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...

Blessings!

18 comments:

  1. Happy New Year! Your hair is looking lovely.

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  2. I think it looks awesome. The fact that it took two hours might be a good thing . . . either your hair was resistant to become straight (which is a sign of wonderfully healthy natural hair) or you not using heat that was too hot (that's extra good) or you took your time (which is wonderful)! It is nice to change things up a bit and give yourself a new look.

    I'm with you . . . I never want to return to being a slave to beauty salons or heating instruments or anything that would tie me to my bathroom because of my hair. Ugh!

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    1. I believe it was both. I was scared to use too much heat and used a low setting and my hair has always been hard to straighten. Being a slave to devices that use heat to style our hair is not even an option any more. I'm thinking maybe once or twice a year blow out tops.

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  3. Happy New Year! Your hair looks too cute. My fav is the pic with all of your hair curled under. Your hair is growing!

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    1. I liked my hair curled under also.

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  4. Happy New Year!!! Your hair came out great!!!

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    1. Thank you. I love the big fluffy hair look.

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  5. Your hair looks fabulous! Happy New Year!!

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    1. Thank you and Happy New Year back at you.

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  6. Happy New Year! Love the hair and it is growing like a weed.

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    1. Compared to last year at this time my hair is as long as it was (probably longer) when it was relaxed.

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    1. Having my hair rest on my shoulders is really kinda nice. I'm loving how much my hair is growing.

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  8. Happy New Year and you hair looks wonderful and healthy and has grown alot! I had mine blown and flatironed for my holiday party. I will be updating my blog today with lots of pics from the straight to the curly.

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    1. I will have to check that out. Happy New Year to you.

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  9. wow, you retain a lot of length. Big hair looks really sexy on you. Love the finished look. I guess spending a mere 2hours on your hair is a lot since you often do quick and easy styles. The last time I tried straightening my hair, it took about 4hours!
    where is your signature flower?
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    1. I work full time, have a family and attend grad school. I don't have hours to spend on my hair. I actually wore the flower the next day. Thanks for commenting.

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