Did you get rid of relaxers only to find out your hair is not growing even though you’re natural? Do you feel stuck, stumped about what to do, and/or discouraged? You may be suffering from a syndrome called……. Continue reading
If you’ve been following, you know my Curliversary was December 2, 2013. It’s hard to believe that one year ago, I cut my hair down to “waaayy too short” and started on a mostly curly journey. The biggest changes for me were creating styles without heat and using products formulated with little to no chemicals. To be honest, using non-chemically induced products was the most important step to me on this journey. I’ve learned that many products result in the opposite effect of what consumers believe they are getting (another blog altogether). Therefore, I attempt to stick with wholesome products for my hair, body, skin, etc. Since I’ve made such a change in my hair products, I’ve seen the most improvement I’ve ever had in my life on my hair’s texture, curl pattern, moisture retention, growth, and of course, length retention. Yay!
While I’ve never had a problem growing my hair out, I’ve definitely had a problem retaining length. If my hair had never been down my back, I would think it’s not capable of growing that long. Truth is, it is capable as long as I’m not “messing in it” as my grandma used to say. My routine has been fairly simple; I shampoo/condition, apply a leave-in treatment and twist with a curl soufflé. When it’s time to refresh my hair, I add conditioner more curling soufflé and re-twist my hair without shampooing it and without rewetting it. In a nutshell, my routine is a drastically low-maintenance one.
The lady who has styled my hair the past few times always says, ”Girl, you have a lot of hair on your head.” It’s definitely not longer than hers, but IT IS very thick. Surprisingly, it’s extremely manageable even though it looks intimidating when wet. She also compliments me on how soft and moisturized my hair always seems to be. I’m very proud of this accomplishment and can’t wait to meet my new goal…mid-back length. Let’s see how far I can get in the next six months! Stay tuned. For now, pics from my salon visit to see the curls gone straight routine are below.
What’s the regimen you’ve been using for your curly journey? Is it working?
Why or Why not?
Natural Lee Lee
When I rod set my own hair, it seems like it takes FOREVER! Honestly, the only reason I allowed someone else to ever set it was because I thought it would take that person half the time getting my hair all rolled up, but that’s another story in itself. Anyway, while I was in the salon sitting under the dryer with a rod set, I decided to watch music videos. That somehow led to me being on Facebook, then clicking on a natural hair video someone posted, then me deciding to learn how to use CurlFormers….I’m totally random sometimes!
In my defense though, I saw the Curlformers in Sally’s one day and wanted to know how those worked. The mesh material appealed to me because it seemed to create an airflow that would allow the hair to dry quicker. So, as I sat under the dryer, dreading the fact that the stylist started the dryer for yet another 60 minutes, the thought of the Curlformers came to mind and sparked my interest, then I looked up the process. See, there is a method to the random madness!
After some searching, I pulled a video by Naptural85. She made setting the hair with Curlformers look so easy that I was sold on buying the overpriced product. I figured if I could get my hair set in half the time and dry even quicker, that alone would be worth the investment. The next day, I went to a professional cosmetologist’s store because I knew I would save a little money on the product (actually $12 less than Sally’s). After a couple of weeks with the Curlformers still in the bag, I finally decided to give the fine mesh a try.
After shampooing and conditioning my hair, I followed the directions on the bag and attempted to work by memory of the video I viewed. There were a few kinks and snags, but after I got the hang of it, it was smooth sailing. Look at the process below.
What do you think? Have you used Curlformers?
Comment to share your experience!
Happy Curliversary to me! I say this because my hair has been natural, or without chemicals for years. However, I’ve never gone with my hair primarily curly. With the exception of straightening after six months to receive a trim, I made it without weaves, flat irons, clip on pony tails (well, I think I had one), etc. Boy, oh boy, was it hard, but I made it! I’m so proud of myself. Take a look at my journey!
I am treating myself to a trip to the salon for a straightening and trim. After that, I’ll be indulging a bit, but I promise I won’t be overdoing it. I’m proud of my length in just one year and looking forward to mid-back length soon!
How has your curly journey been? I hope as rewarding as mine.
Natural Lee Lee
‘Tis the season to be jolly and go to holiday parties. Since I’ve been primarily curly I hadn’t gone to an event where I needed to be elegantly formal. I’ve pretty much limited my styling to twists; maybe once or twice I stepped outside of my body and created bantu knots or a rod set, but certainly not often.
Before the gala, I was bored with my hair anyway. I wanted to do something different, like get it blown straight, but I committed to at least one year with no straightening (with the exception of when I had my ends trimmed). So after thinking long and hard, I went to the salon for a volumized roller set and ended up with a flexi rod pinup. While it wasn’t the vision in my head, it turned out cute and I looked stunning. See the results below.
1) Shampoo/Condition/towel blot the hair
2) Apply leave-in conditioner
3) Section the hair into manageable sections
4) Apply foaming setting lotion to the hair strand
5) Place end paper around the hair strand
6) Roll the hair strand
7) Repeat steps 4-7 until the entire head is rolled
8) Sit under the hair dryer until all strands are completely dry (I had to ask the Lord for patience this day! This took tooooooooo long).
9) Remove flexi rods and end paper
10) Finger style the hair to the desired shape and pin
Really simple, but it created a dramatic look!
What styles have you created with flexi rods? Did you use heat or no heat?