Thursday, December 12, 2013

Using Coconut Oil on Natural Hair in Colder Weather

Coconut Oil for Natural Hair During Winter
My braid out results using conditioner and coconut oil
I recently picked up one of my favorite hair products, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.  I probably haven't had any on hand in a little over a year.  This went from being my staple to being something that was just okay.  Somehow I stopped wanting to buy multiple bottles of oils and decided my Grapeseed and Castor oils were all I needed.  Lately though I started to consider the fact that something seemed very different about my hair.  This made me think back to some of the things I did or used at the start of my journey.  That's when I realized that it had been ages since I used coconut oil on my hair.

Coconut oil can have many benefits for the hair.  The one that I was most concerned about was the oil's ability to moisturize the hair.  This is because it's made up of tiny molecules that are small enough to penetrate through the cuticle layer.  I picked some up at my local natural grocery store, Sprouts, without another thought.  It wasn't until I got home that I realized that, in the past, I tried to stay away from coconut oil during the colder months.  Why?  Well, it was because of the fact that the oil had a tendency to solidify at lower temperatures which could lead to hard hair.  This happened to me the first week I started using it again.  I tried it as a sealant after spritzing my hair with leave-in conditioner diluted with plain water.  I did this for a few days in a row before braiding my hair up into two french braids.  When I took my hair down on wash day I noticed that weird, hard feeling.  My ends felt like straw.

After that I figured maybe I would just use it for deep conditioning or hot oil treatments.  Until one night when I decided to use it with my Aussie Moist conditioner for a braid out.  I applied the conditioner to my freshly washed and conditioned hair and then sealed with the coconut oil.  I then took medium sized sections and spritzed with water before smoothing the hair with my denman brush and braided it into plaits.  Let me tell you, my hair was so soft and defined even I couldn't believe the results!  Just two products and I ended up with a braid out that was photoshoot worthy.  That's when I realized that the coconut oil worked for me as long as I used it on wet hair without too much product buildup.   Now my hair is back in love with my old bestie and I plan on keeping up with it during the rest of my No Heat Challenge.  Hopefully this will give me an extra moisture boost during these harsh winter months.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Changing My Hair Routine for the Winter Months

Curly in Colorado Winter Hair Routine
Making changes to my Wash n' Go routine
for the winter months
This is the time of year where we start to make changes in a lot of ways.  Sometimes the drier weather may call for heavier products for the hair and skin.  This has been the case for me lately as I have had to make adjustments to my hair routine to make up for the lack of moisture.  Normally I'm able to do my wash n' go style with just two products.  I like to use my favorite leave-in, Paul Mitchell's The Conditioner with Eco Styler gel (the Argan oil one).  Right around early October I could tell that my usual combo was not working like it did over the summer.  I decided to add a little Castor oil to seal in moisture before applying the gel.  This helped some, but still wasn't quite what my hair needed.

I started leaving conditioner in my hair that I would normally rinse out.   The Tresseme Naturals conditioners worked great for this but sometimes I used the Aussi Moist conditioner.  Both products were thick, rich and gave lots of slip.  The Aussi Moist even worked as a styler on it's own and gave me lots of curl definition.  The only thing though with using conditioner only was that I didn't get as much wear out of the style.  With Eco gel added I could go 4 to 5 days before having to re-do my hair.  With conditioner as my styler, I'm lookin' at two days tops.

I finally settled on applying a little of the Tresseme conditioner to my hair for a moisture boost.  Then I'll apply a little bit of the Paul Mitchell leave-in to each section I'm working on.  I seal in the moisture with a quarter size amount of castor oil for each section.  Finally, I re-wet my hair by spritzing water on the sections before applying the gel for hold.  It's taken me a few weeks to figure this new method out but it seems to be working a lot better for me.  The added moisture makes my hair shrink up more but that's a good thing so I welcome it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Learning How to French Braid Natural Hair

french braiding natural hair
French Braids on my Natural Hair
Recently I posted a Youtube video on how I french braid my natural hair.  I have been wearing my hair braided up more often recently as part of my No Heat Challenge.  It has made things a little easier for me because the weather is cooler these days.  My hair can get really big and full so the french braids make it possible for me to get a hat on my head whenever I want.  I also use the braids to protect my hair while I'm sleeping at night so I won't have to wake up to tangles in the morning.

