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!



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