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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 Straightening Woes & February 2012 Beauty Acquisitions

26 Feb

Hair update

26 Feb

This time last year, I was roller setting my hair using 1″ diameter rollers (pink) in the front & 1.5″ (orangey) in the back…

Then my hair grew out some, so I graduated to all 1.5″ diameter rollers (yellow & orangey) w/ a few 1.75″ (peach) sprinkled here & there…

I didn’t have enough 1.75″ rollers to cover my entire head, so the other day I went to the BSS & bought a few more. They didn’t have any peach ones left, so I bought 2 packs of purple ($2 for a pack of 6 rollers). My hair is even longer, so I decided it set everything on the jumbo rollers… After my hair was dry, I flat ironed it & threw the rollers back in to preserve some degree of body & curl.Then I wrapped it & tied it w/ a scarf. This is how it looked when I set free…

My thoughts? Roller setting was & is still MY THANG! It’s my favorite & most trusted hair move. But I’ve noticed that it’s taking longer & longer for my hair to dry these days. Barring any excessive damage/breakage, it will eventually become too long to style in this manner. It makes me sad just thinking about it, but I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it…

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…



  • 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?

Blown out

28 Sep

Last weekend the weather was relatively cool & dry, so I straightened my hair. HAPPY AUTUMN Y’ALL! 🙂

PRE POO – I scratched my scalp & applied Tea Tree Oil to each part. BTW, this manual agitation, makes for less strenuous hairwashing b/c it lifts debris from the surface of the scalp. After the tea tree oil, I applied Castor Oil (& what was left in my bottle of V05 Tea Therapy Conditioner) to the length of my hair. I pineappled my hair & did some housework.

SHAMPOO – After letting the prepoo marinate for a few hours, I washed my hair with Parnevu Tea Tree Shampoo (yes, it has sulfates – BAD SHAM!)… but I’ve heard the trick to getting your hair bone straight is to cleanse it really well. And I’ve had some dandruff issues lately, hence the Tea Tree overload, LOL!

DEEP CONDITION – I applied my hair crack section by section & detangled my hair using my beloved Tangle Teezer. Then I put a bag & a scarf over my hair & let that sit for a couple of hours. 20 minutes is plenty of time for a good DC, but I was home from work, so I lazily blog surfed & played on FB for several hours before rinsing it out, LOL!

** NOTE: As you can see, I have added some new products to the mix. I will be doing reviews of these products in the near future… STAY TUNED! **

BLOW DRY – I towel dried my hair, then let it air dry (to about 80% dry) before blow-drying. I applied a bit of Macadamia Straightneing Balm (by The Body Shop) & African Pride Leave-In conditioner to each section before blowing it out.

 FLAT IRON – I applied Vitamin E Oil to soothe my scalp from the trauma of blow drying (I am extremely tender headed). Then I added Sally’s Generic Silk Remedy to the length of my hair & straightened it using my Hot Tools flat iron.

Do y’all ever experience “straightening guilt” after you blow your hair out? 😦 I LOVE my curls, but I needed a change & I’m pleased with the results. I just hope Giovanni can find it in his heart to forgive me, LOL!