Yes you read right, I have been co-washing my hair for the past few months and and using shampoo a lot less than before. It was great in the beginning and my hair seemed to love it until about a week ago. I have stepped up my workouts and wore my hair in a high ponytail last week. I noticed that my scalp was kind of itchy so I decided to rinse it while I was in the shower. Well that only took the itch away until my next workout. So Friday night after work I made a mad dash to walmart and walked down the hair aisle for what seemed like an hour trying to pick the best shampoo to help clean my scalp. I came across the suave line and remembered how I used it when I relaxed my hair and loved the results. I grabbed a bottle of the Suave humnectant and headed home. It felt great to wash my scalp and get all of the build up off of it. I did add as much water as possible to the bottle and made sure to only use the shampoo on my scalp. I applied my conditioner to my hair that was 12 large twists. I placed my hair in braids for a twist out. I know that some of you are wondering why I decided to go back to shampoo and especially one that has SLS in it but I needed to cleanse my scalp, the amount of sweat and build up from my products was not creating the best environment for my hair. Of course I plan to use it in moderation and keep it diluted, but I can say that my scalp feels a lot better.
So Friday was my birthday and I wanted to straighten my hair, Wednesaday I washed my hair and then blew it out using the tension method on low heat. Once I blew out each section with grapeseed oil as a heat protectant, I flat ironed on 350 in about 10 sections. I made sure to only pass the flat iron through my hair only twice. Of course itwasn't pin straight, but that wasn't the look I was going for. My hair seems to easily tangle so I don't think I will wear it down much. I plan on keeping it straight until the end of the week.
So it's a chilly day today in Atlanta and I wanted to be warm and cozy, I'm headed to South Carolina to celebrate Thanksgiving with some of my family. I got the sweater from Goodwill for 4.98 and I made the infinity scarf myself. See the pic below.
So I washed my hair on Saturday night and then decided to place it into six large braids to stretch it for a bun. It rained all day yesterday and I knew that my bun would be a frizzy mess so I just pulled my hair back into a ponytail. Since I had placed the large braids in it, my hair was really defined. This morning I took the braids down, this isn't much of a fancy look but will do for a few days until my next wash day. I am thinking that I might do something new with my hair for my birthday at the end of the month, stay tuned!
So I haven't done a DIY post in what seems like forever, so I decided to make some cute little midi rings that are super cheap and easy to do. I purchased some jewelry wire from JoAnn's Fabric in the color gold and gauge size 20. There are tons of posts on YouTube and Pinterest that can be used for inspiration. But I used a tube of Chapstick which is the size of my finger above my knuckle and then formed a circle and cut it to my liking. This is such a fun project, I have seen similar rings in Forever21 for 5 bucks and up for one ring, but the jewelry wire only cost me 2 bucks for 8 yards! See the pic below, I made four but I'm only wearing two today.
So last week was vacation week for me, my family and I sailed the Carribean to Key West and Mexico and I had an awesome time. I wore my hair in the twist which are still in from two weeks ago. See the pics below.
As usual today is wash day and I have been wanting to do something new with my hair, it seems that I have worn it in the same ponytail (with a few variations)for the past few weeks. So I needed to pick up some more Eco styler gel and decided to grab the Krystal kind. I figured that I change my shampoos and conditioners so why not switch up my gel. I co- washed my hair with Tresemme Flawless Curls in about 10 sections. I then started to rake the Eco styler gel through my hair in the same ten sections, the who thing took about an hour and a half to complete (co-washing and raking the gel through) My hair is about 80 percent dry and I am loving that there is zero frizz and poofiness. Below are pictures of my hair once I finished, I will check back in tomorrow once it is completely dry.
So I learned how to crochet years ago and have been wanting to get back into every time the weather gets cooler. So I came across this video on YouTube and made my own, see the pic below and check out the link.
P.S. I am beyond obsessed! I have already picked up more yarn to make another, I am sure I will have several of them in the next few months.
So Saturday was wash day for me, this was also my second wash after taking out my twists so I knew my hair would be a bit tangled. I washed my hair with black soap and then used my Trader Joe's conditioner. I left a bit conditioner in my hair and twisted, this is the way my twist out came out. See my pic below.
