Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Catching Up

Hello everyone. Work has had me so swamped that I hadn't had much time to post anything. I really don't have much to post. My hair and I have just been cruising along. I've been pretty much sticking to my bi-weekly henna applications - which is really doing great things for my hair. Sometimes I don't feel like the long process of henna, but hey, if I miss a week or two, then I am still doing the application at least once a month so that's fine by me.

I've gotten into a "no new products" buying challenge on Naturally Curly, so that is somewhat limiting what I can/will purchase for styling. I wanted to try Eco Styler gel, but I will not do that until my challenge is over. So, I've been trying to find different ways to use the Long Aid gel and my Lemon Cake Batter to get the results I want. Right now it almost seems as if my hair requires more butters than usual. I think it's because it has been getting a little cooler outside and there has been less humidity in the air. Not only am I using the Long Aid Gel, but I am finishing the ends with the Lemon Cake Batter.

Today I didn't even co-wash. I just wet my hair in the shower and went on to add the Lemon Cake Batter. I know my DH loved it because I was able to cut my shower time by half this morning since I was not co-washing. I have to admit, my hair is super soft. I love what the "butter batter" has done for my hair.

Although it's been only 15 months since my BC, I have learned a lot about my hair, but I still have a lot to learn. I guess by this time next year, I might just have it down to a science.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

1 Year Comparison

I just wanted to drop a short comparison post. It's not my Nappiversary or anything like that, but I think I am going to start doing comparison posts every month just to remind myself about how far I have come in this short time.



This time last year (November 2008) I was sporting a TWA and it was election time! I also made my first attempt at 2-strand twists. Looking back, I think I was brave to attempt those little bitty twists. LOL They even look a little funny now, looking back. That was just one year ago! How about that. I'm just looking in awe of my accomplishment with growing my hair out. I can hardly believe the progress I have made.




Now, here I am, one year later with hair that I am loving:










I'm Getting There

Ok, so I am always on hair blogs and site looking at the trends and styles for natural hair. I'm reading up on products and everything. So, imagine my surprise when Brigid Turner showed up on the header banner for The Coil Review during the October 2009 issue. Brigid actually models hairstyles for Khamit Kinks in Brooklyn, NY. Her hairstyle is simply jaw-dropping and I can not wait until my hair gets there! Sure, it's weave, but this hairstyle is fierce!!! I mean, I am even using her pic as my IM avatar! I never really go bananas over anyone's hair, but this did it for me. Why? Well, because this truly is a realistic hair goal for me. I mean it's truly attainable. Our textures are not too far off - in this pic, her hair does have a looser curl pattern than mine, but it's still very similar. I think if I can get my hair to grow out for another year, I could be really close. So look out for me during the 2010 Holiday Season!





I can see myself now, going to the Holiday party next year rockin' this crazy style! OMG! Folks will hafta get outta my damn way because a diva will be in the building! LOL How amazing would it be to wear this hair every day? Well, let's take a look at the answer to that question. To me, this looks like a fab wash-n-go. Probably salon styled, but hey, I have faith in myself that I can do this style with that amount of hair. My only thing is what do you do with the hair at might, because surely you are not doing a wash-n-go every day - not with that much hair. Now I'm starting to think of detangling sessions! Ouch! O_o LMAO But hey, to have great hair, you have to take care of it, and that's a part of having natural hair. I hear it alot: "you get out what you put in". This is exactly true and if you want great hair, you have to treat it right.




I am all about using great things on my hair, but that doesn't necessarily mean using the most expensive products on my hair. I have used the Kinky curly line which to me is pretty expensive, but my hair seems to like cheaper, less expensive products (right now, we know how temperamental our hair can be from time to time). I use Suave Naturals to co-wash and Herbal Essences Hello Hydration & Hydralicious mixed with olive oil and honey for my deep treatments. I used MDH Henna for my henna applications. This henna is about $1.29 per 100 gram box. I alternate between using Long Aid Activator get and the Lemon Cake Batter I make. So all in all, I really don't spend that much money on hair products. I really could do without the Kinky Curly Curling Custard. I'm trying to figure out if I need to keep purchasing the Knot Today leave-in conditioner. The Come Clean shampoo is a keeper for sure. If I can find a leave-in that is comparable to Knot Today with a cheaper price, then "it's on"!



For the most part, I guess I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing. My hair is growing. It's looking good and feeling good. For the most part, I think I know what my hair likes and doesn't like. I'm fortunate - my hair is very easy to work with and always has been. It doesn't give me a lot of trouble. I'm lucky and I know this. I read about people having to avoid protein and cones and all kinds of other stuff. I don't even read the labels. The only thing I try to avoid is gels with alcohols in them because I know that dries my hair out. Other than that, I'm going for what ever product works in my hair. Since they really don't cost me alot, I'm not losing much if it turns out that my hair doesn't/didn't like it. So, I guess I'm saying all of this to say, hey, I'm getting there, and I am on my way to having the hair that I want.