Mini Twists!!!

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!

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Before curling the ends

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After curling the ends

Flat-twist and Curl

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!)

 

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Prolonging The Life of A Wash N’ Go

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.

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Right side of my head (right after styling)

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Left side of my head (right after styling)

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Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

March Length Check

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The pic on the left was taken on October 8, 2012 and the pic on the right was taken on March 5, 2013. 5 months of growth!

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.

Been Gone For A Minute

Hey All!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

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Flat-twistout on an old WNG

I feel so guilty that I’ve been gone from the blog for so long! The past semester was really rough for me and I had no time for new posts, and hardly any time for my hair! Over the past couple of months, I’ve stuck (mostly) to a routine with my hair. I washed once a week with non-sulfate shampoo (right now I’m using Trader Joe’s Nourishing Spa Shampoo) and after shampooing I put my leave-in conditioner (KCKT or Paul Mitchell’s The Conditioner) in right away and proceed with detangling and styling. I’ve been doing wash n gos because that’s all I have time for, it takes me about 20 mins from the time I get out of the shower. Since it’s winter now, I try to style on days when I don’t have to go outside right away, but I have gone outside with wet hair in the cold a few times (smh). I’ve been participating in the Hairscapades Bunning Challenge, so I’ve been bunning my hair for 4-6 days out of the week, each week, since about the middle of November. This challenge has really helped me to retain length and not have my ends exposed to the elements. I’ve recently made a whipped shea butter mix inspired by Naptural85, I love how moisturized it makes my hair look and feel! I’m also about to hit 5 months of not straightening my hair, which I will end in January because I need to get rid of some splits and SSKs I’ve been scoping out.

That’s all for now! Thanks for your support!

Highlights

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So, I previously swore off damaging agents from my hair such as bleach and dyes and such. However, I got the itch to highlight my hair after seeing some cute highlights on some natural bloggers I follow. I decided that I didn’t want to spend the money to have them professionally done, so I enlisted the help of one of my friends and we did them ourselves. It was pretty much the effect I was seeking, and it gives me a reason to keep up with moisturizing and protein deep conditioning treatments so that my hair can stay healthy. Plus, I love color!!!! I only highlighted pieces from the front quarter of my hair as it was quicker and minimizes any damage that may occur. I mixed equal parts of Clairol Pure White 20 developer and the powder lightener, placed foils under the hair and applied the mixture. Once I was done with a section, I waited until I was happy with the color and washed it out section by section to avoid over-processing.

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