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the hair

July 7, 2010

I’m still on the natural hair journey.  I’ve just been less absorbed.  Lately I’ve been patiently waiting for this awful layered hair cut to grow out.  This cut dates back to February when my beautician gave me another big chop.  I think the reason was a mix of bad braids (I should’ve listened to my beautician, not my inexperienced friend) and my beautician (ah, no one’s perfect) not seeming to get that my hair just isn’t kinky coily and cutting more off to ‘get rid of relaxed ends’.

I’m four months post cut and I now have fullness again, if not length.  Sadly the top of my head is growing so slowly that I have spiky short pieces in the top and ever growing long pieces on the sides and bottom.  I’m continously cutting to keep some semblance of a style. *sigh*

The good news is that my hair is healthy and I’ve learned to do it myself in 30 minutes or less.  My routine was further enhanced this weekend when my Mom brought me a new product, that I dare say is a miracle product for me.  I’ve thrown it in with my usual products and have had great results.  

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum

I definitely feel like my hair dries much faster.  Best of all, I seem to have better results with my flat iron (straighter with less heat and less reversion) and new electric hot comb.  When, if ever, I finally get some length, I will definitely be able to pull off great hair at home.

product review

April 22, 2010

Bed Head TIGI

Thanks to a natural hair product swap, I got to try TIGI Bed Head Control Freak (3).  I can’t say it’s any better than my Fantasia, but my hair is straight and frizz free.  Unfortunately though, my hair felt like straw after blow drying instead of moisturized like with the Fantasia.

I will probably use it again when I’m doing a curly look to see if it controls frizz and helps with humidity.  My hair loves moisture, so that isn’t really my problem, but if it maintains a polished look, it will be good.

So, this gets  a lukewarm response from me.  I’m not tossing it, but I won’t be using it again for straight hair anytime soon. I will say I’m impressed with how well TIGI works on natural hair. Their hair wax is fantastic (although I don’t like the smell).

hair journey

March 26, 2010

My hair journey is back on track!  After the braids fiasco, I almost felt like I started over with the natural hair phase.  I’d fully grown out my relaxed hair back in October, but I think my beautician kept thinking I had relaxed ends because my hair was straight at the ends *sigh, another story for another day*.  So, she kept cutting my hair in an attempt to remove relaxed ends.  *double sigh*

That’s my take on it any way.  I felt like my hair had grown out and was completely natural for awhile.  Don’t ask me what I knew better than her, but I guess I knew my hair wasn’t going to fit somebody’s mold for black girl hair and from my own experience knew it wasn’t going to be kinky curly to begin with.

After the braids were removed in January, I think my beautician accepted that my hair was completely natural.  Without having any heat for 2 or 3 weeks, my hair was clearly all one texture, generally speaking.  Despite it all, I felt like my hair was a mess and got one more cut that was so daggone severe I couldn’t even get my hair pressed.  *triple sigh*

After that cut, I was done.  I think I have a phobia now, lol.  So for the past month, I’ve been rocking a super short pixie and getting it pressed (imagine a quick swipe of the comb to avoid it being too hot on my head, lol) at the salon.  I was afraid I couldn’t style it myself because while the front, sides, and back of my head are probably 2C (it grows in straight at the root,  is wavy and thick/ a little coarse, but blow dries straight and shiney with a little heat protectant; I originally thought it was 3C, but now that it’s grown out it doesn’t curl like I thought, it waves); my crown is definitely 3c.  My crown curls.  I think even as it grows out, it’ll still be a tight poofy curl naturally.   

I thought I wouldn’t be able to get the crown straight enough to match the sides without looking crazy.

A month later, I can now wash my own hair, blow dry it and have it looking almost pressed fresh.  I can’t wait to get some length because I know that will allow me to just wrap my hair.  I can then probably avoid the pressing comb and just use my body heat to smooth my hair and save the pressing comb for special occasions or for when I want extreme moisture protection (my hair won’t revert for nothing when pressed).

