Daily Archives: January 7, 2013

Wash Weekend Quickie

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Remember earlier I that I said that we’d discuss how detangling went wash day after wearing a shrunken curly fro’ turned bun?! Well, I’m not going to make you wait long ;)!! Aren’t I nice?! *lol*

Anywho, this is going to be another quick post because it is 11 pm and I need to get to bed because this is gonna be a rough week at work. The reason this post can be quick is because wash day was THREE steps on Saturday. You see, I decided that I wanted to wear my hair down for The Mane Event and, seeing as how it was a frizzy, shrunken, tangled, lop-sided mess that I hadn’t even pre-pooed on Friday night AND I slept in, I didn’t have much time to get ‘er done.

Well, as luck would have it, a few weeks earlier Wonder Curl had sent me a prototype of her new Cleansing Clay Mask. It’s touted to cleanse, detangle and condition all-in-one product! Well, I was definitely going to put it to the test!

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I know, I know. It doesn’t look that bad. Don’t let it fool you,
there were matted knots all up in that mess!

My Three Step Wash Day went as follows:

  1. Pre-pooed with Vatika Oil mixed with Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose and GPB conditioners on hair and a mix of JBCO and jojoba oil on scalp (30 min. with heat cap). (I made NO attempt to detangle or section my hair.)
  2. Washed, finger detangled/conditioned with Wonder Curl’s Cleansing Mask, then rinsed (45 min.).
  3. Applied leave-in (KCKT/AVJ/JBCO/jojoba oil) and sealed with coconut oil whip.

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Seriously, THAT WAS IT!! No overnight pre-poo, no detangling, no sectioning, no twisting, no separate shampoo, mo separate conditioning, no DC, no cool and seal. This may have been my fastest wash day in a long time! So yeah, stay tuned for the Wonder Curl Cleansing Clay Mask, launching spring 2013!!

Anywho, once I got home after dinner that evening, I immediately placed my hair into 8 braids. Although I love big hair, I wasn’t loving the shape that my WnG was taking on and I also don’t savor the tangles that it begets. I didn’t apply any additional product. I just braided it up and dampened the braids with a little bit of water. Then, I put on my open-ended pocket bonnet and hit the sack.

I released the braids on Sunday morning for a decent braid-out.

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But y’all know that I wasn’t feeling that flat and tame hair. Ummmm … no. So, I commenced to fluffling by flipping my head upside down and massaging my roots.

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And shortly after … I bunned it! LOL!!! But, not before trying out one of two knitted winter headband that I picked up this summer for less than $10 at my local flea market!

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Cute, right? I kind of forgot all about them! And, it’s perfect for a bunning challenge when I’m wearing a big, high bun!! Definitely going to need this to keep the ears warm as winter seems like it wants to be real this year!!

And I am out-ta here!!

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How do  you shorten your wash day when you don’t have a lot of time?

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Bunning Challenge Week 8: From Funky Fro’ to Boring Buns

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So, this is just a quick update to show you guys how the curly ‘fro fared on days 2 and 3 with pineappling at night. Overall, the pineapple worked well on Monday night. My curls held up except for a few that loosened on one side (the side that I sleep on, of course ;)). So, I did a little repair work using Deva Care Set It Free and the grey flexi-rods!

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Twenty minutes later …

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So, day two hair. Not bad. Not bad at all. Day three, things got a little more wonky …

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It actually didn’t look too bad, but it was definitely getting frizzier and some curls were drooping too much. Thank goodness for the Hairscapades Bunning Challenge. As I’d worn my hair down two days, it was time to put that bad boy up! So, quick, easy, high bun it was!

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I did another simple and quick bun on Thursday (low this time), but didn’t get a pic … I mean, it’s all pretty much the same now. I did manage to take a pic of the quick bun I did with ONE Goody Ouchless elastic on Friday. This was after a loooooooong day at work.

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So yeah, that’s how the Curly ‘Fro turned into a bun over the course of a week. And, I know what you’re thinking, “How hard was it to detangle that on wash day?!?” Well, we’ll talk about that later.