I posted the video because I wanted to offer a visual to other naturals of how to do french braids.  I see a lot of comments online from people who have never learned how to braid their hair in this way.  I learned the technique from my mother who braided my hair every week when I was younger.  Sometimes she would do a fancy braided style on my hair but later on she just did one or two french braids with a little bang in front.  When I was about ten years old she taught me how to do it on my own hair.  She also taught me how to do the inverted method which was basically the opposite of french braiding.  I was frustrated with it at first because my braids just didn't look as nice and tight as when she did them.  I eventually got the hang of it though.


Having this styling technique in my arsenal made it that much easier when I went natural.  When my hair grew past the TWA stage I knew that I could braid my hair up for a braid out or protective style.  I can see now that I'm also saving money because I've never gone to someone else to have them braid it for me.  Hopefully more people will learn the technique so that they'll have more options when styling natural hair.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Natural Hair Now--Stores Are Taking Notice

natural hair products in stores
NEW Product Display at Sally's Beauty Supply
geared towards Customers with Natural Hair
When I started transitioning in the summer of 2008 (well relaxer stretching that led to transitioning), there wasn't a lot of products available locally for natural or curly hair.  That was fine by me because thanks to YouTube and online hair forums I found a lot of information on how to make my own.  I learned all about making whipped shea butter, sulfate free shampoo and hair oil mixes.  I pretty much tried everything.  Then one day I discovered a natural hair product line called Kinky Curly.  On YouTube ladies were raving about the curl definition the Curling Custard gave and did tutorials on how to use it.  It also had natural ingredients so I thought it would work great for me.  Then I saw the price.  This is where I started shakin' my head.  Just because the product stated it used all natural ingredients meant I had to fork over thirty bucks?!  No maa'm, I didn't feel the need.

Natural Hair Products in stores
Loads of Curly/Natural Hair products now
available at Walmart
Since then there have been lots of other products lines that have come onto the scene.  All of them using the words, "natural," "curly," and sometimes "organic," to hook new customers.  The thing that made me really start considering paying for one of these products, was the availability.  Yes, I'm that lazy person who doesn't really want to go through the process of ordering something unless I KNOW it's the bomb.  I remember though stopping dead in my tracks the first time I saw Miss Jessie's, Kinky Curly and Shea Moisture hair products in my local Target store.  Seeing the items every week while doing my regular shopping was very tempting.

The selection for Curly and Natural hair products has probably tripled since then.  I even found a full display of products once only available online in Walmart!  Even Sally's is trying to catch some notice by moving these products from the back of the store towards the middle (where the other products for "ethnic" hair began).

If I were newly natural right now, I would probably be a total PJ  (a.k.a Product Junkie).  The displays in stores hold so much styling pomade, cremes and whipped concoctions that it must be really hard filtering through all of that.  Thankfully though I have gotten past the stage of trying things out to see what works.  I pretty much know what works for me and I'm sticking to that.  Still, I just find it funny how stores spent years practically hiding hair products for us somewhere in the back or on bottom shelves and now they're on full display.

What do you think about stores changing it up in the hair product aisle?  Are they viewing Natural Hair as a trend to make money from or is this going to last?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Finally on Facebook and Instagram

I know I'm pretty late on this but bear with me.  I started a page on Facebook sometime ago but was never really sure how to keep it separate from all of my other Facebook ongoings.  My friends and family already hear enough about my hair as it is and I didn't want to blast them with it on there too.  So the Facebook page for my blog was born but then it just sat for a while.  Fast forward to this fall, where I've been a lot more productive for some reason and got back to this whole social media thing.

I also decided to start an account on Instagram because I really like photography.  I figured it would be a fun way to update my YouTube subscribers on some of the daily styling I do with my hair.  Since I upgraded to a new phone I thought it was a good time to check it out.  I have since found out that there is a ton of stuff to see on Instagram and I'm having a lot of fun with it.


I'll be using the two social media sites to keep everyone up to date on what is going on during my four month No Heat Challenge which will take us into early 2014.  For now I'm just enjoying my new "online life".

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My Staple Hair Products

As a follow-up to my No Heat Challenge video, I decided to let everyone know what hair products I'll be using over the next few months.  It turns out that I feel the most comfortable sticking with what I know.  That brings us to what I would consider my "Staple" products.  These are the things that I keep coming back to after trying other products.  Sure, sometimes I like to change things up a bit, but right now I have this desire to just keep it simple.


