I had 2nd day hair today! This twist out on my TWA is giving me life! 🙂 Here’s my hair today.
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!
Random Thought #1 – Today was the first time in weeks that I manipulated my hair and there wasn’t damaged strands scattered all over the floor and sink. That made me feel good. I smiled about my hair for the first time in a long time. 🙂 I’m sure I haven’t gotten rid of all of the damage but it seems I might be on the right track.
I made a coconut oil, coconut butter, and shea butter sealant. I added JBCO, EVOO, jojoba, and vitamin E oils as well. After co-washing and detangling my hair tonight, I sealed with this and my Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer.
Random Thought #2 – I’m having the hardest time finding an all natural leave in that I don’t have to order online. I broke down and picked up a bottle of Kinky Curly Knot Today from Whole Foods. I’ve only used it once, so I’m not sure how I’m going to like it; it seems a little too lightweight. However, since discovering that I have fine strands, lightweight products may be what I need.
Does anyone have any other recommendations? I’m thinking of trying Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia, but I wanted to see if there are any good ones that I don’t have to order online first.
When my hair is moisturized adequately, it’s elasticity awesome, the shrinkage is definitely real, it is soft as all get out, and there are very few curly Q’s scattered across my bathroom floor and sink. This is great news for me! This is how I know my hair is at it’s healthiest state.
Now, I’ve been on this journey long enough to know that sealing my ends is the most important thing I can do for my hair. This is the make or break it phase in our hair care regimen. If those ends aren’t sealed, moisture will escape and we will end up with dry, brittle hair. This will eventually lead to shedding and breakage. My usual ride or die oil has been Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or EVOO as we like to call it. It penetrates the cuticle of my strands well, it doesn’t sit on my hair, and it seals moisture in wonderfully for me. I’ve gotten the best results with EVOO, over jojoba oil and the usual curly girl’s go to oil, coconut oil. Neither of these worked for me. My hair was always dry when I used them.
Recently I’ve decided to participate in a 30 Days With Ceramides Challenge hosted by Jeni, author of Just Grow Already. Ceramides are lipid molecules that are naturally a part of the hair cuticle. They protect hair from moisture loss and protein degradation by keeping the cuticle layer in closed and repairing the cuticle layer of hair. Examples of ceramides are grapeseed, sunflower, safflower, wheat germ, rice bran, and hemp seed oils. Ceramides are better suited for chemically treated, relaxed, and/or damaged hair. I’ve been using grapeseed oil for the past three weeks.
From my research, I found grapeseed oil is supposed to be good for preventing hair breakage, hair shedding, and stimulating hair growth. It’s lightweight, odorless, and is said to be able to penetrate the hair strands better or just as well as EVOO, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. This makes it a great sealant as it protects against moisture loss. I guess it’s no reason why I’m curious about it.
Although I have mixed feelings so far about grapeseed oil, my hair seems to like it. I can’t say that I’ve noticed any less shedding than when I use EVOO, which seals my hair perfectly. But when I consistently moisturize my hair, which I do twice a day, I didn’t have very much shedding. This is a plus. The main complaint that I have with grapeseed oil is that it seems to sit on my hair. It doesn’t penetrate the hair shaft as well as EVOO. My hair does seem to maintain moisture pretty well, but again, not as well as it does with EVOO. I haven’t used it long enough to know whether it is benefitting my hair as far as growth is concerned. I am going to continue to use it and see if it makes a difference in the health of my hair.
