Am back…

Hi guys! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I know i did 😀

I have been all over the place and kinda busy lately hence the lack of posts. I do however have a few blog post ideas that i’ll try and put up in next few hours. I don’t plan to go out tonight, so yea, thats what i’ll be doing (I’ll probably be in bed before midnight 😮 ).

Hope you enjoy reading the posts…i really don’t want to carry them forward into the new year.

Wedding season!

That’s December for us Kenyans. Two of my cousins are getting married. One tomorrow, here in Nairobi, and the other the following day (Saturday) down at the Coast.

With the way things are this month, i wasn’t sure I’d be able to attend either wedding, distance notwithstanding, but now that things are looking up (kind of) I just might be able to attend both!…hence the random changes in my hair plans 🙂 Besides, it’d be really sad if i missed these particular weddings.

So, how to wear my hair? Still not sure. I don’t know whether to wear it straight or curly (braidout). I think curly pinned up styles are really cute for weddings, but I also need to straighten my hair in order to get that trim I’ve been putting off since forever 😌

At least am getting a relaxer.

Its that time again!

ORS relaxer normal strength

ORS relaxer normal strength

My initial plan was to self-relax on new year’s day. Then I changed that to next weekend. Now I’ve changed my mind again and I’ll just do that this evening when i get back home from work. I haven’t actually bought the relaxer kit yet…will do that over my lunch break.

Am currently 1 day shy of being 15 weeks post relaxer so lets just say am 15 weeks post already 😀

Hair update – Dec 2013

Am 14 weeks and 3 days post relaxer today

After wearing my hair straight for 2 whole weeks and getting it caught in just about everything, I decided to go ahead and wash it yesterday. Now its neatly tucked away in a braided bun.

Normally, my scalp would start itching if I went for more than a week without washing my hair but this time round, all was good. I didn’t even have dandruff – at least none that I could see. My hair got super dry though. I haven’t been keeping up with my daily moisturizing routine. I tend to pay such little attention to my hair whenever its straight. Something about wrapping it up at night and sliding off my scarf in the morning and am good to go. Hair is already laid. No fuss.

For yesterday’s wash, I used enliven shampoo to clarify – it gets my hair squeaky clean and a little rough to be honest. I then did one final wash using the suave shampoo which i absolutely love because its not too harsh and it makes my hair feel really nice.

I did an overnight deep conditioning treatment later and this morning all I did was rinse my hair, apply some leave-in conditioner, coconut oil and then i finally held it in a bun.

I’ll keep my hair like this for the rest of the week then maybe get a relaxer over the weekend.

Green smoothie

Spinach, banana, mango and plain water

Spinach, banana, mango and plain water

There are so many ways to make smoothies as i have stated before. This particular one is quite simple. I had chopped up the banana and mango and frozen them beforehand because i wanted a chilled smoothie. The spinach, well i prepped that earlier too.

I don’t drink smoothies everyday but when i do, this is what you’ll find me having (minus the mango). The other ones (pumpkin pie smoothie, red velvet smoothie, etc) are usually a one time thing…like a treat i guess 😀

Have you tried a green smoothie? Or any other smoothie? What was in it?

This one’s for Virginia

As promised, here is the response to your request regarding what i meant in this post.

Roller on top

Start by combing all hair down from the crown

Start by combing all hair down from the crown

Par toff a section of hair at the crown, clip it, wrap the rest of the hair then add the roller last

Part off a section of hair at the crown, clip it to get it out of the way as you wrap the rest of the hair, and then add the roller last

You can check out how i wrapped the rest of the hair here <-previous post.

The purpose of the roller was to add height and body to the hairstyle. I don't have a proper pic of what my hair looked like in the end, but this is what it looked like from behind.

First relaxer ever. 16th Feb 2012. Hair was at shoulder length when stretched

First relaxer ever. 16th Feb 2012. Hair was at shoulder length when stretched

How i wrap my hair

This is how i used to do my hair (for bed) after getting a rollerset at the salon. Its just another way of maintaining a straight style.

The 1st pic is recent at 13 weeks post. Second pic is from March at 1 week post

The 1st pic is recent at 13 weeks post. Second pic is from March at 1 week post

The next day result is different from what i get from the method described in my previous post in that, this way of wrapping hair ensures a fuller/voluminous and bouncy hairstyle.

Result after wrapping hair as described in this post. Full and bouncy.

Result after wrapping hair as described in this post. Full and bouncy.

Result after wrapping my hair as described in the previous post

Result after wrapping my hair as described in the previous post. Kinda flat

I no longer rollerset my hair since i don’t go to the salon nowadays. I have nothing against salons by the way. My hairdresser is great and am thinking of going to him for a trim.

I’ve tried rollersetting my hair at home (bought rollers and what not – i think one pack is still unopened) but that didn’t go well. You can read about both attempts here and here. Am planning on buying a hooded dryer in the future for rollerstets, deep conditioning and oil prepoos/hot oil treatments.

Back to the main topic 😀 How i (used to) wrap my hair…

Comb all hair down from the crown (to kinda look like that creepy girl from the Ring)

Comb all hair down from the crown (to kinda look like that creepy girl from ‘The Ring’)

Make a part from the crown down to one ear

Make a part from the crown down to one ear

Start swooping hair to the back and over the other shoulder

Start swooping hair to the back and over to the other side

Keep swooping...

Keep swooping…

Step 5

Step 6

Keep swooping the hair round and round till you get to where you started…and then keep going. The longer the hair, the longer this takes as one may have to make several ’rounds’.

smoothing everything down

smoothing everything down

Getting the hair at the crown area to stay put can be a bit of a challenge but what you basically want to do is comb your hair down and around to form a whorl…something like this:

wrap

Using a brush instead of a comb may be easier. Also, use your other hand to keep the hair in place because no matter what length your hair is, this is bound to happen at some point…

Wrap falling and coming undone

Wrap falling and coming undone

Wrapping hair this way works great but i wouldn’t advice doing so often. I had quite an experience that you can read about here and here so, consider yourself warned 😀 An alternative to this would be cross wrapping but thats another post altogether.