One thing I want to mention, that is not shown in the video, are my moisturizers.  I'm still in love with the Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme but I'm also using the Elasta QP Mango and Olive moisturizer.  Otherwise, everything else is in the video.  You can also take a look at what's listed in the tab above named "Hair Regimen" to see some of the things I do on a weekly basis.

Monday, September 30, 2013

4 Month No Heat Challenge

Finally!  I'm gonna stop being stubborn and just own up to the fact that using heat on my hair is keeping me from achieving greater lengths.  I had my suspicions of this earlier this year but now I've decided to put myself to the test.  Even though I like the look of straight hair, I'm going to go without using my flat iron until February of 2014.  This may sound like a walk in the park to those of you who gave up straight hair a long time ago.  For me though, I've actually kept up with wearing my hair straight every other month.  Sometimes I even straighten twice in the same month.

Of course I saw how other naturals who were gaining two to three inches of growth every time they decided to lay of the heat for a 4-6 month break.  Still, I kept up with the same regimen hoping that maybe my light protein treatments would rescue my curls.  After having to trim some loose curls last month I decided that that was the final straw.  Using heat means I'm gonna be up for a trim so the more I use it, the more hair I lose.  I just can't keep doing it so it's time for me to step away from the flat iron and just style my hair in other ways.  Here's a video discussing the, "rules," for my personal no heat challenge.  Feel free to join in!


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tresemme Naturals Conditioner Formula Change and Back Again

Tresseme naturals conditioner
Old formula and New formula (black label & top)
on the shelves side by side
I never even saw it coming and, up until now, was in denial.  Yes, my beloved go-to, all around
conditioner made a change to its' formulation.  The conditioner in question is from the Tresemme Naturals line.  I've always liked the Nourishing Moisture one but the Radiant Volume conditioner was also pretty good.  The first I heard of the change was a few months ago on an online hair forum.  At the time not many people were aware of it and were still wondering if the conditioner was still pretty much the same.  From the looks of it, the new ingredients list made for a drastically different product and even a change in the consistency.

Water(Aqua,EU), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Carprylic/Capric Tryglerceride, Stearmidopropyl Diemthlyamine, Fragrance (Parfum) Lauroyl lysine, Carprylyl Glycol, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi oil Copolymer,Aspartic acid, Distearyldimonium chloride,Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, Citric Acid, Alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, aloe barbadensis leaf juice.

 Why change an already good product?  Well, the Alberto Culver company (VO5, Noxema etc.) was recently taken over by Unilever Corporation (Suave, St. Ives etc.).  The new owners of the Tresemme brand decided to change things up a bit.  This was probably an attempt to save money on ingredients.  However, if you head over to the reviews page for this product on their website, you'll find that many people expressed their negative views on the change.

Apparently the new company is listening and started putting the old formula back on the shelves with a minor change to the packaging.  There is now a pump installed on the bottle but supposedly the conditioner inside is the same as before.  I say, "supposedly" because I have yet to compare the current ingredient list with the old version (see above).  Once I get this confirmation then I'll be more than happy to pick up a couple of bottles because this is my staple conditioner we're talkin' about here!

On a side note, over the summer, I found out that my hair absolutely loves Aussie Moist conditioner.  It's very rich and has loads of slip so I will most likely be deep conditioning and detangling with that in the meantime.  It sometimes has a weird reaction with hair gel though so I have to make sure to rinse it completely before styling.  However, I did find out that it works well for conditioner only styling so it's already pretty far up on my favorites list right now.  If I can't find my favorite version of the Tresemme I guess this will have to be my new go-to conditioner.  I'll keep you posted on what I find.

UPDATE 10/2/13-I picked up the old formula recently in a new bottle with a pump on top at Walmart.  Not all stores carry it yet but I'm just glad that my staple conditioner is back on the shelves!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summertime Slim Down -- On My Way to a Healthier Me

Green Smoothie
with Kale, Apple, Cucumber and Banana
This year I've been learning lots about the importance of eating a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables.  I even found out a thing or two about juicing and how beneficial it can be.  Still, it took my upcoming summer vacation to finally get me motivated to lose some weight.  I've been telling myself how great it would feel if I could just lose the 7-10 lbs. that have been keeping me from looking my best.  There are all sorts of reasons why I fell off of the exercise wagon so I'll save the long story.  Thankfully my diet only needs a few tweeks here and there because my family and I eat pretty healthy.