So I got an email this afternoon letting me know that I was on curlynikki.com and I almost went bananas lol! I am beyond excited to share my story and then to see it on CN words can't explain! I feel so blessed to share my story and experience with y'all and want to say that I appreciate each and everyone of y'all!
So my twists started looking bad like they had been in for at least six weeks or longer and I was almost to the point of taking them out. I am use to the shrinkage but the frizz was out of control, so on Sunday I decided to re-twist the front of my hair. Since I work out daily(I promise I will make a post about my routine soon) and sweat a lot I figured that I needed to try and fix them since they aren't even a month old. So I untwisted about 20 of them and got the results below.
So my mini twists are almost two weeks and I decided to try and doing something different than just wearing them down. I pulled them half up and secured with a hair tie, very simple. See the pic below.
P.S. the shrinkage is no joke...I just try to embrace it
So as you all know I have been using the Cantu Coconut Oil Curling Custard, well this week we have had little rain but more humid and hot weather like usual. So my braid out ponytail is always defined in the morning but a frizzy mess in the afternoon. So last night I pulled out my mixer and whipped up my on curly hair pudding. Here is the recipe and I promise it is simple:
1) take two tablespoons of extra virgin unrefined coconut oil and two tablespoons of unrefined Shea butter and slowly melt them down in a double boiler (if you don't have a double boiler you can melt it in low heat for 10 seconds at a time in the microwave just keep an eye that it doesn't boil. So leave it on for 10 seconds let it rest for 10 seconds until it is liquid.)
2) Once your coconut and Shea are an oil allow it to cool for one minute making sure it isn't bubbling.
3) In a large metal bowl ( plastic might melt) take about six tablespoons of Ecostyler gel and then slowly add in your oil.
4) The mixture will look strange but that is when the mixer or a large spoon can be used to whip the gel and oil together. Continue adding your oil slowly and whipping until the mixture turns fluffy and light.
5) Your hair pudding is now ready for a clean jar (I just used an old Shea moisture jar, that I cleaned and dried really well)
This is a picture of my DIY curly hair pudding that I made last night see below.
So my simple braid and side bun updo lasted this whole week and I am sure that I could have worn it for a few more days but I decided that tomorrow will be my wash day since I don't have any plans. Even though my hair was stretched in this style and still detangled I decided to give my hair some tlc. I can't remember the last time I have done a henna treatment so pre-pooing sounded like a great idea. I applied Vatika oil which is coconut oil with henna, lemon and amla. I applied the oil to my ends and scalp and then pulled my hair into a high bun and covered with a plastic cap. Pre-pooing is a great way to add moisture to your hair before washing and also helps greatly with the detangling process. Stay tuned for my results.
P.S this is a picture of my hair after I applied the Vatika oil and before pulling into the bun and adding the plastic cap.
So Sunday was wash day for me and I wanted to make sure that I kept my hair up and off my neck so I decided to try this style. It is very simple I just made an off center part and made two braids on each side, then pulled my hair into a low side bun and secured it with a hair tie. I am think I might take the bun down and wear it in a large braid for the weekend ,but this style was simple,easy and very low maintenance.
So it has been raining like crazy here in Atlanta, just about every weekend it has poured down. We even had our firework shows either cancelled or delayed because of the rain and I was told that the weather people are expecting it to last for the next ten days. So when my sister sent me an email and asked if I wanted to go to Pensacola to visit family, I packed my bags and hit the road lol. We stayed this weekend and had a blast, the rain did follow us but it didn't stick around long. I wore my hair half up and half down on co-washed hair and placed it in six large braids that i used the Cantu Curling Custard on for a soft hold.See the pics below, I hope everyone had a great weekend!
So it has been hot and rainy for the past few weeks so I am still wearing my chunky twists but I wanted to show y'all my nails and hair. I'm wearing a high ponytail and Mrs. Mint by Funky Fingers. I had a surprise brunch for my half birthday,my sister planned this for me since my actual birthday is in November and it is always cold by then. I had so much fun!
I am so excited that summer is here that means warm weather, sun and fun! I went out yesterday for brunch and had so much fun maybe too much (drinking bottomless mimosa lol) but hey it's the weekend :)
P.S I used a piece of fabric as a wrap for my hair it was only 64 cents at Hancock Fabrics!!