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!

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Hair update|week 10

Am 10 weeks 4 days post relaxer today!

Its been ages since i made a proper hair update. Not much has been going with my hair. I mentioned here that i trimmed it but thats about all the big news i have so far :/

July - below bra strap length (bsl) vs Aug above bsl

July – below bra strap length (bsl) vs Aug above bsl

Check out Yvette’s post…she too cut off a few inches.

Last week (Sunday-Monday) i did an overnight oil prepoo treatment, then i shampooed and conditioned my hair. A few days later (last Friday), i washed my hair again using ORS creamy aloe shampoo. I had gone for swimming the previous afternoon so my hair needed to be washed to get rid of chlorine from the swimming pool. This shampoo is not only a neutralizing and clarifying shampoo, but its also a chelating shampoo meaning that it gets rid of any mineral deposits that may be on the hair.

And then just this past Monday, only 3 days since the said chelating wash, i shampooed my hair again! I have to admit that this hair washing business is getting out of hand 😮 Needless to say, i shampooed my hair, let it air dry throughout the day and then at around midnight i applied some henna onto it.

Henna

I don’t know where my mind was when i made the henna paste because i made just enough to cover my roots and my ends. I think i used less than 50g of henna! (i usually use 100g). Anyway, i managed to work a bit of it onto the length of my hair (had to lightly mist my hair with water to evenly distribute it).

I had the henna on my hair for about 12 hours, then i did a deep conditioning treatment for only 30 minutes because i had to head out in the afternoon. After the wash i wrapped my hair in a towel for a few minutes, then applied some leave-in conditioner and coconut oil. For styling, i simply put my hair up in a ponytail. Here are a few pictures of how i wore my hair last week.

Yea...am not big on styling

Yea…am not big on styling

While in town on Tuesday, i picked up a relaxer kit and deep conditioner. I plan to retouch my hair tomorrow because i have a busy few weeks ahead of me and i want to have that freshly relaxed look within that time. Purchasing the deep conditioner wasn’t planned but i figured since i was in a part of town that i don’t frequent often, (and thats where i buy it from), “i might as well get it”.

mini haul

Has anyone tried out this new Argan oil ORS relaxer? I don’t know how long its been in the market. I first saw it last week.

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Onto other matters, i’ve been trying to use up my hair products before purchasing any more and so far so good…i bought 500ml of coconut oil and 200g of henna last month because i had run out of those and i needed them. Anyway, in the past 2 weeks alone, i’ve gone through Enliven shampoo, Enliven conditioner, Suave (naturals) conditioner, Suave (professionals) conditioner, Oliive shampoo with conditioner and Venus dual hair treatment. The creamy aloe shampoo is good for one more wash before i run out (save for the sample-size sachets i have). I have no conditioner left. Am thinking of doing a haul at the beginning of next month to mark my 4 year hair journey anniversary.