After watching the movie, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead," earlier this year, I decided to start juicing more.  At first, there was a bit of a learning curve but I'm used to it now and can whip up a glass of juice for breakfast with no extra fuss.  I'm happy to say that it helped with my psoriasis which was crazy out of control for most of the winter.  One of my favorites is a green smoothie with Kale, Cucumber, Apple and Banana.

Now that my skin is looking better, I've been trying to exercise more in hopes of losing a little extra cushion around the middle and thighs.  Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful that I've been around the same size for years.  It would be nice though to not have to rely so much on help from shaperwear when it's time to dress up.  Plus, I want to have more energy to help me get through these long summer days with the kids.

As for my hair, I'm hoping that the cardio and strength workouts will lead to a faster metabolism.  This in turn can lead to faster hair growth (maybe).  So for now the Wash n' Go hairstyle is super easy for me.  Since I use a heavy gel product like Eco Styler, I can just wet my hair in the shower to reactivate my style.  Co-washing is also pretty easy because it removes most of the product without stripping my hair or causing my curls to go into shock.  Sometimes I even use a light oil on my hair either in the shower or right after to seal in the moisture and combat dryness.  The wash n' go style is so much easier now and great for the summer.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Becoming Catwoman (Eartha Kitt Style) for Denver Comic Con -- Pic Heavy

Me as Eartha Kitt style Catwoman and
Wolverine from the X-Men
at this year's Denver Comic Con
Yes, I finally did it!  I have wanted to dress up as Catwoman from the Batman Television series and attend a comic book convention for ages.  When I heard that Denver finally had it's own Comic Con I knew it was time to put a costume together.

For those of you not familiar with what a Comic Book Convention is let me fill you in.  It's usually a three day event where fans of comic books can gather to meet people from the industry and other fans.  Science fiction movies and television series are also showcased.  There are conventions each year in several major cities and this year was the second convention for Denver.

At the Denver Comic Con my family and I were able to meet many comic book creators, illustrators and graphic artists.  There were even classes, gaming and a film festival.  One of the other fun things about a Comic Con is that there are people who dress up as their favorite characters or superheros.  Knowing this, I decided long ago that if I ever had the chance, I would dress up as Catwoman (Eartha Kitt style no doubt) from the Batman TV series.

We took the kids and had a blast people watching and looking at all of the cool comics and artwork.  My husband has a huge collection of X-Men comics and his favorite character is Wolverine so we were very excited to see someone dressed like him.  It was a long day but we had lots of fun.  I'm just glad I was smart enough to bring a comfortable pair of shoes because those Catwoman high heal boots were just too much!
Old Denim Belt I painted gold with
Acrylic Paint

Rit Dye to turn the Satin Gloves Black
old satin gloves
The costume took some time to put together but I managed to get it done in time.  I purchased the pants at Ross and went thrifting for the top.  The belt I already owned but had to change the color to gold with acrylic paint.  I also had a pair of vintage satin gloves that I died black to match the outfit.

Took this apart and attached
Cat Ears
Gold Belt for some
Catwoman Bling

I really had a lot of fun constructing the mask and ears for the costume.  They were probably the most time consuming but I loved how they turned out.  I took apart an old halloween bat headband and attached cat ears to it constructed out of material and foam from an old cami.  I used more of the same material for the mask after making my own paper template.

Used an old black Cami for
mask and ears

The mask took forever but totally
made the outfit

Now for the hair, my favorite part of course.  I googled the hairstyle Eartha Kitt wore on the Batman Series so that I could see it up close.  Come to find out she wore a braid crown just in front of the cat ears and a long flowy ponytail.  The ponytail was a sinch because I've bought drawstring pony's before but the braid was a little tricky.  I ended up buying a pack of braiding hair and cutting a big section of it to form one long braid.  I put rubber bands on both ends and used bobby pins to secure it.  I used Eco gel to smooth my hair into a high bun and placed the drawstring pony over it.  The style was so cute I didn't want to take it down!
Section of the braiding hair secured
with a rubber band

