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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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Happy Nappiversary Giovanni!!!

29 Jul

Can you believe it’s been a whole year? Yeah, me either!

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Read about my final chop & view pics of my transition to natural.

Hair Porn: The T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh Edition

3 Jun

I first noticed T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh on That’s So Raven, but she was reppin’ #TeamNatural long before the “movement.” Have you ever seen such succulent twists? I am in awe… seriously! BIBS ON… let the drooling begin 🙂

I would be remiss if I failed to mention that Dr. Keymáh authored the following…

What products do you use to keep your twists moisturized?

Random Awesomeness: India’s Natural Hair Journey

8 Mar

My friend Brittany shared this video w/ me & it was too good not to share w/ you. Besides, I know how much y’all love hair porn… ENJOY! 😉

via My Natural Sistas

FOTD: Rolling in the deep

6 Mar

This look incorporates three of my favorite things in life: blues, greens & the all important CUT CREASE! Enjoy… 🙂

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I applied matte green e/s (from the Wet N Wild Pride palette) over the my entire lower eyelid. To create the cut crease, I used my pencil brush to draw a line of matte navy blue e/s along my crease (Pride palette). I highlighted my brow bone area w/ matte peach e/s (from the WNW Greed palette) & used my Sonia Kashuk large crease brush to blend the blue into the peach. I used the sparkly white (Pride palette) to highlight the inner corner of my eyelids.

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline using Wet N Wild cream liner in black.

CHEEKS: Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

LIPS: Lancome Color Design lipstick in Trendy Mauve + Maybelline Shine Sensational lip gloss in Peach Sorbet

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Hey Giovanni!

I washed, conditioned, detangled & air-dried my hair prior to twisting. I made about 18 twists using Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk. These pics are of my 2nd day hair.

Twist Out

25 Feb

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!

Product Review: AP Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion

30 Nov

Until recently I had not tried African Pride’s NEW Olive Miracle product line, but I was definitely curious about it. I’ve been using their leave-in conditioner to roller set my hair for about eighty-three-and-a-half years, so I was pretty confident about trying their products. While browsing Shelli’s PJ stash earlier this month, I discovered that she had some unused Olive Miracle Braid Sheen Spray. I decided that this was a sign from above (typical junkie rationalization), so I scooped some of their hair lotion during my next BSS run.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua) , Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean) , Propylene Glycol , Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive) , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Persia Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Panax Ginseng Root Extract , Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary) , Equisetum Hiemale Extract (Horsetail) , Malaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Tea Tree) , Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil , Steareth-2 , Steareth-20 , Polyquaternium-37 , Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate , Dicaprate , PPG-1 Trideceth-6 , Phenyl Trimethicone , Laneth-15 , Lanolin Oil , Dimethicone , DMDM Hydantoin , TBHQ , Methylparaben , Propylparaben , CI 19140 (FD&C Yellow #5) , Parfum (Fragrance)

  • Price: 5 out of 5
  • Packaging: 5 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 5 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 5 stars

Comments: I paid $2.99 for this 12 ounce bottle at my local Sally’s. It has a lotion-y texture (neither creamy, nor watery) & a tropical fruity smell. I have used it twice, on dry, frizzy, stretched out hair. One was a dry roller set, the other was a dry twist out (see pics below). I have read mixed reviews on this product, so I really didn’t know what to think. Some bloggers said that the formula was so light that they needed to reapply every night, while others complained that it weighed their hair down & made it feel too greasy. In my experience, my hair felt a tad greasy to the touch for the first 12 hours after application. I was asleep for 6-8 of those 12 hours, so that side effect, in my opinion, was negligible. I like the fact that I didn’t have to add any oils or serums to my hair to make it shine the next morning & the lotion was all soaked into my hair well before the end of the day. 24 hours later (@ bedtime) there was enough product remaining that I didn’t need to reapply. It worked much better on my twist out than it did my roller set. In addition to being dirt cheap, this stuff is great! Giovanni gives it 5 stars & recommends that you give it a try!

BTW, these pics were taken after work & as you can see, AP Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion did not weigh my hair down at all. Giovanni was bushy & bossy ALL DAY LONG! Oh and, I’m pleased to announce that I’m about 16 twists away from mastering a dry twist out. Old dawg… new trick! 😉

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*

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 😉