Since the twist out that I did last weekend was an EPIC failure, I’ve resolved to working at it until I get a decent one. So I tried again this weekend. Instead of a two strand or flat twist out, this time I did a three strand or braid out as I’ve heard it called. Last night I washed my hair using Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo and then conditioned using Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner, two of my staple products. I left the conditioner in my hair as I showered and then rinsed using warm water. I then applied Aussie Moist conditioner, another one of my staples, as my leave in. Afterwards, I sealed using…you aren’t going to believe this, but I sealed using some coconut oil hair grease. Yes, I said grease! I will share more about this in my next post. After sealing, I let my hair dry about 85% before doing three strand twists/braids (6 twists. I let my hair air dry quite a bit and then covered with my satin scarf before going to bed.This morning applied oil to my fingers and then untwisted my hair. I separated the twists to create volume . (For some reason my camera isn’t focusing, so some pics may not be very clear)
For the most part I’m liking this twist/braid out. I was able to fluff it out to get big hair! The only complaint that I have about it is, that the roots are too straight, so next time I will probably do more smaller twists so I can get closer to the roots. I’m still having issues with the back. The hair still has no curl pattern, which is very frustrating. Hopefully doing smaller twists next time will help this area as well. So, as I said, I liked my hair today. Tonight I will retwist (smaller) and attempt 2nd day hair tomorrow. I will definitely update!
It’s funny how things change from day to day. A couple of days ago, I wrote a post about having mixed feelings about my hair. Since writing that post, I’ve had a few eye opening experiences – a few that I’ve had before, but keep getting away from. I need to do better about being consistent.
1. My hair needs to be moisturized at least twice daily. I realized this awhile ago but got away from doing it. I must moisturize at least morning and night.
2. No matter how much I want it to, my hair does not like coconut oil as a sealant. This too is something I realized in the beginning but I keep trying to use it. I need to stick with EVOO on my hair, which it loves, and use the coconut oil for all of its other wonderful benefits.
3. My hair has very low porosity. I must moisturize consistently and maintain it. (This goes along with #1)
4. My hair gets tired of the same products. I don’t particularly like this but it is what it is. I like to find a product that works and stick with it but my hair doesn’t want to cooperate. Hello Hydration had been working well, but all of a sudden it was no longer working effectively. So I reverted back to the Aussie Moist, which my hair also liked, and whalla! My curls started to pop again. So, I think I will alternate between the two and see how that works.
5) I know this is taboo for natural hair, but my hair likes hot water! Yikes! I know, I know – hot water is the devil where natural hair is concerned. Well, I’m finding that it works in allowing me to moisturize my hair properly. I’m thinking this has something to do with #3. Since my hair has low porosity, it’s hard to get the moisture inside the strands. The hot water opens the cuticles up, allowing the moisture to get in. At least that is my theory. Now there is no way I’d even consider using hot water on my hair on a daily basis. I know that would do more harm, than good. But what I will try is using the hot water once a week to open the cuticles, then moisturizing, and then following with cold water to close the cuticles. So far, this process has seemed to help keep my hair soft and moisturized and my curls have been popping. I’ve been doing this for two weeks now with good results. I will continue to update on how this works for my hair.
The journey continues…
ACV rinse, clarifying, coconut oil, curl definition, deep condition, egg, EVOO, flat twists, hot oil treatment, JBCO, leave-in, natural, peppermint oil, protein, protein treatment, tea tree oil, wash day
Well another wash day has come around and I decided to change things up in an attempt to revitalize my strands. Instead of doing my normal deep condition and hot oil treatment, I decided to try a protein treatment. In addition to the protein alone, I used conditioner as a base and added some oils as well – kind of like a 3-in-one treatment.
I started with a clarifying wash in order to get rid of build up. Then I applied the treatment and let if sit for about 30 minutes. After rinsing the treatment out, I did my standard ACV rinse. I skipped the honey rinse this time since honey was included in the protein treatment and I don’t need too much moisture drawn into my strands.
I applied my leave-in and sealed my ends with coconut oil. After letting my hair air dry until it was damp instead of soaking wet, I flat twisted it.
My twistout was turned out great – no frizz or fly-aways. My curls were very defined and I love the sheen the ACV rinse provided. (Forgot to take pics of my first day hair.)
