Saturday, April 28, 2012

Lovin' My Braid-Outs!

I've found that applying a little gel on top of my leave-in conditioner on wash days really adds to the definition and shine of my braid-outs. 

SO excited for my fuzzy "halo" to grow in! lol
My hair isn't that light on top - the sunroof was open on a sunny day

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"I Was Here"

This song rocks me to my CORE and reminds me to pursue my purpose with PASSION every single morning that my feet hit the floor.

I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time
Know there was something that 
Meant something that I left behind
When I leave this world, 
I'll leave no regrets
Leave something to remember, 
So they won't forget

I was here... 
I lived, I loved
I was here... 
I did, I've done, everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I will leave my mark so everyone will know
I was here... 

I want to say I lived each day, 
Until I die
And know that I meant something in somebody's life
The hearts I have touched, 
Will be the proof that I leave
That I made a difference
And this world will see

I was here... 
I lived, I loved
I was here... 
I did, I've done, everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I will leave my mark so everyone will know
I was here...
~ Beyoncé, I Was Here
Do you live each day this way??

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Crocheted Hat to the Rescue!

I picked up this cute little crocheted hat about a month back to wear out and about while I'm waiting for my braids to dry for a braid-out. (My hair can literally take 24+ hours to air dry - no joke!!) I've gotta thank my Sis for putting me onto the crocheted hat look - love it! :)
(Please excuse the earphones! lol. I was about to get on the phone
and decided to snap a quick pic to capture my new purchase :))

Detangling WITH My Hair ;)

(Sorry for the blurry pic)
Gel has been my "saving grace" lately with all this washing.
This is 2nd day hair with KCCC. I just spritzed with water, smoothed
it down and VOILA! That's about as WnG as I've been able to get so far! LOL!
So recently I've had this crazy theory...

Why not detangle my hair the way it likes to be detangled?! I know - sounds nuts, haha. Here's the thing: I've been finger detangling for a couple months now and I'm loving it - and so is my hair. But recently I've taken this a step further. I used to aim to go through and separate as many strands as I could, with the goal of removing every single little tangle. But since my hair is SO THICK and DENSE, I found that this causes me more frustration, takes longer, and ultimately puts more stress on my hair, which can lead to breakage. And, since I've been handling my hair more than ever before over these past few weeks (running + multiple wash days each week = YIKES!!) - and I can't stand messing with my hair so much, especially since I'm noticing the difference in its health - my goal is to minimize the amount of manipulation during each wash session as much as possible by allowing some strands to remain clumped together if they want to. What do I mean by that? Well, when my hair is wet there are areas where the curls define themselves and stick together without any product. So, instead of trying to rake through each of those tendrils and force them apart with my fingers, now I just leave them alone and gently run my fingers over them to check for major tangles and knots. The result? My detangling process is much less daunting and so much more suitable for my busy, active lifestyle. Here are the other steps I take during my detangling process:

1. Separate into sections (anywhere from 2 to 8 sections - depends on how much time I have to wash) and  loosely twist each section.
2. Hop in the shower, wet hair and begin applying my favorite moisturizing and detangling conditioner first to my scalp, then down each section of hair.
3. As I rinse each section, I use the pressure and downward motion of the water to help me gently run my fingers through my hair to remove the tangles.
4. After rinsing, I twist the section back up and repeat for the other sections.

I should probably do an ACV rinse or use some sort of clarifying/cleansing product before co-washing, but honestly, I haven't had enough time! I went from having one wash day a week to about 2 or 3! So co-washes between wash days are gonna have to do for now. :) hair is THICK! It's a forest in there! haha
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