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!

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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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I’ve Been Jaded!

I’m so excited about this! I’ve gotten the most fantastic haircut ever! I’m sure many of you have heard of Tameeka of Jaded Tresses and Christo salon. I heard about her from Hairscapades and she also came to one of the Hairscapades meet ups. After seeing her work I decided that I had to get a haircut from her. Plus the shape of my hair when it was curly was absolutely horrible! Plus, for the month of August, she offered a few promotions, one which included a haircut for $100 instead of the normal $155. I made an appointment right away and the next day I was on my way to the Christo salon in NYC on Fifth Avenue (I know, real fancy). I walked out happily satisfied with tresses that were even and healthy! My wash n gos look BOSS now, and I’m able to get up to 4th day hair, (previously I never even got 2nd day hair out of a wash n go). I’ll definitely be seeing her again soon!

1st Day Hair

2nd Day Hair

3rd Day Hair

Flexirod Set

Hey All! I haven’t been able to blog in awhile as I’ve been very busy with school. But I’m planning to be more consistent in the future. I’ve always wanted to do a full flexirod set, but I didn’t have enough flexirods. So I purchased a few packs and tried it out. I LOVED the results. I used Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner and Eco Styler Gel (Krystal) for the set. I let it dry overnight and released the flexirods in the morning. (lol please excuse this first pic, I had just woken up and it’s the only one I had with the flexirods in my hair.)Image

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Let’s Get Things Straight

I’ve been absent from the blog for awhile but I’m back now. I decided to straighten my hair this past weekend because I haven’t straightened it in 3 months and I thought I’d do some spring cleaning (of my ends). I simply snipped an itty bit from the ends that were frayed and split. Overall my hair is in really great condition which I’m ecstatic about. My hair has grown so much that it shocked me, and I felt overwhelmed while trying to straighten it. I think next time I will just go to a hairdresser. Not using heat regularly is so freeing to your hair, and your hair will LOVE you for it!

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April Length Check

I’ve decided to do length checks every 3 months to document my journey to waist length stretched hair. It was especially fitting since I joined round 2 of the Grow Out Challenge over at Hairscapades. I’m trying to get better at making my length checks more accurate, I want to make sure that I grab the same group of hair each time. I also want to make sure that I can compare different sections of my hair, not just the back. As of now, my hair is a much fuller APL (armpit length) than it was in January when it was barely reaching APL. Hopefully by my next length check in July, it’ll be closer to BSL (bra-strap length).

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JANUARY 2012 (BEFORE TRIM)

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APRIL 2012 (AFTER TRIM)