Hair Regimen


Hair Length

This collage shows my hair growth progress from August 2010 to June 2014. I started with very damaged and uneven relaxed neck length hair and cut my hair throughout to improve the condition of my hair. I rarely do 'length checks' now as I transitioned to texlaxed and then natural hair. I've been cutting my hair a lot since. When I'm done with my scissor-happy ways I'll be back to doing length checks again!


Styling

I wear my hair in buns, ponytails or two braids 80% of the time as they're easy and low maintenance. 
At night I wear my hair in a low loose bun or a high ponytail (pineapple) when I want to preserve my curls. I try to use a scarf but usually just sleep on a satin pillowcase.


Wash Day

 I wash my hair every 3-7 days. I have a video of my wash day routine here

Hot Oil Treatment: Warmed natural Coconut Oil
Shampoo: KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo
Co-wash: TRESemmé Vibrant Naturals Nourish & Replenish Conditioner

I deep condition once a week, rotating what I have and airdry 80% of the time.
If I don't airdry I blowdry using the cool or low heat setting.

Relaxing / Texlaxing

I now no longer relax my hair and my last relaxer/texlaxer was on 28th November 2014 (19 weeks post). I previously relaxed my own hair with ORS Olive Oil Lye relaxer.
I used to relax roughly every 20 weeks. In 2015 I decided I would wait a full year before relaxing again to reduce how often I rely on chemicals but eventually decided not to relax my hair again.
How I relaxed/texlaxed my hair can be found here
Want to know what my texlaxed hair looked like? See this post

Henna

I started using henna in January 2012, apply it to the whole of my hair. I prefer to do henna glosses now (henna mixed with conditioner) or only touch up my roots. I use Sojat henna every 2-4 months. When I was relaxed I would use henna the week after my relaxer, or several weeks before I planned to relax (so the relaxer 'takes'). Have a question about henna? Check out this page. I have videos on my henna mix and application here and here.


Page last updated 11/06/2016

35 comments:

  1. girrrl your hair is BEAUTIFUL!! xxx

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  2. Hi Lesley! I was wondering if you could do a youtube video on how you henna/ henna gloss your hair pretty please? thank you so much ^_^

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    1. Hi Phoebe, when I'm able to film YouTube videos again I will be doing one on how I use henna :) x

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  3. Absolutely beautiful hair (and very pretty too!!) I have just found your page and will be reading all your blogs on how too do my hair PROPERLY!!!!! Thanks! :)

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    1. Awww thank you, that's really sweet of you x

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  4. hi! im glad i found your blog. nice hair. how often do you comb your hair?

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    1. Hi GG, I usually just detangle with my fingers throughout the week, using a comb if I feel it's necessary. I mostly reserve combing for wash day x

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  5. Can you let me know what protective styles you used in the very beginning? My hair is at about the same length as yours was when you started your journey and I'm trying to decide if getting a weave (which really wouldnt work well with my workout life style) would be a good way to get started.
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi, I've always used buns/ponytails even when my hair was quite short. I have a post on how I styled my short hair here:
      freshlengths.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/styling-short-relaxed-hair.html
      I often used to clip my ends up out of the way when there wasn't enough to make into a bun x

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  6. love the site and the content learned a lot thanks

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  7. heyyyyy! Your website has given me so much inspiration. I think texlaxing would be ideal for me. but i had a question i hoped you could help with. I relax at home and always have (using ORS regular strength). I've found that i process VERY quickly. By the time i get to the front, the back is almost bone straight. I haven't relaxed my hair for about 8 monthss with the help of braids and weaves occasionally, but I have no idea how to OVER process (past texlaxing of course) my hair . Do you have any suggestions?

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    1. Hi Celena, thank you for commenting. Do you want to texlax your hair? If so there are a couple of things you can do to slow the relaxer process down listed in my post on texlaxing here:
      http://freshlengths.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/what-is-texlaxing.html

      You can also try relaxing in two halves so the back doesn't over process by the time you get to the front x

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  8. Hey Lesley,
    At the beginning of your journey, did you get your hair trimmed before starting in August or you trimmed after getting a relaxer in December when you had gained some length.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Hi Ella, at the beginning of my hair journey I was really reluctant to cut my hair so I trimmed very little. My hair was very uneven and short so I gradually cut my hair each relaxer to even it out. If you're hair is really damaged it's good to start fresh and cut all the damage out but I decided against it as my hair was short x

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  9. Hi Leslie. Your hair is mesmerizing! I was natural for 4 years but in search of looser more manageable texture like yours I decided to tex lax. My hair did not respond very well, I experience severe breakage..I think it was due to the combo of color, then the texlax, and dryness. Its been 6 months and my hair is growing back but I am torn on whether to big chop or try to hold out. I am getting bad knots, do you have trouble with knot/. I would appreciate any suggestions you can offer.

    Thank you for all that you have shared!

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    1. Hi Raggeria. I've been experiencing more single strand knots since I started texlaxing my hair. Keeping my hair moisturised and dentagled seems to prevent too many knots occuring x

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  10. Hi Lesley, what is your natural hair type (as in 3c, 4a, …). I really like how your texlaxed hair is looking, and was wondering how mine could possibly look like. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Annabel, I'm not sure exactly, but if I had to guess I think it's mostly 3c, though some areas look like 4a x

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  11. Hi, I like your blog, hair and regimen. Help my hair is really breaking. Each time I comb so many strands fall off. what products do you recommend. My hair is relaxed and 4a/4b. Currently the crown of my head is sensitive and hurts

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    1. Hi it's hard to diagnose a problem without knowing much about your hair. What is your routine like? Could it be how you're handling your hair which is causing problems, or maybe is it too much heat or chemicals? Not enough moisture? x

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  12. Hi I was wondering do you blow dry your hair after you wash every week or do you air dry? If you do air dry how do you do it.

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    1. Hi, I air dry most of the time and only very occasionally blowdry. I have a video on how I air dry on my YouTube channel here
      https://youtu.be/2lsKo8i6VPY
      x

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  13. You look like a proffessional model..im also reluctant to cut my relaxed hair so il be trimming bit by bit i got texlaxed this wknd although it feels like its gona be ages until my hair gets really long t sucks....love yo hair by th wae

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    1. Sorry for the late reply but thank you! Your hair will be long before you know it x

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  14. Hello! I was wondering if you can help me with tips and advice one how to start one my hair journey. I'm trying to grow out my hair , but I don't know what products to use and I tend to be active so I sweat a lot Also, I have dead ends but I don't know where to start.

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    1. Hi Kayla, you'll need lots of moisturising products - so a gentle shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, natural oils and a hair moisturiser. If you're sweating a lot this can dry your hair out and make it brittle so ensure you wash your hair regularly x

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  15. Hi.. I love your relaxed hair. My problem is that, my ends fall out easily without any effort at all. They are mostly fizzy and unhealthy looking. I cut a big junk about 8 months ago, yet there hasn't been any improvement. My relaxed hair is thick but amazingly my ends are very light. Could you suggest help please?

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    1. Hey. If you're ends are breaking off you may have an imbalance of protein or moisture. You need to figure out what's causing your breakage and adjust your hair routine to suit. If your ends are really frizzy they probably need another trim x

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