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FB Flashback: My first twist-out

23 Jan

As I stated before, my FB page was a blog of sorts prior to the creation of S.I.A.G. Today our journey down memory lane takes us back to April 2011… The twist n curl experiment.

I had been following hair blogs & forums for months, soaking up all the natural hair knowledge I could get my hands on. During my curl reconnaissance, I noticed that CurlyNikki’s Show & Tell: Fierce Friday pics consisted mostly of  twist-outs. Apparently TnCs & twist-outs were part of everyone’s style catalog but mine. :( At this point I was about 16 months into my transition to natural. I almost always wore (& still wear) my hair in a roller set, so I knew little to nothing about twists. Fortunately, me & Giovanni enjoy trying new things…

First I washed my hair with Elasta QP Conditioning Creme Shampoo. Then I detangled & deep conditioned with Pantene Relaxed & Natural Conditioner Breakage Defense Mask. I baggied my hair & sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes before rinsing w/ cool water. Before twisting each section, I applied a glob of Suave Professionals Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner. I sealed my ends using Oyin Burnt Sugar pomade & slicked my edges back w/ Ecostyle Olive Oil gel. I had to use rods on some of the twists, b/c I still had a few permed ends that would not curl. It took me 2-3 hours to create 21 twists.

  

My hair was soaking wet at the beginning of this process. I sat under the dryer for an hour or so to speed the process along before bedtime. The next morning I set my twists free using organic extra virgin coconut oil. These are the results…

 

 Because I used regular conditioner, instead of a leave-in conditioner (YES, there is a difference) my hair felt very producty & had little to no volume. It was more crinkly than curly, so I wasn’t all that impressed. Then there was day 2 hair…

The experiment ends here. By the end of day 2, it was a hot frizzy mess, so I co-washed & roller set my hair, vowing never to twist it again, LOL! In my opinion, this style took too much time & effort to only last me 2 days. But y’all encouraged me to get back on the horse & my next twist out was PHENOMENAL! The second attempt was made on dry, stretched out hair, using an appropriate styling product in the proper quantity. What else was different? By September I had cut off the last of my permed ends. You wouldn’t think a trim had that much impact, but on naturally curly hair it makes ALL the difference in the world! So to all of you transitioning divas: HOLD ON… a change is gonna come! Growing out your curls/coils is only one part of the process. You also have to learn what to do with them! It can be frustrating, but if you take the time to experiment, you will eventually discover what your hair needs to look it’s best. Happy hair growing, styling & evolving!

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To grease or not to grease? That is the question…

31 Dec

Did you hear about CurlyNikki’s hair grease experiment? After she wrote this post, hundreds of curlies from far & wide came outta the closet regarding their hair grease usage. The debate about using petroleum-based hair products is a heated one too! Science has proven that hair products containing mineral oil or petrolatum make your hair shiny, but they seal it so effectively that no additional moisture can penetrate the shaft. The only hydration you get is on hairwashing day, after you wash out the grease. Oh & sulfate free shampoos won’t remove all the build up of synthetic & petroleum-based hair products, so your have to use a “regular” shampoo. But the other side of the argument is that our mamas used these products on our hair as babies/children & it looked great. I for one grew up in a Blue Magic household… the vintage glass jar, LOL! Mama washed, greased my scalp & braided my hair EVERY WEEK. My hair was full, long & shiny, so it couldn’t have been all that bad, right?!

Before I transitioned to natural, these were the products in my permtastic arsenal of hair grease: African Pride Miracle Creme Hair Dressing. It smells amazing, but it’s extremely thick (think vaseline), so use it sparingly.

B&B Super Gro Extra Lite is my favorite hair grease. It has a tropical smell & the formula is so light that it melts in your hand, kinda like coconut oil.

And last but not least, KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Glossifier. I used this mentholated hair grease to “manage” my scalp issues. It smells horrible, but feels amazing on a dry or irritated scalp.

My friend Kamisha referred me to 101LadyT’s video of a twist out using Royal Crown Hair Dressing. She had hair porn worthy results! Feast your eyes…

Are you willing to give grease another try? If so, what brand?

What about his curls?

26 Oct

While browsing the annals of CurlyNikki, I stumbled upon this handsome fella. You can read the methodology for Curlee’s bantu knot out here. Jealous? Yeah, me too. My knot outs have never been anything to write home about. *whomp whomp* But looking at his gorgeous curls made me wonder… could you fall in love with (or at least be attracted to) your hair twin? We want men to accept us curls & all, but are we willing to do the same?

Something new: DRY twist out

7 Sep

I painstakingly washed, deep conditioned & roller set my hair on Saturday afternoon & enjoyed this coiffure for only TWO DAYS… :( then the rain came & destroyed all my hopes & dreams. Dramatic much?! Yeah, I know… but I need a meteorological break from precipitation & humidity *insert deep sigh* Dear Autumn, please hurry up & get here!!! It’s been awhile since I tried a new do & I had to do something with my frizzy, curly afro. All summer long, CurlyNikki has been raving about the awesomeness of dry twist sets & while I am no pro in the twisting/braiding dept, I decided to throw caution to the wind & grab Giovanni by the horns!

Section by section, I detangled my hair using my fingers & a wide-tooth comb. Then I applied a generous amount of Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk & twisted it. To form the twists, I twirled 2 pieces of hair around my fingers, then twisted those pieces together. I ended up with a total of 18 twists.

I used a bit of the curl & style milk to brush my edges back before tying them down. Then I put my scarf & bonnet on & went to bed, allowing my hair to air-dry while I slept.

This morning I separated the twists & fluffed my hair  to blend the parts…

I was pretty traumatized by my 1st [wet] twist out (we’ll discuss that debacle some other time) & had no intentions of getting back on the horse, but I was pleasantly surprised by the dry twist out. I am a fan of this process for the following reasons:

  • dry curls are sooo much easier to wrangle than wet curls
  • it only took me an hour to detangle twist my entire head (instead of 2.5 hours)
  • you can do fewer twists with dry hair, which yields a less “scalpy” finished product, without sacrificing curl definition
  • it’s easier to gauge the proper amount when applying products to dry hair
  • no heat is required to dry your hair in a timely manner

Have you tried a dry twist out? What did you think?

31 Days of Natural Beauty

3 Aug

Everyday (for the entire month of August) CurlyNikki is giving away a fabulous array of curl-specific products. *AWESOME* Your entry in this contest puts you in the running for the Grand Prize: Mizani’s Ultimate NYC Getaway for CurlyNikki’s next meetup. Hang with Nikki, mingle with other naturals, & get your hair styled by Mizani’s premiere celebrity stylist. Click here to enter!

 

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