Monthly Archives: December 2009

Closing out 2009…

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Okay so here’s how I’ve been wearing my hair for the past 10 days or so. It’s flat twists in the back (can you tell I’m really digging flat twists?) and some hair out in the front.  Basically I just took some pretty decent sized sections of hair, used Afroveda Loc Twists and Roll Butter, and did bantu knots.  I took them out in the morning and didn’t touch it again until it was time to wash.  I used my satin cap to keep the style fresh. I also added a really cute accessory I’ve been DYING to wear for a while.  I didn’t end up wearing it to work, but just put it in my hair to take the pics…

And that’s it… I started twisting my hair yesterday at around noon and got about halfway through before going to bed at around 11.  I finished up this morning and was done before noon.  Again it’s hard to tell how many hours it took me because I did take breaks and of course slept.  But it’s done.  Not my best work, but it will do.  I tried new hair instead of going with my old standby and I regret it, but I made it work. I also decided to do them shorter this time which definitely cut down on the time I spent doing them.

 

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Hair Pics!

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Okay so here they are.. this weeks epic hairstyles.  Well.. some epic.. some not so much.

Tuesday I took out the flat twists I had in and created this funky style which was also good for second day hair for the holiday party the next day.  It was SUPER soft and LUSH.  I wanted to eat my hair.  🙂

When I got home from the party on Wednesday night my scalp was on FIRE!  ITCHY as HELL, so I had to wash.  It wasn’t completely dry by morning, so up it went into a puff. I HATE puffs. This one was no exception.  Its funny how the way your hair looks, or the way you THINK it looks can totally change the way you feel about yourself.

I washed AGAIN that night because my hair was a tangled mess and I had NO idea what to do with it that morning, so into a ponytail it went.  I was actually shocked that I could pull it into a ponytail.  It wasn’t tightly pulled either, just a little ol ponytail with a crazy ass bang that made me look and feel like I was back in junior high.

So the next day I jazzed it up a bit.  I saw a tutorial on youtube for this style and although her hair was a bit longer than mine I decided to give it a go anyway and this is the result.  Not too bad, right?

Then on Friday I created this little do, a variation of the world famous updo.  It LOOKS good but felt kinda dry and again.. my scalp.. tres itchy.  I couldn’t WAIT to get home and pre-poo my hair…

And that’s that. On Friday night I pre-pooed with olive oil and shea butter, sat with the heating cap for a while, and slept with it overnight.  Then co-washed with TJ’s Nourish Spa, did an AOHSR/DevaCurl One C DC and the hair is now twisted and drying with One C, OHHB and AOHC, this time paying special attention to the roots and scalp.  So I guess of course that means more updates to come…

My Current Washing Routine

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I’ve tried different washing routines over the course of the last two months, and I’ve found something that works well for me, isn’t too time consuming and gives me the best results SO FAR. My goal as my hair gets longer is to wash my hair in more than two sections and in twists so the detangling process is easier, and quicker.

So here we go.

Step 1 – I part my hair from front to back so I have two sections. I secure both sections with bands, the rubber black ouchless ones, not the ones with the metal.

Step 2 – Wash hair with whatever the heck it is I’m washing it with. I free up one section and work on that, wash, rinse, secure, then free up the other section and do the same.

Step 3 – Condish also in the same way, release one section, add conditioner, release the other section and do the same. I do release the sections while sitting under the heating cap, meaning the sections aren’t banded, that way the conditioner can penetrate each strand.

Step 4 – Detangle. At this point the sections don’t really matter much. I just grab a section of hair, add more condish for slip and detangle with the denman. How large or small sections I grab depends on what style I’d like to do once my hair dries. And how long I want this whole process to take. Once I’m done with a section, I twist it and move on. When I’m done I have a whole head of detangled twists.

Step 5 – Rinse WITH the twists in. I don’t take them out, just put my head under the stream of water and rinse them just like that. I make sure my hair isn’t white, and I do make an effort to wash all of it out, but if I leave some in I’m okay with that. I don’t make an effort to squeeze the twists or whatever to squeeze out the condish. Leaving some in is fine.

Step 6 – Dry. I usually just shake my head like a dog in the shower to get rid of excess water, then step out and wrap my head in a t-shirt for about 10 minutes. I am thinking next time I’ll use a towel because it’s a bit more absorbent.  The goal here it to have damp, not wet hair, as I apply my leave in and moisture.  Otherwise it will take forever to dry.

Step 7 – Unravel each twist, add leave in (currently DevaCurl One C) and moisture (currently Qhemet’s AOHC and OHHB) and re-twist.  It’s usually a pretty quick process since they are already detangled.  I don’t know how people detangle with their leave in.. I MUST detangle after a DC otherwise my hair is NOT happy.

