Thursday, January 17, 2013

One Wash N Go and Three Days of Wear

Hello everyone!  I've been wearing my hair in a wash n go this week after wearing my flat twist out for three days.  I love wearing my hair in a flat twist out, but it only looks good for two days.  That third day was me being totally lazy.  Well the temps have been all over the place here in MN.  From below freezing and single digits to above freezing and warm for January.  So, the wash n go has been comfortable to wear wet if I pick the right morning to wash my hair, which of course is what I did this week.
Left is day one, middle day two and right day three.

Well, since my hair has been filling in nicely I decided to start playing with a center part.  I think that I'm pulling off the look without the spot being noticed pretty well.  I wore clips in my hair to hold the curls out of my eyes because my hair is getting longer (fist pump in the air) and I achieved this look with just conditioner.  No gel!  This time last year I was an Eco Styler gel wearer and I loved it!  Now, I'm busy and find that every gel I use eventually flakes but my conditioner is clear and stays clear until I wash it out. 

I'm finding that for me gel is better for the humid months when I want hold and no frizz.  I also like to use it to slick down my edges when I wear a puff, pony tail, or bun.  Now to be honest yes, I did spray some water in my hair and I did smooth some conditioner into my hair to revitalize my curls, but this is basically the curly girl method so that is not anything new.  Overall, my wash n go's keep there shape and slowly friz out, and softens as it frizzes.  My twist outs only look good on day one and start to look matted and undefined by day two.  That's okay a little bit, but by day three I'm starting to look like a hot mess!  I'm a professional and I need to look presentable.  So, I have to get creative by pinning up the sides and pulling my hair up into a puff, which is alright.  While my wash n go's are still rocking and looking awesome with no modifications on day three.  Let me know your thoughts, just be nice.   Until next time...


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Birthday Party at Feed My Starving Children

Hello everyone!  This was a wonderful day for me.  The hubby arranged to have us and 25 of our friends volunteer at Feed My Starving Children.  We spent two hours packing food for an orphanage in El Salvador.  Between my birthday party guests, a Boy Scout troop, and a church group we packed enough food for 70 children to eat one meal a day for one year. 

What I really liked about this experience was that all kinds of people were there.  My group alone had Christians and Hindus.  It doesn't matter what your religion is, feeding hungry children is the right thing to do.  Now, I did have to bring a babysitter for my son because he isn't old enough to pack food, but he had fun playing with his favorite babysitter.  Since this was so successful I just might have the hubby do this every year.  Why not make it a tradition!  I would rather volunteer my time and money than spend money on a party anytime.  Now, the hubby did order cupcakes and we handed out cupcakes at the end to everyone including some of the other volunteers not in our group.

Flat twist out with my no makeup makeup look.  Birthday party hair.
Now for my hair.  I put my hair into about 9 flat twists last night.  I used just a little bit of water and some gel.  My hair came out lovely!  In fact I got so many compliments that I was kinda gushing towards the end of the experience.  The lead volunteer actually stopped me to complement me about my hair.  I liked my hair so much that I wore a pink flower in the morning and then my purple and white flower in the afternoon.  I also got complements about my skin.  Many people thought that I wasn't wearing any makeup but I did admit that I was.  I call this my no makeup, makeup look.  I really wanted a look that showed my face.  Sometimes, I tend to wear really red lips, so this more natural look is more of how I look without makeup without having the "she's wearing makeup" look.
Let me know what you think.  Until next time...

Monday, January 7, 2013

My First Bun...The Good and the Cold

Hello everyone!  This past Friday I decided to do my first bun.  After blow drying my hair on New Year's Day I had this big fluffy hair that really showed it's length.  I then did a Bantu Knot out that was quite lovely with all my cascading curls.  For Friday I decided that I wanted to do a bun, so Thursday night I made a visit to Sally's and got a donut.   I totally cheated because I have never worn a bun and I wanted it to look good and install easily.  

