Length Retention Plateau: Stuck at the Same Length for Over a Year and a Half

I have to own up to the fact that I have been stuck between BSL and grazing MBL for more than a year. Why? Whenever I retain a few inches, I start slacking in my hair care routine, I obsess … 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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Kitchen Chemistry // DIY Styling Butter + Experimenting With Product Application

I ended up inadvertently leaving the my box braids in for three weeks and it took another week after that to get them all out. Granted, I did take MANY breaks, but still. I’m glad to be rid of them. … Continue reading

I CHEATED!!!

I confess. I peeked at my hair for the first time in over 2 months. Normally, I do my wash day routine and don’t even look in the mirror, which is usually fogged up anyway. Now that I think about it, I haven’t had my hair out all at once since starting this challenge. I digress. I took down my twisted halo style to install a different updo for the next week or two and I had a moment of weakness and ran to the mirror. O… M… G… It looked way bigger than I remembered (I took pictures, but they just don’t seem to do it justice, imo), even with shrinkage. I stretched a piece in the back to check length and discovered my hair had just passed BSL (right under the bra strap).

My hair seems to have rapidly caught up to where it would have been had I not been lazy about my genie locs. That being said, I really dig protective styling now. I’ve discovered some cute styles that are quick and simple (and y’all know I love quick and simple), PS-ing has shaved at least 30 min off the time it takes me to get ready to go out, my hair stays moisturized longer, and I have also shortened the actual washing process of my hair to under 2 hours simply by finger detangling with oil (and water pressure) and leaving my hair in plaits through the whole thing (even moisturizing and sealing). Oh but this will definitely continue beyond the challenge. I hereby resolve to wear my hair out only once in a blue moon and on special occasions.

I’m ecstatic!! But being up all day and night Friday, not going to bed until 8 or 9 AM and losing a day to not waking up until 5:26 PM Saturday has taken its toll on my internal clock. Just as everyone else was finishing up their day, I felt like mine had just started. I was ready for breakfast and “news” (internet buzz) while others ate dinner and had drinks. Here it is 4:04 AM and I’m just now getting sleepy. Here’s a quick pic of my hair wrapped up for bed. I’m bunning my hair (sans Marley hair, I’m proud to say) for the better part of winter.

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I wanted to take a pic with my hair exposed, but I’m too sleepy to have to tie my hair up all over again. Lazy, I know.

To make up for my laziness, I’ll throw in some fro shots from earlier today… or yesterday…? I need to go to bed. Clearly. Anyway, excuse the leftover product. It was still a little wet from re-moisturizing in the shower.


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Day 57 of 90 | Wash Day// 90 Days of Updos, Day 54 [VIDEO]

Okay so I uploaded this on YT several days ago, but I still thought I’d share it here too. It was Day 52 of my 90 Days of Updos Challenge I assigned myself. I’m now entering the home stretch (12/30/2012 … Continue reading

Porosity Can Greatly Affect Your Hair Care Routine

What is Porosity? Porosity is the term used to describe how easily water and other matter can diffuse in and out if the cuticle and into or out of the cortex. It is determined by how tightly and thoroughly the … Continue reading

I Just Went Natural. Now What?: A Friendly Guide to Regimen Building for the Newly Natural

Share this with your friends who entertaining the thought of going natural as well as those who have recently big chopped or are transitioning

WHYB (“Where Have You Been” for the late folk)

I’ve been MIA for a few days, I know. But I have a good reason! I have been meticulously editing cracking out over a video I shot and working on some new post ideas. I’m quickly popping in today to … Continue reading