And that’s about it.  I just wait for them to dry, then style.  This is usually the process that I do.  I would imagine it would be roughly the same if I was gonna do a roller set or something like that, except that instead of twisting, I’d just add leave in moisture and some kind of styling products and roll up my hair… which I might try this weekend since I have more free time and it’s gonna be snowing anyway.

And I didn’t forget, pics of this weeks hairstyles are coming!

Hair Hibernation and Itchy Scalp. :(

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Okay.

So.

It’s getting cold. And I’m getting tired of messing with this hair every day. I’ve managed to make it look presentable this week and I can put it in a ponytail which was a nice surprise (pics coming!), but it’s hard to think of styles that I can wear a hat with and not have to fluff or pull or tug at my hair once I take the hat off when I get to work.

Soooo…

Once again I’m thinking about putting kinky twists in my hair for the winter. The plan is to twist it up the week after Christmas sometime, and keep the twists in my hair for three months; hibernate the hair until April 1st. THINKING about it.

Let’s do a list of pros and cons shall we?

Pros

1. My hair will get a rest. I’ve been having issues with breakage and although I THINK I’ve solved the problem with more protein treatments, I still feel like maybe my hair is telling me that it might need a break, a rest for a while. I’ve had my hair out since mid-October, so that’s 2 months. Not a huge amount of time, but still pretty long I think, especially since initially I had no idea what I was doing and put my hair through alot in those first few weeks. A good portion of the time though, I did have fun figuring out what works for my hair and what doesn’t, but I think my hair is telling me that I’m perhaps manipulating too much in the experimentation process and that it may need a break from my hands all up in it. (and I’m so amused that I’m actually referring to my hair as “it” like it’s alive and has it’s own personality, likes and dislikes. Which I guess is true!)

2. I will get a rest. ME. It’s been a rough few months for me, and putting twists in my hair will free me up for a few months to not have to think about or do my hair for a while. Not only does my hair need a break but I do too! Putting the twists in will also allow me to start focusing more on getting a workout routine and schedule going again since I’ll be able to work out and sweat my ass off and not have to worry about sweating out my hair or having to wash/deep condition/detangle/twist/style weekly bla bla bla.

3. Growth. I got a really good amount of growth having my hair in the kinky twists earlier this year. I know that that was over a span of 10 months, and I am not expecting to have that kind of growth in only three months, but I am sure that the growth will be faster with my hair in twists than it will be with my hair loose.

4. School. School’s going to begin again in January and although I’m on the fence on whether or not I’m taking one class or two, after the stressful semester I just finished up, the last thing I want to be worried about going into another semester is my hair, regardless of how many classes I’ll be taking.

Cons

1. I just bought all this great hair stuff I wanna use and if I put my hair in twists it will all just sit there until April! UGH!

In the past few months I’ve bought creams and butters and pomades and oils and conditioners galore and am YAY!! about using them, but if I kinky twist my hair the only things I’ll really need for the next three months are some diluted Dr. Bronners soap and some kind of spray to keep the twists and my hair moisturized. So all of those lovely Qhemet products and my new HG Condish, my beloved DevaCurl One C in the big bottle with the pump, and my Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Condish and my Afroveda Loc Twist and Roll Butter and my henna and my brand new red Denman detanging brush will just be hanging out in the linen closet for three months. Taunting me. Teasing me.

At this point I can’t really think of any other cons except that I might miss my hair. And maybe that it takes so long to put twists in. (Yes, I do them myself. Check out some of my previous blog posts). But I have a week off and I have no other real plans except for some visits with friends and cleaning my much neglected apartment and and giving my body and mind a rest after the emotional rollercoaster of the past few months, so the time commitment isn’t even really an issue.

So I guess I’ve decided. **sigh**

I’d LOVE to use a different kind of synthetic hair this time around, but I’m not sure where to go to get it. I’ll probably check out some of the hair supply stores in Harlem and see what kind of hair they have to offer. If not I’ll go back to the beauty supply behind the Manhattan Mall and pick up the hair that I used for my last few sets of twists. It’s good hair honestly. Just looking for something different.

Now…

Onto another issue. This week my scalp has been ITCHYYYYYYYY!!!! And as usual with this kind of thing I have no idea why. Let’s see if we can narrow this down.

Last weekend I did shampoo/manipulate my scalp and hair a good amount with the washing every other day, or whatever it was I thought I was doing! I also used real shampoo and not a co-wash or a lo-poo like I normally do, so that could be the culprit. Also I’ve noticed that when I am adding product to my hair after detangling and rinsing out the condish that I tend to focus on the part of my hair that are the furthest away from my scalp, because I’m like completely afraid of split ends and breakage (which I seem to be getting anyway) and hardly give the scalp any love or product at all.

