Hip Length Relaxed Hair And The Regimen That Created It

Hip length hairI don’t know if any of you relaxed ladies also follow the Relaxed Hair Health blog. If you do, you will already have seen the interview that Nadege did with Miss “HairRoots”. I thought I’d heard of all the long haired chicas out there but Miss “HairRoots” must have passed me by because I wasn’t aware of her until I saw the interview.

I think I’ve written before about how so many ladies are in the ‘stuck at BSL’ brigade. Not to rain on anyone’s parade, BSL is without a doubt ‘long hair’ by anyone’s  standards but it usually takes something extra special to get to waist length and beyond.

Here are the main points that I picked up as main reasons for Miss Roots’ success in growing her hair to hip length.

1. She does epic stretches, her most recent one was 24 weeks! It seems that no matter how careful you are, 8 weeks between relaxers is just not long enough to give you the same length retention that stretching gives.

2. She has recently started texlaxing her hair by adding oils to the relaxer before processing. No big secret there then, Jeni from Just Grow Already is also ‘transitioning’ to texlaxed hair. With texlaxed hair you get more thickness and because of the stronger hair, you are also getting added length.

3. She takes vitamins and water daily. Vitamins of course increase the growth phase of your hair. Longer growth phase = longer hair.

4. She doesn’t claim that one individual product has been responsible for her success. Nope, in fact she’s a self confessed product junkie. Her success is clearly in her regimen rather than in her products. She does confess a love for Jamaican Black Castor Oil however.

5. She moisturizes and seals her hair daily regardless of how tired she is.

6. She wears the same style week in week out (100% braid outs) but just over half way through her stretch, she switches to protective styles, mostly buns. Here is her take on protective styles:

Protective styles would be ideal to minimize breakage, so don’t try to be extra cute during the retention of length phase.

Great advice for those of you with itchy fingers right!

7. She does not use heat at all, no flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers. Nada. The only heat she gets is from her steamer or heating cap

8. She self relaxes using Design Essentials time release relaxer which means that she doesn’t have to worry about over-processing her hair.

9. She deep conditions weekly and sits under the dryer for an hour each time. She also clarifies monthly.

10. She keeps manipulation down to a minimum by detangling 1-2 times per week, no combing every day here!

One thing that strikes me is that she was at BSL for so long even though she has 3c type hair (which people assume grows long easier). I would also have liked to know if/how she gets extra protein into her regimen, aside from her conditioners which seem to have some protein in them anyway.

Ok ladies, hop on over to the RelaxedHairHealth blog to read the interview in it’s entirety.



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About Alma

Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.

  • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

    Bwahahaha, I wish I was stuck at the BSL brigade, I can’t get out of Lost in APL land! lol! I loved this feature, inspired me to go without direct heat for all of 2013. I’m going to try!!!! lol

    • http://twitter.com/CKAlibocas Candice Alibocas

      You should soooo do that as a challenge on ur blog Ebony, I really want to perfect roller setting but I must admit, as much as my hair looks a hot mess after air drying I would take that over the extra hours it takes to roller set and dry. Who knows, maybe a year of air drying will help me master the art of air drying.

  • Nadia

    I loved this interview too. I understand what she means that you shouldn’t aim for aesthetic beauty while growing your hair out. Styling involves manipulation which means breakage. I’m on my 3rd week of wiggin now and getting pretty bored of the same old style but I just remind myself that it’s a means to an end. If I wore a bun, I KNOW I would just be tempted to try and style it out to much. ha ha ha

  • frann

    i want to do braid outs on my relaxed hair for length retention but with braid outs your ends are not protected doesn’t it defeat the purpose for length retention?i will also need to re braid the hair every night isn’t it too much manipulation?

    • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/ Alma

      Braid/twist outs are low manipulation styles, not protective styles! Also, they are only low manipulation if you are not rebraiding nightly (pineapple-ing is best). In my experience, relaxed hair tends to lose curly pretty quickly so the braid out may not look great after the first day. I would suggest a braid out which you can wear down on the first day then bun it for the remainder of the week.

      • Sophia Dan-braimah

        pls my hair is relaxed can i do a texlaxed from now on wards and what kind of oil do u put in the relaxers and wat quantity?

        • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/ Alma

          Hi Sophia, it all depends on your hair which is why a strand test is important before you even think of applying relaxer to your entire head. Please watch this video on how this youtuber does her texlax. Like she says, she has learned to master her hair and her process is what works for her. You will find that what works for you will become clearer as your journey goes on. Anyway, here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t1XhT2tkOI