Braided down to the end and used another
rubber band to keep from unraveling

Slicked MY hair into a high bun using Eco gel

Attached the braid using bobby pins

Added the drawstring ponytail

Final look with the Mask and Ears
The Denver Comic Con was a blast and I can't wait to do it again next year!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

From Wash n' Go to Braid Out

For Memorial Day I decided to wear a wash n' go because it's seemed to be the easy thing to do with my hair.  I had a few errands to run but still managed to fix myself up before heading out.  One of the things I tried was stretching my roots with the blowdryer for the look of more length.  My hair was still damp when I was done so it shrunk up a little.  Still, I was pretty happy with the end result.

Later that evening, I wanted to co-wash my hair and re-style the wash n' go which meant re-applying all of the products and waiting for it to dry.  Instead, I decided to just kick back and watch Youtube while braiding my hair up for a braid out.  I was surprised this morning to see the amount of definition I had.  I was also happy with the look of length I got without having to use any heat this time.

There was already plenty of product in my hair from the wash n' go so I just spritzed each section with a little water before braiding it into plaits.  I then spritzed a little more water on the ends and twisted with my fingers to get a slight curl.  The product in my hair helped with this step.  I didn't even have to use a comb or denman brush.  I just stretched my hair with my fingers and detangled a little here and there.  It was almost too easy!

I'm beginning to see a routine forming here.  I can totally see myself wearing my wash n' go's for a few days and then turning them into braid outs when they start to get a little fuzzy.  I hope this is the case because I get the feeling my hair needs a more simplified routine and this may be it.  What's funny is the fact that this is what I used to do during my first year natural.  Now I'm not sure why I
ever stopped.
Wash n' Go on Memorial Day
Braid out the next day

Monday, May 27, 2013

Natural Hair: Growing it Out In Your Own Time

This last couple of weeks I've been kicking myself for the frequent trimming that has kept my hair journey stuck in neutral.  Right now my hair sits just below APL (arm pit length) in back and layered in front with bangs (when straight).  My main motivation for going natural was to grow my hair longer.  I figured I was on a five year plan but saw how much faster my hair grew (or broke less) during the first year natural.  I was so excited and figured I would see Bra Strap Length hair (BSL) some time around the halfway mark.  When that didn't happen, I started to get down on myself and wonder what I was doing wrong.  It also didn't help that I kept seeing progress pics and videos from others who gained length and thickness in what seemed to be much less time.



This week though, I watched a very helpful video that reminded me that everyone's natural hair journey is different.  It's okay to look to others' experiences for inspiration.  However, it is unrealistic to compare my hair to someone else's even though we may have the same hair texture and starting point.  Each hair journey is a very individual experience and there are so many different variables that decide the outcome.  There's also a lot to learn along the way and we all do this in our own time. 

For now, I'm going to try to not focus so much on what I DON'T have and get back to appreciating what I DO have.  The longer length will come in time so I'm just going to have some fun with my hair as it is right NOW.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Gearing Up for Summer

Finally here in Colorado we are getting some warmer weather.  That weekly snow storm business was beginning to drive me crazy!  Every time I saw the cold temps coming I cringed at the idea of wearing a Wash n' Go.  Curly hair is great but, wet hair when the weather is cold is not so great.  As a result, I have been wearing my hair either straight or in stretched styles.


Now I'm beginning to wonder what style I want to rock for the summer months.  I'm thinking about maybe taking on Havana Twists.  These are twists done using Marley Braid hair but much larger (and faster) than mini or medium size twists.  It looks like it may be easy to install but I haven't done my own extensions in ages so who knows what I'll get.

I'm also loving the medium size, "Poetic Justice" type box braids.  I would also be doing these myself but I tried to practice recently with some leftover hair from last time and it didn't go so well.  Until I make up my mind and try to tackle a summer protective style, I'll be either straight or curly depending on what activities my family and I have planned.  Since the warm weather is late here I'd better hurry up and decide before it's too late!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

What Has My Hair Been Up To?

Whoa!  Blogging for the first time in a loooong time.  I also took a break from my Youtube channel for a little while but I'm feeling motivated so here I am.  This first post back I thought that maybe I would share pictures of some of the styles I've been rockin' while away from the blog.  I pretty much have been going back and forth between curly and straight.  It has really been a learning experience because I have been forced to really pay attention to my hair and watch for damage.  Yes, the dreaded heat damage that I swore I would do my best to avoid!  Oh well, when it comes down to it I just really enjoy variety and my hair is no exception.

