Doing the 'do, hair

Sigh

Ok. I owe pictures of my hair.

I owe product reviews of products I bought donkey years ago.

But, folks, my mind is clouded. Should I go ahead with my locs or just should I cut it all off?

My reasoning: my hair just isn’t feeling right. Not “oh, I need a protein treatment” wrong, but “damn! What the heck is up with my hair?!?!” wrong. I have a sneaking suspicion that my last trip to the salon did some real damage.

I don’t have the time to nurse it back to health, so I need to do something that I can manage. That means either stick with my plan to loc – although I’m concerned that my hair won’t look as good loc’d because I’m missing the thickness (hair’s dropping out) – or cut it off and start again with all the knowledge that I’ve gained over the years.

Decisions, decisions.

One good thing is that I’m not necessarily attached to my hair – thanks to experience, I know it will grow back.

So I’m at a crossroads: a red TWA or a head full of starter locs.

What’s a girl to do?

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Hair growth & HoneyFig sale

I promised a hair post last week and here it is – a few days late!

I was sitting at my desk a couple of days ago and twirling my hair. I know, it’s a bad habit, but when your hair is feeling soft and supple, bouncy and healthy, it’s kinda hard to keep your hands out of it. While I was playing around a shed hair came out. I know it’s a shed one because it had the white ball on the end. No knots and no splits – thanks to the hair cut I gave myself in November.

Anyhow, here’s a picture.

Double-click to make it a little easier to see. Yes, 10 inches - let's celebrate little milestones!

Look at that! Ten inches of hair from the side of my head – a known trouble spot for me! Yay! I’m taking OK care of my hair (being tired a lot has stopped me from really doing what I’d like to), but keeping it simple hasn’t hurt… and some good pregnancy hormones!

HoneyFig’s Most Wonderful Time of the Year – One Day Sale!

Look what arrived in my inbox this morning:

Most Wonderful Time of the Year – One Day Sale!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Tis’ the season here at HoneyFig, and in lieu, we would like to commence the holidays with a HoneyFig event – “Most Wonderful Time of the Year – One Day Sale!”

To thank you, our customers for your continuous support this year, we would like to invite you to save 20% off all items * in the store and online, on Wednesday, December 21, 2011; while quantities last. To help you to enjoy the savings our store will be open 8am – 8pm on that one day; so come early for best selection.

To add a little flavor to the day… come out and meet with Jessica McGuinty, the creator of Jessicurl as she will be in store on, Wednesday December 21st from 5pm-8pm. Come on out and enjoy our:

“Most Wonderful Time of the Year – One Day Sale!”

  • Date: Wednesday December 21st, 2011; 8am -8pm
  • Location: HoneyFig 4967 Yonge St., Toronto, ON and www.honeyfig.com
  • Contact Info: 416-226-2100 and email@honeyfig.com
  • Meet and Greet: Jessica McGuinty 5pm-8pm

20% OFF sale: ALL DAY (while quantities last)

*20% OFF Deal does not apply to Miss Jessie’s BOGO products and Kinky Curly Curling Custard 16 OZ

[Edited to add:] I just got a message from Khadija of HennaSooq: “Extra note, myself, Khadija and Jamal of Henna Sooq will also be at Honey Fig from 5 pm to 8 pm during that sale and promotion. We’ll be there taking your questions and giving consultations. Thanks again!” So, if you need some henna help and more, this is the place to be if you live in the GTA!

Too bad I’ll be working 😦

Enjoy naturalistas and relaxed girls!

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Hair updates!!!

Oh my goodness! Isn't my face getting super chubby? Shoot. But my hair looks cute 🙂

It’s been a LONG time since I did a formal hair update, so I have plenty to write about! OK, so the last time I updated you was in June… shoot, that’s like six months ago! Good grief! Let’s get started.

A year of twists and flaky scalp issues. I mentioned in June that I was going to get my year of twists going. From June 2011 to June 2012 it was going to be two-strand twists for three weeks, a week of a twist out and then wash. Well, my scalp hasn’t been letting me live up to that arrangement. I think it’s the hormones or something because for about six weeks or so, I had the WORST flaky scalp ever. It was to 2007 levels. I broke out my Morrocco Method shampoo and that helped get things under control. I’m all out of that – it takes quite a bit of shampoo to get this scalp clean. So what am I using, you ask, to wash my dome? My body soap. I know! I know! I reverted back to this a few months ago when my scalp was acting up. It’s pretty much saponified olive oil and cocoa butter. If my body can handle it without breaking out into hives, my scalp can and has been… with good results. My scalp is not 100% (when is it ever?), but it’s certainly better than it was. I’m going to keep working on it.

