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Hair of the day

6.19.2016
I love my straight hair but my scalp itches and I'm ready to see my curls on wash day. This was today's hairstyle of choose. This was my go-to style because my hair is getting greasy from the coconut oil I apply every night.   It's a simple crown braid with leave out in the back.

Side note: This was my first blogged hairstyle back in 2013. Check it out HERE.

Wash Day?!?!?

6.15.2016
INTRODUCTION:

Okay ladies and gents, grab your popcorn because this one is going to be a long one and maybe a tear jerker. I'm not sure at this point but we shall see. (laughs out loud) 

For starters, I did complete my 3-month challenge with the NaturallClub on June 1st, Yayyyyyyy. Yes, I lasted the entire 3 months without flat ironing and blow drying my hair.  I will make a separate post talking about some things I learned and to see if I achieved my goal.  However, here is the wash day post, from that particular day, when the challenge was over, and I flat ironed my hair...stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!!!

WASH DAY:

First, I sprayed my hair with plain water and finger detangled. After I finger detangled a section of hair, I flat twisted it.This process took about 30 mins. Here are photos of the detangled side vs the tangled side.


I processed to detangle and separate my hair into twists.  Next, I hopped in the shower, unraveled each twist, and clarified my hair using Paul Mitchell's Shampoo Three Clarifying Shampoo.  I only applied the shampoo to my scalp and massaged using my fingers and my Tangle Teezer. After rinsing out the clarifying shampoo, I added another shampoo, but this time, a moisturizing one by Organix called Morrocan Oil Creme Shampoo. I repeated the same steps as I did with the clarifying shampoo and rinsed it out.  As for deep conditioning, I used Miracle 7's Deep Conditioner in the blue bottle. I put my hair in a high ponytail and put a plastic bag over my hair. Then I sat under my conditioning cap by Gold N Hot for 30 mins. If you want to check out my review on this cap then click here.




Side note! Here is a shot of my husband's hair too (giggles). We were playing around with this new camera we purchased, trying to find the best angles, and I took a quick shot of his hair. He has really nice curls.


Back to the post! Here is a shot of my hair, freshly deep conditioned, and still in a ponytail.


Next, I rinsed the conditioner out of my hair and shook dry.  Here are photos from that moment.


From that point, I blow dried my hair, which was incredibly difficult and frustrating for me.  It seemed like my hair was matted worse than ever before. I hadn't used a comb since January and I had only finger detangled my hair.  I lost a lot of hair in the process of detangling with a wide tooth comb and wrestling with a blowdryer with a comb attachment.

I am in agreeance that finger detangling is the best way to preserve curls and for length retention. However, the whole ordeal of blow drying my hair was awful. Even though the floor was covered in hair of all shaped and broken sizes, I still managed to have lots of hair still attached to my scalp.  Needless to say, I felt discouraged about the whole ordeal. Here is a photo of my hair after blow-drying.


Now, this is where things get serious.  After blow-drying, I flat ironed my hair.  The results were puffy, dry, crispy ends, and I was not happy about it.  There are no photos to insert at this point because I was fed up with my hair.  It was late, I was sleepy, and I had to be at work early the next morning.  This would have been a good time to sleep off my frustrations and call it a night. NOPE...NOT ME!  Instead, I went on a rant about my hair and decided to......................................

CUT IT OFFFFFFFFFFF!

On top of that, I gave myself a really bad cut that made me look like Dora from DORA THE EXPLORER.  It was box shaped at the ends and bulky.  I had an unintentional high-low thing going on that made me look like T-Boz from TLC. It was just awful.  My husband, bless his heart, tried to help me even it up but he was too afraid to cut it.  I didn't know whether to laugh or cry as I swept up my pile of chopped hair off of the bathroom floor that resembled the size of a large ant hill. I'm sure my husband thought I was crazy at this point but he showed nothing but love.

The next day, after work, I went to have my hair cut FIXED which meant getting a more drastic cut....in layers....that was super short.

See I told you this would be a good story and it's not over yet. I'm sorry I don't have photos but that would have made it funnier.

