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WnG with FSG Cream Gel



Hey all. Just a  quick post to tell you about wash day this weekend. I had a birthday party and a housewarming to attend on Saturday, so I didn’t have much time to style my hair. Therefore, I ended up doing a pretty quick WnG that turned out pretty well.

Wash Day Rundown

  • Pre-pooed with Vatika Oil (30-45 min. w/heat).
  • Shampooed with Aubrey Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo diluted with water and EVOO.
  • Shampooed some more with Shea Moisture (SM) Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo.
  • Conditioned/detangled with SM Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner.
  • Deep conditioned with Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner (30 min. w/heat).
  • Rinsed (no time for cooling and sealing).
  • Lightly and quickly squeezed excess water with a towel (yup, towel, not my Curl Cloths).
  • Applied Kinky Curly Knot Today as my leave-in (straight out the bottle; no time to mix w/AVJ).
  • Applied flaxseed cream gel to hair in sections by smoothing on first, then lightly finger combing.
  • Air dried.


And, that was it. Let me tell, you, the coconut oil was all caked up in my hair when it was wet and it looked like I might end up with flakes. But, I had high hopes that, once my hair dried, I’d be able to smooth my hair to melt the coconut oil. Didn’t even need to do that though. The heat in the car that dried my hair, also melted the oil and all was well with the world.

So, I’m pretty excited about this FSG cream gel!! My hair feels moisturized, is shiny, has decent definition and the gel provided a light hold. And, I got decent day 2 hair too! I’ve been using a new bonnet that I’ll be sharing with you ladies soon and I think it will help me preserve down styles far better than a pineapple.


I still want to try a braid out with this FSG cream gel. Maybe this upcoming weekend … but I might be busy, so we’ll see.

Lata Gatas!


Have you tried anything new lately?


Wash ‘n Go No-No


On Sunday morning, I styled my hair in a super quick WnG for the Haircut Party. I split my hair in two and applied Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose conditioner as my leave-in and decided to apply LaBella Lots of Curls directly over it for hold. As you saw the other day, my hair was HUGE by the end of the day. The combo was no match against the humidity and my hair rapidly expanded from frizz as it absorbed the moisture in the air.

If you know me, you know that I love me some big ol’ hair! Buuuttttt, unfortunately, this hugeness was accompanied by dry feeling hair. No bueno. On Monday morning, I applied a little Wonder Curl Butter Than Love (BTL) Whipped to it and bunned it loosely. On Monday night, I released it and it was still feeling dry. So I went hard with the BTL and bunned it for the night with a scarp wrapped around the edges. On Tuesday morning, I released it and it still wasn’t feeling right. But, I put it back up anyway, this time making triple buns with a banana clip similar to the double buns I demonstrated in the tutorial here.

Anywho, I feel like doing a mid-week co-wash for reals!! I NEVER do that anymore! And, given how listless I’ve been feeling lately, I probably won’t be doing it and will just wash my hair earlier, like Thursday night or Friday morning.

On another note, did you peep my peacock earrings?!?! Don’t you just love them? Sade of 1GirlBoutique custom made them for me as a gift for being a presenter at the Share the Love Beauty Soiree last month. I told her that I had been wanting a pair of peacock feathers and she far surpassed my expectations with these beaded feather hoops!  Here’s a closer look at the clever beading on the actual peacock feather.

I’m going to be rocking these all summer!!

Welp, that’s it. Just wanted to share that layering the Lots of Curls gel over Aubrey HSR did NOT work for me in the long run. This reinforces for me that I need to mix my gel with a moisturizing butter or creme before applying. Placing my hair in a few big twists while it dried probably would have helped to keep it controlled a little longer. Regardless, I really enjoyed the big hair for a day. And, I have to admit, I was impressed by the volume in my three buns! Seriously, looking at my top bun, I think it could pass for a single bun with a full head of hair! Not bad!


What combo(s) and/or technique(s) have you found to be your Wash and Go No-Nos and why?

