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Monday, October 22, 2012

Look of the Day 10-22-12: Textured Bun

Happy Monday lovelies!

Soooooooo....that flexirod set I did this weekend was a TOTAL bust. Even after separating the curls, I looked like I was ready to board the good ship Lollipop and that simply was not gonna fly.

Typically, when I have a failed braid out or bantu knot out, I immediately put my hair into a bun. I actually like having some texture to a bun. It makes my hair look messy but neat (if that makes any sense lol). Anyway, check it out!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday Chat: Have You Ever Just Say Something?

I know what you're thinking and yes, I am actually posting a Sunday Chat on a Sunday! Let's clap it up for that! * claps*

Now...on to the topic.

Giving unsolicited hair advice is always a tough thing for me. In my day to day, I see so many women whose hair is just beyond damaged and dry and whatever else adjective you can think of. Oftentimes, they will talk to me about hair their hair and how it is so difficult to do anything with it and really just ponder cutting their hair off. Meanwhile, I'm sitting there thinking "Well if you would stop relaxing it every time a curl pops up and moisturize it a bit, you'd be ok." But folks ain't trying to hear me though.

Once upon a time not long ago, when people wore pajamas and lived life slow, I actually tried to give hair advice that wasn't necessarily asked for. The response I got to my advice? "Well I don't have good hair like you."



So from that point on, I stopped giving advice that wasn't asked for. However, sometimes it's hard not to when you see that someone's hair is so damaged. I just want to be helpful and present some options they hadn't thought of. Instead, I have to just sit back and wait for those folks to come to me and asked their questions.

How do you deal with wanting to give advice? Have you ever received hair advice that you never asked for?

Wash Day 10/20/12 Or "Why I Stopped Doing Flexirod Sets In The First Place"

Happy Sunday lovelies!

I hope all of you are having a great day thus far. Right now, I'm currently in lab but I have some down time to update this here blog (I know, exciting right?).

Yesterday was my wash day. This particular was day was different because I decided to actually *DO* something to my hair. Any other wash day typically ends with my hair air drying in a ponytail or bun only to be placed in a bun. Not this time! I was going to enjoy my hair! Since I straightened my hair last week and really didn't feel like going through that whole process again, I decided to flexirod my hair.

Now, the last time I flexirod set my hair was AGES ago! I had to be SL the last time I did a set but since I have the large rods, I figured that I can give the rod set a go. As per usual, I washed my hair with Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo. I then slathered on some ORS Replenishing Conditioner and steamed my hair for 30 minutes. Then I began to flexirod my hair.

Here is what I used:

I used Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave In leave in (lol). I then sectioned my hair into 4 sections and then sectioned those sections into 3 sections. For each of the smaller sections, I saturated my hair with Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz. Typically, when I do flexirod sets, I like to use products that will provide hold but won't make my hair crunchy. So, if I didn't have any Spiral Spritz available, I would have used a super diluted setting lotion (foam, doesn't matter). Anyway, I then place end papers on my ends (some people don't do this, though) and proceeded to put the rods in my hair. In total, I used about 17 flexirods and it took me around 20 minutes to set my hair.

After that, I got under my dryer. That raggedy behind Conair.

Then I remembered why I stopped doing rod sets.

I hate that damn dryer.

I sat under that thing for 2 hours. 2 HOURS Y'ALL!! And my hair still wasn't dry. There were some sections that were. But the back? Nah they weren't dry. In fact, there is a section in the back that still isn't dry as I type this. The rods around the perimeter of my hair? Nope. 2 hours and it was like nothing happened. I had to eventually get from under the dryer because I eventually blew a fuse and figured it was a wrap for that. So I went to bed. Woke up. And got back under the dryer this morning.

Long story short, my hair ain't completely dry but I didn't have all day to sit under the dryer...I have things to do. However, I realized that I stop doing flexirods because the dry time is ridiculous! I just don't have 2 days to etch out just to dry my hair! It's time for a new dryer man smh.

However, I do have pics of the sections that are dry:

Now, I am not going to leave my hair like that! I still have to separate my curls but will do that tomorrow before I head to lab.

Anyway, what did you do to your hair this weekend?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Look of the Day 10-19-12: High Bun w/ Bangs

I guess you can call it my Evelyn inspired high bun. I guess.

Last wash day, I wound up straightening my hair. After wearing my hair out for a few days, I was itching to get my hair back into a bun so that's what I did. Since brushing my bangs back into a bun is more annoying than words can accurately describe, I decided to leave them out. As for the bun itself, pretty much just gathered my hair into a ponytail and messily pinned my hair down to make the bun. So far, I'm loving my hair like this! I think the bangs add some oomph to my basic, boring ol' bun.

I snapped the best pictures I could w/ my camera phone buuttttt, I think it it gives you guys the general idea of what I have going on...

Oh and Happy Friday everyone! I hope you're having a great day! :D

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sunday (More Like Monday) Chat: Hair Boredom

Happy Monday loves!

I know I took an extended hiatus from the blog..this was mainly due to school stuff ( had a big committee meeting to prepare for). However, the other contributing factor was that I was simply bored with my hair.

I'm finding that as I go along this hair journey of mine, I don't really like hair that is only long and straight. With no style, it gets kinda boring to me and as a result, I wind up feeling how my hair looks: dull and boring.

Well...what do you do when you're on a hair journey. I mean, you want to grow your hair out..that's the goal. So, you have to fight against the temptation to cut it super short. Most folks my color their hair but that's really not my style. SO WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO??

I'm gonna tell you what I did.

I cut my hair.

Relax..I didn't cut it cut it. I just got some bangs...and some layers cut into my hair while keeping the length. My hair looks so much more interesting now...and not so...meh. Take a look:

Oh...try to disregard those grays in my hair LOL.

What do you do when you're bored with your hair? Is this par for the course for any hair journey?

P.S.--Hello to all my new readers!! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog!