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Winter 2014 Hair Update

10 Jan

Be sure to check my BeautyLish page for random pics, FOTDs & Giovanni 😉

LOVES the volume after a fresh wash!

LOVES the volume after a fresh wash!

I’ve recently received a few inquiries about my Winter 2014 hair regimen. Here’s what I’ve been doing this winter to keep my wig looking right.

STEP 1 – Wipe the slate clean…

  • (Biweekly) I scratch my scalp & shampoo my hair,
  • Deep condition & detangle,
  • Put on a plastic bag & sit under hooded dryer (on low heat) for about 15 minutes,
  • Rinse conditioner out w/ cold water,
  • Wrap a t-shirt around my hair (in a turban fashion) to dry

STEP 2 – Roller Set…

  • I spray a light mist of TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray
  • I mix Mango-scented Shea Butter & The Body Shop Macadamia straightening balm & apply it to each section of hair. This smoothes & seals my cuticles, minimizing my friz. I know what you’re gonna say… “Sham hasn’t that product been discontinued?” And my reponse would be “Yes, it has!” However, since 2011 I have bought several bottles from various eBay retailers, so I intend to keep using it until I can no longer replenish my stash! 😉
  • I apply my FAVORITE leave-in solution (a 50/50 mix of H2O & African-Pride Leave-In Conditioner) to each section of hair before rolling it up.
  • I sit under my hooded dryer, alternating between low & high heat until my wig is completely dry. This process generally takes about 2 hours.
  • I remove the rollers & use a paddle brush to wrap my hair before tying it down & going to sleep.

STEP 3 – Style…

  • After removing my scarf, I mist a little bit of shine spray, then fluff & seperate my curls.
  • I smoothe my edges using a touch of Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade (as needed).

STEP 4 – Maintain…

  • Nighttime routine: I alternate between wrapping & dry rolling my hair
  • On rainy days, like today, I bun it up to keep it stretched & to prevent my curls from reverting.
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    My rainy day bun

BOTTOM LINE: My 2014 hair regimen isn’t at that different from that of two years ago. The main difference is that I use a bit less heat now. Whereas before I was ALL ABOUT straightening my roots, I have chilled out with that. My hair is longer than it was back then, so it actually hangs differently. In a nutshell, longer hair = more elongated curls, so when you add flat-ironed your roots to the equation, you end up with ZERO volume 😦 Additionally, actively sectioning & straightening curly/puffy roots is time consuming, I prefer more passive methods of acheiving smooth edges. For me, the tension from wrapping and/or bunning my hair is usually just enough to give the appearance of a sleek hairline.

What are you doing this winter to keep your wig looking tight?

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12 Sep

How cute is this?

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We love a bun, hun.. and let’s face it, sometimes your hair is dirty. How will you survive your dirty hair day?! Sometimes I don’t BUT The crazy thing is that all hair stylist tell you that dirty hair is better hair! Embrace yo dirt, sista! That’s what I’m going to do. I add to my hairdo repertoire daily! This is the latest how-to from The Beauty Department.. TRY IT!

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DOUBLE ROPE BRAID BUN

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Some days you put your hair up in a ballerina bun or a sock bun and it just looks… blah. This tutorial shows us how to add volume + texture to a bun in order to make it a little more interesting. We’re basically using 2 rope braids to create the bun which still looks very simple + chic, but far from boring. Let’s get started:

  1. Put your hair in two…

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Calling all Glams!

1 Jun

If any of you know a great hairstylist in the central Tennessee area (Nashville/ Murfreesboro/ Franklin) please respond by posting his or her contact info in the comment section below. Thanks for your help!

Don’t call it a comeback!

10 May

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!

Tutorial: Taking down dry twists

17 Jan

I recorded this video about a month ago & neglected to publish the footage *BAD SHAM* Charge it to adult onset ADHD or something like that, LOL! Oh & I recorded it impromptu, which is why there’s no part 1 of me twisting my hair. Imma do better next time. Until then, ENJOY…

Hair Update: Roller Set – Straightening

20 Dec

Hey Glams!

I apologize for not posting this last week. I’ve been on the “sick & shut in” list, so all of my energy has been focused towards trying to get well before Christmas. *HUGS*

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Roller set-straightening is my go to hairstyle for the colder months. “Straight” is a relative term because this method doesn’t get my hair bone straight. I call em straight because these curls are a lot more relaxed than my natural curl pattern. Also, I regularly alternate shampoos, conditioners & oils, but NEVER my styling products. They are, in my opinion, the HOLY GRAIL of a roller set! I prefer this method of straightening to the blow dry-straightening method because:

  1. Blow drying tends to make my hair limp, whereas roller setting creates a lot of body.
  2. Blow drying causes prolific frizz… see for yourself
  3. Roller setting your hair uses less direct heat. You can either sit under a hooded dryer or if time permits, let it air dry.
  4. The end result (large bouncy curls) gives you TONS of style options.

Here’s what I did to my hair last week…

CLEANSE – I washed my hair using Kinky Curly Come Clean. I don’t always shampoo it twice, but Giovanni needed clarification after his 17 day hiatus. During the second wash, I detangled it in small sections using my Tangle Teezer.

ADD PROTEIN – I applied my protein cocktail (Proclaim Olive Glossing Conditioner & ApHogee 2 Step Protien Treatment) to my towel dried hair & sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes. Once the protein hardened, I let it cool off, then I rinsed it out with warm water.

