I have made some tweaks to my regimen for 2015 based on the various growth challenges that I will be participating in. As this is my 3rd year of my journey – I am keen on getting maximum length retention! and I am aiming to reach BSL by the end of 2015. This is the regimen that I will follow. I am willing to be flexible with it but I will keep the basics of good hair practices on going.
Time between relaxers: 14-16 weeks
Week 0: Relax my hair, flat iron and length check
Week 1-2: Keep my hair out, but protecting my ends (buns, updos etc.)
Week 2: Protective Style 1 (braids, wig, weave)
Week 7: Undo protective style [in the 2 weeks, do a heavy protein treatment & use a clarifying shampoo]
Week 9: Protective Style 2 (braids, wig, weave)
Week 14: Undo protective style [in the 2 weeks, do a heavy protein treatment & use a clarifying shampoo]
Week 16: Relax
My new regimen is very protective style intense. I plan to have my hair protective styled for 10 weeks in between my stretches. I think this gives me a good balance between wearing my hair out and having it hidden.
So the regimen I will follow this year will be from the #GrowthChallenge2015 by the Phro Group. It is basically more or less what I have been doing but it includes hot oil treatments and the challenges focus on using oils like castor oil and coconut oil.