Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wash Day | Where Thoughts of Big Chopping Are Held Back By Curlformers

Thank you for all the emails and messages checking up on me because I basically fell off the face of the planet. Very sorry I've been so MIA and out of touch, but these last couple of weeks were filled with final exams and getting the next steps of my life in order because I finished law school y'all! I have a couple days before I start studying for the bar but I'm just over the moon that I'm done with school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alright-y, now that I've got all the twirls, fist pumps, and cartwheels out of my system, let's recap this wash day.

I started off by pre-pooing with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner and I added vegetable glycerin for an extra boost of moisture.

Glycerin is a humectant that draws moisture into the hair so after applying my doctored conditioner to my hair, I took a shower and didn't bother covering my hair with a cap, reaping the benefits of a nice warm shower + steam for my hair. #winning. I left the the conditioner in overnight and rinsed it out the next morning. My hair felt so soft!
Right before rinsing out the conditioner
After rinsing out Kenra MC, I co-washed half of my hair the Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Cleaning Conditioner, and on the other half I used SheScentIt Blueberry Co-Wash. Why half and half? I have an upcoming product review post for the SheScentIt co-wash coming up and I wanted to compare both co-wash conditioners on the same day.

I followed up with a tea rinse of rooibos, peppermint and green tea.

I wrapped my hair in a towel for 20 minutes to soak up all excess water, like I normally do before I deep condition.... but that deep conditioning step never happened. My hair felt soft and I was honestly too tired to want to to deep condition so I skipped it all together. I can't remember the last time I DIDN'T deep condition on a wash day!

Instead of deep conditioning (which I essentially did overnight with the Kenra MC), I applied leave-ins (Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In + Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum) and set my hair with my curlformer dupes. I was getting myself ready to chop off the last of my relaxed ends this weekend but doing a curl former set yesterday tabled all those plans. I used 80 yet I still ran out (used 3 perm rods to make do) and still had to do bigger sections than I was comfortable with in some  parts. I might end up buying another set of curlformer dupes... of maybe the real deal. That way I'd be able to compare the dupes with the real ones for you.

I let my hair dry overnight and the next morning, hello soft, bouncy curls! I still love how well the curlformers stretch and blend my 17 months worth of new growth.

 I also hadn't noticed until yesterday that because I cut the relaxed ends off at my nape, when wearing curly styles, my hair shapes into kind of a bob. Love it.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wash Day

I really neglected my hair last week. I didn't moisturize, I did the quickest, random co-wash of my life because my hair felt so dry, and then I didn't bother to detangle or stretch my hair afterwards. To top it off I've been putting of doing a proper protein treatment so I've also had some breakage at the line of dermarcation. By the time my weekend wash day rolled around, my hair was a matted mess.

To nurse my hair back to health, I started off my wash day be pre-pooing with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner. I ended up falling asleep so my quick 30 minute pre-poo turned into an overnighter. The next morning I rinsed the conditioner from my hair and shampooed with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo. Remember when I used to use this shampoo way back when?! A full review is posted here. After shampooing, I soaked up excess water from my hair using a towel and did a long overdue protein treatment using Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment. I applied the treatment to both the natural and relaxed portions of my hair and left it on for 5 minutes.

After rinsing out the protein treatment, I tea rinsed with marshmallow root and wrapped my hair in a towel to soak up all excess liquid. 20 minutes later, I deep conditioned with SheScentIt Curl Moist Conditioner under my steamer for 15 minutes. My review of the SSI's Curl Moist is posted here. After rinsing out the conditioner and t-shirt drying for an hour my hair. felt. awesome. It loved me again, and I loved it. My hair felt soft, yet still strong. That'll teach me to be lazy with my protein treatments.

I wrapped up my wash day by applying my leave-ins (Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner + PM Super Skinny Serum) and stretched my hair using the tension method + cold air. I only dry my hair until it's about 80% dry so I finished air drying in bun. A couple of hours later I took down my bun, added little aloe vera gel on my edges, put in two braids, tossed in my flexi clip, and tucked + rolled my ends under and my favorite bob was born.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Transitioning Talk: The Hardest Part Is Looking Back

Gjama asks: Hi Jen, for the looks of it, it seems like your transition has been ridiculously smooth. I've always heard that long-term transitioning is like walking over hot coals but it's nice to see that with the proper techniques, knowledge, tools, AND PATIENCE, having a relatively tear-free long-term transition is possible. I've already read all your posts on HOW you've done it but what I'd like to know is what's the hardest part.... I don't mean tangles, but like what's been the hardest part about letting go of where your hair was — because I've read every since post... took me a awhile lol... and realized your hair was very healthy as the start of your transition — and where your hair is now?

Hi Gjama, great question. The hardest part of this transition has trying not to get hung up on the length and health my hair before I started my transition. I think because my hair was healthy before, it's made me pretty impatient to hurry up and get back there. To smother my patience I try to avoid handling my hair as much as possible. The less I have to handle it, the less I compare it to how it used to be.  Don't get me wrong, I've fallen in love with my natural texture and it's not the straight hair I miss, because my texlaxed hair had lots of texture so it kind of that wasn't big emotional hurdle but there are things I definitely miss about my pre-transition hair.

 I miss the easy detangle and air dry wash days!
I miss the length!
I miss how easily my hair used to straighten!
I even miss the roller sets I now loathe doing!
But I think the things I missed are missed just because it's what I had gotten used to. I knew how my hair would react to certain styles and techniques to a tee, and now I basically have to relearn my hair. I definitely miss my length the most but length just takes time so I'll be back there one day. I will admit though that I avoid looking at my old pics because they only make me impatient lol.
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