Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hot Oil and Braidouts Part I

Hey ya'll hope all is well with you. I am going to break my update into 2 separate posts because I have a lot to share.  Well, here is Part 1:

Hot Oil

Last night I finally decided to wash my hair.  I haven't washed my hair in almost 3 weeks...it was time.

I decided to try something different after reading, "Plaited Glory," by Lonnice Bonner again (really good read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves natural hair.  I borrowed my copy from the local library), I decided to try a hot oil treatment.  I use to get them all the time as a young kid, shoot, I think everyone did back in the early 90's.  They were one of those bandwagon things to do back in those days along with Luster's Pink Lotion.

Bonner hyped up her wonderful experiences with hot olive oil on her hair so much I decided why not?  I already cover my hair in coconut oil before I wash it anyway, why not heat it up first?

So I heated up about 1/4 cup of olive oil and coconut oil, tested it on my arm to make sure it wasn't too hot, and slathered it on my hair.  I let it sit for 20 minutes then rinsed, then shampooed.  After I was done conditioning, my hair felt so soft!  So I would definitely recommend hot oil treatments for anyone who is having trouble with dryness.

Burnt Sugar Pomade and Shine and Define

After I wash my hair, I usually move right into a protective style.  However, I didn't wash my hair until 11:30 at night.  So I decided to just prep my hair for a braidout.  Normally, all  I use for braidouts is my world of curls activator gel and aloe vera gel.  But back in September, I bought Oyin's burnt sugar pomade, and shine and define. I haven't even used it yet (product junkie much?)?   

So I smoothed world of curls first, then I added either burnt sugar pomade or shine and define.  I used the burnt sugar pomade more than the shine and define because I felt like the shine and define was too light for my hair.  I really liked the way that the burnt sugar pomade felt going on my hair.   And oh my goodness, I am so glad I did that.  The burnt sugar pomade smells good too!  Just like maple syrup. 

I woke up in the morning to this right here:

Kind of scary huh?  It took me about 1 hour to take them down.  I went to the mirror to check out the finished product and.........

  the story continues on Hot Oil and Braidouts Part II.

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