 So, I did a bun on the back of my head.  I really liked the look, but there are some real pros and cons to wearing your hair up. 

Pros:  Protective styles that have your ends tucked away is great for length retention.  Sleek elegant buns can give you a very professional sexy look.  This bun was really easy to install and took only a few moments.  I felt like this style really put my face on display and if you like to play with makeup this is the look to show it off.

Cons:  It is really cold here in Minnesota and that wind blowing on my ears, neck and quite frankly my head brought tears to my eyes!  I can't emphasize how cold it is up north here.  I have a thyroid problem and I'm always cold to begin with, then 8 degrees windy weather makes it worse.  The bun didn't allow me to wear a hat and I ended up wearing a scarf and head wrap, but I didn't realize how wearing my hair down keeps me warm.  I also ended up applying a lot of gel to keep those flyaway hairs down.  This means that I will have to rinse out my hair to get all that crunchy out.  So, this was a one day style for me unless I'm wearing a bun the whole week.
I really like my new earrings!

I don't want it to seem like I'm complaining, because I really liked this look.  I just feel for me I need to consider doing this in the summer or warmer days. 

I'm finding that what works for me doesn't necessary work for others.  I can wear a wash n go with great curl definition, but my two strand twist outs can be hit or miss especially on day two.  My wash n go's get big and fluffy, I can wear them for days and I can do things like puffs, pinned up sides, and pompadours with little effort.

But, my two strand twist outs look good on day one and go down hill after I have slept on them.  Even when I pineapple!  Only my flat twist outs look good for a couple of days and that's because I re-twist every night.  I simple don't want to give the time and effort to re-twist two strand twists every night, so my twist outs just look slept on after day one.  Never fluffy or full looking. 
My hair is still wet, so those curls shrunk up something fierce.  This is my WNG from 1/5/2013

On a completely different topic, I want to show everyone my wash n go after doing my blow out earlier in the week.  This look was achieved with conditioner no gel applied.  Being that this was the first time I straightened my hair with heat I wanted to make sure my curls would bounce back and they did!  I really liked my stretched out hair with the Bantu Knot out and I think I will be exploring banding and African threading methods to stretch my hair without heat.  But, I can't beat how pretty my curls are when I do a wash n go.  Until next time...


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Viviscal Update 6 Months

Hello everyone!  So, I finally got around to finishing up my video update of Viviscal.  I have been using Viviscal since June 2012 to help regrow my hair.  My last relaxer was March 2011 and A LOT of my hair fell out.  This is the reason why I went natural!

My spot is not completely gone, but it has shrunk.  The spot use to start about an inch behind my hair line and extend to the top of my head.  Then it went across to both my temples.  Now, it is only in the front of my head and the top of my head is filled in.    The two pictures below show my hair in June 2012 and December 2012. 
The left picture is my hair in June 2012.  The spot extend from the front all the way to the back.  In the picture on the right the spot is just in the front and I have to zoom in closer with my camera to get a picture of the spot.  My hair looks and feels thicker now.  As you can see I have hair growing on the top of my head.
Below is a video I made with my final results.  Please share your thoughts and let me know if any of you are considering trying Viviscal.  Until next time...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bantu Knot Out on my Blown Out Stretched Hair

Bantu Knots and tough sleeping.
Hello everyone!  Can you tell that I'm not in school right now.  Even though I'm back to work, my grad classes don't start until February and since I'm waiting for my textbook to be shipped to my I totally feel like I have a ton of time for myself.  Yep pee!  Anyway, with this extra time I have been playing with my hair.  Which means I got to watch some YouTube videos and though, hey I can do that!  So, with my big fluffy blown out hair I did about 12-14 Bantu Knots all over my head last night before I went to bed with my satin scarf and for back up my satin pillow case.

