Gone curly

Remember the straight hairstyle from my previous post? Well, I wore that for slightly over a week and then switched to a textured hairstyle last Saturday. I have been rocking this style ever since and am in no rush to change it. I really do enjoy wearing my shorter hair out and am not concerned that by the fact that am not protective styling (keeping my ends tucked away). Heck, I’ve been wearing my hair out for close to 3 weeks! And turns out I really love this style ’cause…well here’s a pic from 3 years ago….

Its a keeper alright!

And talk of low manipulation. I haven’t combed my hair in a week!

Happy St. Patrick’s day!

😀

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I cut my hair!

My hair today. Day 3 hair always looks better.

My hair today. Day 3 hair always looks better.

I gave myself a haircut and now my hair is really short. Its at shoulder length – barely grazing arm pit length. The last time my hair was this short was back in February 2014. I don’t think I can call this most recent episode with my scissors a major trim because I took off a lot of length. Am just going to call it what it is…a haircut.

Jan 2017 vs Mar 2017 : fresh (day 1) hair is always flat

Jan 2017 vs Mar 2017 : fresh (day 1) hair is always flat

So, from the beginning right?

This past Monday I really took the time to do my hair. I washed it with a sulfate free shampoo first, then did a deep conditioning treatment. After that I applied some leave-in conditioner and heat protection serum. I then proceeded to blow it dry and then I finally straightened it using a flat iron. As I was straightening it, I trimmed off the ends section by section. I did this throughout my head and was quite thorough because my last trim was back in July. 8 months ago. I do do not recommend going that long without a trim. I went overboard with the trim but that didn’t bother me because my plan was to go shorter anyway.

Before shampooing

Before shampooing

Deep conditioning

Deep conditioning

After washing - no products in hair

After washing – no products in hair

After blow drying

After blow drying

After the whole straightening and trimming process was done. I got into the fun part. The actual cutting. I had already decided that I wanted to cut my hair into a bob hairstyle and so thats what I did. I went for a one-length long bob hairstyle because in as much as I wanted shorter hair, cutting it to neck length was not going to happen. It would have been great to cut it to arm pit length (my favourite length) but the front pieces of my hair weren’t that long to begin with so I went shorter. Now my hair is at shoulder length all round (ish) and I love it.

blunt

I love the blunt cut because it makes me feel edgy (futuristic even) 😀 It is a little harsh and doesn’t have a natural look to it so to counteract that, I bumped my ends (curled them under) for a more polished look. Yea, I can’t decide if I want to look edgy or polished 😐

bumped

I think I did a good job on my hair. I got weave checked! And my Mum said it looked professionally done (after coming to terms with the fact that I had cut my hair. She couldn’t believe how much I cut off). Its only been 2 days since the haircut and I sometimes find myself thinking about how much I cut off. Especially when am seated and realize that my hair isn’t caught between my back and the chair. Or when I can’t see it under my armpits when I have my arms raised while standing in front of a mirror (weird observation). Or when it doesn’t get caught in my towel because its hanging higher (when I wrap the towel around my body under my arm pits. Again with the underarm reference point. Yea. Like I said. Weird observations). But then I look (like really look) at my hair in the mirror and see how good it is and I have no regrets. That change in hairstyle I always wanted…I’ve got it now.

Feeling badass bold 😀

Oh, and today marks 4 years since my last salon visit!

You asked, I answered…

…So lets get to it.

1) What is your hair regimen?
This is subject to change but basically;
Daily: Moisturize and seal
Weekly: Cowash followed by a deep conditioning treatment
Monthly: Shampoo wash followed by a deep conditioning treatment

2) What is your wash day routine? What is your cowashing routine?
See question 1 but if you want a detailed post, let me know in the comment section below.

3) Are 2 wash days a week too much?
It depends. If you are shampooing your hair on each wash day, thats too much in my opinion. But if you must, I’d recommend a sulfate-free shampoo. Or you could wash your hair with conditioner only instead of shampoo i.e. cowash. Chances are, if you’re washing your hair every week, it doesn’t get that dirty and you could skip shampooing every now and then and cowash instead. Side note: When my hair was natural, I used to cowash every single day and that worked for me. Now that am relaxed I opt for a weekly wash but because I workout (or sometimes just want to refresh my hair) a midweek cowash does it for me.

4) What products do you use to moisturize and seal your hair?
I currently use the ORS hair lotion or plain water as moisturizers, and coconut oil or Extra virgin olive oil as sealants.

5) What are your current hair products?

stash

As you can see, am a bit of a product junkie…I’ll share whats in my stash in another post.

6) How often do you use your hair products?
I use my products as per my hair regimen (see question 1). Some are for daily, weekly , monthly use.

7) When do you use a leave-in conditioner?
After I get out of the shower, I wrap my hair in a towel or T-shirt for a few minutes (5-10 min), once most of the water has been soaked up and non is dripping, I apply the leave-in conditioner.

8) What routine do you follow when doing strengthening treatments?
I use henna to strengthen my hair. Before hennaing i shampoo my hair and let it air dry as is before applying the henna paste. I then apply the henna, let it sit in my hair overnight, rinse it off, then do a deep conditioning treatment and proceed to styling once thats been washed off. I have several posts on how I do this but if you want an updated one, let me know in the comment section below. Side note: If the brand of henna am using has a natural cleanser in it (e.g. Shikakai), then I skip the shampooing step.

These are just some of the questions I received. The rest will be answered in upcoming posts.

Got any questions for me?

Leave them in the comment section below.

Good day 🙂

Am back :)

Hi! Long time, right? Sorry for the absence. I took a longer than expected break even I am shocked by how long its been. My life took a turn (for the better) and I’ve been more focused on that for the few months I’ve been away. But I’ve missed blogging and so am back (again).

On that note, look out for a Q&A post coming up very soon 🙂

Hope you’re all having a great week and to my fellow Kenyans…

Happy Mashujaa day!

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Updates | Relaxer, henna, length-check, half marathon training

Hi guys! I hope you’re all doing well. Its been ages since I last put up a post so am going to do a quick run down on what I’ve been up to.

I relaxed my hair!

July length check

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