My WnG Results


I’m smiling in the above pic, because I finally got my hair to look the way that I wanted! Also, I promised a reader in the comments a few posts back, that I would try to figure out how to take pics of myself smiling without looking like a weirdo ;)! *lol*


So, here’s how I got here. On Saturday morning, I pre-pooed with a mix of Aubrey GPB conditioner and Vatika oil. I finger-detangled my hair in 8 sections and twisted each section when I was done. Then, I applied Wild Growth Hair Oil (WHGO) to my scalp and massaged it in for several minutes (Ahhhhh, that felt good!). It took a good  1 1/2 to 2 hours to pre-poo given that I’d been wearing a progressively shrinking WnG all week. The worst sections were where the coarsest, curliest and finest of my strands met the straightest and thickest of my strands in the section above my nape. I think this is because this area experiences the most friction and movement as it rubs and bunches up against my neck and clothes.

Prior to pre-pooing. The curls are back maaaan!!

Womp, womp. There’s that pesky, straight nape again.

Aubrey GPB Conditioner & Vatika Oil pre-poo.

One side done.

Once I finished oiling my scalp, I secured the twists at my crown with a jaw clip, donned a baggie and then the Heat Therapy Wrap, which I left on for about 2 hours or so.

Then, I hopped in the shower and shampooed with diluted DevaCare No Poo. However, the hair near my scalp was still very slick and oily from the WGHO :(. So, I diluted Aubrey Green Tea Shampoo, which is sulfate free but sudsing, and washed my scalp again. This is the second time I’ve used this shampoo and, unfortunately, I think it causes my hair to get matted and tangled. So, I don’t see it becoming a staple. I’m going to investigate the other Aubrey options to see if one of the other shampoos might work better for me as I would like to include more natural products in my regimen, if I can.

Conditioning & Detangling:
So, after shampooing, I began detangling with the Aubrey Green Tea Cream Rinse. But, after my second twist, I decided to switch to a thicker conditioner that I’d just picked up from Harmon a week or so prior: Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut. I had run out of Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH) during my last henna treatment and knew that a lot of people love this conditioner, plus it was super cheap … like, less than $2 a bottle. I LOVE the smell … like piña colada!! I applied about a palmful of conditioner to each twist and then proceeded to detangle. Ummmm … color me unimpressed with the slip. It was okay, but it definitely isn’t unseating HE HH.

After I finished detangling, which was no small feat, I rinsed the Suave Naturals Conditioner and then applied Aubrey Green Tea Cream Rinse as a final conditioner before rinsing with cool/cold water.


After I hopped out of the shower, I released all of the twists and applied Sally’s GVP Infusium 23 Leave-in Treatment with a spray bottle. Then, I combed it through my hair with … wait for it … my shower comb! You know I’m not one for combs, but I was given the advice to comb my leave-in through my hair with a wide tooth comb long ago and it resulted in far less matted tangles on wash day. So, I decided to do it … this time. From now on, I think I’ll stick with thorough finger detangling. My curls looked so nicely clumped before I used the comb!

Anywho, after combing through the leave-in conditioner, I proceeded to section my hair into a top front section, two sides in the front and two sides in the back. Then, I worked from the back to the front, making smaller sections and raking and shaking Lots of Curls gel mixed with Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter through them (see Ouidad’s Rake & Shake video tutorial here if you missed it last week).

I allowed my hair to air dry for a while. Eventually, I had to pineapple it with a satin scrunchy, while it was still slightly damp, for bed. I didn’t wrap the scrunchy at all, so it was very loose so as not to create a crease in my curls.

See, I tried styling into a side part ;)!

But, I didn’t like the way it looked. So I moved the part back to the center! *lol*

My damp, styled curls.

I slept without a bonnet on my satin pillowcase and the next morning, my hair was still damp in one section. There were a couple of small frizzy areas, so I dampened them with some more leave-in conditioner and applied a little more gel and butter. Once it was almost completely dry, I applied a little Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade to my hair by gathering it like I was going to make a low ponytail and smoothing the pomade down the length.