During this time I have rediscovered the Aphogee product line that I used in my Transitioning days.  I've been experimenting with the Leave-in (a spray) and the 2 Minute Reconstructor.  I credit both for helping me to retain my curly texture after each heat use.  Now normally you wouldn't think it necessary to use protein based products on natural hair but in my case, it's essential.  I've seen first hand how heat can do major damage to my curls so the protein just helps to strengthen my hair where it needs it.

I haven't forgotten about my henna though.  I still like to use it for covering my greys but may get back to using it in the form of henna glosses for conditioning.  Overall, I'm pretty happy with where my hair is right now.  I would like to see a little bit more length though so we'll see where it ends up; no hurry.

By the way, I'm posting videos more often on my channel on Youtube called, Mitchellzee so check that out for updates on my hair journey, tips and reviews.  Ciao!


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Easy Ponytail Roller Set

I sometimes get discouraged with my hair when I see those little tiny fairy knots on the ends.  Single strand knots (SSKs) can cause a lot of trouble because they tend to catch on hair strands and cause tangles.  Since I won't be doing any major cuts on my hair this year (fingers crossed) I figured I should try my best to keep the knots to a minimum.

Since I sometimes use heat on my hair I can tell it still has lots of curl and shrinkage but is slightly more manageable than if I had skipped the heat altogether.  I tend to think that this factor has contributed to my success with roller setting lately.  The drying time is still the same but I can sometimes get away with using larger sections than I used to.  I thought maybe I would put my theory to the test by doing a ponytail roller set using only a few ponytail sections.  Instead of doing 4 ponytails down the middle (like a mohawk) and 4 more sections along the sides, I just used 4 large ponytail sections; 2 in front and 2 in back.  I then split each ponytail in half and rolled each section.  I also placed 2 individual rollers for the bangs.  My new method only took 4 ponytails and 10 rollers which is much easier and still gave me great results.

Since my main objective right now is to keep my hair stretched this method will work just fine.  It keeps my ends smooth so I don't have to worry about them knotting up on me.  Not only that, it also takes a lot less time to get all of the rollers in.  Now that I have this figured out I can use this method to stretch my hair before doing protective styles like buns and up-dos.
THEN:  Ponytail rollerset using more sections

NOW:  Fewer ponytails still worked fine
What I used to get the look:
Creamy Leave-in Conditioner
Heat Protectant serum (to minimize frizz)
Plain Water (to re-wet each section)

Goody Ouchless Ponytail Holders

The Results
Stretched hair with smooth ends

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year; Same Hair Goal

Trying to get past this length in 2013
For my hair journey, the beginning of 2013 looks pretty much like the end of 2012.  My main focus this year will be to protect my hair from ME!  That's right, I've figured out the real reason why I'm still sitting at the length I am now.  Some people call it "Scissor Happy" but I'm now calling it counter productive.  I really like when my ends have that blunt cut appearance and when they don't, I'm pulling out the scissors.  As far as retaining length, with this way of thinking, I'm at a stand still with my hair.

Lately I have been looking for ways to distract myself because yes, I've been thinking about cutting again.  I hit APL (Arm Pit Length) at the sides a couple times in 2012 and saw it as an oppurtunity to even things up.  Now, I do still have bangs in the front and layers on the top and sides, so my bottom layer is still the lengthiest part of my hair overall.  I guess I have always wanted to help the other sections catch up to the rest which would mean trimming the longest bits little by little.  Still, even with that being the goal I figured I would just hover at BSL (Bra Strap Length) before trying to make my hair more even.  At this rate, I'll never see BSL which for me is only two more inches away (in back; when the hair is stretched).

Last fall I counted and it looks like I gave myself at least 6-7 trims throughout the year.  Some to get rid of heat damage (searching for the perfect curl) and some to give my hair that look of blunt ends.  My last trim for 2012 was at the end of November and I honestly think I should put the scissors aside until the spring.  I really am curious to see where my hair will end up in the coming months but the urge to cut is always there.  Not sure if I can do it but I'm gonna try.


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