Year-Long Protective Styling Challenge Update // Month 3

I am proud to say I have been going three months strong with my little marley hair protective styling “challenge.” I’ve gotten into a rut with styles, admittedly, but it doesn’t bother me; I’m far too focused on the overall … Continue reading

Update on My Length Retention Journey

Last time I posted, I took full responsibility for the length plateau I’m experiencing and committed to following my regimen strictly and consistently as well as tucking my hair away in protective styles for a full year. I have adhered … Continue reading

Greek Yogurt & Honey Protein Treatment

2nd day hair; a little frizzy, but still on point to say I didn’t use gel. I had a great experience with a greek yogurt deep treatment I want to share. My hair felt like it needed some TLC so … Continue reading

I Want to Shave My Head!

-Siiiiiiiiigghhhh- My nemesis returns. The incomplete split. Incomplete splits are a PLAGUE on my strands! I’ve searched and searched for the cause, but I can’t find reliable, consistent information. Some sources say it’s from using high heat frequently, but I … Continue reading

Back on the Curly Girl Wagon + Hair Porn, Baby!

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Yaaas, honey, yaaaasss! As most readers may know, I used to follow the Curly Girl Method to the T for several months. Over time, I had to modify it to fit my busy schedule, but I ended up modifying it to the point that I was no longer following the CG Method. I loved the results I got from it, but the frequency and time it took for me to co-wash and get those results was too much, which is what led to the modifications. In a previous post I mentioned that I wish to resume utilizing the CG Method, but I will still need to make a few changes so it doesn’t take up hours of my day and I can still do my protective styling challenge.

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When I removed my yarn twists (3 days ago), I decided to start co-washing again. The results were made somewhat disastrous by an overabundance of oil in my leave-in mixture so I had to co-wash yet again yesterday, but this time when it came time to moisturize, I completely saturated my hair with SN coconut conditioner and only added just enough water to provide a little more slip and to work in the conditioner. Once I was done finger combing, I flipped my hair upside-down and carefully (so as not to disturb the curls), but briefly wrapped it in a large sheet of cotton T-shirt fabric to soak up the excess water and product, then I gently shook my hair (still upside-down) and used a headband as a hair tie to keep it out of my face while I let it air dry. The pictures you see are the results of that; my hair is, I’d say, 95% dry in these pics. I didn’t seal with any oils or add any to my conditioner. I didn’t even use gel (I don’t even have anymore gel, but I have one that’s CG friendly I’m looking to do a product review on so stay tuned). These are pretty much “half-naked” curls and they came out beautifully and surprisingly less frizzy than I expected, to say I didn’t use any type of holding product. I’ve got the wash and detangle time down to about 45 minutes (= breakneck speed for kinky-curlies) so I’m in it for the long haul now. I will still be using my Elixir as a refresher and detangler, however, since it mostly consists conditioner and water. I’m extremely happy with the results. To think, the longer you do the CG Method, the better your hair looks. Frizz, be gone!

I believe I’m seeing results more quickly than the first time I started using the CG method because I really haven’t been using any sulfates (save the Queen Helene Cholesterol deep treatment I used recently) or silicones. I’ve also been washing with clay, which is often used to detox the hair of those types of ingredients so I guess my hair won’t go through that awkward “adjusting period” where the hair looks worse before it gets better like some people do. My only complaint about the CG Method is how much conditioner I have to buy and use since I have more hair. Yes, the conditioner I buy is superhero cheap, but I can easily use up between 1/3 and 1/2 a bottle of SN in one wash so I really need to stock up. Know what? We should all petition Suave to make huge bulk-sized bottles of their most popular conditioners. I’d buy three and four at a time, trust.

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Now that I’ve enjoyed my wash-n-go for a few hours, it’s time to put it into a protective style and continue with my challenge and figure out how to combat my nemeses, incomplete splits. Le sigh. Oh well, I’ll have to find a cute textured updo and keep up the struggle against hands-in-hair syndrome. My hair is whipping like a pom-pom; the curls are holding firmly, but they’re soft and springy. So bouncy and free. Girl, lemme stop ‘fore I start playing in it again. As always, Peace & Love.

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Featured Naturals // Rochelle Graham (BlackOnyx77), CEO of Alikay Naturals

From where do you hail and how long have you been natural? Rochelle “BlackOnyx” Graham. I am from Jamaica and currently reside in Fort Myers, FL. I have been natural for 5 years. What prompted your decision to go natural? … Continue reading

Kitchen Chemistry // Honey Hair & Skin Care + Refined Coconut Oil Update

I tried the refined coconut oil on my hair. Instantly in love. Once again, An old product that didn’t quite live up to the expectations in the past is now being sinceriously considered as a staple. I even added some … Continue reading