Sunday, October 31, 2010

I Don't Want to Spend Four Hours Styling My Hair!

Well then don't.  Why torture yourself?  Been there done that.  There have been plenty of times after hour number 4 or 5 of fooling with my thick dense natural hair where I said to hell with it.  Here is my secret.

Make your half styled hair look purposeful.

The whole world doesn't have to know you are in the process of styling your hair.  Make it look like you did it on purpose!


This hairdo dates back to December 2007.  I slept on my prepping braids (braids that I do after I wash and condition my hair in preparation for a new hairstyle) and I had to be at work before I could finish the braids I began to do.  What to do?  I  made it look I did this style on purpose!

I took down my prepping braids and put them in a puff along with the braids in the front.  As you saw in the earlier pictures I let the back hang down.  This way I could look presentable to the world as I stopped halfway through styling my hair.

If you feel like you cannot finish a hairstyle all in one sitting, make sure that as you begin twisting or braiding your hair  that you are mindful of the fact that you are going to have to stop at some point and not be able to finish. 

This sadly is three days later and I am still not done yet lol.  But I hooked it up and made it look like I meant it to look this way!

Unless you can come up with some creative way to conceal a crown full of braids and the perimeter of your hair loose (I am sure it can be done and if you have done this please let me know, I need some tips!), opt instead to start around the perimeter so that you can pull your hair up into a puff.

I hope this tip helps someone.  Here are a few more examples of how you could wear your hair in between a hairstyle to make it look purposefully created:

To the naked eye, my hair looks like it is in a head full of fat jumbo twists.  Well that is what I wanted the world to believe as I headed out to Wal-mart to get ingredients to make a hot fudge sundae in the middle of winter!  Here is what was really hiding underneath of that cap:

I was in the process of taking down my box braids.  Truth be told, I would have rocked this too with no problem, I think it is quite cute, so cute I called it the "half and half" back then.

After I put aaallll these twists in my hair I wasn't feeling them.  So I took the front down and put a cotton elastic band around the back that were still in braids and twists (oh dear).   I call this one, "twists with a bang."

And lastly, if I am not mistaken, the crown of my hair was undone in this photo.  It was really late at night and I had to be at work 7 am the next day.  My family was also having a surprise appreciation dinner for my father.  I pulled my hair up into a ponytail for picture purposes and finished after but this style is also an option if you cannot finish all in one setting..

That is why it is important to keep in mind  the styles you can create with half finished hair if you cannot finish your hair all in one setting.  Next time you are faced with a long styling session, don't feel forced to finish it all in one setting!  If you can turn your unfinished hairstyle into a wearable style so that you break up your long styling session into something more manageable, then by all means, do so!  You don't have to become a slave to your hair unless you want to.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Long Time No See (Why the Hiatus)

Um yeah. Sorry for the hiatus.  I was so close to giving up documenting my natural hair journey after my setback in September.  You see, I tried Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner, thinking it would be "moisturizing".  I'm not that naive to rely on the word of the manufacturer and take it as gospel truth, I always read the ingredients first and I also read a few reviews from other women who also have natural hair that is coarse and porous to get a general feel of what results I could expect.  Well, everyone said that they loved it, so I thought, hmmm I'm going to love it too. laughing smileys  The conditioner has hydrolyzed wheat protein in it, but I thought, no biggie, so does my Sta Sof  Fro and that stuff is lovely on my hair.

That Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner mess dried my hair out so bad that it caused incomplete splits on the last inch or 2 inches of my hair!  I was ticked off so bad ya'll I think I cried.  The Scuba Site   Honestly, I think that stuff is a mild to hardcore protein treatment in disguise.  When I put it on my hair it felt like a reconstructor.  I don't know if you all have ever used one before, but I have used the Motions Reconstructor as a permed head and it has a weird feel to it on your hair.  I should have known something was up with that experience alone.

After that, I took the scissors and cut off as much damage as I could.  That was in September and that is why I have been MIA for so long.  Just embarrassing and disappointing.  This incident is so frustrating to me because I believe that I try to do the best that I can to take care of my hair.  I don't use heat, I do protective styles almost 30 days a month, and I am gentle as possible to my hair.  But all it takes is one bad product to damage my hair.  I am not going to lie and say I will never experiment with new products ever again, but I will say that I will try to be a little bit more careful and do small test areas first to see how the product responds before I sacrifice all my hair (not that I didn't do this with the KMC because I did!) 

Okay, fast forward to today.  My hair is slowly growing back.  Wednesday I took down some mini twists and Thursday I spent 3 hours putting in a flat twist/twist style.   

I don't know if you can see it too well, but in between the two sections of flat twists, I left the middle "out" and put twists so that they could fall over the flat twists, not realizing I don't have but a grip of hair.  I did it because I was lazy to be honest lol.

I know you are feeling my dinosaur shadow puppet lol!  Yeah Imma Monster!   Emoticon

My hair has not been right since I used that dang conditioner.  Urgh!  Lesson learned.

Have you all had this experience before with a product that your hair did not agree with or felt so frustrated that you felt like giving up on your hair journey?  How did you overcome it?


Monday, October 25, 2010

Gunky Buildup at the Base of Your Braids?

You ever got ready to take down box braids on your natural hair or braid extensions and was mortified to find gunky lint filled buildup at the roots, so tangled it makes you want to cry?  You know what helped me to remove that buildup?  This stuff:

It is the Dove Daily Moisture Therapy.  This stuff has got me through some rough times in the past! Once I sprayed this stuff at the base of my braids, let it sit for a minute, that gunk lifted right up.  It's pretty cheap (under five dollars) so if you get gunky build up then I would recommend giving it a shot.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

I'm on Leave in the Kinks!

I know you all are like I know this heffa didn't just come onto her blog to say she was featured on Leave in the Kinks and didn't even have the common decency to explain why she has been MIA for almost a month now! 

Sorry, I did lol.  First thing first, before I give you another violin filled excuse (cause you know it's coming)  shout out to Ms Fizzy and Z for the interview!!!

Okay, I once again apologize for leaving you hanging for so long.  You have to love school.  I have FOUR exams in one week.  No fun and no time to search for my charger for my camera batteries, which has gone MIA just like me.    I promise, when I am done with these exams, I am going to look hard for them and give a full explanation of what has been going on in my world in the past month.

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoy the weekend and be safe :)


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