I will admit that I watched one of KimmayTube's videos and decided to try her method since I had this blown out big hair going on.  In the morning I poured some jojoba oil on my hands and took the knots out.  After separating the knots a little (being careful to avoid frizz) I ended up with this finished look below.

Can I say luscious, wavy, cascading curls.  What more can a girl ask for from a Bantu Knot out!

Well, I absolutely love the results!  I got these cascading wavy curls and got to keep the fullness and volume of my big hair.  All I can say is WOW!  Now that hubby of mine was kinda pawing at me.  Touching my hair and sniffing my neck.  I thought he was going to take a bite out of my neck because he wouldn't leave me alone.   I first thought it was the delicious turkey pot pie I made today, which could of contributed to the sniffing.  Big hair I guess equals lots of attention, or he feels like he can pet me because usually I'm telling him not to touch (my hair) because I don't want my curl definition to be messed up.

Anyway, at school it was either "I love it!", or "What did you do with you hair?", or the safe comment "I like your flower".  I found that throughout the day I was constantly pushing my bangs out of my eyes.  Hello, that hasn't happened in over two years!  I find that with the Bantu Knot out, my hair continued to fall and get bigger.  The next time I try this I should probably do more knots or separate the knots less.  I don't know if I will get to wearing a bun this week.  With awesomely wavy hair and the cold temps, down may be in order.  Until next time...


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Well I did it!

Happy New Year everyone!  I can't believe I let my son stay up until midnight last night.  He didn't get crabby and he loved watching the ball drop in New York Times Square.  We had some friends over that we hadn't seen in a while and it was an evening of eating junk food playing Sequence and catching up with some friends.  They are empty nesters and we have a three year old.  Surprisingly, our ages aren't that much apart.  They got married and had children young and the hubby and I didn't.

Anyway, I decided to co-wash and blow out my hair this morning.  After watching several YouTube videos about flat ironing and seeing how long that took I decided to use my curling iron instead of flat ironing my hair.  The process took almost two hours and my arms were exhausted by the time I finished.  I knew my hair wouldn't be bone straight  because I didn't flat iron, but then this is the closest I have felt to feeling like Dina Ross.
Wet hair before blow out.
So, I used my leave in conditioner Aussie Moist, but I added some Castor and Jojoba Oils to my conditioner.  I then sprayed some heat protector from the Aussie line.  I figured that since they are from the same line they should work well together.  I then sectioned my hair and used the tension method to blow dry my hair.  This method has some pros and cons.  I like that my roots are really straight, but I hated that it took a REALLY LONG time to dry.  I had my blow drier on warm and I ended up using my brush to get the ends straight.
Left my hair sectioned and right all done with blow out.
So, I took a little break after drying my hair to rest and cool off before I sectioned and started the curling process.  This was much quicker and I used a big barrel iron 1.5 inches.  My curling iron has setting from 0-25.  I set my iron at 19 and prayed that it wouldn't be too cool or too hot.  The heat protector says to use on wet hair and I made the mistake of spraying a little on my dried hair.  My hair started to revert back to it's curly state and I had to blow it out again.  As I ironed my hair I only ran the curling iron through my hair once.  I just wanted a little curl to bring the ends under and to give my hair some style.
I sectioned my hair, and curled each section under to get a soft big hair look.
So, after almost two hours from start to finish my hair is blown out and curled.  It's super big and lots of volume.  I will see how long I can wear it like this, but I have no plans to use any more heat to maintain this look.  I've been wanting to play with some buns and maybe this big hair is long enough to do that this week. 

Since I had to cook today I ended up pulling my hair back and clipping it to get it out of my face.  This process has allowed me to look at my hair and see that my ends are pretty healthy.  After spending several hours straightening my hair I don't think I want to do this again for a long time.  I can wash my hair, condition and two strand twist my hair in half the time it took for me to blow dry and curl.  This just reminded me that I don't want to be a slave to a hair drier, flat iron, or curling iron ever again.  Please let me know your thoughts, just be nice.  Until next time...