National braid day!

It’s been 8 weeks since my last relaxer touch up.

Braids

Happy braiding!

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“Artfully messy”

Its been 1 week and 2 days since my last relaxer touch up

This has been my hairstyle for the past week…

A far cry from my sleek bun look

Okay, maybe not artfully done but you get the point. Messy but not so messy. I just use three hair pins to hold my hair in place and am good to go. Can I just mention that I haven’t combed my hair in a week? I plan to keep that up till my next wash day which is hopefully 2 weeks away. Its amazing what you can get away with when you have textured hair! 😀

Of long wash days…

Last Thursday was wash day for me. I’d gone for close to 3 weeks without washing my hair but since I always wore it in a bun, my hair stayed moisturized for the most part and so it didn’t bother me much. However, because I kept slapping gel onto my hair to keep everything sleek (not to mention my daily use of oils) I developed some serious residue build up.

And so I washed my hair.

I just shampooed and used regular rinse out conditioner (no deep conditioning). My hair felt so fresh, light and flowy afterwards. I hadn’t realized how weighed down it had been! I loved it. I didn’t want to add much (if anything) to it and so after applying a leave-in conditioner and an oil, I pulled it back into a ponytail and rocked it like that…flyaways and all. That was my Thursday and Friday hairstyle.

Come Saturday morning, I felt rather drab. I was 10 weeks post by then and itching to do a relaxer touch up. I also realized that my hair was way too light. I needed to do a strengthening treatment. A henna treatment. My last one had been in December…so much for my monthly hennaing plan :/

I decided to do both treatments one the same day – for the record, I’d never done that before. That was going to be a long weekend for me…I even turned down weekend invites and had no shame explaining that I would be occupied doing my hair 😀

Lets just say that I did not do my hair on Saturday but instead spent the entire day in bed. I had come off a night shift that morning and the plan was to sleep till sometime in the afternoon. But…I woke up at around 6:30pm. Anyway, at 9pm, I made a henna paste. I meant to let it sit and release the dye for 3 hours before applying it to my hair but guess what? I fell asleep! Again! Till 6 something the next morning! Am telling you I had so much sleep its unbelievable. Its almost as if I had been drugged!

Note my henna stained nail? Its been that long.

Moving on…on Sunday, I finally got to do my hair. I did a relaxer touch up at around 1pm. There was no power or running water at home but that was not going to deter me. I managed.

After shampooing out the relaxer, I let my hair airdry, run errands, lounged, cooked, did random stuff basically. Of course my hair dried and I had to dampen it in order to have a easy time applying the henna afterwards.

Mid-step henna treatment

I kept the henna in my hair overnight, rinsed it off and then did a deep conditioning treatment on Monday. I thought I had some of the cholesterol treatment I use left over but no. There was very little of it left. I ended up mixing all sorts of products to have something to treat my hair with. I used the left over cholesterol treatment, TRESemme conditioner, ORS hair mayo, ORS replenishing conditioner, Glycerin, avocado, castor, olive and Jamaican black castor oils. I just went for it.

Post henna. No products in my hair

Deep conditioning

After rinsing my hair and applying my products, I let it air-dry in two French braids. I kept the style in for two days – till yesterday since I didn’t need to go anywhere.

Am definitely not looking forward to washing my hair anytime soon. Am currently shooting for 2 weeks but with little-to-no-gel use, I should be able to push it to 3 weeks granted my hair stays moisturized.

Have a blessed week!

🙂

My obsession…

…blunt, thick ends!

That’s one of the reasons I’ve been cutting my hair over and over in the past year. My hair doesn’t grow evenly all round. Does anyone’s? Add to that the inevitable wear and tear and this is what I end up with…

Ive been looking at the picture below from my previous post and couldn’t help but wonder what was going on with the hair on the left side of my head.

That side never wants to behave well! Like what’s going on with the ends? I hadn’t noticed how different both sides we’re. I took other pics a week later…

The right side is Fuller for obvious reasons. I initially wanted to even it out but decided against it…that’s being extra I think. Overall, my hair is healthy and looks good. So no more snipping for now.

1.5 more days till wash day (I spotted dandruff!)

What’s your obsession?

Currently using…

Shampoo

Conditioner

Deep conditioners

Leave-in conditioner

Oil

I have been using olive oil for about a month or so now because I just can’t seem to find coconut oil anywhere…the cheap one I normally buy.

Heat protection serum

Glycerin

Gels

Lets just say that I went through a phase during which I thought I needed all these 😀 am currently 13 weeks post relaxer and the way my new growth is coming in…these gels are very handy.

Henna

And of course, Water

I got bangs!

I got bangs!

Like, finally!

On the 28th of August, a Monday, I woke up at 3 something and gave myself bangs – I tend to do my hair at very odd hours 😀 I basically snipped of a good 5 inches or so to achieve straight across bangs.

My bangs came out too wispy which is not what I wanted but I didn’t fret because I knew that that was due to my hair being straightened – I had flat ironed it the previous day and it was kinda flat. Instead of cutting off more hair, I decided not to wear out the bangs and wait till after the next wash day when I’d have a little bit of texture and volume to work with. I washed my hair after wearing it straight for a week and a half.

I love how I cut them! Wide and long…right above my eyes. I mostly wear them side swept because…default style. Plus one side is slightly longer and that works. I’ve had the bangs for a little over a month and its time to trim them.

I can’t believe its taken me years to muster the courage to get bangs! I think I first mentioned wanting bangs in 2012…yea, its been a long time coming. Its just that the longer my hair grew, the more reluctant I became about getting them but after my haircut in March, I figured I could do it and so the next month, over the Easter holiday, I attempted to cut side swept bangs. I ended up with long bangs and it looked like I’d done nothing. That was a fail :/ This time I really went for it. I’m still rocking buns though 🙂 Also trying to figure out the best way to style the bangs for a more polished look. Talk about a high maintenance style!