My new wash routine – excluding conditioner. Yep, I said it! If you read the blog, you’d know that I’ve been searching for a good deep conditioner since I started talking hair back in 2009. Since getting pregnant, I’ve been so tired and fatigued washing my hair is a two-day chore. So, I’ve needed to get rid of steps to get my wash/style time down to something manageable. What I’ve started to do is:

  • detangling in the shower in sections
  • wash each section separately
  • come out of the shower and slather either shea butter or olive oil/castor oil on each section; detangle if necessary
  • put a plastic cap and my heat cap on for about 20 minutes
  • style with my modified Kimmaytube leave-in

My hair has been the softest and most manageable as it’s ever been! No joke – it is happy hair. And my pocket is happy too. I’m sure that pregnancy hormones have a little something to do with my hair looking like it does. So, I’ll have to see in a couple more months if I’m still singing the praises of my new routine or if I’m searching high and low for a conditioner. So far, the keep it simple is making me very happy.

Haircuts ARE necessary. I had read somewhere that it wasn’t necessary to trim your hair. I liked not having to cut my hair so I didn’t. Sigh. My hair did pay for that. Why? Unnecessary knots, hungry looking ends, hair just not looking right. A couple of weeks ago I tried to straighten my hair (I was bored) and my ends looked atrocious. I whipped out the scissors and gave myself a good trim. If you saw how my hair looked once I washed it! Glorious! Full! Bouncy! It’s so necessary to get rid of those weathered ends to help your hair just look and feel better. Forget about all the serums, creams and conditioners, sometimes you just need a good trim.

That’s about it on the hair update front. What about you guys? Anything interesting to share? New products? New techniques that we can use?

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Bad blogger & hair update

Hi all!

I’ve been remiss. It’s been four weeks since my last post. It’s not that I’ve abandoned my blog – not at all – I’ve just been a busy, bad blogger. I guess I did need a break and my hair wasn’t a priority over the last little bit.

I needed to get back to myself. I went on a trip to have a “restoration” as my pastor calls it. I needed to re-energize. It had been a pretty crazy year – from April 2010 to present, I’ve felt like I’ve been going ALL THE TIME.

While I didn’t know that I needed a real break – not counting Facebook and Twitter (although I did go a week without using them) – my body realized that I needed some time to refresh myself. Now I’m back 🙂

So, I just got back from a holiday (a Friday Favourite thing is coming about that!) and I decided to do mini-twists. Now, the twists weren’t as mini as I would have liked them to be. A friend mentioned that if my hair is prone to knots or tangling, I may want to make my twists a little bigger. So, that’s what I did. They were still the smallest twists that I ever did, they weren’t as tiny as some of the ones I saw online.

Here’s what I did:

  • I washed my hair Tuesday night with my Henna Sooq Berhempsu shampoo bar and massaged my scalp with my Head & Shoulders Classic Clean conditioner and used my modified Kimmaytube leave-in mix. I sealed with shea butter and put my hair in maybe eight rough braids.
  • After work on Wednesday evening, I sat down with my Essential Wholesale Styling Hair Jelly, shea butter and my rosewater and aloe vera juice spritz and twisted the front portion of my hair.
  • I had divided my hair in three sections: front, middle and back. I really thought that it was going to take me three days to do my entire head, but I got through it pretty quickly. By Thursday at 3:30 pm I was done.

This is what it looked like:

I am thoroughly enjoying having a smartphone.
Excuse my greys, please. Henna can only do so much.

I was very impressed with my workmanship. I’ve been moisturizing with shower steam and shea butter – which was fine when I was in the steamy, wet Caribbean. Back home, it wasn’t working out so well. Today, I decided to moisturize with glycerin, shower steam and shea butter. It’s working out much better.

And, my scalp is behaving like a champ. It’s been two weeks without a wash and there are no flakes or problems. I want to wash it – I hate the thought of going longer than two weeks without washing my scalp and hair, but I’m trying to hold onto this style for at least a couple of weeks. I’m convinced if I wet my hair it will knot and tangle. That’s not what I’m looking for.

Anyhow, I finally downloaded my videos from the trip, so I’m going to upload something for my readers (I hope you’re still out there!) tomorrow… hopefully 😉

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Hair pictures and more!