It was okay, but I wanted more volume. After seeing how my hair got bigger each day when I pineappled it, I figured that might be the way to “pump up the volume.” So, after running a few errands, I got home and put my hair up into the high ponytail again and left it that way for a couple of hours. Then, I released and … voilà! Bigger hair!

The pineapple seems to give my hair more lift at the crown to give me the fullness that I want, instead of flat head ;).

So, that’s my WnG. I hope to film it soon, but wanted to see how it went first before attempting to videotape it. Also, that would have added more time to the process and I was just trying to get it done ;)! *lol*

Anywho, I’m hoping that my hair will continue to shrink and grow every day like it did last week.

Welp, that’s it for this pic heavy post!


You know what time it is!! What did you do with your hair this weekend?

A Change of Part?


So, this is end of Day 4 hair. It’s been getting bigger every day and I’m so excited to have volume again!!

See what I mean?!?! Anyway, it’s gotten a little wild for work and I have a staff meeting, so it’ll probably be bunned when you’re reading this!

Anywho, the real point of this post is this. On Tuesday night, I learned that a thread was started on LHCF about my recent haircut! Kind of surreal! *lol* Anywho, everyone was very complimentary of the cut, but there were a couple of comments about my center part. Seems some aren’t a fan of it. The young lady who started the thread indicated that she was going to ask me to part it on the side. I’m a person who generally walks to the beat of her own drum and make aesthetic choices that please me, not necessarily others. However, I also try to be open-minded and receptive to constructive criticism. So, although I didn’t get the “formal” request, I decided to oblige the poster:)! After I got home from work from yesterday, I placed my ever expanding WnG in a side part and snapped a few pics. (Many of you may have seen these on FB already, but I know that I have a few readers who aren’t on that, so I have to share with them too!!;))

You know that I can’t see like this! *lol*

I received a lot of positive comments on the side-part pics here. And, you know, I kind of like it too!! I think that it does look more flattering here. But, the reason I generally part down the middle is because it hides my “bad” eyebrow and the way it’s parted above, it’s covering my “good side” and falls into my eye! *lol* But, you know, maybe I’ll just have to move outside of my comfort zone, break out the eyebrow pencil a little more often and grab a bobby pin or two so that I can wear a side part more often;). What say ye?


How do you prefer to part your hair? Do you mix it up from time to time?

Day 3 (or is it Day 2?) WnG Hair


Hmmm, I got my hair done on Sunday, but didn’t finish until around 8 pm. So, is a day counted by how many days you had to sleep on your hair or a 24 hour span? I’ll go with the first method and will say this is Day 3 hair!

So, I’ve just been putting my hair in a pineapple overnight with a satin scrunchie (no wrapping required) and sleeping with it uncovered on a satin pillowcase. However, on Monday night, my hair was feeling pretty dry and looking dull. So, I decided to apply some Curls Curl Souffle to the length and sealed it with Wild Growth Hair Oil (WGHO) Light. Then, I applied the regular formula WGHO to my scalp and massaged it in a little before pineappling my hair for the night. On Tuesday morning, because my curls were looking a little flat, I decided to refresh my WnG as I explained here. I lightly spritzed my curls with Sally’s GVP Infusium 23 until my hair was slightly damp. Then, I mixed LaBella Lots of Curls with Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter (CD HHB) in my palm and smoothed it down each side of my hair, without separating or disturbing the curls too much.

And the above was my Day 3 hair after work … and walking through the rain … no umbrella … twice. That’s right. I don’t even OWN an umbrella. Haven’t for close to a decade. I bought one one time … lost it within a week. Haven’t owned one since. I laugh at rain. I’m gangsta like that.

Wait … what was I saying? *lol* Anywho, at lunch, I pulled the front of my hair back with a mini-jaw clip that I keep in the hair emergency kit;). It  was falling in my face while I ate and I really like my hair when it’s pulled back like this.

