I haven’t been so active on my blog recently (sorry about that) but I want to start back up with regular posts soon. I am, however, very active on my Instagram so if you’re on there too you can follow me! My IG is @curlyrel.
This was done back in May, I’ve just been a little lazy with posting. I am so excited to finally have mini twists. I had some about 2 years ago, but I haven’t had the patience to do them again since then. As usual I recruited one of my friends to help me and we got it done in less than two hours!!! I washed and conditioned my hair with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle shampoo and conditioner, applied some Kinky Curly Knot Today and did some light blowdrying to stretch. To twist, I used my shea butter mix (shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin e, olive oil, castor oil) and some Eco Styler gel (krystal). Once we finished twisting, I found that my hair lacked the volume I desired, so we set the ends on tiny rods. The twists lasted me a little over two weeks, my scalp was so itchy and though I tried cowashing after the first week, it wasn’t enough and I found my twists started to look fuzzy. I still enjoyed them while they lasted though!
The flat-twist and curl is becoming one of my go-to styles. I think it comes out better on a old wash n go, or dry stretched hair. I simply take a section of hair, re-wet it with a spray bottle, coat it with a shea butter mix and flat-twist. I roll the ends with flexi-rods and that’s it. I go to sleep and in the morning I release the twists. I prefer flat-twisting as opposed to regular twisting because regular twisting leave my roots puffy and frizzy. (Hated it!)
I’ve been styling my hair in wash n’ gos now for a few months. Recently, I’ve been experimenting on how to make my wash n’ go last for as many days as possible, and I finally think I’ve got it! Once a week I wash my hair with Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and then I deep condition with Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner and olive oil. I put on a plastic cap and then a towel turban over it and leave it in overnight. In the morning I wash out the condish/oil and I put in my Kinky Curly Knot Today and lightly detangle in the shower. When I get out of the shower, I finger detangle and apply the Kinky Curly Curling Custard. When I’m done, I seal my hair with Aubrey Organics Aloe Vera Juice (which I keep in the fridge) and it’s nice and cold when I apply it to my hair to seal. When they say, “Don’t touch your hair while it’s drying” they really mean it. I try not to touch my hair at all until it’s time to put it in a pineapple for bed, which would be around 12-15 hours after I styled it. It is mostly dry by then except for the middle which doesn’t have the best access to air. The less I touch it, the better the wash n’ go is preserved. I was able to wear my most recent wash n’ go for 4 days, I could have worn it out for day 5 but I felt like it was looking a little dry and I wanted to protect my ends. Over the course of these 4 days I didn’t not reapply product and lightly spritzed water over my head for a little moisture every morning. I just took it down from the pineapple, shook my head like crazy, and fluffed.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a length check. Since October in fact! I’m very pleased with the amount of growth which is almost 3″ and my hair is now almost at Bra Strap Length. I’ve been able to retain length over the past 5 months by keep my hair moisturized and bunning my hair most of the time.
When I first cut off all my relaxed ends, I was excited to experiment with new products and methods that I had seen on naturallycurly.com and curlynikki.com. I tried just about everything, silicones and no silicones, conditioners, gels, twist outs, twist n curls, wash n gos, and the list goes on and on. I was disappointed with most of my experimentation, my hair did not come out the way that I envisioned it most of the time, plus I had to deal with the straighter/heat damaged left side of my head which always ruined a hairstyle that I was trying to achieve. So now that my hair is more even and has grown out more, I want to revisit some of the methods that I had previously tried that were an epic fail at the time.
The first method I wanted to retry was the Tightly Curly Method. I purchased the book Curly Like Me by Teri LaFlesh that outlines the method and goes on to highlight the good and bad parts of Teri’s journey. Retrying this method led me to two conclusions that I’m happy to have finally figured out.
Number 1: This method is not for me. The conditioner just sits on top of my hair and my curls don’t clump. Number 2: I have coarse, low porosity strands (which would be the reason for number 1). This information is monumental for me, now I can experiment with products that will actually cater to my hair, and help keep that moisture in.
So after a 5 month hiatus, I’ve finally decided to straighten my hair again. I wanted to see how much length I’ve retained and also to trim my ends a little. I started off by washing my hair with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Shampoo, then I used the ApHogee 2 minute Reconstructor as a quick protein treatment, I followed up with Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner and put a plastic cap over my hair for about an hour. I blow-dried my hair in sections after spraying my hair with Paul Mitchell’s Moisture Mist and TreSemme heat protectant. Blow-drying my hair took an hour. When I was done blow-drying, I began flat-ironing it in sections and that process took another hour. I purchased a 1″ Sedu flat iron because my Chi doesn’t work anymore. The Sedu did a pretty good job, I’m happy that it has a heat setting because the Chi did not. I kept the heat on 360 degrees, it didn’t get my hair bone straight, but I wasn’t willing to go higher in temperature and risk heat damage.
All in all, I’m happy with the length I was able to retain, and I’ll probably continue to straighten my hair once every 4-5 months or so. I trimmed my hair a few days after I straightened it, I also did this in sections and only took off the split ends and SSKs I noticed. I also measured my hair after I trimmed it to monitor my growth. The hair at my nape is 11.5″, in the middle of my is 11″, the front left is around 10″, and the front right is 12-13″. The reason for the disparity in the front is because I got my hair cut curly, and the front left is straighter when curly, so it looks even with the other side when it’s curly. I’ll do an official length check in a few days. My goal for 2013 is too continue to keep my ends healthy so that by the end of the year I’ll have an overall length of about 16″ this will take me probably about halfway between BSL and MBL.