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.

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.

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