since the ends of my hair are the oldest it needs more product than the rest of my head.
PRO TIP: Use an old T-shirt to dry your hair at all times. While towels are great they can be rough and can cause breakage.
Step 4 – Apply Leave in’s
I have been trying out the Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Moisture Recovery Leave-in Curl Milk it all seems to be going well. It has good ingredients my hair loves – aqua(water), shea butter, glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol. It has good slip and it’s cheap. I’m here for that! A lot of my products lean on the natural side and from the USA so they tend to be more pricey due to import tax. I really wish shipping to the UK wasn’t as expensive – I’m looking into buying a big bottle of my deep conditioner and getting it shippe from the US.
The only negative I have with this leave-in is the smell, it is very odd almost chemical like. I can live with it if my hair is flourishing and so far so good.
I section my hair into halves and apply from tips to roots. As the ends of my hair are the oldest it needs more product than the rest of my head. At the roots, I apply in sections so that my new growth get a good amount of conditioner to keep it moist.
Step 5 – Enjoy smooth, detangled and strong texlaxed hair
This is the part were I air dry my hair. Yup you heard right. I do not blow dry my hair well not all the time. I have found that not using too much heat, and avoiding over manipulation helps me retain length. Let’s face it we want the hair to stay in our head, right?
To achieve smooth edges and roots, comb my hair back then tie a scarf around my edges and leave my hair to hang and dry.
There you have it. My wash day in a nutshell. It may seem extensive and to some, it is. Most of all, it is a routine that has been very successful the last 8 years. Hopefully, this can help others to achieve whatever hair goals they have. My advice on starting a hair journey is first figuring out your hair. I keep a hair journal (I am in the process of creating one for downloading) to note what products worked, and did not. What ingredients my hair loves. Even down to what order of products worked. Documenting helps to have a reference and a greater understanding of your hair. I have read a ton of blog posts, googled, and tested loads of products, that was a big help for me to understand what now works for me and why.
I have also uploaded a video below to see exactly what I do.
Will you try this wash day? Are you starting your healthy hair journey? Leave a comment below right now.
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This seems pretty straightforward and simple.. Great information Thanks for sharing
Thank you, I’m all about the simple life when doing my hair. 🙂
I would have thought by now I’d be better at beauty and fashion. I appreciate getting all the help I can get.
I know I’m always learning about everything in life. can’t escape it.
These are some great tips and so easy to follow, I have to admit I really need to give my hair a pep up and will have to try and follow some of your tips!
Great thorough information for those who have chemically relaxed hair. I wish I could do it but I’ve already bleach the absolute crap out of my hair, so unless I want to go bald its not really an option!
LOL i know how that feels. I relaxed before then coloured and i was still nervous.
Your hair is so gorgeous! My hair is just frizzy and unruly. I really need to do more with it, but normally I just toss it into a ponytail.
Thanks love. I put in a bun too. Sometimes it easier that way. Less stress.
This makes your hair so pretty. It is good that you know what to use for your hair.
Thank you. It’s taken a while to get here but i’m glad i finally know what works.
Whoa! Thats sounds effective. My hair are acting so weird since past few months. I am going to try your regimen!
Thanks love. It has worked wonders for me.
These are great tips. Thank you so much for this information. That is so helpful.
You’re welcome. Glad you liked.
This is really detailed, sage information. I love your step-by-step. You are a great teacher 😀 Seeing great, healthy and vibrant hair for all!
thank you. I love to pay it forward and share.
These are all such wonderful and helpful tips. I bet it would def help with my hair that has been everywhere lately LOL. It really makes your hair look great!
Glad you like it. 🙂
Such a great step by step post. Love taking care of my hair. It makes me feel so much alive when my hair is taken care of.
I totally understand, getting the result i want helps so much. THat keeps me alive.
Great tips! And that was a funny GIF of Samuel L Jackson reacting to your hair ..LOL
LOL yup.. I’m very visual and I think it’s true depiction lol.
