Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The two I bought were dark brown (not black because the associate said the jet black is more unnatural looking like shoe polish) and also mahogany chestnut to get a dark red tint in the light. So I went ahead and used my "Handy Manny" lock and did a strand test on it. I mixed about 60% mahogany chestnut and 40% dark brown and let it sit for 20 minutes. I didn't see a difference, so I just threw the color on and sat for 20 minutes. I jumped in the shower and washed it out with VO5, SL shampoo, and the conditioner provided in the box...hmm....
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Now what in the world is this.
Damn my face is oily...LMAO!!!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
- The white flakes are not showing (big relief...biggups to A sista who locked)
- My hair is very soft
- Locks feel squeaky clean
- Scalp is clean (needed after all these months)
- Curly Q ends have lost curl and are BUSHY (like the 1st day after installation)
- Hair may soften too much and slow down the locking process
The pros outweigh the cons 2:1 so I will use it once a month to make sure I get a good clarifying shampoo and the other three washes I will continue to use the sisterlock starter shampoo
Friday, September 25, 2009
First reason the price was .77, yes you read correct thats .77 cents!!!
Second reason, I flipped it over to read the ingredients and what was staring me in my face as the 3rd ingredient. You guessed it SLS, and the second was Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
For the price why should I expect that it wouldn't be one of the ingredients. So I purchased the bottle which specifically notes that it is clarifying and this is how I defend purchasing it (defend it like I'm on trial, lol). SLS is known to remove buildup and dry out your locks/hair. Well right now, I obviously have some type of buildup that needs to be removed and if I'm not using it as my main shampoo then I should be ok. Basically the past six months my hair has not had a good cleansing so why not try it?!?!? RIGHT!! LOL!
Well I tried the shampoo today and although I loved the way it felt like I got a good cleansing I wasn't too pleased with how my ends came out, see for yourself and I did bundle.
Update to come...
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
But...seriously speaking the benefits of the satin pillow thus far is that I have a lot more body in my hair in the morning compared to the bonnet. In my own mind I feel like my hair is growing, which I would say has to do with less shrinkage. So far so good on the pillowcase and of course at night I no longer look crazy :-)
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
So here are comparisons from May 19th --- yeah my 2nd month to the 6th month. Around May is when I really stepped it up on my blogging skills and realized I should be taking shots from all types of angles...LOL!!!! Enjoy....but I'm so proud of my bang that its made it thus far. The back shot I realized that I bent my head back in May, but you can still see that my locks have grown well. And do you also notice the difference in width. Ok, ok....enough, here you go and my disclaimer -- (I look a little crazy today lol)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Oyin's is RECOMMENDED. This morning, my hair is not sticky, my curls are still extremely bouncy and tight which means that it did not weigh my hair down. Although, I cannot smell the aroma personally I'm sure it smells much better than what my hair has been smelling like! Go out and get it ladies!! Its a keeper for the arsenal! It states its a moisturizer so I will be using this 3x a week and continue washing weekly. I'm also hoping this will solve my issue of seeing white bulbs in the front.
Ok, so I'm going on a tangent, but using the SL starter shampoo has brought out more white bulbs in the front, but I'm positive that once my hair has sealed in the middle that this will no longer be an issue. However, I'm going to try and combat the issue with a deep conditioning moisturizer that I received from the retightening class. I'm going to use this after shampooing and let it sit for about 15 minutes with a cap and hopefully that will help..and of course I will let you know how it goes (smile).
My Oyin Juices and Berries (see previous post discussing this) finally arrived today, I ordered on 9/2 and viola 17 days later I got it. Luckily they warn you when you order that it will take no less than 2 weeks to receive the product because they are specially made to order. The spritz could not have arrived with better timing because I washed my hair last night and put some lock loops in and I curled them really tight and this is what I have.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Six Lessons Learned in 6 months
- My hair still shrinks after washing
- The less products I use the better for my locks which also includes spritzing with water
- When my locks are dirty they don't hold curls (just like permed hair hah)
- Since buying a satin pillow case, I have more body & bounce when I wake up
- My hair isn't as coarse as I thought it was, but its much thicker than I knew
- I love that I can look different every day.
- And a bonus :-) although, I'm thrilled about how much my hair has grown, I'm still obsessed with having my hair touch my collarbone :-)
- Day 1 - At Sea
- Day 2 - Ochos Rios, Jamaica
- Day 3 - Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
- Day 4 - At Sea
- Day 5- Miami, FL
- Day 1 - Key West, FL
- Day 2 - At Sea
- Day 3 - Nassua, Bahamas
- Day 4 - Freeport, Bahamas
- Day 5 - Miami, FL
So with the whackness of my cruise I didn't take alot of pictures as I normally do, but here is a few looks that I rocked with..nothing new :-)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Toodles till then!
