How I Got A Super Defined Twistout…

During Christmas break I went to Maryland to visit my best friend and decided to leave my wig at home. During this time I experienced my best twistout so far! Since then, I’ve tried other combinations to get similar results and nothing else has worked. So I figure it must the the product combo I used from my favorite line, Oyin Handmade.

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I started on freshly washed hair and applied Oyin Hair Dew as my leave-in. I followed by applying Oyin’s Boing next. Boing is completely new to me and is meant to be an all purpose product (moisturizer and hold). Finally I applied Oyin’s Shine and Define and proceeded to twist. My twisting method and process was the same.

The result was super soft hair with excellent hold that looked like a straw set. My hair was also shiny and just looked so good! On that trip I ran out of Shine and Define, so once I got back I tried duplicating the results with various gels and nothing else worked. The only thing I did not like about the Oyin combo is that it started to cause build up during the week, mainly due to the Boing product and me reapplying product/twisting each night.

These results are definitely worth trying again and I will do so once I’m done using up some of my other products.

Updated…a few months later…I received a product in my CurlBox and got similar results, but without buildup. The product is EcoCocktail and I believe it is by the same people that make the Eco Styler Gel. The only downside is that I have not been able to find this product in any of the stores in my area.
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6 Month Update and Flat Iron (November 2014)

A few weeks ago I was bored and decided to get my hair straightened.  It just so happened to be my 6 month mark, so it was good for a length check also.  I went to Wal-Mart and saw a black girl with natural hair, so I figured that she would be able to straighten my hair well.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

After washing my hair, she proceeded to put me under the hooded dryer to have my hair dry.  With my tightly coiled hair, I knew this was a recipe for disaster and asked her to blow dry my hair instead.  She did, but I wasn’t really satisfied with her process.  I had to direct her on how to straighten my hair and she was the stylist!

I asked for a trim also and of course she gave me a cut.  When I left there, I felt like an old aunt or grandma.  I was definitely not pleased.

I kept it straightened for a few days.  I bought some small rollers from Sally’s so I wouldn’t have to put heat on it daily.  My bangs are pretty short, so I twisted the front and this is how I wore it.

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When I washed my hair, all my curls came back with no problem.  I used the Keracare Hydrating Shampoo and the Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner.  I used that conditioner because it us full of protein and I always like to infuse protein back in my hair after using lots of heat because it helps my curls come back.  My hair was super soft afterwards and I was happy with my hair again.

Big Chop Files…Summer Haircare Regimen and Products

It’s been a little over a month (going on 2 months now) since my 3rd big chop and my regimen since has been super simple. I rarely manipulate my hair and it has grown so much already. I’ve been wearing a wig daily, but i wanted to document what I use on my actual hair.  I must mention that I do not moisturize and seal daily…more like on wash day only.

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1. Jamaican Black Castor Oil with Rosemary – I found this at Sally Beauty Supply and it was the last one so I snatched it up.  I use it on my edges occasionally.

2. Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus CoWash – I didn’t bring my cowash from home because I planned on buying a cheap Suave conditioner.  I couldn’t find the one I like, so I purchased this instead.  I co-wash once a week, usually on the weekend.

3. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave In – This was a staple when I was relaxed and I have a lot left so I’m trying to use it up.  I like it on my natural hair too.

4. Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter – Another product from my relaxed days.  I apply this after the leave-in.20140621-230106-82866302.jpg

5. Satin Bonnet – A must for bed.

6. Silk Elements Liquid Styling Gel – I actually got this for free when I purchased the JBCO from Sally’s.  This stuff is really moisturizing!

7. Shampoo Brush – I use this to detangle my hair on wash days.

 

So my regimen is to co-wash, apply leave-in, moisturize/seal, and apply gel since it has extra moisturizing properties.  I sleep with my satin bonnet each night and I don’t use anything on my hair during the week – I simply plop my wig on and go.

The products will definitely change as I use things up and the regimen will change as my hair gets longer, but this is it for now.

Finally…my 1st set of twists that I can wear out

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My hair has suffered from the Dominican blowout. I washed it out on Tuesday and have had the worst hair week ever. I washed last night with Carol’s Daughter Tui Shampoo, which I am now convinced that I do not like. If anyone wants it and you are in the Memphis area you can have it.

