No worries...Bill has since decided not to "ban the remy"...lol!!! There is a new process being used now and it appears to be working like a charm. Since my first order was not remy, every order since then has been remy. I won't order anything else.
As long as you are ordering the double knots for your next order, that will help immensely, but for now, here are some suggestions:
Definitely use the TDI knot sealer, but instead of using it lightly, I recommend 3-4 coats and let it dry in between coats. I do this with every de/re.
Continue your safe practice of not getting the shampoo or conditioner on the knots, that is very helpful. After all, we don't need to scrub since there aren't any "roots" to clean or condition.
Try the pureology nanoworks that I recommended. I promise, it's the best EVER!!! Yes, it's rather expensive, I buy on ebay...but the huge bottles last 6-8 months. For $120.00 it's well worth it. It would last a lot longer if my family didn't use it too!!! Maybe I should hide it?
Hiya, long time no see! You are ON THE MONEY about the bleach / ammonia bath! This is something I do whenever my unit loses that silky, shiny, look. It isn't necessary often, but MAN what a difference it makes. I will offer one additional tip regarding this process. I try not to soak the base/knots in the solution, instead, I hold the base slightly above the solution and brush thru it gently from ends to base. After the bleach, i rinse it REALLY WELL, and then repeat the process with the ammonia. I measure the exact amount of bleach and ammonia and you are right, it's much less than I use in laundry.
The bleach /ammonia bath is my favorite of all. It really is a unit-saver and I rely on it to keep my hair looking gorgeous!
Curly, give these a try and keep track of what you believe works for you. I believe that you will find I have a lot of t-shirts that say, "been there- done that!" Hope we can save you from going thru the same things we had to do!
Let us know if it works!
p.s. still haven't found the time to get to philly...it's soccer and cross country season and each week we've been consumed with games and meets! Soon, I promise!
Not born with hair, but I've got
the intelligence to find it,
the money to pay for it,
the patience to "stick" it on just right,
the will to make it work,
the confidence to wear it boldly
and the smile to wear under it!