Post Braids Healthy Hair Regimen

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A few days ago I took down the cornrows because they were a bit back heavy and giving me a headache.  No good, right?  Especially seeing as to how I started a new job (YAY!!) and needed to have my wits about me, not worrying about an aching head.

A good start that I followed so as not to have tangles from dead hair build up and dirt from the braids was to comb through with my fingers and then a wide tooth comb as I took down every braid.  This is VERY important to do BEFORE washing your hair post braids because let me tell you, it is NOT fun or a pretty sight to step into the shower and get the hair wet only to have it turn into massive dreadlock -type balls of tangled hair, dirt, and product build up.  My mother had braids for the first time a couple of months ago and she did not detangle well before getting in the shower (I wasn’t home to tell her this vital step, she thought she could just hop into the shower and wash her hair as normal) and let’s just say her thoughts about doing a big chop and going natural like me became a reality a LOT quicker than she’d imagined.  She emerged with matted clumps of hair that even her stylist couldn’t detangle, so chop chop and now my mama is officially a natural diva like yours truly.   It just so happened that she had a somewhat short haircut anyway, likes short hair and planned to chop at some point, but BE CAREFUL because there won’t be that silver lining for you if you had no plans to cut your hair and then NEED to.

Mama's new haircut

After detangling well, I deep conditioned to soften my hair by applying Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner, olive oil, and coconut oil for approximately 30 minutes.  This step is great because it pampers your hair after being tucked away for a while, moisturizes, and like I said, it makes it soft and lush for the washing aspect.  This was followed by Trader Joe’s Tingle Tree shampoo because I wanted to get my scalp all invigorated and clean.  I love the fact that it actually does make your skin tingle!  Wash well to get any residue from having those braids and then smooth lots of conditioner through the hair (I used a combination of Aubrey Organics GPB and Suave Almond and Shea Butter).  Let this work its magic while you shower as normal and maybe do a body polish/scrub.  Use a shower comb and gently comb through while the conditioner is in the hair to make sure that there are no matted or tangled bits (there shouldn’t be any if the other steps were followed correctly; my hair was so easy to handle by this point).

Voila, soft healthy hair post braids!  No need to chop off sections or cry because of the nightmare of trying to detangle a matted ball of curls. Just diligently work with it as you go and then there’ll be no horror movie ending for your tresses.  I then dried my hair some by plopping a t-shirt on my hair to soak up some of the water so that I could twist my hair while damp and not sopping wet.  Using Qhemet Biologics Olive and Honey balm, I made small twists all over my head as a protective style.  I left these in for a couple of days, pinning back the front in a cute style for work and then untwisted and fluffed for the weekend (I can wear my hair in a twist out for work, I just wasn’t going to untwist them that soon since it takes me a while to twist because I have bad shoulders).  Easy peasy, hair is healthy and growing.

Hopefully this is helpful for those who are thinking about getting braids!  These steps made the post-wash and detangle session a breeze.

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Hair Loving

When I did the twists the other day, I just felt that the twist out would be epic, just have great definition…..boy, was I right!  Spirals are POPPING!  Gooooo blended beauty curl styling butter!  That stuff made the twists way better and defined!

Well the proof is in the pudding, so to speak, so here’s my pretty twist out 😀

YEAAAAAH BOOOOOYYYY  😀   lol, I’m happy with that stuff, have a great nice tub of it left and will do more twists later.

In other, sad news, Alexander Mcqueen, the fabulous designer, committed suicide 😦  I’m really sad about that, he had immense talent that was so unique and visually appealing.  What a tragic loss!  This was his new spring collection, how awesome is it??!!  http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/S2010RTW-AMCQUEEN?viewall=true Sigh, RIP to another great….

Rollerset Results

Rollerset came out soft and everything, but maybe TOO soft, because just going through the day has made it fuzzy/frizzy.  This time I did the set with my amla/olive butter and while it moisturized it didn’t hold.  Last time I did it with my blended beauty curl butter and that held better while letting my hair remain soft.

Beginning of day:

it’s not the best job ever done, but it was my first and I was fine with it 🙂

then, more frizzy by end of the day:

I’ll just stick to my twist outs, it lasts longer!  I can have it in twists for like 4-5 days and then twist out for about 3 days, so it’s better for me.  I wasn’t happy trying to sleep with the rollers in my head, so I’ll stick to my twists for now!

Good start to new year

This new year is starting smashingly 🙂  Went to dinner on new years eve at Spiaggia and it was AMAZING.  So yummy!  Appetizer course was mozzarella drizzled in a honey type sauce with some type of fruit (kumquat?) chopped next to it and amazing prosciutto.  I felt like the movie Ratatouille where the mouse had the flavors exploding in his mouth in bursts of jazz and colors!  It was THAT good.  Pasta course was a butternut squash filled pasta with fried sage and amaretto sauce, also incredibly delish and my mom’s favorite part of the meal.  Steak  with morel mushrooms and smashed potatoes followed, finished by the creamiest tiramisu ever put together.  WHAT a dinner to start off the night’s activities!  I was already incredibly happy with my makeup and hair, felt good in my outfit, and had on my fly headpiece, lol.  EVERYONE was stopping me and saying that it was gorgeous and that they wanted to party with me because I must be fun, lol.  That was so cool.

Then went to the Signature Room at the John Hancock building’s lounge.  There was a hilarious lady there who was fun and an instant friend.  She was crazy and cool, seated next to us.  I heart her, we clowned hard and didn’t even know each other!  Then there were gorgeous fireworks outside the window which overlooked gorgeous Navy Pier.

Next up, party at our hotel!  We stayed at the Westin that night and finagled our way into the hotel party they were having there.  THAT was pure hilarity, because they were SO wasted!  Some chick fell under her table trying to reach for something, another fell through a sign at the elevator then tried to argue that she wasn’t drunk, barely able to keep her eyes open.  I had too much fun there, cracking the eff up and dancing with my Phy-Phy.  Great new years eve!    Spent the next day shopping and lounging around the Four Seasons hotel where we stayed the next night.  I’m all about luxe surroundings!  Drinks in front of the lounge fireplace was oh so nice, even saw a HOT guy at the bar, but I looked all of 15 with my hello kitty jewelry and yellow sweater, so um yeah, not approaching him! haha. I promise next time to dress for the occasion so that I can have something better to update 😉

I had to do another cowash and twist out when I got home last night because feathers and glitter were in my hair, cramping my style ya know 😉  Woke up today, took it down and WHOA, best twist out ever!  Okay, well I went a little happy with the marula oil spray the night before so it was a tad oily, but other than that?  Your girl was FLY.  It was moisturized, super curly, fun!  My cousins even complimented me on it and they are SO not about natural hair 🙂

snapped on my new lace bow clips and sashayed my happy self out the door to church where I played with my cutie pie god daughter.  She is LEAVING me 😦  Her mom is moving them back to Alabama, I am heartbroken.  I love that lil chocolate drop, she’s so sweet and fun with her fat cheeks.  NEVER cries, just a doll.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

I hope you all stay safe and well bringing in this 2010!

My first twist out turned out really cute!  I’m very happy with it.  Moisturized, curly, really good style that I will do all of the time 🙂

jazzed up and did my makeup.  Yellow on inner corners, pink on crease, royal blue shimmer over whole lid.   Too faced magic wand foundation, lash blast mascara, l’oreal H.I.P. shimmer powder, NYX yellow shadow, covergirl pink in crease.

Anyway, hope you guys have an amazing New Year!  Let me know what you do!

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