Monday, July 21

Listening to My Hair

Guess who's back in twists??
 
You guessed it, Me! haha.

Okay, so I have been wearing my hair out for a little over a month now and I felt like it needed a break.
Last week, I wore my hair in a different style every single day. Because I get bored easily, I needed that kind of change. In my mind it ended up being a little too much manipulation so it was time to do a protective style for a week or 2.  My hair also felt a little dry and twists retain a lot more moisture than my loose hair.

Weekend Hair

Monday, July 14

Shrinkage and Minimizing Tangles



I personally don't like the stretched hair look(on myself). I tend to wear my hair in it's shrunken state and have learned a few ways to minimize tangles.

1.) Remove Shed Hair Often- Shed hair causes tangles so I try to get rid of them daily. I typically do so at night when I'm setting my hair. I just gently finger comb and pull out any shed hair I see/feel. My hair is typically well moisturized while doing this to avoid any breakage.

Monday, July 7

So Far, So Good

As you (may) know, I have decided to wear my hair loose for the Summer. Because I primarily wore my hair in twists/braids for the last three years, I was afraid I would experience breakage or spend too much time on my hair in the AM. Neither of those issues have came up.
I do the L.O.C moisturizing method(Water/AVJ, Shea-butter mix or Coconut Oil, Shea Moisture CES) about twice a week and my hair stays very moisturized. At night, I either put my hair in 6 bantu-knots or 6 twists to keep it semi-stretched. In the morning, if I need to, I will lightly moisturize and seal.  It is actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. I spend 10-15 minutes total(AM &PM) on my hair daily.

My hair styling is simple. Here are a few ways I have been wearing it. Hopefully, with time, I will become more creative when it comes to styling loose hair.


 

Thursday, June 26

Summer Hair Regimen and Challenges

 Not much is changing for my Summer hair care, but I thought I would still document for future reference. So in case y'all are wondering, here is my Summer hair regimen.

Weekly

  • Deep condition on dry hair overnight- Currently using Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque and Olive Oil
  • Shampoo(in twists)- Using Shea Moisture- Moisture Retention Shampoo
  • Add Leave-ins(take the twists out)- AVJ Mix and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Seal with Coconut Oil
  • Finger detangle
  • Braid, twist or band when air-drying

Wednesday, June 25

Then and Now- Shrunken Fro Comparison

My hair DOES NOT grow the "average" 1/2" per month, but I'm still glad to see that It grows. As you can see it isn't that MUCH of a difference, but hey progress is progress.
I plan to wear my hair loose(aka no protective styles) for the remainder of the summer. I hope that I still see progress and that I don't have any set-backs. So far, I haven't had any issues. I'm enjoying my hair and I guess that's what matters most.
 
 
This is my shrunken fro back in October 2013


Thursday, June 19

Late to the Party- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie


I just want to sing this product praises! My hair has never felt so soft yet not greasy in so long.
Y'all know that I religiously used my AVJ mix/Shea-Butter as a moisturizer/sealant, but I started getting really tired of the Shea-butter smell. I tried putting different essential oils such as lemon, lavender or orange oil to mask the scent, but I wasn't feeling it. So, I wanted to try something different. I also felt like my hair could be a little softer. Well, last week I took advantage of CVS's BOGO sale on Shea-Moisture products. On Sunday, I purchased the Curl Enhancing Smoothie and the Deep Treatment Masque. Both worked wonders on my hair, but I particularly loved how the Curl Enhancing Smoothie felt(on my hair) and smelled. I went out later that week(on Saturday) and purchased another jar of the Curl Enhancing Smoothie and the shampoo. I hope I have enough to last until the next BOGO sale comes around because my hair feels and smells fabulous!  As for "enhancing curls", I didn't buy it for that, so I can't speak much on it.
The only draw-back is that it didn't give me much hold when doing a braid-out. My hair went right back to it's original texture, but I'm fine with that.. I was seriously sleeping on this product! But it's better late than never, right?


IngredientsDeionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silk Protein, Ammonium Salt, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil,

Original Cost at CVS and Walgreens: $13:49