I love these tips! My hair is so complicated to deal with. Thanks for sharing.
Youre welcome. I like to pay it forward.
Big props, man! So much work goes into textured hair! I know from watching my nieces!
Yea, it can be LONG process. For me I’m getting the desired results so i have good motivation.
Wow what a thorough and so helpful guide. It’s just amazing all the steps and process to maintain healthy hair.
Thanks lovely. It is a thorough process and i’ve got it to an art form now. It’s second nature.
Thank you for the tips. I admire your detail explanation.
Thank you my hair can misbehave and it’s how my head works so it’s easier that way lol. Plus i get the desired results.
I totally don’t have a hair regiment… and after reading this I think maybe I should?!
Not necessarily. Whatever works for you. My BFF doesn’t do what i do and her grows like water so your regimen is fine as long as you get what you want out of it then you’re good.
It is a challenge to maintain healthy hair. I went natural and still struggle with ensure that I am properly moisturizing my hair.
I had that difficulty. Once figured out what products my hair likes, and the porosity side of things it helped a lot. Like I can’t use too much protein and that’s a particular type’s lol. Keep an eye out I’ll be doing a post on how I moisturise etc might be helpful.
This looks like a fool-proof method! I usually just do the oil-shampoo-conditioner-serum method! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
I’ve never heard of the method, learn something new.
i think she means she applies an oil prepoo, then shampoo & conditions then ends with a serum maybe for strengthening.
yea, I think so too.
Great tips and product suggestions. I am looking for a new deep conditioner. I will try one of these, thanks!
Thanks, Lovely. If you’re in the States and have dry hair like me lol. I’d defo suggest the Hairveda. It’s worked wonders for me. (you just reminded i need to check out my suppliers)
I will definitely be changing my hair care regime and will be following your tips. Beautiful hair I’m
Coming for ya 🙂
Thanks love. I didn’t even see this lol.
Your regimen sounds great, my hair isn’t texlaxed but I do need to come up with a routine that I will stick to.
Thanks lovely. I get lots of tips from natural, and relaxed women. It has helped me so much. stay tuned.
I’m so happy to have found someone in the UK with a successful hair routine. thanks to our Lord. I’m new to relaxing my hair so far I have done it only once three months ago. so I’m just on time to learn from your hair care routine.. your hair looks very healthy. thank for sharing x
Ah you’re welcome lovely. I’ll be uploading some stuff in the next week. Glad i can help.
I love ur tips but problem is I’m in South Africa, some of the products I can’t find them, please help me out.
what do you mean by you can’t find them? The products i have mentioned are from Amazon mostly. They ship to south Africa from what i researched. If i am wrong could you explain please?
Thank you for sharing your tips. I am interested and knowing what of relaxer did you use to texlax your hair?
You’re welcome, love. I use ORS LYE relaxer and have been using it for years. My hair is pretty resistant so i end up leaving it on for about 35 mins… and i still have texture. Hope that helps.
how do you style it? Do you roller set and sit under a dryer for indirect heat? Or what? How often do you moisturizes and how do you keep your hair from revert when you moisturizes? What products do you use to moisturizes?
Hi Letha, sorry for the delay on this. and the long message approaching. I wear buns most days so air drying works well for me. The scarf smoothes my edges. I’m a bit lazy with moisturising, my advise is daily. if you find that is too much monitor your hair, see how long it holds moisture and keep it moist. Don’t let it get DRY then try adding moisture again. WHen it drys it’s harder to get back to right moisture level for your hair. I’m not too fussed about reverting but also I use a scarf at night after moisturising it helps to smooth my hair back down and stretch it too. My fav moisture products are As I am So much moisture and taliah Waajid protective mist. I seal with a mix of EVOO (moisture, Grapeseed oil (low PH and moisture) and Sunflower (organic) Moisture.