Saturday, December 31, 2011

Straight Hair // Length Check!

What's the point of two whole weeks out of school if I can't play with my daughter's hair right? Lol. So for fun, for a length check, and because I've never tried it before, I decided to straighten her hair! I washed it and banded it on Thursday and left it banded overnight so it could dry. Here are a couple of pictures:

Then I removed the bands on Friday and flat ironed each section on very low heat. I used a heat protection spray by ion as well as some grapeseed oil to help protect her hair from heat damage. Skye adores her straight hair, I don't think I've ever seen her flip it so much! But I told her that even though her hair looks cute straight, I like her curls better:) I am happy that her ends don't look as scraggly as I thought they would, I'll probably clip them a little bit but not too much...then we'll go back to a protective style next week.

Sorry so blurry, but I wanted to show a close up of the before/after!

I plan to do this again in 6 months in hopes that we will see a lot of growth! Thanks for reading and Happy New Year to you all:)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Hair!

Hope everybody had a very merry Christmas, ours was wonderful and filled with love and family...and a few awesome presents:) To avoid washing/styling hair on Christmas Eve, I washed Skye's hair on Friday. I detangled and braided her hair, about 6-8 sections total, then I put on some Nutiva Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as a pre-shampoo treatment. After leaving the coconut oil in for about 30 minutes or so, I washed her hair with Creme of Nature Argon Oil Shampoo (which I love, btw). I find it so much easier to wash her hair while it is braided in sections and it really helps to keep it from tangling back up again. I used our usual leave-in conditioner (Kimmaytube recipe with Knot Today). I also used Bee Mine Curly Butter to style her hair. I absolutely love this stuff but unfortunately it does not play well with Kinky Curly's Knot Today, so I won't be using the Knot Today anymore:( It tends to leave a white residue in her hair, it's not too bad but it bothers now I'm in the market for a new leave in conditioner.

Anyways, about her Christmas hurr (lol)...Using the Bee Mine Curly Butter, I put seven flat twists in the front going to the side (got the idea here) and then I banded the roots of the remaining hair and added two strand twists to each section. Here are a couple of pictures:

Then on Christmas morning, I just unraveled the twists and took out the bands, then added a couple of sparkly clips to right side of her hair:

This twist out has held up pretty well over the last couple of days since she sleeps in a satin bonnet. I'll probably do something similar for New Years/Back to School next week and then we'll go back to a protective style (probably mini twists again) for 4-6 weeks. As always, thanks for reading!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Everybody!!

Just wanted to say Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you all and thanks for reading our blog! I'll make a new post about her holiday style (pictured below) on Monday:)

And for fun, here's a throwback pic from 2006!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mini Twists are OUT // Banded Twist Out!

Hi everybody! Spent all day Sunday taking down the mini twists, detangling, washing, and banding hair! Fun times as always:) After I finished taking the twists down, I detangled in sections and added coconut oil as a pre wash treatment. I braided each section (about 5 braids total) so that her hair wouldn't tangle back up. After the shampoo, and with her hair still braided, I added some Hair Mayo by Organic Root Stimulator as a protein treatment. I left that on for about 15-20 minutes and then rinsed it out. Then I added our usual leave in conditioner (the Kimmaytube recipe we've been using) and sealed with Shea Butter. Usually I just band her new growth towards the top, but this time I banded each twisted ponytail all the way down to stretch it so we could see a little more length. This was my first time doing this and I must say that I love how the bands made the twist out look a bit more wavy in addition to showing her length! I just removed the bands, seperated the twists, then I put one ponytail at the top and left the rest hanging down. Pictures below! And as always, thank you so much for reading!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mini Twists - Four Week Update!

Just a quick little update on Skye's mini twists! We have made it to week four and I am planning to take the twists out at the end of the week. I'm sure they could last a couple more weeks but I want to do something different since we'll probably be doing our Christmas pictures next week. (SN: Yes, we always wait til the last minute and I usually make my own greeting cards at Wal-Mart and pass them out at Christmas dinner instead of mail them. Don't judge me, lol:))

So anyways, I skipped Skye's weekly wash this past weekend (due mostly to laziness on my part) and instead re-upped on the moisturizer. I added some Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Conditioning Milk all over her hair and then sealed with a little Sweet Almond Oil. I re-did the flat twists in the front and used a little Bee Mine Curly Butter to lay her edges down. I put about five big braids in her hair and left them in overnight to get some waves/curls going. Below are a couple of pictures that I snapped this morning before school. And as always, thanks for reading!

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy – Review

I heard about this book through one of the many hair blogs that I frequent and I couldn't wait to read it because it was so highly recommended! I ordered it through for my Kindle app and it was only $9.99, but I’m sure that I’ll purchase a hard copy later for my personal library.
The book begins with a couple of stories that sound a lot like my own, women speaking of growing up with hair that never quite seemed to grow past shoulder length and thinking that was the norm for our kind of hair. Until I BC’d in Oct 2011, I had had a relaxer since I was five years old. Even though I had to get touch ups every four to six weeks, I could never retain length. I really enjoyed reading these stories as I found them extremely relatable to my own personal hair journey!

I read most of the book (at least 95%), but unfortunately I have the attention span of a gnat and I had to skim over a lot of the technical jargon about hair follicle structure and cuticles and what not. But I’m glad that the information is there as I’m sure I will reread this a few more times so that the information sinks in. I have already implemented some new things into my daughter’s hair care regimen as well as my own, such as protein treatments and deep conditioning moisture treatments. I find it very helpful that the book teaches you how to start a healthy hair care regimen and the author even includes a product list! I also like that there is supportive information for those of us with natural, relaxed, and color treated hair. I would totally recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about how to properly care for their hair or their child’s hair!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mini Twists - Three Week Update!

Hi everybody! We're actually around three and a half weeks right now...though it feels like it's been forever. On Sunday, I washed Skye's hair and then did a braid out on the mini twists. I followed our usual routine, but I also added in a protein treatment using Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise. After I rinsed out the mayo treatment (which left her hair feeling really soft btw), I added her leave-in conditioner and put four big braids in (two in the front and two in the back). Monday night, I decided to put some flat twists in the front since the mini twists in that section are still unraveling quite a bit. Ever since I received my Bee Mine Curly Butter (ordered on Black Friday) I've been really anxious to use it, so I tried it on the flat twists and I absolutely love it. It smells amazing, and it really took away all of the frizziness and helped the flat twists look a lot neater. Here are a couple of pictures that I took yesterday before she went to school. The flat twists aren't perfect but they'll do, and I really like how crinkly/curly the braid out turned out!