Thursday, January 3, 2013

Just checking In…finally!!

Hello and Happy New Year errybody!! Just checking in with an update on Skye's hair…finally.

January 2013

As some of you may recall, we have been growing out her texturizer for almost two years now and I am happy to report that she is about 95% natural! As you can see here:

Christmas Day 2012

I straightened her hair yesterday, for the first time in about a year, and I plan to get the rest of the texturized cut off…maybe. Lol. Her hair has grown A LOT over our journey, but since I've been cutting off the texturizer gradually it is still around the same length that it was before. See the comparison below:

January 2012
January 2013

I washed and conditioned with our usual products and banded her hair for about 4 days. In the pic below you can see some of the banded sections, the hair after I removed the bands, and the bottom row that I have already straightened.

To straighten, I used ION Heat Protectant Spray and a super nice CHI flat iron this time around. At night I just put it into 3 loose twists and put her satin bonnet over it, and below are the awesome results:)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Protective Style Challenge Week 1: Mini Twists!

Okay, so I told you guys that we're participating in the Beads, Braids and Beyond Protective Style Challenge and this post is about how I styled her hair this time around. I washed and detangled her hair on Thursday night (4/26), banded the roots, and twisted the rest. This is what her hair looked like when I started styling it on Saturday (4/27):

Here's a closer look at the two different textures that I'm dealing with. I am so proud of all of the new growth coming in and I really can't wait until she's 100% natural!

I initially planned on doing box braids, to try something new...but I didn't like how they were coming out. See below how they're bending and being weird:

 So I started over, and still wanting to try something new, I braided her hair about a half inch down then I started twisting. The result is below:

 I finished the twists on the Sunday night, finally, and I think that since I braided the roots they will last a little longer so we'll leave them in for about 6 weeks! These pics are from Monday, after school:

I've just been using African Royale Braid Spray (same as I use on my hair) to moisturize daily. And I also use a little Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer and coconut oil on her ends every few days, depending on how dry they look/feel.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Part 1: Protective Style Challenge Intro Post - Meets the Participants!

We (okay, mostly me) are really excited about participating in the Beads, Braids and Beyond protective style challenge for the month of May! I will be trying box braids on Skye's hair for the very first time. I'll post pictures on our blog here, but you can also view Skye and the rest of the adorable participants at the link below!

Part 1: Protective Style Challenge Intro Post - Meets the Participants!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

After Easter style!!

Two posts in one night, this never happens right? Lol, I'm trying to make up for lost time here so I can suck a little less at blogging:)

Since I didn't wash Skye's hair this past weekend, it ended up being really greasy and suffering from a major product overload! I let her wear her Easter style on Monday and then washed it out Monday evening. I used Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Control Shampoo to wash and then Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner as a co-wash. I used Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer and sealed with jojoba oil as a leave in conditioner. I detangled her hair, banding the roots and twisting the rest down to the ends; then I let it air dry overnight. To style this morning, I just made two ponytails in the front and took the twists out and I left the back twisted. It came out pretty cute and it should last for the whole week!



Easter Hurr!!

So sorry for the lack of posts, I've been adjusting to working full-time and going back to school full time as well. Anywho, I enjoy blogging and I hope to start posting more and more!

We took the mini twists down about two weeks ago, so we kept them for a total of 7 weeks (I think) and they looked like they'd been in for about 3 months, lol. After the mini twists, I put in some flat twists in the front with medium sized twists in the back, and that lasted for about two weeks. I really love the protective styles and we will probably do another one before she gets out of school for the summer. On to the Easter hurr...

I ended up doing a fairly simple style. I removed the medium twists, flat-ironed her hair (a little!) and trimmed her ends, then I put in the flexirod rollers. They make the prettiest little curls! I redid the flat twists in the front so they looked fresh, and used rubberbands to hold them in place. Skye really loved the way her hair turned out!

It's getting pretty tough dealing with the two textures now that she has soooo much new growth. We may consider doing the BIG CHOP in a few months! But then again, as long as I take my time and keep it moisturized maybe I can continue transitioning without the BC. I will definitely keep you guys posted!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Picture Day!!

So, as you can see here, I did a simple ponytail style with flat twists for Skye's picture day at school. It looked really cute when she left for school in the morning, but I guess she started acting like a 5 year old and her super cute ponytail turned into what you see below. The pictures came out really adorable, but I wish I could've been there to fix her hair!

Before she went to school!