Daily Archives: July 25, 2012

May/June/July GOC Update: Cococrispecurl (#32)


I have been a lazy bum with my hair. I haven’t done anything new or exciting; just buns, ponytails … and… well, buns and ponytails. I straightened my hair to see if I could remember how. It turned out nice, but, two or three days in, I was bored with straight hair. I kept it for a couple weeks and leaped in the shower when it was time to wash it. LOL!

I’m checking in for July early, because I don’t see anything changing. I’m looking into braids in August.

Health & Fitness
Hmph … I don’t have much to say on this topic. I was doing well in May and early June. Took a few spinning and yoga classes and met with a trainer. Then, my work schedule turned crazy and I had food poisoning a couple times. Weight Watchers fell to the curb.

Rewards: Haven’t gained any weight. No split ends. Got a nice tan.

Happy Growing Ladies!

Check out Cococrispecurl’s other GOC-The Sequel posts here:
Initial Submission
April Update


Graduation Hairstyle: Half Up-Half Down


Last month, Marina inboxed me on FB asking for help with finding a half up, half down style for her younger sister who has hip length hair. She said that she Googled styles, but hadn’t had much luck. I told her that I quickly learned that I had to go “outside of the box” to find hairstyles for longer hair and couldn’t limit myself to YouTubers with natural and/or curly hair. Then, I pointed her to a couple of my favorite YouTubers for updo hairstyles, LilithMoon and Let’s Make It Up and shared links for a few style tutorials that I thought might work.

Now, Marina is back, sharing the style that she and her sister chose and their results! 


by Marina

This was my sister Isabella’s high school graduation hairstyle. She graduated on June 27th at age 16! She’ll be leaving Suriname in September to study Classical Ballet at a renowned dance academy in New York City.

I used this video as hairspiration, very kindly suggested to me by Shelli!

A couple of days before we did the style, I trimmed about 3-4 inches off of Isabella’s hair, which was tailbone length! She has a natural curl varying from 2a-3c and has very fine strands. Some of her curl was loosened significantly following two brazilian keratin treatments.

I prepared her freshly washed hair with a tiny amount of Shea Moisture Conditioner as a leave-in and left it to dry in four big twists. When her hair was dry, I added a liberal amount of Sabino Moisture Block, half pinned it up and started barrel curling the bottom with a curling iron. We had to rush a bit, because although we planned to do her hair and make-up from 3:45-5:15, I got home late and we only started at 4.15!


Front view

Side view

Giving her Valedictory speech!

Isabella and me

Mum, Isabella and me

At the end of the night.

(Seems the hair didn’t quite survive the four hour ceremony in 97% humidity with a dew point of around 75! The clips were slightly wobbly due to her cap.)

Hope you like it and thanks very much for your help in sending all those ideas and tips!


Were you natural or transitioning when you graduated? How did you wear your natural hair to accommodate your cap and keep it fly ;)?

Volume or Definition? That is the Question.


I had an extended wash day as I pre-pooed on Sunday morning, shampooed, conditioner detangled and applied a DC on Monday morning and then finally rinsed the DC on Tuesday morning. I didn’t do this for extra conditioning … I did it because I was exhausted from my family reunion road trip and I went to see The Dark Knight Rises … a 2 hour and 44 minute bore … on Monday night.

Anywho, on Tuesday morning, after sealing and rinsing my DC, I put my hair in 5 twists with some diluted conditioner. I placed one twist on each side of my face, one at my crown and two in the back. Then I hit the road for the 2 hour drive to my Trenton office. When I was almost there, I applied some pomade to my ends and released slightly damp twists (I really need to do an updated regimen post … it’s coming soon).

Now, here is where the “age old” … like, you know, a few years “age old” 😉 … question for fine-haired curlies comes in. Because my hair was damp, it swelled once released to give me pretty big and soft hair, which I love.

But, the downside is that the frizz that gave me some nice volume also meant a loss of definition as my hair fully dried. This issue is especially prevalent in my crown, which is more porous than the rest of my hair.

See what I mean? So, I attempted something to try to get the best of both worlds. I re-twisted the top sections of my hair and the areas that framed my face to try to redefine the parts that I thought would be visible. But, I left the underlying hair untouched to retain the volume gained by the frizz.

Look at those roots! I used the Touch Back Marker in the front, but not the back ;).

I released the twists a little while later and …. ummm … yeah … it didn’t work!! It was soooo NOT cute. LOL! I had these defined piecey sections mixed with the frizzy and projecting under-sections! It was bootleg *smh*! And sorry, I didn’t take pics of the results! I saw that it failed, so I twisted the rest of my hair for the night to restore some definition for today. I should have taken the “after” picture though as I like to share failures as well as successes. I think it’s important to show that every experiment doesn’t work and every day isn’t a good hair day (you should have seen the four wet and saturated in conditioner twists that I secured with a jaw clip and went to work in on Monday!). Because, in the end, it’s all good and a learning opportunity. Maybe this didn’t work today, but I might do a better job of creating the “cover” twists or find a better technique the next time. Trial and error man.

Anywho, this made me think of a question for my fine-haired and/or low density curly friends:

Which are you willing to sacrifice: volume for definition OR definition for volume? Have you figured out how to have the best of both worlds?