Friday, January 28, 2011

Straightening the Kinks...

I've been thinking long and hard about straightening my hair (permanently).  I hear the audible gasps, so let me run down my thought process - these are the questions I've been asking myself:

Do I want to stay natural and KNOW for my hairtype I'm going to have to always twist or stretch it in some way to style it?

My plan is to wear it straightened once I hit shoulder length by blowdrying and flatironing, so is it worth it to stay natural?

Are the negatives of relaxing worth the negatives of keeping it natural?

I think w/ relaxed hair I know how to take care of it better and I can neglect it more w/o adverse effects.  It sounds backwards, but it's true for my hair.  Relaxed all I have to do is put on a satin cap at night and maybe wrap it and I'm good until the next wash time.  I’m a beast at rollersetting (or at least I was) so maintenance is easier for me and with my new role as a single mom, taking grad school courses, a new demanding job - with twice a month travel; easy is what I need.

My Hair Circa 2008 - Rollerset
No matter what I decide, I'll document it all here, because whether I'm natural or relaxed...I'm still a Very Kinky Girl!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Trio

This weekend I went to Macy's to take back a Christmas present that didn't fit and while I was there I decided to pick up some of Carol's Daughter Hair Milk.  Well, lo and behold the Hair Milk has gone through a transformation, they say that the formula hasn't been changed, but the bottle has, it now looks like an old fashioned milk bottle and holds 2 oz. more than the original packaging.  The saleswoman asked me if I used the whole "system", well previously there was no system just Hair Milk, but now there is also a shampoo and conditioner!  I told her no that I was currently using Taliah Waajid's products for that and she recommended I try the system.  First, I told her I would next time, but then curiosity got the better of me, so I purchased it ALL! 

According to the website and the sales woman this is how it should be used: Give your curls what they need! First cleanse with Hair Milk Curl Perfecting Shampoo. Repeat as needed. Follow with Hair Milk Curl Perfecting Conditioner. Rinse. Use a t-shirt to remove excess water and reduce frizz. Apply Hair Milk The Original Curl Definer to hair. Dry and style as usual. The sales woman stressed applying the hair milk with your fingers, but I will most likely use my denman.  Now, I do not have "curls" in the usual sense, so I'll see what this does for my hair. 

I'll update y'all when I wash! 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Trimming My Hair...

I didn't want to do it, but it really needed it so I am.  I'm using Rustic Beauty's method and although I'm sad to see some hair go, might as well start off the new hair year with better ends.  CURSE YOU HAIR COLOR!!! *and not deep conditioning* LOL!  I'm trimming about a half an inch all around, that's like a month's worth of growth *pours out a little conditioner for my homies*!

*this is not me; I WISH my hair was that LONG!*

Even though I was in denial, here is how I know that a trim was needed:
  1. When I twist my hair the ends were very frizz-a-licious!
  2. When I would manipulate my hair, even damp, my ends would feel drier and not as smooth as the (uncolored) length of my hair.
  3. When I blow dried my hair the comb attachment kept snagging on my ends, even with a detangling with my Denman.
  4. When I blow dried my ends were WAY frizzier than the length of my hair.

This year I am going to do my darndest to make sure that my hair does not get so dry this year.  I plan on deep conditioning at least every two weeks and using a butter mix to twist my hair from now on.  The water and the air here in the Shenandoah Valley is extremely dry, I mean Ashy McAsh could be the nicknames for my boys and me even after a shower and thoroughly lotioning up, it's CUH-RAZY!  So, it's no surprise that it's drying out my hair as well.  So, I will now not leave the house without a satin scarf or turban on my head, especially under winter headgear.  I will not try to be cute in the house with my hair out, hello scarf or turban again.  Hopefully, these measures will result in moister, non frizzy ends by the spring time.  I do not plan on trimming again until my year or after the first six months of the Mop Top Maven challenge.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year, New Hair Regime...

This year I'll be joining the Mop Top Maven Hair Challenge.  Okay, here's my starting pics and I did not start off with a trim because I don't want to lose any length right now. First I said that I'd trim at a year natural, but now I think I'll trim a (very) little bit at a time.  I'll be doing the natural and ayurvedic routine, mostly natural, but using Henna occasionally.  I will also be deep conditioning, protective styling, and sleeping on satin more. 

Before the blowout.

One side blown out.

All blown out.
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