Yesterday was wash day but I didn’t do a shampoo wash, only a co-wash, so no ACV rinse this time. I did a combo deep condition and hot oil treatment as I’ve been doing for the past month or so. After washing, I used HH as my leave-in and I sealed with EVOO. I used Elasta QP mango lime curl pudding and EcoStyler get to set my twists. To prevent residue and stiffness from the gel, I applied coconut oil right before twisting. I banded the roots for some stretch, but didn’t pin them. My curls were very defined this morning after untwisting.
I think I’m on to something! While reading several of the hair blogs that I frequent, I came across some info about hot oil treatments and deep conditioning. I realized that many naturals do these two steps BEFORE actually washing their hair. In my regimen, I’d always done them afterwards. After thinking about this, it made sense as to why reversing the order of these steps could be beneficial – the main reason being to provide a barrier on the hair to prevent the shampoo from stripping all of the oil from the strands and leaving them dry and brittle.
So, yesterday was wash day and I decided that I would try. I pre-pooed with coconut oil, then did my hot oil treatment, and afterwards deep conditioned. Since I’d done a protein deep condition last week, I didn’t add the proteins this time. I’ve started alternating the protein deep condition every two weeks. I added the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment to control frizz. I’m trying to determine if my hair likes this product. I did a clarifying wash this week because I had a lot of gel build up and conditioned using the Shea Moisture. When I did the ACV rinse, I let it sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing it out as I usually do. I finished by moisturizing and sealing and letting it air dry. When it was pretty much dry I attempted to do Bantu knots using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and aloe vera gel. I could not get my Bantu knots to look like the ones on YouTube videos I’d seen, but I left them in anyway to see how it would turn out.
Before untwisting I sat under the dryer for a few minutes because I went to the gym this morning and my head sweated as usual. When I untwisted, as I suspected, it didn’t turn out right. My hair was still damp! So I still don’t know if this style will work for me. But! My hair felt great! It was nice and soft and looked very moisturized. It had a nice sheen as well. I think changing the order in which I did the hot oil treatment and deep conditioning made a difference. I will continue to do it this way. I two strand twisted it since the Bantu knots didn’t set.
I’m realizing that it is true that we must continue to research, experiment, and change our regimens until we find the process that makes our hair look and feel its best. I’m learning more and more about my hair everyday.
ACV, aloe vera gel, Aussie Moist, avocado, banana, coconut milk, coconut oil, conditioner, curl definition, deep condition, egg, Elasta QP, EVOO, experiment, Garnier Fructis, honey, JBCO, leave-in, peppermint oil, pre-poo, texture, wash day
I had A LOT of buildup in my hair the last few days for some reason. So I decided to wash my hair tonight instead of waiting until Sunday. Since I have all weekend to correct any adverse effects, I experimented with one of the protein deep conditioning treatments and conditioners that I’ve been wanting to try. *side eyeing myself since in my last post I said I was going to stick with Aussie Moist from now on*
For my deep conditioner I blended together the following: one egg, about 1/4 cup coconut milk, about 2-3 tbsp honey, 1 banana, 1 avocado, and a few drops of peppermint oil. (I add peppermint oil to pretty much every concoction that I make these days. I just love the way it makes my scalp tingle – I can feel those hair follicles being stimulated.) I made sure to blend to a smooth consistency, making sure there were no avocado pieces left so I wouldn’t have trouble washing it out.
I had already pre-pooed with coconut oil for about 45 mins. I applied the treatment to my dry hair, covered aith a plastic cap, sat under the dryer for about 45 mins, and then did a clarifying wash to get rid of all of the buildup gunk. I finished with my normal ACV rinse.
For my leave-in I used the Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Fortifying Conditioner that I’d picked when I purchased the Aussie Moist. I sealed with EVOO and a little JBCO on my edges and ends. I waited my normal 15-20 mins before twisting, in order to alleviate some of the shrinkage, using Elasta QP Mango and Lime Curling Pudding and aloe vera gel. All that’s left to do now is wait until tomorrow to see how my hair turns out. So far, I’m pleased with the curl definition that I got from the conditioner. I’m crossing my fingers that I will feel the same way after I undo the twists and see the final results. *crossing fingers, toes, and eyes*