My 2nd day hair – TWA Twist Out

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I had 2nd day hair today! This twist out on my TWA is giving me life! :-) Here’s my hair today.

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To get this look, I added coconut oil and EcoStyler gel to my dry hair and retwisted. I then tied it down with my satin scarf. That’s it. Twisting on dry hair gave the hair some stretch, which I love! I’m definitely a happy camper right now!

My hair today

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Sooooo, I must say that I’m pleasantly surprised with the results of my hair today. My 2nd attempt at doing a twist out on my TWA turned out decent. I won’t say that it is perfect, but I can definitely rock it. :) This makes me HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!!!!

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I LOVE my twist outs. So when I cut my hair this last time, I wasn’t very enthusiastic. I’d grown to love my hair in it’s stretched out, kinky state. So going back to a TWA wasn’t without some tiny bit of despair. But it had to be done, nonetheless. But this milestone has caused me to smile!

Here is my hair today…
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My 2nd attempt…

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at a twist out on my TWA…so today was wash day. Again,  I kept it simple – washed with my shampoo bar, conditioned, and did a ACV and aloe vera gel rinse. I did not deep condition today.

After washing, I applied my leave in – Kinky Curly Knot Today,  which I’m loving, and then applied my Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave In Moisturizing Conditioner. I sealed with grapeseed oil and then sectioned my hair and applied EcoStyler gel for flat twists. I pinned it with bobby pins for some stretch. Then I sat under the dryer for about 45 mins because I’d planned on going out,  but after my plans changed, I left the twists in.

Here are pics of how I set my hair.

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I will update on how it turned it tomorrow. I’m crossing fingers, toes, eyes, arms, legs, and any other body part that I can in hopes that this time it turns out right! :-/

My hair update…

I’ve been MIA for awhile and it’s strange for me. I’d come to love blogging about my hair progress, but since I cut my hair again, I don’t really have much to blog about being that I can’t really do too much experimentation with my TWA.

An update on my hair…I can say that it is growing and it’s healthy. It has grown quite a bit over the past 3 months. I haven’t attempted to do a length check or anything, but I estimate I’ve gotten about 2 inches of new growth, which is pretty good.

Currently, I’m using my usual products: Hello Hydration for my leave in, but I’ve also started using Kinky Curly Knot Today. I think it works well for my hair and I plan on keeping it in my regimen. I’m also trying Carol’s Daughter’s Black Vanilla Moisturizing Leave In Conditioner and Mimosa Hair Honey Shine Pomade. I’m really liking, the pomade and plan on continuing to use it as well, but I have made up my mind about the leave in. I’m not sure whether it has been a benefit to my hair’s progress. As for oils, my staples are still in rotation, EVOO and grapeseed oils.

I’ve been washing my hair every two weeks with a deep condition anywhere from every two weeks to once a month, depending how I’m feeling and what my hair seems to need. I’ve taken a much more laid back approach to my wash routine and my hair does not seem to be suffering in any way.

Last month, I read Black Zulu’s post about a twist out she’d done on her TWA and I’ve been wanting to try it every since. I finally got around to twisting my hair tonight. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping it works for me. I’m really needing a change. I miss my twist outs! I will update tomorrow.

I hope all is well with all of my fellow bloggers and that you’re making positive strides in your journeys, whatever they may be.

My hair update

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It’s been three weeks since I BCed and to be perfectly honest…I AM BORED TO DEATH WITH MY HAIR!!! There is not much to be done to a TWA. I was excited about the sponge coils for a brief moment. However, that’s old news now.

On a positive note, my hair is easy to keep moisturized, there are no more scraggly ends, and it appears to be healthy and growing.

But still…it’s so boring!!!

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My hair today

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I’ve seen a few vlogs on YouTube about defining curls and creating coils using the sponge or brush method. I’ve tried coiling my hair using this technique a few times and could not get it to work. I decided to try it again today, but tweaked it to work for my hair. I chose to use the sponge method because I didn’t want to risk damaging my hair again by using a brush.

Most vloggers that have used the sponge technique used a regular sponge and cut holes in it. I also saw where some used a product called Nudred, which is used to twist hair and/or start dred locs. One of the vloggers, Fuesha, tried a sea foam sponge and it worked great on her hair, so I  decided to buy one and see how it would work for me.

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Sea foam sponge – $1.97 at Wal-Mart

This is my hair today and I’m loving it!

