I was blown away with how silky straight (in the curl) my hair came out. Just for the record, I didn't use these on wet, freshly (co)washed hair. My hair was already stretched from air drying in a bun. I then re-wet each little section prior to putting the Curlformer in. I did this purposely because I figured it would prevent the curl from being too tight of a curl, than if I would have started out with soaking wet hair.
As you can see, I had perfect "Shirley Temple" curls, but I wasn't really feeling that look--I felt like I'd need to play with it a bit more, and at the time I was getting ready to leave my house, shortly. So I pulled the curls back into one big Bantu knot, hoping to stretch and messy up the curls a bit.
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Real quick...I tried out a new hairstyle this past weekend. I found the style on Pinterest and it looked easy enough, so I gave it a go! I started mine out with an old braidout. I really liked the look, and this now has me wanting to explore other styles. This is definitely a way to get another day or two out of an old braid/twistout!
|Photo via Pinterest|
Also, with this latest trim, the layers are gone, so it's in a cute "bob" style and I love it.
I've been able to get 3 days out of one wash-n-go by preserving it the same way I preserve my braidouts/twistouts---putting in about 5-6 large twists at night. This also stretches it, which makes 2nd day hair my FAVORITE. I could probably get even more days out of a wash-n-go, but I think 3 days is more than enough. I've also been pulling my hair into an old, tried-and-true puff. I haven't really worn puffs in YEARS. It's kind of nice to take it all back to things I did when I first started out in my hair journey. Hopefully, I can stick to this new and simple regimen. Wish me luck!
Yep, I finally flat ironed my hair. I just needed a quick change, I guess. I plan to do an outfit post soon, so you will get a better view. Stay tuned!
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Let's talk hair, shall we? Just wanted to update you all on the relationship I'm having with my hair these days. If you've noticed, in the last several posts on this here blog, my hair has been curly. I haven't straightened my hair at all this year. One of my resolutions for 2013 was to not straighten my hair nearly as much as I did last year. I realize that I was straightening my hair because I was getting exasperated with it in it's natural state, and I still wasn't loving it straight! I felt when I wore my hair in a braidout, twistout, or wash-n-go that it was just sort of there. Because my hair was a blunt cut, it made my hair look outstanding straight--however, it was just boring when curly. So I decided that I would do whatever I needed to do to love my curly look again, because it is actually my favorite way to wear my hair. For quite some time, I had been resisting changing the cut/shape of my hair for fear of how it would look when straightened, but straight was how I actually wear my hair the least. It just didn't make sense to let that keep being a factor into how I styled my hair.
So the first change I made was to lighten my hair up some. I'd been wearing black hair for a while, but I actually think curly hair looks better lighter (or highlighted). Black hair tends to look like one big mass, whereas if the hair is lighter or has highlights, you can see some of the curl pattern and it gives the whole look more definition. Second, I slightly layered my hair--nothing dramatic at all, but it makes a difference in the look. Finally, I just recently cut "bangs" again. I put bangs in quotes because if straightened they are below my chin, but while curly it makes my hair frame my face really nicely.
So now I'm back to feeling like me again. The pics above are before I added the bangs, but I will be posting an outfit post shortly that shows them. They are still fairly long while curly too, so maybe I shouldn't call them bangs, and instead call them face-framing-layers. Tomato, tom-ah-to. Either way, I'm a lot happier.
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Though, I will admit, if I knew I would eventually take it down to wear out, I would have used maybe one more product to get a bit more clumping. A cream based product like one of Shea Moisture's hair lotions, etc. Nevertheless, it was just fine like this!
Well, not really the hair, that's killer. Currently in love with these studded hair combs I picked up at Forever 21. They were only $2.80 a piece. I'm sure this could be a pretty simple DIY as well. Go get your "bad ass" on!
Welllll, I eventually made one last trim and am now (what the hair boards call) APL (arm-pit length). I am so happy! I feel like I have new hair! It looks thicker, has lots of body when straight--and curly it's right above my shoulders and is no longer touching me! Detangling is snap too. It's amazing the difference 4-5 inches can make. Oh, and when I put my hair in a ponytail--my puff looks a little more like a real "puff". So for now, I am happy. :)
This is the length straight--shortly after I'd cut it. For reference, my hair use to cover the boobies.
This shows the length curly:
I'm happy about the curly "bob" look! Who knows, maybe I'll let it grow back as the weather gets cooler in the Fall, for now I'm sticking with this! Anyway, have a great week!
After my trip to Negril, I flat ironed my hair and proceeded to trim about 2 inches off of it. Which is why you see my hair is straight in the Memorial Day weekend photos. I just felt like my hair took a bit of abuse while on vacay, and just felt like my hair could use a little "refresher". While on vacay, I ended up wearing a lot of wash-n-gos which was even surprising to me. One, being that I'm not really a fan of wash-n-gos on myself because of the tangled hair, but also because I usually don't really like the way my hair looks, and two, as much as I love the beach and hanging out by the pool, I don't usually get my hair wet. I don't not get my hair wet for my hair's sake. I'm just not really the type to be in the water all swimming and ish--I tend to get in and just chill, wading with my drink in hand. haha So I figured I'd pretty much wear a braidout the whole time. Well, surprise surprise, I did end up swimming and ish, playing pool volleyball, etc. So I said eff it and wash-and-went the whole time. This caused me after I returned home to maybe rethink my wash-n-go stance. Maybe, just maybe, it is possible to get my wash-n-gos to look the way that I'd like....which is more defined. I feel like in the past, for the most part it starts out looking defined, but ends up in a frizzy mess by midday.