CONDITION – I added 2-3 tablespoons of Wild Growth Hair Oil in with Aussie 3 Minute Miracle & let it sit on my hair for about 20 minutes, then I rinsed with cold water.

   

SET – I had a few errands to run that day, so I let my hair air dry to 90% before roller setting. I applied TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray, The Body Shop Macadamia Straightening Balm & African Pride Leave-In Conditioner to my hair, section by section. Then I set my hair using combination of 1 1/4″ & 1 3/4″ diameter magnetic rollers. I sat under the dryer until my hair was completely dry. I took the rollers out, put a bonnet on my head & went to sleep.

 

STYLE – The next morning I added organic extra virgin coconut oil to my hair & flat ironed it section by section at 350°. This method doesn’t straighten my hair completely. I use it primarily to smooth my roots & any frizzy patches. I’m left a combination of large curls & stretched out waves.

Day 1 hair…

Day 2 hair…

 

NOTES

  • These pics were taken in the morning. My hair is ALWAYS curlier in the afternoon & evening. I attribute that to curl memory.
  • To maintain this style throughout the week, I wrapped and/or pineappled it at night. It has lasted for over a week.
  • Day 10 hair… Like I said, I’ve had a fever off & on for the past few days, so now it looks a little fuzzy. The curls in the back are intact, but my front edges look a hot mess. I decided NOT to grace you with my sickly mugshot, so you’ll just hafta take my word for it. I plan to co-wash & reset it, so I can have a fresh do for Christmas.
  • I haven’t done a product review for Wild Growth Hair Oil because I’ve had it for over a year & do not plan to re-purchase it. This 4 ounce bottle cost me $8 @ Sally’s BSS. As far as I can tell, it works no better (or worse) than extra virgin olive oil. I rarely use it because it smells terrible! I mix it with other products to mask the smell. Don’t waste your time or money. EVOO is cheaper & has a lighter (& less offensive) scent.

Have you ever tried this method of straightening?

Dry flexi-rod finale

30 Nov

I was having a convo about how easy it is to dry set naturally curly hair when it occurred to me that I had not yet shared my flexi-rod finale with you! *GASP* I apologize for the delay. I was inundated with friends, family, food & romantic comedies last week. Charge it to my head & not my heart. 😉

Click here to recap the methodology for Days 1 & 2…

 

On the evening of Day 2, I dry twisted my curls (sans product) & tied a scarf around my head. Drum roll please…

Day 3 hair was my favorite HANDS DOWN! Can you tell? It was a little frizzy, but it still had plenty of curl definition & more volume than both days 1 & 2. Definition: curlvana.

By the end of day 3 my hair was feeling pretty dry, so I added a little bit of Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk before detangling & re-twisting. Little did I know it would all be for naught.

I was simultaneously underwhelmed & disappointed by my curls on Day 4. 😦 The hair along my front hairline (ear to ear) was almost completely un-curled, so I twisted & pinned it away from my face. Then I smoothed the hair along my temples back & just tucked it behind my ears. Notice that my kool-aid smile has left the building…

It was fun while it lasted, but I washed it out on Day 5. 

*pours out a lil liquor*

Something new: The banana clip

29 Nov

Last night before bed, I pineappled my 1 day old (dry) flexi-rod set & tied a scarf around my edges. This morning I awoke to wavy, un-curled edges. ARGH! When will I ever learn?! I was gonna throw it into a curly puff when I remembered that I had an unused pack of banana clips. I bought em from the dollar store last summer, hence the patriotic colors, LOL! I wasn’t confident that a they could securely hold fine hair, but after watching a few of Shelli’s tutorials, I felt inspired to give it a try.

First I brushed my hair back into a taut ponytail. Then I brushed back my edges using EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel & water & tied it down with a scarf. After my hair was dry, I removed the elastic band, untied the scarf & positioned the banana clip (horizontally) at the crown of my head. I fluffed my puff & ran off to work. These pics were taken after work (hence the flyaways) but you get the picture 🙂

Giovanni’s not quite long for any elaborate up-dos, but it was fun to try something new! I plan to purchase a few more banana clips in colors that are easier to camouflage.

TAKE 2: Dry Flexi-rod set

18 Nov

I was discouraged when my first flexi-rod set lasted ONE DAY. But I vowed to try it again once the weather was cooler. *Slick Rick voice* Heeeere we go…

In my usual fashion, I washed, DC’ed & roller set my hair last weekend. Due to rainy weather conditions, Giovanni became undefined & fro-ish by day 4. I was admittedly heavy-handed with the Vitamin E oil during my original roller set, so this time I dry set it (no product added). I divided it into about 11 sections, then I detangled each section & wrapped it around an 11/16 flexi-rod. After that, I put my scarf on & went to bed. BTW, these soft flexible rollers are much more comfortable to sleep on than the hard magnetic ones!

The next morning I removed the rods & separated my curls by finger twirling the hair. This method creates Shirley Temple-esque ringlets. It only took me about 20 minutes to style my hair that morning & about 15 to detangle & set my hair (the night before). PIECE-O-CAKE!

My results:

That night I pineappled & tied a scarf around my hair. The next morning I fluffed it out & discovered that my right side was almost completely straight. *MacGuyver mode* I applied some Motions pomade, brushed it back & bobby-pinned it. I’m just glad that there was Day 2 hair this time…

Last night I dry twisted my curls & tied a scarf around my head. I’m still in bed right now, so I have no idea how that turned out. But I’ll keep you posted 😉