I never liked wearing my hair in just two strand twists. I just didn’t think it looked good on me and it made me sad because I wanted to wear my hair in this protective style for at least a week before doing a twist out. My scalp is another issue and another post because it has actually been behaving itself.

Last night, my hair felt a little dry, but my scalp was really, really clean. Like clean that I haven’t seen in a long, long time. So, why waste shampoo? I decided to co-wash. I know, I know, co-washing and I didn’t mix, but the problem wasn’t the co-washing — it was my scalp. That’s another post. Anyhow, I detangled with Sunsilk Captivating Curls conditioner and my Tangle Teezer. I added Head & Shoulders Classic Clean conditioner and washed my scalp. I don’t know about anyone else’s scalp, but my scalp said, “thank you, ma’am!”

After that, I tried my newest hair purchase: Silk Elements Megasilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment. I was at Sally’s Beauty Supply on Sunday. I had heard about Silk Elements products and I really wanted to try them. So I picked up the treatment because, really, my deep conditioner game isn’t on point. Anyhow, I added that and ran through my hair with the Tangle Teezer — it was like BUTTER.

Since I finished up early, I decided to load up Days of our Lives on my iPad and get to twisting. I decided to do some smaller twists — not mini twists, but definitely smaller than what I’m accustomed to doing. I mixed up my modified Kimmaytube leave-in (Giovanni Direct Leave-in conditioner, olive oil, castor oil and aloe vera juice) and got to twisting.

Before I finished, I liked my hair. Something about the way it fell, it looked good! It had movement and you could see the length. I think my issue with my twists before was that my hair didn’t have enough length and, to me, it didn’t look right. Now that my hair is growing and I’m seeing the length, I really like how it looks. And how it felt. For a couple of weeks, my laziness took over and I didn’t make the Kimmaytube leave-in. Well, I can definitely tell the difference between when I use it and when I don’t. Here are some pictures:

I tried to add my watermark, but the application is playing the fool. So, here it is - don't tief me tings.

 

Here's the back! It's a bit fuzzy in the middle, but I still like it.

This combination seemed to work! I’m going to try to work these twists for the week and then wear a twist out next week… if the scalp holds up. What combination have you found that works on your hair and gives you the look and feel you want?

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Length check… sort of…

It’s not a true length check – I was going through some old pictures that I have on my computer and I noticed that my hair has grown. Check out these three pictures – one from July 2010 and another from December 2010:

July 2010
December 2010

A lot of growth, huh? Well, at least I think so 🙂 The funny thing with natural hair is that you don’t realize how your hair has grown unless you look at pictures. When my hair was relaxed, it was so much easier to tell if my hair was getting longer just because each time you relaxed it, you could see the growth… or how much it broke.

Let’s not revisit those sad times for me.

Anyhow, I’m pretty happy with how it’s growing. I’ve tried to incorporate some better techniques that seem like they are working. We’ll see in a couple of months when I compare pictures.

Have a great weekend!

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Quick scalp + hair update

A couple of posts ago, I complained that my scalp was acting up because of the stress I was dealing with. I wanted to give you a quick update because things are looking up. First of all, my stress level has come down… a lot. My dad is feeling better and that makes me feel better. My scalp isn’t carrying on and acting up — which also makes me feel better because who wants to be picking flakes off their scalp?

Not me.

I washed my hair last Saturday and my scalp is in pretty good condition — as is my hair! I’ve been using the Kimmaytube method for washing, conditioning and detangling. And I’ve revisited Kimmaytube’s leave-in conditioner. I think that when I first tried it, I wasn’t doing the right things in terms of my technique, so the leave-in wasn’t as effective. I’m not using the exact ingredients or measurements, but I am seeing a difference. Nightly, I’m moisturizing my hair with either Aveeno Nourish + Condition Leave-in Treatment (review to come) or a mix of aloe vera juice and rosewater. I seal everything with Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey.

I am loving the results. And I’m loving that what I’m using doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I’m so over spending a mint on hair products. I’ll try some more expensive ones every now and then, but I can’t. I want to travel, redecorate my bedroom and office and do other things with my money rather than dropping hundreds of dollars on hair products. Not when water is free and olive oil, castor oil, rose water and aloe vera juice are cheap.  The only thing that I didn’t do this week is a protective style, but I’ve been keeping my hair in low maintenance styles.

Unfortunately, when The Hubby was on vacation, he drained my camera’s battery and he can’t find the charger. So, I’m camera-less and can’t take any pictures. I’ll try to do it on the computer and post some pics tonight. We’ll see how the rest of my day goes.