by Adrienne of Natural Embrace
Another month gone by so quickly! June was a busy month for me, since I had a lot of birthdays to celebrate, went on vacation, had family visiting, etc. The first half of June I spent a little time in twists and twist outs, but during my week long vacation, I started doing more WnGs. Since my trim, I’ve been sticking with the WnG as my main style. Normally I don’t like WnGs, because the front half of my hair is more wavy than curly, so WnGs can look kind of silly. But, since WnGs are so easy and time saving, I’ve just accepted this wavy hair and try to make it work. The added bonus of my current WnG regimen is that I’ve been able to get 3rd and 4th day hair out of it, even managed a 5th day puff.
I was always a little iffy about the Eco Styler gels and, in the past, I hated how crunchy they made my hair feel. Plus in the past, I was using the raking method for my WnGs and not getting the look that I wanted. Now I’ve been using the smoothing method, applying both my leave in and then the gel and smoothing it along the hair so as to not disrupt the curl pattern. I was watching MahoganyCurls on Youtube and she demonstrated how she then goes section by section, smoothing small sections of hair even more. I tried this and bam, the WnG was suddenly working for me. I’ve also found that the key for me is to let my hair dry completely, then smooth my hair and fluff a bit to get rid of any crunch.
In addition, I’ve finally figured out the whole pineapple thing and every night I lightly spritz my hair with water and aloe vera juice, apply my JBCO to my nape and edges and use a silk scarf to pineapple. In the morning I’ve been using a little Camille Rose’s Curl Milk to fluff my hair. My hair does tend to get a little dryer by day three and four, but not to the point where I really need to worry about it. I could co-wash around this time and refresh the WnG, but going a week without having to mess with my hair is working for me. I’ve been seeing a few single strand knots, but nothing too terrible and nothing I don’t get from any other hair style I do. Since this seems to be a low manipulation style that is working for me, I’m going to stick with it for the rest of the summer.
I’ve really been seeing a difference in my edges, finally. They are still thin, but filling in. As for the Viviscal I’ve been taking, I still think it’s a little early to tell if they are working or not. I haven’t even been on them for a month yet.
Health & Fitness
And as for fitness … yeah, not even gonna go there. I work out here and there, but nothing too consistent (like I said, its been a busy month). My weight actually dropped a bit … probably muscle loss. I’ve got two weeks until I have to attend my step-dad’s wedding, so I’d like to try to tone up a bit for that. On the bright side, I’ve been eating very well and see a noticeable difference in my skin.
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Your hair looks gorgeous! So healthy and shiny.