Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wash and Go: Technique is Everything

Me before these techniques. Defined but only minimally
This past week, I have learned so much about the important of technique when it comes to a wash and go. Using the same products but different techniques, my hair came out completely different. I cannot exclaim thoroughly enough through this typed format exactly how different my hair was. I'm talking day and night, y'all! Three techniques helped me to have a better wash and go: returning to the LOC method, diffusing, and appropriate sectioning.

LOC Method
The LOC method is a staple in the natural hair community and for good reason, it works. It involves applying a liquid, water based moisturizer to the hair, sealing that with an oil, then sealing again with a heavier cream or butter. When I adopted the Max Hydration Method as my regimen, I moisturized my hair with a leave in then sealed everything in with a gel. This method is working for many on the regimen but I find that I need a little more sealant.

Thinking of the gel as the heavier sealant in the LOC method I returned to applying an oil after my leave-in and before my gel. My hair is much softer feeling and has more shine for this simple tweak.

I'll admit that I have owned a diffuser for several months but never used it. It takes time to diffuse and I wasn't willing to take that time. With the colder weather here in Florida I was kind of forced to diffuse my hair dry and I'm glad that I was. Diffusing greatly decreases frizz and increases definition. I can apply the same products and air dry and end up with a much less defined result. Trust me, I did this and the only change was the diffusing.

Appropriate Sectioning
I have more hair on just the back half of my head than some people have on their entire head. I'm not trying to throw shade; I'm just stating the facts. I think that we too often ignore hair density when it comes to natural hair care. Due to my very dense head of hair I cannot put my hair into 4 sections and think that the product is getting distributed--as so many naturals can do.

I looked to other naturals who have very thick hair--Kelsey and Kendra of the GlamTwinz334 channel. I browsed through any of their videos where they were applying product and noticed that they break their 4 sections down into about 4 rows. They do this no matter if they are applying deep conditioner, leave-in, or a styler.

I decided to apply my pre-poo, deep conditioner, clay mask, leave in, and gel in this manner and--bay-bay!--my hair is moisturized and very defined. My definition goes further up the strands and my hair was actually flat on top. I'm now seriously considering sleeping with my hair in a pineapple for volume. Also the movement in my hair is so much better that I'm almost certain that my hair would fall back down from the pineapple the following morning.

I might also mention that how you sleep on your hair is also a technique. My hair comes out differently in the morning depending on how I've slept on it. I recently purchased a pocket bonnet so that my hair can hang downward as I sleep. I'm trying to get rid of that graduated bob look that can be seen in some of my videos. (ugh!)


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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Trim - October 2014

Here it is, my dears. I put my hair into twists and then snipped off the ends. I love how the ends are multi-colored. lol. As for the twists I used to do this trim...NEVER AGAIN! I must learn how to trim my hair in its natural state.

The twists took nearly 2 hours to install and I was suffering from sciatica during the process. I couldn't stand in the bathroom any longer after I had done the first half so I stumbled to the living room. After I finished, my husband had to yank me onto my feet from the living room floor. Just, no!

However, the twists looked good in the emergency room the following evening, which is where I had to go when the pain became unbearable. They put me on all sorts of drugs and I probably wouldn't have been much worried about doing my hair if it was loose.


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Monday, November 03, 2014

30 Days of Thanksgiving

November is the month of giving thanks. If you take a moment to begin or end your day by giving thanks and showing gratitude, you will see a positive change in your life. This month I am challenging myself to come back to this post daily and write at least one thing that I am thankful for over the 30 days in November. I'm going to try to keep up with it on my snapchat, too.

Day 1: Weekends off.
Day 2: Ihop breakfast. Beach time with my husband and dog.
Day 3: Free time during the work week because my work is done. Sleepy Hollow episode.
Day 4: Strength of mind
Day 5: That timely cupcake from students
Day 6: Friendly coworkers
Day 7: #GoogleIt! shirt a parent made me and that I'm wearing today. It's my catch phrase!
Day 8: Fresh Nails
Day 9: Advil.
Day 10: Immune System.
Day 11: Veterans 
Day 12: An observation during a lab
Day 13: A new beginning
Day 14: Paydayzzzzzz
Day 15: Affording an impromptu cookout
Day 16: Getting things done
Day 17: The little Spanish I can understand
Day 18: Warm clothing
Day 19: Public school art as a child. I know who Frida Khalo is!
Day 20: My husband.
Day 21: Running, hot water
Day 22: The Diffuser
Day 23: Good times with good people
Day 24: No fear of driving in the rain.
Day 25: Style
Day 26:
Day 27:
Day 28:
Day 29:
Day 30:


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