Friday, November 18, 2011

When Things Work, Stop Trying To Fix Them

I keep running into the same problem when it comes to my hair.  I always want to try something new when there's nothing wrong with what I'm doing at the moment.  Case in point-- my latest curlformer set.

There is only one way to get three to four days out of those curls. I have to use a goodie ouchless headband to pull the curls back, then flip my hair up and tie on a scarf to sleep at night.  This is known as the pineapple.

 Everytime I don't do it, disaster strikes.  And there was definitely a disaster on my head this morning because I did not follow the proper procedure.  I didn't have time to snap a picture because I was running late, but I was able to salvage my hair with an up 'do.  Here's a bad look at it.

I wore this "Little House on The Prairie" hairdo for four days.  It's definitely time for something new:-)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

27 Weeks Post Relaxer

I'm trucking along, folks.  It's been 27 weeks since my last relaxer.  My wash day was pretty uneventful, aside from the fact that my arms were freaking sore from putting in the curlformers.

 However, I tweaked a few things.

1.  I rinsed my hair in braids in every step.  I think that helped to cut down on tangling and my general insanity.

2.  I only used Knot Today and *hangs head in shame* African Pride Hair oil as my leave-ins.  (when it came time to set the curlformers, I used the generic Chi Serum and the ORS twist and loc gel.

3. Oops! I accidentally forgot to use the Generic Chi Serum on the back of my hair as I was setting. I don't think it caused much damage.

Here are my results:

 I must say, I really felt good today. I felt like my hair liked me and the curls were awesome.  There wasn't much drama, but I'm not really sure I'll get much out of this set for the rest of the week.  The curls kind of fell throughout the day, but I will remain positive.  I hope I at least get day 2 out of these things. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I Gave Up!

I had to let go of the curls.  They were too smooshed to go on.  So I tried something different and OMG...LOOK!

I did a french twist based off of Naptural 85's YouTube channel.  It's not the best, but it's MY best.  I've never been able to do a version of a french anything on my hair.  Yay me:-) I must admit that I went a bit buck wild with the bobbie pins and had to remove some because they were hurting my head.

Uhm... so yeah... I worked late last night and didn't have time to figure out something else to do with my hair, so it looks like I'll be rocking the french twist for as long as it will allow. I sure hope it hangs on until Saturday. Now I want to find more updos that I can do (which means they have to be VERY remedial).

Side note: Asian girl I work with says, "is that all of your hair in there?"
Me: "Yes"
Asian Girl: "That's a lot of hair."
Me: "That's my problem."

I can't believe I said that.  I guess I was trying to make her feel comfortable.  I love the thickness of my hair and it is not a bad problem to have.  I hope I didn't insult my hair.  I need it to cooperate with me.  This do-it-yourself haircare is a trip.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

We're Not Holding Up

Day 2 hair was okay. I decided to modify my sleeping routine and... well... it didn't work. I smashed some of my curls

Day 3 saw the steady decline of my curls, but I'm not giving up easily. Apparently I sleep on my left side because the curls are crushed on that side.  The back is holding up pretty well.

I'm going to try to make these curls last until Thursday, but that is looking unlikely.  I think I'm going to return to using the Bee Mine curling butter to set the curls.  They seem to flatten more with the ORS twist and lock gel.  Also, I'll be glad when I get my eyebrows waxed. I'm starting to look like a wolf.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wash Day

It has been six months since my last relaxer and a little over four months, since I started doing my own hair.

This is my hair fresh out of the curlformers. I was quite impressed, but I took a nap later and... well... I wish I could sleep standing up.

Anyways, back to wash day.  Since my hair was straight there wasn't any drama over detangling and such. I parted my hair in six sections, sprayed down each one with water and applied my Design anti-itch shampoo.  It was alright I guess. My head isn't itching like crazy right now, but it didn't make my head tingle like the Influance dandruff shampoo did.

I let that shampoo sit on my scalp for about ten minutes, then I hopped in the shower. I rinsed out the anti-itch and applied Design's moisture retention shampoo.  I don't know what moisture it retains because my hair felt squeaky clean like a clarifying shampoo.  Honestly, my hair feels a bit better after I use the SheaMoisture.  BUT this was only my first use, so I can't really give a good review.

After I rinsed out the last of the shampoo, I applied a crap load of suave conditioner to each section to soften it up. I rinsed that out, applied ORS replenishing conditioner, detangled and braided each section, then sat under my new dryer for 15 minutes,

I decided to leave the braids in when I rinsed out the deep conditioner.  I'm not sure if that was the best idea because I'm not sure I rinsed it all out.  But I lost a lot less hair.

As you can see for the pic above, I used curlformers. I used the generic version of the chi serum, coconut oil and ORS gel to set them.  I sat under my new dryer off and on for a total of three hours and the darn things dried.  My hair looked shiny when I took the curlformers out.

I'm excited to see how long these curls hold up:-)

I would like to end by saying that I love my new Thermal Ionic BaByliss hair dryer. It's like I'm in a salon. It's just that I finished setting my hair so late that I could only sit under there for about two hours Saturday night. I thought they were pretty dry, but I was scared. Curlformers are NOT your friend when the hair isn't dry. So I sat under there for another thirty minutes Sunday morning to be sure. My hair was totally dry. Like I said, I really love my new dryer.  Now.. if I could actually reach my goal of starting my hair earlier in the day.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Look What Came In The Mail

Soooo... my healthy, do-it-yourself hair journey came to a bit of a screeching halt with my press-n-curl.  I have not washed my hair in three weeks.  I know it's bad, but I just haven't had the time to tackle the issue. It takes me eight hours to wash, condition, deep condition, detangle and set my hair.  And no, that time does not include the actual hair drying time... but I digress.

A sample of Carol's Daughter's new Monoi conditioner came in the mail for me the other day. I was so excited.  I filled out something for it a couple of weeks ago and totally forgot about it.  I didn't think there was a chance I'd actually get a sample.

Well, this litter sucker is just under an ounce of glory.  It got me pumped up for this weekend's wash, but the more I look at it, the more it looks like a tease.  I really don't think there's enough product in this sucker for my entire head of hair.  However, beggars can't be choosers, right?

So!  I am armed with this sample that I may or may not use and my new dryer (hooray!).  I resisted the urge to buy a new styling product to set my beloved curlformers, but that didn't stop me from obsessing over ways to make the curlformer curls last longer.  I've looked over several girls' routines.  They all brush their setting product through each section of hair. I don't. I kind of just rub it on, so it's probably not distributed evenly.  I plan to change that this weekend.  Also, I plan to get an early start on the wash routine (before noon), but I may not be able to reach that goal because I have to take my car in for some work on Saturday.