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So ladies, the Hairscapades Bunning Challenge was supposed to end this Saturday, 1/12/13. However, I’m planning on extending it another 2 months because I didn’t achieve my goal to gain another inch all around … because I got my hair cut in December!! LOL!!! But, it’s in better condition now and I’m seeing a lot less shedding and breakage, so it’s all good!!

That being said, who’s with me?!?! Want to take this bunning thing to March 9th?!?!

The Mane Event and a Haus of Swag Discount Code!

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On Saturday, I attended The Mane Event, a natural hair vendor affair at The Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ. I learned about this event from Gina and attended with her and her friend (and my new curlfriend AND comics/cartoon compatriot) Jacelyn. The Luna Stage is a cozy and quaint theatre on the border of Orange and West Orange, a stone’s throw away from where I used to live years ago! I had to park a couple of blocks away, because the space was packed with gorgeous naturalistas! The event ran from 2 pm – 6 pm and was followed with a staged reading of the play, Supernatural, which I did not attend.

When I arrived, guess who was one of the first people that I spotted?!

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It’s Scarlett of Wonder Curl!! She was in the house selling her line along with so many other enterprising ladies and gents (support small businesses!!). She bought the lovely, sweet as pie and HEE-larious Cadian (I love this lady) aka The Lone Natural along with her!!

Cutting up! Do you SEE the shoes?!?!

Cutting up! Do you SEE the shoes?!?!

Later, I saw some wonderful young ladies that I met at the CurlyNikki meet-up this summer and then I ran into the lovely and sweet Gaye aka Sweetdrk1 aka GGMadeIt aka Boog’s (as in CurlyNikki’s baby girl Gia) babysitter!! It was soooo nice meeting her in person as we’ve been Facebook friends for a bit! She is such a sweetie with a huge heart and GORGEOUS coils!! I loved her rod set and her color!!

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Sporting one of her “loverly” knit creations … of course:)!! Check out her Etsy shop!!

So yeah, the theatre was packed from end to end. There were vendors in the entrance, the hallways and two rooms and tons of naturalistas jockeying for space at the tables to check out all of the wares!! There were hair products, tons of jewelry, hair accessories, hand-knit goods, natural greeting cards, funky tees, handmade jams and a variety of other novelties!

Check out the view!

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Okay, so y’all know that I didn’t leave all of that empty-handed. BUT, I was good … no new hair products! Wooh-hooh!! PJ instincts quelled!! I didn’t even approach those tables too closely … once an addict, always an addict. *lol* However, I couldn’t resist picking up a few pretties!! Here’s my haul.

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The bow earrings were made while I waited. Total cost for all 3 pairs: $4! (TheUniquePieces.com)

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Adorned cap sleeve mock turtleneck: $8!! (TheUniquePieces.com)

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A HAUS OF SWAG DISCOUNT CODE

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So, I have to tell you, I spent a good 20 minutes talking to the CEO of Haus of Swag, Toni, on Saturday. First, let me say that the woman is fly! Her hair was GORG!! Immediately grabbed my attention and just about everyone else’s! I swear, I witnessed at least 10 ladies ask her how she styled it (fresh twist-out with Cantu Shea conditioner, if you must know. ;)). Well, we ended up talking about all kinds of things, including me telling her about Wonder Woman’s black twin sister, Nubia, Rebel flags, black empowerment, Barak’s re-election (we waiting for him to get it in now … no re-election to worry about) and her telling me about the Wisconsin senator who said that blacks don’t even celebrate Kwanzaa. Wha?!?! Yeah, I didn’t know about that one either!! Check it out here!

Anywho, I was able to pick up my tees at The Mane Event for the super low price of only $20 each. However, that was a special price for the affair! Well, I knew that some of you would probably be interested in these HAWT tees (don’t you just love the shapes?!?!). So, I contacted Toni via e-mail to see if I could get a discount code for my Hairscapades ladies! And, guess what?!?! Being the awesome lady that she is, Toni kindly obliged!! Soooooo …

From now until 12:00 am on 1/20/13, you can get 15% off of your total Haus of Swag order with
discount code: HAIRSCAPADES!!!**

How frickin’ awesome is that?!?! And, to find out when Haus of Swag is coming to an event near you, like their Facebook page, HausofSwag.com and/or join their e-mail list!!

**Free shipping in the US!!

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Lata Gatas!!