|A plait in front helps to
blend the straight pieces
with the rest of my curly hair
|Gel of Choice
for my Wash n’ Go styles
|The front now blends with the rest of my hair|
|Wavy bangs are better than straight for this look|
|Wash n’ Go Puff Using
Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner
and Eco Styler (Argan Oil) Gel
I remember looking through tons of photos and videos of natural hairstyles while I was transitioning. I was always impressed with how big and fluffy natural hair can get.
|Braid-out Pony Puff
Using a Banana Clip
|One of my favorite places to stock up on
products for my Natural hair care
I have finally decided what my hair goals are for 2011. I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit because I wanted to come up with something that I can go after without burning out. My main goal is to retain as much length as possible this year. Healthy hair grows. So I am updating my regimen to coincide with my new attitude towards my hair.
Many of my YouTube subscribers are aware that I flat iron my hair at least one time each month. I even did a few videos on how I get my hair bone straight. After trimming away heat damaged ends earlier this month, I can see that this routine has taken its’ toll. I’m not saying that I won’t straighten my hair again but, I definitely want to start using a lot less heat from now on. Which brings me to my next goal which is to use little to no heat. This means wearing my hair up in protective styles or curly with wash n’ go’s. I also have rollersets and my newly revamped braidout method to play with so I can still be fabulous without the straight look.
This new attitude is making me reconsider some of the products I have been playing with for the past few months. Something keeps bringing me back to my old stand-bys like unrefined shea butter, apple cider vinegar rinses and Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap for my homemade shampoo mix. I’m even thinking about making up some Flax Seed Gel for the first time so that I can finally set aside my Eco Styler gel. So today I’m going to stop by my favorite natural grocery store and stock up on the things I need to get back to Natural. I’ll probably head over to T.J. Maxx too just to see if they have those liter bottles of Giovanni products in stock. My adventures in silicones & sulfates land are coming to an end and I think I’m gonna just stick to what I know for right now. My hair just responds best to things that have natural ingredients. Why did I ever stray?
Instead of waiting until the spring to rock my curly fro, I looked at a few videos by one of my favorite naturals, anaturalbeauty3. She’s been natural for 2 years and is currently residing in Cali. Her video on her night time routine illustrates how she puts her curly hair up at night to stretch it out. I sent her a message asking how she went about reviving the style in the morning. She replied back that she scrunches her hair with Shea Moistures’ Curl Enhancing Smoothie to wake up the curls. This was a light bulb moment! Once I realized that there wasn’t any need to leave the house with a dripping wet head I was on it.
The Curl Enhancing Smoothie product is not available locally so I decided to try my Palmers Coconut Oil Replinishing Hair Milk. I thought it would work because of it’s creamy, but wet texture. I know it plays well with Eco Styler Gel so it was worth a try.
After a few attempts, I was able to come up with a routine. The trick is to apply my usual products for my wash n’ go in the evening. Once it has air dried for a couple of hours, I use the diffuser to get my hair completely dry. This sets my curls before I wrap it up. Then, just like in the video, I pull my hair back and secure it with a hair tie. Any short strands can be pinned down. I then wrap it with a satin scarf and put on my satin bonnet. In the morning I just take my hair down, scrunch in some product and that’s it. I’m so glad to have found this method because it has resulted in hair that is soft, moisturized and easy to style.
CLICK HERE To See how I do my wash n’ go
I’ve been learning in the past few months that it’s not just the pH that is important but also the ingredients. This little experiment made me realize that it may be the glycerin in the product that always gives me the “Ramen Noodle effect” which is why I always need use oil and conditioner underneath. Also, living in a dry climate where there is no humidity present can also add to the drying (not moisturizing) effect of the glycerin. For now, I’m avoiding the Eco Styler or using it sparingly until I can figure out the combination that works for me.
|Before applying the aloe/gel mix|
|My hair with Aloe/ Gel mixture
applied to one section