Saturday, August 31, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
When I first started my hair journey every time I would find someone with hair at my goal length I would go out and buy every product the person swore by and follow their regimen to the letter. Each time I would end up disappointed because I didn't achieve great results. One day a light bulb went off and I realized that my results were disappointing because I was doing what was meant for someone else's hair! I eventually started listening to my hair and paying attention to the methods and products that work for me. I will never claim that I will always use the exact same products (although my staples will never be too far away!), but there are also some things that I never plan to change as long as they work for my hair (i.e. moisturizing and sealing daily, DCing twice a week, etc). Those fundamentals are the foundation for my hair regimen and are the reason that I have consistently seen length retention and thickness in my hair. So no matter how awesome someone else's regimen is I've got to stick with what works for me.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
In the past few months I've read quite a few blog posts about the L.O.C method, which honestly before that I had never heard of before. The basis of this method is to apply a liquid (many use water) and follow up with an oil to lock in the moisture and then apply a cream to seal everything in. This method is used by many in the natural hair community, which may be why I wasn't quite as familiar with this method for a while. However as of lately I've seen more and more relaxed/texlaxed ladies giving this mehtod a try.
When washing my hair on yesterday the L.O.C method popped into my head as something that I should try. I've recently added the CHI Keratin Mist to my leave in regimen and thought that this may be the perfect time to try this method. In the past I normally would apply my CHI Keratin Mist followed by my Kimmaytube leave mix and then my Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. I decided to switch things up and use the CHI Keratin Mist as my liquid, the Paul Mitchell super skinny serum as my oil, and my kimmaytube leave in as my cream.
My hair air dried so soft and fluffy and felt very moisturized. Sometimes when I air dry my hair it takes an extra boost of my Giovanni Direct leave in before my hair feels 'normal'. However by using the LOC method I found that I didn't need any added moisture (even though I did moisturize out of habbit not necessity). Overall I was very pleased with my results and plan to use this method a bit more to see if I consistently get the same results. I plan to do an updated post once I test this method out for a bit longer.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Ok so first of all I'm sorry I've been kind of MIA the past two weeks, but I have a really good explanation. I went back home to spend some time with my family and when I came back apparently I brought a lovely summer cold right along with me :/
Anyway after a week of intense rest I'm finally starting to kind of feel like my old selft again. This past weekend I went to the salon and got my hair washed and conditioned so I didn't have to worry about dealing with it, but as usualy by Wednesday I couldn't take it any more. In my true exercise fashion as of lately I applied my One N' Only Argan Oil Hydrating Mask to my hair and deep conditioned while I power walked for an hour. When I got back I hopped in the shower and rinsed my hair and then followed up with hair one for about 30 seconds just to give my scalp a light cleansing. Lastly I applied my Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment for about 3 minutes. After doing a final rinse I used a t-shirt to soak up the excess water from my hair and then applied my leave ins using the LOC method (more details to come in a later post!). After this I air dried my hair. This morning I moisturized using my Giovanni direct leave in and sealed using a few drops of the proclaim oil (it was the only thing near by and I used to love this stuff so I figured it would hurt). Now my hair is happily in a neat little bun until Friday when I attempt my first flexi rod set in about 2 years! I'm excited and nervous about it, but I figure since I mastered rollersetting why not set my sights on mastering flexi rod sets?! Stay tuned...
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I can not stress how important it is to take pictures throughout your hair journey! For myself personally I've benefited so much from my progress pictures. Sometimes I get a little discouraged and feel like my hair isn't growing and looks like it's been the same length since the day I started, but when I start looking at older pictures I realize how wrong I really am. You guys may remember a few weeks ago that I was feeling exactly like that (See post here). Well during my last wash day I decided to blow dry my hair and since I'm a picture happy girl who's always snapping a picture of something I decided to snap a few pictures of my hair mainly for blogging purposes, but I swear I was blown away when I actually looked at the pictures and compared them to pictures from just a few months ago. I feel like this was the little push that I needed to renew my hair journey motivation. So when you're feeling a bit down and see other bloggers and youtubers and think 'my hair will never be that long' pull out those comparison pictures so you can prove those negative thoughts wrong!