Scalp Issues + Experimenting With New Products

I am now entering my seventh month of protective styling and I have noticed the length of my braids has increased slightly. As I was setting my hair for the night, I stretched my hair to get a better idea … 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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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