I took the above photos in the mirror like this as the pics never seem to do the volume justice when I aim the camera directly at myself. But here’s my requisite, non-mirror profile shot too ;).

I’m really loving my cut!! Though I’m seeing how much shorter it looks, I think it’s a good shape and losing those loosened waves is allowing both my curls and volume to return. Yea big, curly hair;)! Anywho, I expect that this Refresh and Go should last through Wednesday and I expect to refresh again on Thursday morning with another round of Infusium 23, LaBella Lots of Curls and CD HHB to make it to the weekend. If it starts looking crazy frizzy or too massive with all of this rain, I’ll just puff or bun it. Well … that’s the plan anyway.


How many days do you get out of your WnG? How do you refresh it between wash sessions?

Botticelli Botanicals: Winner’s Results


Last month, Anne won the Botticelli Botanicals Giveaway, which included bottles of the Foolproof Formula Flax Gelee and Styling Mudd. Now she’s back to share her results with the Gelee!! Thanks Anne!!


Hi! I wanna show you my hair. I love this Foolproof Formula Flax Gelee from Botticelli Botanicals. This really defines my hair and make the scalp feel great. I just joined the Curly Girl Challenge using conditioner and gel and this is amazing. I used a little Tresemmé Naturals. I don’t leave a lot in like most do, it was barely a quarter amount. I just deep conditioned with it and a little olive oil overnight, then rinsed this morning leaving the quarter amount. I sectioned with four clips and did as the Gelee directions say and raked it through small sections. I placed the magnetic clips in the front until it dried just to hold it in place.



I’ve been natural for 10 months and, honestly, this is the first time I have worn my hair all down. It’s usually in a ponytail, twists, braids or a protective sew-in. Thank you so much for allowing me to win this product.

AVJ to Seal Revisited


Last week, my aloe vera juice (AVJ) to seal experiment didn’t go so well. I suspected that this was due to my concurrent plopping experiment (see here if you missed it). So, this past Saturday, I decided to try it again. Here is how wash days (yes days, that’s not a typo) went.

  • On Thursday night, I pre-pooed and finger detangled with Vatika oil, placing my hair in 6 twists. I donned a baggie and hit the sack.
  • Friday morning, I placed the twists in a low bun and slicked the edges with some Sofn’Free Mold & Hold Wax for work.
  • Friday night, I untwisted each section, applied Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner directly over the Vatika oil and retwisted. Again, I donned a baggie and hit the sack.
  • Saturday morning, I hit the shower and washed with the last of the Terressentials Mud Wash (TMW) Left Coast Lemon. I untwisted each section, one by one, to wash and then re-twisted.
  • I got out of the shower and finger combed, then used a wide tooth comb, to detangle each section.
  • Finally, after I combed each section, I raked Kinky Curly Knot Today (KCKT) through it, then AVJ.

My hair took about 4-5 hours to fully dry, but it was huge once done!

Now, a few observations and additional notes.

  1. I am really digging this dry hair deep conditioning before washing as it means I don’t have to get back in the shower or use the sink to wash the DC!!
  2. My hair was very tacky when I used the TMW this time. It was tacky during the wash and the post wash detangling session, which is why I resorted to the wide tooth comb after finger detangling. Last week I used the DevaCare No Poo and my hair detangled like a breeze. Not sure if it was the products I used this past week, but I did NOT like the feel of my hair. I will say that I didn’t use any conditioner after washing and I also didn’t do a cool water rinse. So, the omission of those steps may have impacted my results. Next week, I’ll try this again with the TMW Lavender Garden and a cool final rinse to see if I have the same problem. I’m trying to eliminate the rinse-out conditioner step to see if I can use the TMW alone.
  3. I should have re-wet each section of my hair prior to applying the leave-in and AVJ as my hair was only barely damp by the time I got to the right side. Fran indicated her hair has to be very wet to get the best results.
  4. Once my hair was fully dry, I used a little JBCO to smooth and seal as I felt my hair looked too dry without a little oil.
  5. Before bed, I oiled my scalp with Wild Growth Hair Oil (white bottle) and applied a tiny amount of the Wild Growth Light (yellow bottle) to the length. Then, I placed my hair in 8 twists and put on my satin bonnet for bed.
  6. On Sunday, I used some Eco Styler Olive Oil gel, a satin scrunchie and a few bobby pins to place my hair into a big, low bun. I’ll probably wear it in a bun the rest of the week, unless I have time to put it in twists.

