Daily Archives: November 21, 2011

October GOC Update: Michelle aka Mickey

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Mickey (Seventh Wave)

Hey y’all!!! Hows everyone’s hair doing??? Well, for the month of October, I did not straighten my hair at all!!! YEA!!! I think I may have perfected my twist and CURL!! HEY NOW!!!

I also did mini twists, with rods on the ends and I wore it like that for a few days, then took them down and wore my hair out, then bunned for the rest of the time!!! I’m loving my natural hair. I plan to straighten before Thanksgiving for a trim :(.

HAPPY GROWING LADIES!!! 

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Looking good Mickey!! Curly hair suits you! Love the TnC and the twists!! 

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Weddings, Sleep and Research

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Yeah man … I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for a while now and was up way too late for far too many nights last week. It finally took its toll. Now mind you, I can sleep anywhere, anytime. It’s a Gillis family trait. We are professional sleepers. I’ve fallen asleep at concerts (Wynton Marsalis called me out at McCarter Theatre my senior year in college), in clubs with music blaring (at Wei’s 39th birthday party, I fell asleep on a couch on stage behind the band) and at HBCU Homecoming football games:

Why does he keep playing me out like this?!? *lol*

Yup. That’s how I get down! Anywho, I had a very nice time at my friend’s wedding reception on Friday, despite appearances to the contrary. Part of the fun? Having two very nice young ladies at my table who wanted to talk natural hair care!! LOL! Wei told me I wasn’t allowed to talk about work as several of my co-workers were in attendance. When I started talking hair, he said that was like work too ;). I told him, “Nuh-uh” and resumed the discussion on favorite products and PJism.

Anywho, I’m sitting here with slightly damp twists after a wash day using my newest acquisitions, the Doris New York Hair Care Line. A preliminary review of the Reconstructor Shampoo and Mud Minerals Pack Treatment will follow later this week. Since my hair hasn’t dried yet, I don’t want to be premature in giving my thoughts. However, I used the Olive Oil cream all last week and the leave-in on my prior wash day and those both worked very well. I used both again this wash day, so I’ll write more about them in the impending review as well.

On another note, I wore my hair down three days last week!! I KNOW!!! LOL! Since the excessive shedding is no longer an issue, it wasn’t driving me batty wearing it down. Also, I kind of wanted to enjoy it for a few days since I know that I’ll be in a protective style for 6-8 weeks very soon. However, I couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of Afro puffy twists! I really can’t wait to get my hair done now and just have to decide on exactly when I’m doing it! I’ll probably go one day in the first week of December. That is what the “Research” in the title is referencing! I’ve been online searching for information on maintenance and styling. Because, don’t get it twisted (Get it? *lol*), I will continue to wash and deep condition my hair every week to two weeks and will be moisturizing and sealing every couple of days. Don’t think that I’ll be sleeping on styling either … I may sleep on something else, but not that! Ha! LOL! Okay, I’m done now, I promise. So, yeah, I was searching on YouTube and found a video where a young woman with twists recommended loc videos, in particular BronzeGoddess01, for styling ideas. I watched a couple videos and they got me even more amped as I’ll get to play around with some styles that I wouldn’t be able to accomplish with my own skimpy twists!

I also really want to try a modification of the style that the model was rocking in this video that I posted on Saturday. So yeah, the twists will be debuting soon! Can’t wait! I think that I’m going to “blow out” my own hair using the tension method after first stretching it with twists or a flexi set. I plan on following the first two steps in CurlyNikki’s flat ironing tips, which were in her article,  Straightening Natural Hair. I read that grapeseed oil is a good heat protectant and I remembered that I have some ElastaQP Silk Thermal Designing Liquid under the sink when I hit Sally’s on Sunday. So, I think that I’m going to apply the oil first, then the heat protectant and set in twists until mostly dry. Then, I’ll use the tension method to finish stretching my hair. I want to go to the braiding studio with my hair as prepped as possible to avoid having someone go through my wet, curly hair with a fine tooth comb from root to tip. I already know that I’m probably going to have to be very firm in regard to telling them what I want and ensuring that my hair isn’t braided/twisted too tightly. At least this will be one thing about which I won’t have to worry!

Oh, and on a final note, I  hit Sally’s to use a 15% off coupon I earned with my Rewards card. Being the frugal individual that I am ;), I returned and repurchased the Gold ‘N Hot Bonnet Dryer that I bought in October so that I could save a few bucks! I also got some more purple flexi rods so that I can eventually try a full head set with them. Finally, I picked up some ORS Olive Oil Edge Control. I heard about this some time ago and remember reading that it worked pretty well. Any reviews ladies? Does it really keep the edges controlled?

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How was your weekend? Try anything new? Stick with the tried and true? It’s Sharing Time ;)!!!