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Nothing much else going on with my hair lately, I haven't been spraying anything on it and its about that time to wash my hair again. Hmm..I think the weekly wash may be helping as well. Until tomorrow....
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I decided to try something new last night. When I jumped in the shower, I put my bare unbraided and banded head under the faucet and soaked my head, and the water flowing through it felt great. When I got out I pulled out my lock loops and rolled up each lock nice and neat instead of sloppily grabbing sections. I ended up using about 20 lock loops and here is my look this morning. The longer side isn't so prevalent and the curls seem to have taken a bit better with my hair being soaking wet. The test is to see how long the curls last, day one and counting :-)
Monday, September 7, 2009
I took this picture yesterday and it is clearly obvious that my right side is noticeably longer than the left side. Unfortunately, I cannot do anything about it and I wonder if the left side has more shrinkage. When I wash my hair this week I will be able to tell more so, but whatever it is it has me feeling a little self-conscious. Unlike with permed hair, I can't just pull the scissors out and even it all up, for now my solution will be to start rolling my hair again or wearing the back up. I will figure something out tonight, but how weird is that. Its like all of a sudden there is a drastic difference.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
One thing that was clear is that my right side is longer than my left. I constantly pull and play with my hair on the left side while driving I hope this is not causing to slow the growth on that side.
I was able to get through a full rotation and with some 2 rotations so for now I'm going to stick with a 4 week cycle and see how that goes.
I am so proud of myself I must say!!!! Retightening definitely takes patience and what I call "sticktuitiveness" (aka commitment). Lol!!!
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Saturday, September 5, 2009
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Friday, September 4, 2009
What I found out is with the SL tool I didn't have problems like I did with the NL tool of pulling another lock through or even catching some of the new growth. This of course sped up my session and saved time trying to remove one lock from another. Surprisingly enough, even though I didn't separate my hair after washing it earlier this week I didn't find a section that I had to pop...that is at least on the left side.
I cannot stress how much better I like using the SL tool than the NL tool. At this rate I should be done in another 6 hours. Lol!! 6 hours still sound like a lot but compared to my first try of 5 days and about 3-4 hrs each day this is progress!!!
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In any event, what are your plans for the weekend?
Thursday, September 3, 2009
So I wanted to post a picture today of what my hair looks like on the 2nd day of a braid out. NOT so much a braid out anymore, I'm going to stop bothering I tell ya. I need to go back to rollers for variation. In any event, it also happened to be my daughters 1st day in Kindergarten, so I'm killing two birds with one stone. Enlarge the picture, for the true hair details.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Its Called, Skin Deep, Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics
Reading this article, leads me to the question what do you consider to be "NATURAL HAIR"?
The product description is: Greg Juice" has been one of our most popular products since its introduction more than two years ago - "Juices and Berries" is the same oil-free mixture of vegetable moisturizers and herbal essences; the same beautiful amber pump spray bottle. The change? The fragrance... Juices and Berries is fragranced with the juicest, fruitiest, brightest fruit scent we could find! Perfect for summer, or anytime you want to sweeten your day.
The therapeutic effects are the same as for Greg Juice - spring water, strongly infused with a variety of herbs known to help stimulate the scalp and encourage hair growth; vegetable ingredients for detangling, moisture and suppleness; vegetable glycerine for humectancy and shine; and an essential oil blend nutritious to the scalp.
This formula, like Greg Juice, is excellent for a daily pick-me-up on cornrows or twists. My sisters say it keeps their locs moisturized without weighing them down. And if I tried to detangle my hair without a bottle standing nearby, it would stand up and laugh at my comb. Many uses, this potion has. Cop an 8 oz bottle and find out for yourself. . .
Naturally preserved with grapefruit seed extract and citric acid.
And I would like to highlight this sentence of course "My sisters say it keeps their locs moisturized without weighing them down." I cannot wait for my order to arrive so I can smell like juices and berries!!!
I came back home, put some cornrows in went to sleep and I ended up with this look this morning. Nothing different then when I freestyle, so why do I bother spending 20 minutes cornrowing my hair, who knows!!
Remember how I mentioned that a co-worker always notices when I wash my hair. Well a few minutes ago, another co-worker just asked if I got my hair done--see what some water and shampoo will do!!! LOL!!!!