Well ya'll, there is a new sheriff in town. And by sheriff, I mean a new combo of products, and I now believe I have established the wash-n-go of CHAMPIONS. This just might end up being my go-to style for the summer. (Don't hold me to that. Matter of fact, I'm sure you've learned not to hold me to anything when it comes to my hair.)
|Pics with the shades are the first day. Brown dress is second day hair.|
-TRESemme Naturals Radiant Volume Conditioner (it's silicon-free, and shout out to Sophia of Kiffe Coco of whom I bought this after she mentioned it on her blog)
-Flaxseed Gel (Yep, I made some myself. Thought I'd see what all the hype was about. I think the hype may be warranted. Not totally sure though if my definition was mostly from the conditioner or this.) Tutorial on how to make your own found HERE.
What I did:
I co-washed my hair in the shower with a random cheapo conditioner, rinsed it out and then applied the TRESemme conditioner to my hair and pinned it up with a clip as I showered. Before I got out of the shower. I let down my hair and wrung my hair out REALLY well to get out excess water and conditioner. I DID NOT rinse the TRESemme out. I then clipped my hair back up so that I could rinse the conditioner I'd squeezed out off of my body and then got out of the shower. I immediately applied coconut oil throughout my hair and last applied my homemade flaxseed gel throughout my hair. Because my hair was still dripping wet, I pulled it back into one big twist, clipped it up and wrapped it in a towel for about 15 minutes. After removing the towel, I'd let it air dry to about 75% dry and then I diffused it the rest of the way.
All I can tell you is that this is one of the most defined wash-n-gos that I've ever had. I don't even think the pictures are doing it that much justice. I know many naturals use regular conditioner as a styler, but I've always been somewhat reluctant to do it. I've tried it a few times, but not with results like this. I even pulled my hair up into a ponytail at one point and then let back down a while later and it fell right back into place--curls still defined! I ended up wearing the initial wash-n-go for 3 DAYS and it could have gone longer if I wore a puff. I'm sold!
Just thought I'd share!
Well, last week when my hair was still straight, I decided to try to give my flat ironed hair some "beach waves" via bantu knots. Because my flat ironed hair is VERY resistant to any type of curl--it was necessary to spritz each section with a little water before putting in the knot. Don't worry, one squirt isn't enough to revert my hair as it doesn't really penetrate my hair shaft before it evaporates. Anyway, each section I applied coconut oil and then gave a squirt down the length of it and then proceeded to put in the knot. This is what I ended up with. It was 5 knots:
After leaving them in for about half a day, this is what I ended up with.
I didn't get a full head shot, as the waves weren't as uniform as I'd wanted. That's something I will have to work on--making sure all of the knots are the same size with the same amount of tension.
I decided to pin my hair to one-side and wore it out to a reggae party with one of my gal pals.
By this time the waves had fallen some, but you get the idea. Next time, I will use some kind of "hold"-ing product as well.
Also, may I mention that Sean Paul was there, and he's not that short! I assume all celebrities are tiny....because well, they usually are. Though, that mohawk gave him a couple extra inches. haha
Have a spectacular weekend!!
Anyway, today I'm wearing my hair like this. I have been working out still, so my roots are a little "fluffy". This bun hides that fact well. I plan on doing a bantu knot out on it in the next day or so. I will definitely do a post on that, and maybe even a video.
Oh, and as you can see my hair is a dark brown-red color. In some pics it looks black, but it's far from it. I'm actually contemplating going jet black the next time I wash my hair. Ready for a change. What do you think?
|Freshly straightened and trimmed hair.|
And as you know, I'm always threatening to cut my hair. Decided to switch it up (with no scissors necessary). Say hello to my "temporary bob". All that was needed was a ponytail holder and a few large bobby pins. Viola!
|I'm actually in love with my hair like this at the moment.|
P.S. All of that "baby hair" you see, is actually just my edges growing back in. lol
Well, one of my resolutions this year is to not straighten my hair anymore. No more flat iron. Well no, not forever. I will allow myself to go straight when I trim, but that's it. I've decided to stop giving into this feeling of wanting straight hair, only to not really be into it after it's done. I don't really like my hair straight, yet force it upon myself from time to time, like I'm suppose to like it that way. I don't know what the psychology is in that--maybe it's just the urge to change things up. Either way, I'm done with it. I tend to want to straighten after seeing someone on TV or online or a magazine, etc. with nice looking sleek hair, but once I have that hair? I'm never really happy and I end up putting it a bun or french braids, etc. So I will from now on, see that nice sleek hair on other gals and be able to acknowledge to myself that although it looks great on THEM, it's not for ME.
So now I'm back to a regimen of bunning during the week, and braidout/twistout on the weekends. I've gotten back into yoga recently and it's just best for me to have all this hair out of my way.
|Sometimes after looking at pictures of my hair, I wonder why I'd ever want it straight anyway??|
Anyway, have a great weekend!!