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    Posted: Oct 02 2006 at 10:10pm
I'm trying to stetch my relaxer, but my hair is getting so puffy and my kitchen area is thick and hard. I shampoo weekly and did my first co-wash today. I really want to stretch 3 more weeks (that will be week 8). How often do you all relax? Can anyone recommend products that have worked with this type of hair? Thanks.
 
Also, if you airdry...how do you wear your hair daily? Once I airdry my hair, it shrinks and looks dry.
 
I'm currently using Keracare oil moisturizer w/ jojoba and Keracare essential oils.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 03 2006 at 2:10pm
I relax usually every 6-8 weeks.

When I was stretching I would usually keep it in cornrows.  A lot of BHM folks say that S-Curl is good for stretching.  I don't know, I've never tried it.

I airdry.  Make sure you use a good leave-in conditioner and moisturize.  Then you could do a roller set and it shouldn't look dry.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 03 2006 at 7:10pm
^^Thanks! I'm going for 8 weeks. Pray for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 08 2006 at 1:11am
I have 3c/4a(barely) and I'm able to stretch my relaxer 8 weeks so far at the max. My hair is fine textured and I try to prevent as much breakage as possible by not waiting over 8 weeks. I started stretching it over the summer, but not purposely. I was taking classes and wasn't able to make it home for my usual 5-6 week relaxer so I had to stretch it. I found that my hair grew more and was healthier. However, I do have to say I had a really really good bone straight relaxer before hand. My hair tends to still be straight weeks after my relaxer, even with new growth, so that allows me to get away with stretching it. Now, I refuse to get a relaxer before 8 weeks. I'm not sure when I will start stretching it past 8 weeks, I guess when ever I feel my hair can handle it and me too!    
    

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 09 2006 at 2:50pm
I'm 4a and I relax every 8 weeks at the least.  My mom is 4a and she only relaxes three times a year.  Roller sets are her best friend.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 12 2006 at 7:24am
I have 4a  hair and I have been stretching my relaxers every 5-6 months. I did not lose a lot of hair, but moisture is the ticket to success. It can be done. Yes, I did get poofy, but a little s-curl fixed that right up.  It also has other benefits as well such as I did not brush nearly as often as when my relaxer is fresh and I hardly combed, just finger comb or combed every other day and I did not look jacked up. When I went to relax I had enough hair growth that I was able not to overlap and I saw so much growth and improvement. STTTTTRREEEETTTCCHHHHH it !Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 24 2006 at 10:47pm
Hi Blackblonde girl,  I am a newbie here and I wanted to know what does your glycerine mix consists of.  ThanksSmile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 24 2006 at 11:00pm
When I was relaxed I would relax about 3 to 4 times a year.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 28 2006 at 4:51pm
10-12 weeks
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 29 2006 at 2:23pm
I usually retouch every 8 weeks.  Sometimes I've stretched it to 10-12 weeks but that lead to extra shedding so I try to stick to 8 weeks max.
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