After shampooing, I applied the remainder of the Monoi hair mask. I reviewed it once before, and I really enjoyed it this time.  I’m thinking of actually purchasing the shampoo and mask since I have so much breakage now.   The smell was lovely and it left my hair really soft. I ended up leaving in overnight because I was too tired to finish my hair.

This morning, I detangled and rinsed out the mask and something in me prompted me to twist. I definitely wasn’t planning it. It didn’t take as long either, only about two hours. I’ve twisted my hair in the past and it was an all day event.

I like this set much better than the one I did in January. Then, I did not like them and felt as if I had to put them up. The ones I did today I feel I can wear out. I’m going to try to keep them in for two weeks, but knowing me that’s pretty hard to do.

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I Have A Puff Now!!!

I have finally achieved a puff that does not look completely awkward.  Yay me!  My hair seems to be growing so fast!

The back (texture shot)

Tonight I co-washed with Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner, used a bit of the condish as a leave in, and applied Oyin Sugar Berries Pomade.  I smell scrumptious and I look cute!

So lazy with my hair.

My TWA is getting longer and longer and my patience has become shorter and shorter.  Lately I just really haven’t had the time to deal with it.  Although I have been super lazy with my hair, I’ve also been getting lots of compliments.  People have asked me what I’m doing to my hair and what I put on it.

Check out the video to see exactly what I do with my hair on a daily basis…

The only time that I really get to spend with my hair is on the weekend. Now I know that I can’t keep doing this for the sake of my hair. I know I need to add some moisture and oils at least every other day. But I feel like breaking the rules.

When you are too busy with life, who has the time to keep up with hair rules? Do this and don’t do that…and…WHATEV! It’s my hair and I will do what I like as long as I am willing to accept the consequences.

After recording this video, it did remind me that I do need to take time out for myself and that is including way more than my hair. I mean, who else is going to take care of me if I dont???

I can’t make any promises, but I will try to do better with my hair – meaning I’ll moisturize it at least sometimes during the week. I would love to braid my hair each night to stretch it out, but I think I’ll just stick with my current methods for now.

falling in love with my twa!

I truly have.  I didn’t feel this way the first time I went natural.  I don’t know if it is due to watching you tube and appreciating my hair more or what, but I’m digging this hair!

My texture is very strange…spongy in the front, slightly more loose curls in the crown, very loose curls in my kitchen, and tight corkscrews and curls everywhere else.

And if you are one of the ones that think your hair is too nappy to go natural…YOU NEVER KNOW YOUR TRUE TEXTURE UNTIL YOU CHOP IT OFF!  The parts of my hair that were the “nappiest” when I was relaxed, are the places with my looser curls.

Every morning when I look in the mirror, I feel so free and BEAUTIFUL!!!  And although I’m rocking a twa, I think I see hair growth.  I didn’t do length shots on the day of my BC, but I did this month and I will do comparisons in May when it will be three months after the BC.

loving my twa!

2nd BC Reveal

So this past weekend I have been really feeling myself.  So much so that I did not even bother to wear my wig – except on a date.

I woke up this morning really dreading putting on my wig.  Then it came to me that I did not have to wear it.  I felt that as long as I thought it was cute was all that mattered.

Below are some weekend pics of my hair.  The white stuff is a combination of gel and leave-in conditioner.

All is good now!

Transitioning to Natural

Recently I did the BC due to an unfortunate event with microbraids being glued to my natural hair.

See what I mean?

I didn’t get to do the long transition like I wanted to, but now that I have BC’d I realize that if I were to transition the one I would change is to…

Treat my hair as if I am already natural.  I’ve heard people say this, but I did not think it was possible.  Once I did the BC, I went online to do research and realized that a lot of the tips I could have begun already.

 

I learned so much from watching Kimmaytube’s YouTube channel.  It was through watching her videos that I really learned about the basics of hair structure and properties.  I have read books in the past, but Kimmaytube has some visuals that really hit home.

I have been terrified to reveal my hair simply because I do not like it YET.  Once I am comfortable with it I will reveal.  I know one thing though, I have no plans on going back to the relaxer or using heat in my hair for a long time.  Until I’m ready to reveal, I’ll wear wigs to get by.