When I had locs I never oiled/greased my scalp and it was never dry or flaky or itchy. there was always one section of my head that was itchy more often than any other part, and it’s something that’s always been, even when I had a relaxer. I can’t really call it the crown of my head because it’s not that high it’s really like directly in the middle of my head. The hair in that section has always been slow to grow, and very prone to breakage. It also has a very funny texture and always seems to be drier than the rest of my hair. I always take special care and attention with it and it still manages to be difficult and uncooperative with me.

I also did the Aphogee last weekend, but I am pretty positive that’s not the cause of my dry scalp. I want to say it has to do with the shampoo, the extra manipulating last weekend, and just scalp neglect on my part. Bad bad bad me.

Sorry. Rambling. Anyway, so yeah. My scalp is dry and itchy and my hair need to be washed, but I can’t do it until the weekend. I’m thinking about doing a pre-poo with some olive oil and some heat on Friday night, just to get some oils onto my hair and scalp overnight, a lo-poo and of course a deep conditioner. I’m gonna head over to Whole Foods tomorrow and pick up some of this…

Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner. The breakage I’ve been having tells me I might need to add protein into some of the products that I use and this seems like a good way to start out with a light protein and see if it’s okay for my hair. The Aphogee went well, so I’m looking for something I can use weekly and see if it will further stop the breakage. I already have to other conditioners from the AO line and love them. So I’m gonna give this one a shot.

Next post I’ll detail my washing routine and review my new Denman brush.

Holiday Party Hair, Dealing with Breakage and Finding my HG Condish (for now..)

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I have GOT to get better at putting up links.  I’ll try.  Really.  I will.

Okay, so here are some pics of my hair for my company’s holiday party on Wednesday.  All I did was take out the flat twists in the pics in the previous post and put my hair up in the world famous updo.  This is actually the second day of the updo.  It was raining and humid outside so my hair poofed up but it actually made my hair look fuller and bigger so I was okay with it.

So I’ve been in a bit of a struggle with my hair in the past few days.  I had to wash it on Wednesday night because my scalp was itching like MAD after not being washed for almost two weeks.  But mid week washing is  a bad idea and I went to work on Thursday with the ugliest puff ever.  😦  I hate puffs.  I co-washed again Thursday night because I tried to style my hair for the next day but it was just tangled, unhappy and full of product.  So I washed, but didn’t have time to do a DC.  I lost ALOT of hair in the shower.  Very scary.  I’m not sure if it’s stress or a protein moisture balance issue or what.  So I decided to try some things and see if I can figure out why my hair is breaking so much.

No henna this month.  I realized that henna released my curl pattern a bit which is great, but I’m wondering if all that stretching has made my hair weaker in the process.  My hair is already SUPER fine, so I’m thinking that this may be the culprit.  Kinda sucks that I came to this conclusion AFTER buying more henna from the henna for hair website.  I’m sure I’ll use it eventually or sell it if I decide not to use it anymore.

Shampoo- I can’t remember the last time I actually used at honest to goodness SHAMPOO in my hair.  I’ve usually lo-pooed or co-washed. So this morning I decided to totally strip my hair of everything and start again.  So I washed with TJ’s Nourish Spa shampoo, (No cones or sulfates, but still a shampoo), did an Aphogee Two-Step and a DevaCurl One C/Aubrey Organics HoneySuckle Rose/olive oil DC.  Right now it’s twisted with a bit of One C, Amla and Olive Heavy Cream and some Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm.  Tomorrow it will probably go up in the world famous updo.  If I have time Tuesday night I’ll probably do some flat twists and leave those in for the rest of the week.  And I probably WILL have time since I’ll finally be done with classes for the semester.  🙂

I was considering using my Afroveda products this time around, but decided to stick with Qhemet because I like the soft hold.  I just HAVE to stop being so heavy handed with my application!  I’ve washed my hair maybe three times in the past 4 days, the last time because I tried to style my hair and it was full of product.  Blech.

And now…. an announcement.

I have found my HG conditioner!

Seriously, I am in LOVE with this stuff!

It smells DIVINE, no harsh chemicals (no sulfates, no cones, no parabens) and it has absolutely THE best slip of any conditioner I’ve tried so far and I’ve tried PLENTY.  I put this conditioner in my hair and my hair is like “AHHHHH!!!”  and instantly detangles with just a little finger combing from me.  It also minomizes shrinkage when I twist my hair wet.  It’s SO fabulous I went to Ricky’s and bought the big 35 dollar bottle.  I know, I know.  But it’s sooo worth it.  This stuff is GOLDEN.  So far I’ve used it as a co-wash, a DC and a leave in.  Fabulous!