At the salon, that shall remain nameless, my stylist knew NOTHING about my hair. Her first question was, "Should I cut your hair wet or dry."  I immediately blurted out "dry cut please." She then proceeded to grab a small rat-tail comb to comb my hair out.  My heart sank. I mumbled, "Do you have a larger comb? My hair is really thick." She smiled and said "Sure." The next part was not so memorable and of this I am glad.  She was so nervous about touching my hair that she only shaped up the high-low parts of my hair to make it even. She handed me a mirror to view my hair.  As I stared at my reflection, I felt the need to remind her of what I told her I wanted during our consultation.  During my consultation, I explained that I wanted to take some of the weight off of my hair so I wouldn't look like a cabbage patch doll anymore. However, when I thought about how unknowledgeable she was with natural hair, I was sort of glad that she didn't do as I had asked,

Once I reminded her, she asked the stylist adjacent to us if she should use the thinning shears on my hair.  Both the adjacent stylist and I were in agreeance that she should DEFINITELY NOT USE THINNING SHEARS FOR MY TYPE OF HAIR.  At that moment, the adjacent stylist (and my saving grace) told me that her name was Khris.  Khris proceeded to ask what did I come in to get done. I told her. The lady currently styling my hair interjected and said, "If you like, we can relax it for you."

Oh, how I wish that what I am telling you through typing was not the truth.  Words could not express how I felt in that moment but words like misunderstood, and crushed, came to mind.  In a quick response, Khris blurted out, "No, she is natural. She doesn't want a relaxer."  She went on to say that she could cut my hair into layers for me and flatten it out with a flat-iron.  With bright eyes, I asked my current stylist if she would mind if I switched to Kris's chair since she was more knowledgeable about my hair type.  Kris cut and styled my hair and I was very happy from that point on.





MORAL OF THIS STORY:

Patience is key. Finger detangling does help with length retention and cutting off your hair, in the middle of the night, while under stress, is bad. I know. I know. All that hair that I had worked so hard to preserve for the 3-month challenge is now GONE!!!!! I felt fine about the decision because I liked that cut. If you have followed me since 2013, then you know that I started off at this same length.  It's like I pressed that re-do button for my hair.  However, looking back at how much hair I preserved and how long it was, makes me miss the length. Oh, I miss wearing ponytails too. However, I know that at the end of the day, my hair will grow back.


Happy Hair Journey!!!!!!! XOXO


The Wash Day Experience

Wash Day

6.08.2016
Products
(i)      Water Bottle
(ii)    GPB Balancing Conditioner
(iii)   Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner
(iv)  Miracle 7 Deep Conditioner
(v)    Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Kids Curling Buttercream
(vi)  Lou Ana Coconut Oil
(vii) Tangle Teezer

This week was a protein treatment week. I used the GPB Balancing conditioner in conjunction with my Miracle 7 deep conditioner.  Other than that, my routine was the same.  I style my hair this way all the time. If you want to see my last wash day post on how I got this style, click the link below to check it out.

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For starters, I detangled my dry and matted hair with my fingers and a little water. Because I used Shea Moisture Curling Buttercream throughout the week, I have a lot of slip by just adding water to my dry hair. 


Next, I cowashed my hair with Herbal Essences Cleansing Cowash, and used my Tangle Teezer to massage my scalp.  After massaging, I rinsed the conditioner out and applied Miracle 7's Deep Conditioner in the blue bottle.  On my ends, I applied GPB Balancing Conditioner for a protein treatment.

I sat under my conditioning cap by Gold N Hot for 20 minutes and used my scalp invigorator to massage my scalp more. Here is a shot of my curls before I rinsed out the conditioner.  Ooolala moist.


Next, I did my usual style where I flat twisted my hair in sections and curled the ends of my hair with perm rods.  My parted hair is never perfect but the finished look is nice. The styling products I used to twist and curl with are: Coconut Oil and Shea Moisture's Curling Buttercream. 


I air-dried overnight and slept on a satin pillowcase. I did not cover my hair with anything. This are shots of my next day hair. :)


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The Wash Day Experience