8 weeks post. So today I washed my hair after I came home from the gym – it was filthy because it was greasy and full of sweat and probably a lot of make-up from my fringe (bangs) from yesterday. So I washed with my sulphate free bottle of Cream of Nature (CON) and I think my hair really likes that shampoo because it made my hair feel better as it was feeling gummy and the strands of breakage had started. I then deep conditioned under the hooded dryer for about ten minutes.
Now because I have been thinking lately that I should really be using a leave in conditioner rather than just blow drying my bare hair, I took the Hawaiian Silky leave in conditioner in the orange and purple bottle and began rubbing in a few squirts in to my hair after I had rinsed out the Affirm conditioner. Once I finished I began combing it through with my jilbere. I immediately notice that my hair went from being completely ‘breakage-free’ to straight out breaking after I applied the leave in con. Every bit of hair I combed had strands coming out. Straight away I was like hell no – I am not blow drying my hair in this state because it will literally all come out. So I went straight back to the bathroom and rinsed off the leave-in I even re-shampooed, then rubbed in the Affirm 5 in 1 conditioner again. Rinsed it out and my hair was fine again.
It was literally like my hair had a tantrum like a 3 month old baby screaming and bawling when a stranger tries to hold it and then as soon as the stranger returned to its mother it calms and stops crying. So bottom line? I am not going bother worrying about applying a leave-in conditioner, no point fixing what’s not broken – I’m going continue as is with just affirm 5 in 1 and then my keracare moisturiser after blow drying. It was a very insightful lesson.
The funny thing is before I discovered affirm 5 in 1 I used to think that’s just how my hair was. I didn’t know how to stop my hair from coming out my head like that, I thought it had to do with me being relaxed. Which is why I was so frustrated with my natural hair for doing the same thing. I think I actually could have stayed natural if I had figured out a way to keep it under control.
Nonetheless I am keen to know which ingredient it was in the leave-in that upset my hair. Was it the mineral oil? The cones or was it the porosity? Or could it just be the fact that my hair doesn’t like being moisturised when wet? I would be interested to know what caused it so I can avoid whatever it is. Either way I am just so glad that I have discovered affirm 5 in 1 because I feel like this product can literally nip a setback in the bud! I feel blessed to have found it.
On a positive my blow dry was great for 8 weeks post hair –my hair was still ‘blow dryable’ and the hair that I did lose from the blow dry was not an alarming amount given that I am 8 weeks post and have not properly detangled from root to tip for a week and a half. So to answer my own question that I posted up thread: ‘Is the affirm amazing enough to strengthen my hair when I have a lot of regrowth – yes! It’s definitely a keeper – I feel like my hair is normal now. Life is so much better when you have your breakage under control…