Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wash Day | Faux Bobs: Old Faithful

Totally posting this late. I washed my hair last Sunday or Monday and it was a no muss, no fuss wash day complete with a simple faux bob for the week. Here are the deets:

[1] Pre-pooed with HairVeda Red Tea Nourishing Conditioner.
[2] Clarified with Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo.
[3] Tea rinsed with a mix of green tea + peppermint + rooibos tea (I leave the tea in).
[4] Wrapped my hair in a towel for 15 minutes to soak up all excess liquid and then applied HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner to my hair.
[5] Sat under steamer for 15 minutes.
[6] Applied leave-ins (Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In + Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum) and then detangled and stretched my hair using the tension method (cold air).

Once my hair was about 80% dry, I applied aloe vera gel to my edges and finished air drying over night in a bun. For the week, I pulled my hair back with two twists and secured them with my Lilla Rose flexi clip. I tucked the ends of my hair under and pinned them to my nape to form my faux bob.

Wednesday's link up is still open, so please feel free to add your wash day if you haven't already!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wash Day

I really didn't want to wash my hair. I kept putting it off. I thought about pre-pooing, detangling, and then whatever style I'd whip it into... and I just felt exhausted. My well of transitioning patience is running low y'all. Unless it rains soon, there will be a drought and drastic measures will be taken.

Said well almost ran dry last night. I'd just finished deep conditioning and was stared at my hair seriously considering the big plunge. I snapped this pic and sent it to my friend who helped talk me off of the ledge... for now.

Here's my wash day recap:
[1] Pre-pooed with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner. I maybe moisturized my flat ironed hair twice since my last wash day (shame on me I know, but life hasn't let me be great lately) so I had to use a good moisturizing deep conditioner for a pre-poo to give my hair some TLC.
[2] After pre-pooing for about 45 minutes under my Hot Head heating cap (this one), I rinsed the conditioner out and co-washed with Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Cream.
[3] Next I tea rinsed with... you guessed it... peppermint + rooibos + green tea.
[4] After leaving the tea in, and wrapping my hair in a towel for 15 minutes to soak up all excess water, I applied SheScentIt Curl Moist Conditioner to my hair and deep conditioning for about 15 minutes under my heating cap. I normally spend about 45 mins - 1 hour under my heating cap, but it was past 11pm and all I wanted to do was finish up my hair a.s.a.p.
[5] Once I'd rinsed the conditioner from my hair, I t-shirt dried for 15 minutes and then set my hair with my curlformer dupes.

For leave-ins I used Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner + Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum + Paul Mitchell Moisture Mist to rewet any sections that had dried too much. I used 89 curlformers and let them air dry over night.

The next morning I slipped the curlformers off, shook my head, and dashed out the door. (*I didn't bother separating the curls*).

I've pretty much ignored my flexi rods ever since I got my curlformer dupes... a comparison post between the two is definitely in order!

How was your recent wash day? Is anyone else fed up with their hair?

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hair Story Feature: Meet Laria

When did you start your hair journey? 
October 28, 2011 I shaved my head completely bald.

Describe your hair for us.
My hair would be considered 4c, extremely dense with fine and medium strands

What is your current regimen?
Wash twice a week with sulfate free shampoo or cleansing conditioner, deep condition every wash day alternating between protein deep conditioner and moisturizing dc. I pre-poo prior to washing and do scalp massages with a natural oil daily. I clarify my hair and scalp once per month with bentonite clay or Moroccan red clay and do the search and destroy method when my hair needs a trim.

Do you have any hair goals? Have you achieved them?
Right now I'm aiming for mid back length. Ultimately I'm aiming for waist length. I'm currently at arm pit length so I haven't quite reached my hair goals yet but I'm getting there!

How are you working to achieve them?
I'm focusing on retaining length.

Have you had any setbacks? How did you bounce back?
I used to cut my hair all the time due to single strand knots. I used to never deep condition my hair! I minimized this by applying natural oils to my scalp and hair daily and deep conditioning every single wash day. I've also recently added oil rinsing to my regimen.

How has your hair journey impacted other parts of your life?
I'm definitely more confident about who I am. It's also made me way more organized in general

What are your favorite protective styles?
Two strand twists, two strand twists in a bun and individual braids.

What are some of your favorite products?
Alba Botanicals Sulfate-free Shampoo with Coconut Milk, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Mask and my homemade coconut milk leave-in spray.

How do you deal with people who doubt you? What motivates you to keep going?
I don't really have anyone in my life that openly doubts me but I keep style icons with my hair type as my background image to keep me motivated.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things (e.g. conditioner, bobby pins) would you wish you had?
Deep conditioner, water, Moroccan red clay powder, coconut oil

What do you love most about your hair? 
The density and versatility

What advice would you give someone just starting out on their journey?
Take pictures or you'll never really see how much progress you're making and without a visual you're less likely to stay motivated. Focus on length retention and maintaining a healthy scalp, also realize that hair growth takes time.

Where can we find you on the web?

Thank you for sharing your story with us Laria! Want to submit your hair story? Submit it here
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