Posted tagged ‘Hair’

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.

hair envy

May 12, 2010

(and style envy too!)

natural hair

hair envy

March 26, 2010

natural hair

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.

hair update

March 8, 2010

I’m so proud of myself!  I washed my hair last night and it came out looking decent today.  I think I’ll be doing it myself for this month to let it grow out some and to avoid the extensive heat of the pressing comb.  I’ll get it pressed again before an event I have on May 1. 
I’m feeling good about it because I know if I can fix it up now as short as it is, I can do lots with it when I get more length.  My goal now is just to let it grow.  No more cuts (although I may trim the back to avoid a mullet, lol).
Tonight I’m going to go back and see if I can straighten it a little more (mainly along the hairline and at the part), but overall it is presentable!  most importantly I am back to being free of the salon and can get back to what my hair focus is.  I’ve successfully gone natural, now my goal is to grow my hair out.  I hope to be chin length on the sides (think graduated bob) by the end of the summer. 

My crown doesn’t seem to grow as fast, so I expect I’ll have to wear a style that blends it in, but at the end of the day, no more cuts except in the very back – and only if necessary!  It’s time to end the short layered look and grow out long chunky layers.  No more Halle.Berry pixie look!  I’m done!

hair do

March 5, 2010

One day when I escape this hellish cycle of cut and be cut, I will hopefully have enough hair to do this cute updo.


March 3, 2010

I’ve been waiting until I have time to do a hair update justice, but the spirit just hit me so here’s the quick and dirty.

Braids are the devil.  The braids turned into a fiasco.  My friend recommended awful, curly big hair (just too much for me) and half my braids fell out after the first week.  Thank goodness they fell out in the back.  I never got to enjoy them.  I wore them in a ponytail most of the time.  They matted and poofed up horribly.  I am still traumatized.

Post braids I had to start all over ‘training’ my hair to be straight.  I lost all my hair straightening skills and have yet to fully recover.  On top of that, my beautician scalped me so the top of my head is barely covered.  My hair is shorter than ever and I’m back to square one of growing it out.  Thankfully, my hair overall is healthy, I’m just concerned about long it will take to have more than Halle.Berry’s length on my head.  Great for her perhaps, but not for bigheaded me.

The conclusion – I’ll be doing my own hair for the next month to avoid the beautician and her crazy scissors.  If I do have to go back to her for a professional straightening, I’m telling her up front, no cutting or I’m cutting her.

*sigh*  This journey.  At least now I am 100% relaxer free and there is nothing left to do but grow.

new beauty

February 4, 2010

This is the year for a body upgrade. I mean head to toe!

The hair is well underway – newly natural, growing out of my ‘big chop’, healthy and strong.

The face – ahh the face. I feel like my face is in need of a little rejuvenation. I don’t know if time is catching up with me, but I do need a change of routine to try to recapture a little freshness. Any suggestions?

The body – I seem to have hit on something now that I’ve adjusted to a more low carb diet. I lost 5 lbs on my cruise with moderate exercise and high quality food, focusing on protein, fruit and vegetables. I am doing more of that as I continue the year. I am also pairing it with a focus on cardio and arm weights. Hopefully I’ll continue to see good results.

The mind – The mind hasn’t had a chance to process the changes in my life or a new year. I am riding the wave of goodness with the BF and maintaining the lessons learned during my holiday break to put work in its place, but I have not had a chance to let it all sink in. I don’t know if I’ve had a moment of solitude in weeks. I’m a thinker, so those moments must be had for me to settle with change. I’m not sure when I’ll get a moment like that, but I do need to build it into my schedule. A little time to meditate and absorb is always good.

The spirit – I don’t know if I’m mentioned BF’s involvement in his church, but he matches up well with my desired (lol) involvement. I’d made a committment last year to becoming more actively involved in my church. I don’t know how much I’ll accomplish in the short term with my schedule, but being with him definitely supports my growth in this area.