Friday, February 24, 2017

How to Refresh Your Curls and Coils

I don't refresh my hair often. It's just not a regular part of my routine. However, there are times when my hair is just not cooperating and I need to hit the reset button. If you are looking for how to save your flopped natural hair without fully washing it, look no further.

  1. Dampen the hair with a spray bottle or just wet hands. I regularly throw away my spray bottles so I just wet my hands a little. It worked out just fine.
  2. Apply a small amount of moisturizer. There is already product on your hair from washday so there is no need to go crazy applying more product. I applied a dollop of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie in large sections.
  3. Apply a small amount of gel. I applied a dime to nickel size amount of gel to each of the large sections and raked it in. I rather disliked DevaCurl Arc AnGel when I originally tried it, but it worked out well for this restyling!
  4. Dry It! If this is an emergency, you'll likely be doing it at night. You could put it--wet--into a pineapple and sleep on it or you could use heat to fully dry it before bed. Diffusing or sitting under a dryer should do the trick. My hair was completely dry after sitting under the dryer on low for an hour.
I am overall happy with this process and will "write" it in my mental book of hair emergency fixes right next to the wet bun. 








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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tis Too Much Frizz

My hair is suddenly frizzy and there are too many variables for me to be able to tell why. For my most recent wash and go, I moisturized with Mixtina Conditioner--rinsing it but leaving some in--and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I then followed that by styling with Wetline Xtreme gel (aka Bae ). 

      

Though the products aren't my all-star lineup, they are very similar and when mixed with other members of the dream team have done well in the past. However my results today and on my last washday have been frizz city. My ends are coiled--especially in the back--but areas that usually aren't frizzy, are! 

I could think of many explanations for this and only time and trial will reveal the culprit. I may have buildup. In the past buildup has been a factor that has given me frizzy hair. My last two washes were with a cowash that I recently traded for in a swap community. I am not a co-washer and usually cleanse my hair with a sulfate-free shampoo with ingredients that could remove even silicones if necessary

I've also been getting great deals on Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie at Ulta. I've just opened my second of 3 total jars. The CES is a heavy product that could cause buildup. I'm less inclined to think it's the culprit as I've had banging wash and gos with Cantu which is also heavy and what I buy when CES isn't on sale.

I may need a light protein treatment. The thought only crossed my mind because I have experienced over moisturized hair in the past. At those times my hair was limp, dull, and just uncooperative. I used my Ion Reconstructor mixed with my regular conditioner a few weeks ago. Also, I actually have decent tensile strength with most of my shed hairs. I'm listing the protein thought I doubt it's the real culprit.

Next wash day, i'll be popping the cap open on my Mixtina shampoo--which contains 4 gentle cleansers in the top 5 ingredients--and hopefully using that will get rid of this incessant frizz!







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Monday, February 20, 2017

Video | Wash and Go Tag - ALL THE TIPS!

A  little while ago, I watched a wash and go tag by another youtuber. Her video was very informative and I incorporated some of her tips and tricks into my wash and go routine. Hopefully my video will be helpful to someone else.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/cs7pZC3OO-A

1. What are your holy grail stylers for your wash n gos? 
2. What is your holy grail moisturizer under your styler? 
3. Do you rake, smooth, shingle, etc.?
4. How long does your wash n gos typically last?
5. How do you preserve your wash n go?
6. Do you get tangles or single strand knots when you do wash n gos?
7. Does your climate affect how or when you wear wash n gos?
​8. What do you use to seal in the moisture and does this help with decreasing crunch? 
9. Do you style your wash and gos on damp or wet hair?
10. What advice would you give a new natural about wearing their wash and go?







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