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Damage Control: Frizzy Hair

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In the last week or so, I’ve been asked a couple of times about products that I use to control frizz. To be honest, I’ve yet to find any “miracle” product that prevents my porous hair from frizzing when there is any significant humidity in the air … and I’ve tried a few!! Frizz and “swoll” hair are things that I’ve lived with my entire life. Shoot, frizz control was the reason I wanted a relaxer in the first place!! My hair would get so big and “cloud” like in humidity. I would see the other girls with their relaxed, flat, bone straight hair and that’s what I wanted. But, even when I finally got a relaxer at 13 (thanks mom for making us wait), my hair was like, “Girl, whatever.” So, in high school, I inevitably ended up in a French braid or ponytail. LOL! So, yeah, it’s just a fact of life.

Nowadays, I try to follow the “Moisture Rules” that say that well-moisturized hair will be less prone to absorb atmospheric humidity (for more on that, check out these posts on CurlyNikki.com: Curly Hair Tips for Spring & Summer Humidity and Maintaining Natural Hair in Humidity).

So, in general, these are the things that I incorporate into my regimen regularly to combat frizz:

  • Pre-poo with Vatika Oil or virgin coconut oil (penetrates into the cortex hair to help it retain moisture).
  • Incorporate a light protein treatment weekly (Aubrey GPB Conditioner or Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe) (helps fill in “chips” in the hair cuticle).
  • Deep condition weekly after every wash (penetrates surface of hair to moisturize it from within).
  • Rinse conditioners/deep conditioners with cool/cold water (“closes” the cuticle).
  • Henna every 4-8 weeks (functions like a “heavy” protein treatment by bonding to the keratin in hair to fill in “chips” in the cuticle).
  • Apply a leave-in conditioner weekly (moisturizer).
  • Use a gel to style (LOVING aloe vera gel right now, but also use Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel and ORS Lock & Twist gel with success) (seals the hair).
  • Seal the last few inches of hair with an oil like JBCO mixed with EVOO (keeps more moisture in hair and reduces the amount of moisture absorbed from outside air).
  • Wait for fall/winter. LOL!!! (Though I am a summer lover forever, lack of humidity is one of the very few things that make me look forward to cooler weather ;)).

But, to tell you the truth, frizz really doesn’t bother me much anymore. I LOVE big hair now and always wish my hair was bigger. The thing is, it’d be nice if I could have it big with some definition that lasted more than 2 hours. Also, I’d like it to be big UPWARDS instead of flat on the top and big at the bottom. LOL! But, so is life.

Anywho, the reason I started telling you guys all of this was just to share this little styling “trick” that I did to minimize the appearance of frizz. You see, the top layer of my hair is the most prone to frizz (I guess because that’s the area most exposed). But, when I lift that top layer, the under-layers of my hair still look great! Well, last week, I wore braids for a couple of days and then removed them for a braid-out. Within hours, the top of my hair frizzed entirely. So, at lunch time, I braided the front frizzy parts and secured them at the back of my head with a bobby pin. And, I was good to go!

avg_braidout_x2Easy, breezey, lemon squeezey!

Simple, effective, and Boho chic too ;)! You could also just twist or twirl the sides! Anywho, that’s it. Just wanted to share this quick styling tip for doing some frizz damage control!

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What do you do to fight frizz? Have you found an effective product/product combo and/or styling trick? Sharing is caring!!

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Evolution of a WnG

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On Sunday, I pre-pooed with a new Aubrey conditioner that I ordered from Vitacost a couple of weeks ago. Now you know that I love the Honeysuckle Rose (HSR) and GPB conditioners, but I’d heard good things about the Rose Mosqueta and wanted to give it a try.

I followed my normal process of mixing the conditioner with Vatika oil and then applied it while lightly finger detangling and placing my hair in 6 twists. I then applied Wild Growth Hair Oil to my scalp (I really owe you guys a review on the WGHOs, don’t I??) and donned a plastic cap and my thermal heat wrap for a couple of hours. Eventually I went to bed without washing my hair and, on Monday morning, just didn’t have time to wash it. So, I whipped out the trusty banana clip for my “go to” big bun. Added a big ol’ hair flower for good measure ;).

Yeah … didn’t wash it Monday night either … but my scalp was itching slightly, so knew that I had to shampoo on Tuesday morning. I placed my hair back in 6 twists, then washed with diluted DevaCare No Poo. Next, I applied HE HH to finger detangle under the shower stream (which was pretty easy, breezy, lemon squeezey). I re-twisted each section after detangling and rinsed under cold water. Hopped out of the shower and used my Curl Cloth to pseudo-plop my twists while I washed my face, brushed my teeth and lotioned up (was following some of CurlyNikki’s “Fluffy Definition WnG” steps with a few modifications). My hair was only slightly damp and then I tried a new WnG combo: Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner (moisturizing leave-in) + LaBella Lots of Curls Gel (hold). I was a little nervous about how it would work out as I usually apply products to wet or soaking wet hair when I’m doing a WnG.

Morning: After product applied and still damp.

Early Afternoon: Fully dry, stringy, crunchy and untouched.

Fluffy, full and soft after scrunching out the crunch with Wonder Curl Polishing Pomade.

What a difference a scrunch makes, right?!?! It’s amazing to me how one little step can make my hair go from, “Ewwwwww … pathetic. Where’s that scrunchie?” to “LOVE it!!” I wonder how many give up on a style because of impatience or not knowing that one little step or trick that will take a style from #FAIL to #FAB??

Anywho, this is it in the evening after getting home around 9 pm.

So, I’m pretty pleased!! Looks like my curls are back one wash post-cassia, as I anticipated (whew!!). Shoot, even that straighter nape area is behaving and curling up to meet the shorter layers!! And, even though I didn’t deep conditioner post-shampoo, my hair feels very soft and light. The Aubrey Rose Mosqueta Conditioner was comparable to the HSR and I don’t know that I appreciated much of a difference between the two. If there was one thing, my hair did seem easier to detangle than normal. However, I’m not sure if that’s attributable to the conditioner or the 30+ hour pre-poo!! I’ll have to see if I notice the same ease of detangling the next time I use it with a typical overnight pre-poo. Though my hair doesn’t feel super-moisturized, it’s also not dry. It feels lightly moisturized, so I will probably apply a little something to it in another day or two. And, guess we’ll see what else evolution has in store for this WnG over the rest of the week. Only time will tell!!

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How does your WnG evolve on Day 1?