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Here’s how I got this look. First, I saturated my hair with my water, aloe vera juice, and JBCO mixture in my spray bottle. I then applied my leave-in and sealed. After that, I used EcoStyler gel so the coils would set. Lastly, I sprayed my hair again. I wanted it to be really wet so it would be easier to form the coils. I think this was the step that was missing when I tried this before and prevented the curls from forming because it worked this time. This also kept my hair from being hard and crunchy once it dried.

To create the coils, I started on the side and used the sponge to gently rub my hair in a circular motion, moving around my head. It’s important to make sure to continue the circular motion in the same direction. It didn’t take much time for the coils to form. The longer you rub, the more defined and tighter the twists or coils will be. My hair tends to curl naturally and I didn’t want them really tight, so I only had to go over my head a few times. Once I was done I misted my hair with Shea Moisture Hold and Shine Mist to give it some shine.

I’m definitely glad that I tried this. It’s so much quicker and easier than doing individual finger coils.

My wash day

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So, today was wash day and it was much different than it was before. I no longer have to subject myself to a day of confinement because of the hours it would take to finish this task. Deep conditioning time is shorter; There’s no need for twists to dry and set. One would think that I’d be ecstatic. I’m not!

I loved pampering my hair on wash day! I miss it! Yes, it’s great to be able to be done with washing my hair in less than an hour and still be able to get out into the world if I want to. But uhhh…that’s a whole other post there…

But…it was wash day! A typical one at that. I pre-pooed last night with coconut oil. This morning I gave myself a hot oil treatment using a mixture of JBCO, sesame, peppermint, tea tree, and jojoba oils. I then shampooed with my rosemary and nettle shampoo bar. I must say I have yet to put a dent in this poo bar. I have two others so I think I’m pretty much set with shampoo for awhile. After shampooing, I then deep conditioned using Bee Mine BEE-U-Ti-FUL Moisturizing Deep Conditioner. Instead of my normal rinse of ACV and water, I used ACV and aloe vera gel. I finished with a honey and olive oil treatment for shine.

I used EEHH for my leave in and sealed with grapeseed oil and used a little EcoStyler gel to set my curls. I used JBCO around my edges.

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My observations using Jamacian Black Castor Oil (JBCO)

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I’m not one of those people who just accept that something works because it’s the new trend, or must have product boasting miraculous claims. I don’t jump on the bandwagon and absolutely love this new item because everyone else loves it. No…I’m a skeptic…a glass half empty type of person. I don’t accept someone else’s words that something works. I have to have personal experience. It must be proven to me.

I’ve always been this way. I’ve always needed the whys and hows of any process. This really annoyed my teachers when I was in school. As they say, some things never change. So when it comes to hair and skincare products that promise to be miracle workers that will fix all of the issues that the other products couldn’t even begin to fix, yes, my radar goes off and I get a bit skeptical.

So imagine my mindset when I read about this little, inconspicuous oil here:

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Many bloggers and vloggers rave about JBCO. I’ve read many of their blogs and seen many of their vlogs that taut its praises. I’ve been using this oil for well over a year now in my hot oil treatments, as well as adding it to my deep conditioners sometimes, and often in my spray bottle. I’ve even participated in a few challenges where I was supposed to use castor oil on my hair so many times a week for so many months, usually three. However, I was never consistent enough with any of this to notice any changes. The big deal about this oil is that it is supposed to make hair grow. To say that I was a bit skeptical is putting it mildly. I have always believed that our bodily functions and processes will happen in their own time and on their own accord; I wonder why should I pad someone’s pocketbook when their product will do nothing out of the ordinary to correct problems A, B, C, or D.

Well, I must say this…the proof is in the pudding (that’s cliche, I know!) But it’s true. For the past month, I’ve been using JBCO on my eyebrows and eyelashes. I’m in awe of how much thicker they are. My brows and lashes have always been fairly thin. I’d started to use liner to darken my brows a bit. I’ve always used mascara on my lashes. I can see a remarkable difference. I can see hair sprouting and filling in areas of my eyebrows where hair has long since stopped sprouting. My brows are much darker and my lashes are longer.

I’ve added some photos, and hopefully you can see the difference. I wish I would’ve taken actual before photos. But, you can see the normal shape of my brows, as well as where the new hair is growing. I am not wearing any eye makeup in these photos. Please overlook my oily face, I was in the process of cleaning it.
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My noticings today

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I’m noticing that the hair growing from my roots is a different texture than the length of my hair was before I cut it. It is really, really soft and much straighter. It seems the staple products that I was using do not work quite the same for my new growth.  It’s good that I’d recently purchased new products to try out. Hopefully some, or at least one, of them will work out. I am definitely back at the drawing board! Everyday, I get more and more excited about learning this new head of hair.

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