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.
Although it’s a source of distress for me, the fact that the hair at my crown is so much shorter than the rest of my hair, it has caused me to smile today. I love the curls that are starting to sprout, something that never happened there over the course of the past year. So, despite it all, I’m smiling! 🙂
That is all…
Well, I was quite happy with my hair today. I wasn’t sure what it was going to look like when I woke up this morning since I tried a different procedure last night. After my good blogging friend, author of Islandkynks, read that I re-twist my hair every night, she figured that has to be a simpler way to do it. So, she started scouring the internet and YouTube to help me out. She came upon this video by Whitney, YouTube vlogger Naptural85.
I’m always concerned about disturbing my curls. After I spend the time twisting it, it’s disheartening to lose the definition through excessive manipulation. My concern with the video was that my curls would be too flat and loose. But I decided to try it anyway. If there is another way to prep my hair at night outside of re-twisting every night, I’m game. I didn’t completely wrap my hair as shown in the video – I just wasn’t comfortable stretching the curls out so much. So I tweaked it a bit…I pulled the sides back gently and loosely pinned them. I did the same thing to the top and then covered with my satin bonnet instead of the scarf, praying that my hair wouldn’t turn on me overnight. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well, trying to make sure that I didn’t flatten my curls too much. Can you say doing too much??? SMH
So, how did this workout??? Not too bad actually. I didn’t snap any pics this morning due to time (I’m always rushing to get ready in the mornings!). The only issue that I had was that the curls didn’t want to fall flat anymore since they had been pinned back. But with a little picking at the roots for some volume and then pinning a few areas with bobby pins, I was able to work it out.
Another thing that I noticed, my hair got fluffier throughout the day as it took in moisture. I contribute that to the honey rinse. The difference this time??? My curls actually held up and still looked good, unlike the other instances when this happened before. I’m not sure why that’s the case – possibly because I used the ORS Lock and Twist Gel instead of the EcoStyler. I’ve always had better results with this gel.
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*
So, last night I finally got to try Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. This post > > > https://iamnaturallykinky.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/my-freshly-washed-hair/ describes my feelings about these products as I used them. Well, I’ve undone the twists and here are some pics of my hair while and after using Hello Hydration. (I also used ORS Lock and Twist Gel to help set my twists. I’ve noticed that by doing this my hair doesn’t sweat out and get puffy throughout the day.)
WARNING: PHOTO OVERLOAD
Loving that beautiful texture!!! While doing some reading about the conditioner AFTER I twisted my hair, I realized that one of the ingredients is sodium hydroxide – which is an alkaline found in relaxers and tends to very damaging. My hair is dry enough without products adding to it. That was kind of discouraging because overall, I liked how the products made my hair feel, as well as the shine that it added that my hair typically lacks. The good thing is that it’s one of the very last ingredients, so there’s only a small percentage of it. So, I’m not too sure if I will keep using it. I do think that I’m going to try it a few more times just to see how my hair reacts. Who knows? It just may like it.
Below are photos of my hair texture – free of any products. I have noticed that the texture at the Back and top is coarser and less wavy or curly than the sides.
After so much reading, here is what I’ve learned (or THINK I’ve learned) about my hair:
*** UPDATE AS OF 8/6/13 – EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW BELOW I NOW BELIEVE I DON’T KNOW!!!! LOL… ***
Curl Pattern: 4A – Coily Springy – tightly coiled and has an “S” pattern – has a definite curl pattern. Very fragile with lots of strands packed densely together. Has fewer cuticle layers so it has less protection from damage. (For the most part this is what my hair seems to be. Actually I think I have different textures in different areas. The back is definitely for 4C – the hardest type to manage – yes it’s doing the most!!! SMH)
Porosity (how well hair absorbs and holds moisture): Medium/High – absorbs moisture easily. Can benefit from protein treatments occasionally, but shouldn’t be used daily. Humectants are good to use in cool/cold weather, but not in humid or hot weather.
Density (width of the strands): High (thick hair) – can’t see scalp easily, hair strands are packed close together. Needs heavy products, gels, creams, and butters to hold curls together and reduce volume.
(Info comes from NaturallyCurly.com)
I couldn’t get a decent pic of the back.