My summer hair

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Well, it’s done! I spent ALL DAY yesterday getting kinky twists installed…started at noon…finished at 10:15 pm. 😐

I’m not ecstatic…the work is not what I expected. She used way too much hair, it’s not as neat as I’d like it to be and being that she provided the hair, it’s not the quality that I would’ve bought myself. I should have gone with my initial idea and let the person who had done them before do them. But I took a chance on someone new. On a positive note, my hair is put away and I was able to help someone in need because I know she needed the money. 

So, I prepped my hair Friday night by giving it a good clarifying wash, deep conditioning, and then applied a clay masque. I finished by applying Elasta QP Mango Lime Intensive Leave In Conditioner, sealed with grape seed oil, and used Dr. Miracle Acai Thermal Protection since I knew she would be blowing my hair out.

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Bentonite clay masque

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Bentonite clay masque

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After clay masque

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After clay masque

My hair loved the clay masque!

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Moisturized and sealed

I used an excessive amount of leave in. It may not make much of a difference, but it made me feel better because I am worried about not being able to keep my hair moisturized adequately.

End result

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My hair plans for the summer

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Well, I have decided to have kinky twists installed for the summer. I want to put my hair away for away for awhile. My hair grew tremendously the last time that it was twisted. So, I’m going to put it away and let it do it’s thing. I’m a bit nervous about being able to keep it moisturized while it is twisted, but from what I’ve read on other blogs, it can be done. I will have to be vigilant about keeping it moisturized in order to prevent damage and excessive damage.

In order to prep my hair, I’m in the process of deep conditioning with Shea Moisture Smooth & Repair Nourishing Masque and Bee Mine Bee-U-TI- Ful Deep Conditioner. (I used the Bee Mine only because I didn’t have enough of the Shea Moisture). I will also be doing a bentonite clay mask to give my hair some extra nourishment and hot oil treatment. Yes, I’m giving my hair the works prior to this install. I know better now not to.

I JUST received a text message as I typed this post that stated she will be blowing my hair out in order to straighten my hair our before installing the twists. This scares the heck out of my because I have not used direct heat like that on my hair in almost three years!!! When I had them done previously the person that did them did not straighten my hair. (Although at that time I wouldn’t have cared a bit because I wasn’t into my natural hair then). But now!!!! This is freaking my out!!! So, now I need to research a heat protectant so I can run to the store and get something ASAP!!!! YIKES!!!!

My shrinkage :?

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Today is wash day. One thing I’ve learned over these past three years, more so the last nine months, is that wash day doesn’t have to take ALL day. It doesn’t have to involve all of the fifty-eleven steps that I thought I had to do when I first came back to natural. In the beginning I tried to incorporate every process and procedure I saw naturals on YouTube using in their wash routines. It was just TOO much and a lot of it was totally UNNECESSARY! We live and we learn.

My wash rountine now consists simply of prepooing for a few minutes (which I don’t do all the time), washing, a quick ACV rinse, and conditioning. Twice a month I do a hot oil treatment and deep condition. This makes things so much simpler, doesn’t monopolize my whole day, and most importantly, my hair is still thriving and growing!

Now, to the point of this post! I diverged from my topic for a bit. But I felt that was important to say because there may be somewhere out there who reads this that’s caught up and trudging through as I was.

Anyway…this shrinkage though! Lol My hair has grown A LOT since I BCed again in July. This is what I’m working with!

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Freshly washed hair with no product

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Freshly washed hair with no product

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Freshly washed hair with no product

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Freshly washed hair with no product


The shrinkage is REAL! The deception!

My TWA

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I really would like to blog more, but it just seems like everything that I would have to write about would be redundant, a repeat of my very first posts to my blog. However, I’m going to try to post more.

Over the past few months, I’ve learned so much about my hair. I mean, I thought I’d already figured out all there was to know about it, but I was wrong. The hair that was on my head before I BCed again was so different. Since I’d worn twists for months, my hair grew without me being able to experience it.

My hair before wasn’t healthy due to all of the trauma I’d put it through while wearing the twists. It wasn’t healthy, so it took so much work trying to make it appear healthy. I was able to make it look nice, but it was not in it’s best state.

Since cutting my hair and starting all over, I’ve really been able to learn my hair. I’ve been able to experience it as it’s growing. Now that it’s healthy, I’ve noticed that I don’t have to force a curl pattern, it’s already there, naturally with no product needed.

Here are photos of my curls after a wash and deep conditioning.

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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.

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