So, I’m back on top in the hair journey.  Now my goal is to do nothing but nurture my hair and let it grow.  My products list is short and sweet, but it works, leaving my hair straight and shiny.  I swear by the Giovanni products.  My hair is soft already, but add in this product and it is soft, silky, and moisturized.  Absolutely no frizz or poof.  Very wash and go.  Best of all, I think I see less shedding overall.  It’s so good, I’m tempted to have my beautician use this product on me exclusively.

The Fantasia heat protectant is the final piece of the puzzle for wash and blow hair.  I put it on before blow drying my hair (with a comb attachment) and it’s like the blow dryer is a pressing comb.  I wrap my hair in a scarf – flat iron with the coconut oil – apply regular coconut oil, then wrap again over night and my hair is ‘pressed’ fresh and ready to go.  It’s  a process, but if I do all the steps, my 2c/3c hair coexists on my head beautifully.

Don’t get me wrong, I still want to be a curly girl, but I’m saving that for when I have more length.  I want a b.a.f. (big ass fro), but for now, I’m happily enjoying my straight look and very happy I went natural.  Who knew the relaxer wasn’t doing anything I couldn’t do with a blow dryer?  Granted, when I sweat it’s over (hair goes POOF), lol, but when I reach ponytail length, I’ll be able to combat that too.

a growing head of hair

January 6, 2010

My  hair is just growing, and growing, and growing!

Everytime I look up it’s taken a leap!  I got a good trim before Christmas, just a dusting to keep things looking good.  I’ve sworn off any major cuts from this point on, but I do like my hair to look smooth and well-maintained.  Just a little off the ends seems to have motivated my roots to grow, grow, grow!

Now instead of spiking all over my head after a blow dry, it actually is growing down instead of reaching for the sky!  I am losing that crazy look of having a ‘necessary’ cut to remove the relaxed ends to actually having a smooth style.  By April I just might have enough length to sport a cute bob style again.  Exciting!

I’m getting braids in a few days in preparation for a trip to Mexico, so for 2 months, I’ll have a product and heat break.  It’ll be so cool to see how much growth I’ll acheive.  My hair thrives even under the worst conditions, so I know it’ll love being left alone.

During my stay at home, I ran across several hair products I’d read about on hair blogs, but hadn’t taken the time to seek out.  For the past week I’ve been using Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo and Conditioner.  I love it!  My hair is just what the bottle says – silky soft and smooth.

Giovanni Hair Products

I’ve used it twice and I can see a difference in my hair.  My hair feels soft and moisturized; and looks healthy, strong, and very smooth.  I haven’t been much of a product junkie since my first few months of transitioning, but I ran across mega bottles of the shampoo and conditioner at TJ Maxx and couldn’t pass up saving 50% off retail.  It was definitely a good find!

hair, hair, hair!

December 4, 2009

Did I tell you all how amazed I am to discover that my hair straightens out with a blowdryer using the comb attachment?

Ok, maybe I did, but why did it take me all this time to realize that’s all I have to do to get my hair ‘pressed’ straight?  

Simply wow.

I haven’t been posting much on my routine because it’s become so simple I don’t have to work to remember it.  I wash and condition.  Then I may use a leave-in conditioner if I remember.  Then I moisturize with coconut oil and blow dry it with a heat protectant.

I use TIGI bed head wax to style, moisturizing with coconut oil nightly.

I got the highest compliment on Wednesday when a friend thought I’d just had it done!  She didn’t even realize I was natural. 🙂  Now I’m just waiting on it to grow out some more so I can rock my curls.

I can’t wait!

hair help

November 14, 2009

Last night I didn’t straighten my hair, I let it air dry with Biolage Ultra-hydrating conditioner as my leave-in.

Now what?

I have a thick head of hair that is a mix of frizzy straight pieces, coils, and z’s.  What do I do?  What do I use to make it work?

hair wash day

November 13, 2009

Today I’m washing my hair (and hoping I can get it as beautiful as my beautician did!).

I’ve washed, add a rinse to cover the gray, and deep conditioned with hair mayonnaise.

After I add in another condition, I will be blowdrying my hair with a comb attachment and sitting under the hood dryer to completely dry my roots.

From there, I’ll be using Proclaim coconut oil to flat iron or hot comb my hair.  My hot comb is the electric variety so I don’t plan on using it except to polish and finish.

Wish me luck!