In other news, last week was a complete fail in regard to my exercise and diet regimen. It was a very sad week due to an unexpected and deeply impactful loss. I had time to work-out, but I just didn’t do it out of stress and emotional exhaustion. I really need to stop allowing those things to take me off the course though, as exercise often helps one cope with stress and it’s just another excuse. Well, today is another day to get it right.

Finally, I saw Avengers this weekend … TWICE!!! OMGosh, no spoilers, but it did NOT disappoint! If you are a comics/cartoon/superhero fan, I think that you’ll probably enjoy it. I can be the harshest of critics with these type of movies, but I was very pleased. Guess that’s no surprise since I already said that I saw it twice … and on the same day. I think it falls somewhere between X1 (about which I was mostly ambivalent) and X2 (which I LOVED). That’s all I’ll say as I don’t want to give anything away for those who haven’t seen it yet. But, if you haven’t seen it yet … what are you waiting for??? Oh, wait, I do have one more thing to say … stay until the end of the credits. That is all.

Dang, I forgot to show my Avengers ID! I might have gotten in for free!!


What have you tried, tried and tried again in order to get it right? And, did you see Avengers yet? 

Wash, Twist, Seal ‘N Go


Sunday night, I decided to attempt a modified WnG incorporating the techniques of Naptural85 and Cipriana of Urban Bush Babes and putting my own twist on them. Back in October, CurlyNikki posted a Winter Wash & Go video tutorial by Naptural85 aka Whitney. Essentially, Whitney washed and twisted her hair (sans detangling and styling or leave-in product!) and then allowed it to fully dry overnight under a satin scarf, finally releasing and separating the twists in the morning for the finished style.

via Naptural85

Frickin’ GORE-GEE-US!! I LOVE Whitney’s hair. It is just so thick, curly, shiny and delicious.

I often place my hair in large twists after washing and applying my leave-in and styler for a WnG. However, this is typically in the morning, not at night prior to going to bed. So, although my hair is not similar to Whitney’s, I decided to “leverage” her nighttime twisting routine, if not her product and detangling free styling session.

Then in December, I read Cipriana’s post, Turn Your Tumbleweeds to Seaweeds: 6 Quick & Simple Steps to Longer Lasting Sealed Ends, on BGLH. My biggest “take away” from that was how she wrapped the ends of her twists around bobby pins after moisturizing and sealing them. Sometime between then and now, I experimented with this on twists or braids and found that it worked very well. Given the earlier results, I thought it would probably work well for this modified WnG experiment.

So, without further ado, here is how I achieved the above WnG … or WTSnG (Wash, Twist, Seal and Go ;)).

WTSnG: What I Did

On Sunday night:

  • Pre-pooed, de-shedded and lightly detangled hair in 6 sections with Vatika oil mixed with EVOO.
  • Loosely braided each section after pre-pooing, donned plastic baggie and “marinated” for approx. 2 hours.
  • Shampooed scalp and hair in braids using DevaCare No Poo; Rinsed.
  • Applied HEHH conditioner to braids, donned plastic baggie while finishing shower rituals (approx. 10 min.); Rinsed.
  • Applied Darcy Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner to braids, donned plastic baggie and heat cap for approx. 1 hour 30 min.
  • Allowed hair to cool for approx. 15 minutes then applied conditioner rinse (Aussie Moist diluted with cold water) before doing final rinse with cold water.
  • Squeezed excess water out of hair with Curl Cloth.
  • Released each braid to apply modified Kimmaytube leave-in (2 tbsp KCKT, 2 tbsp Aloe Vera juice, 1 tsp jojoba oil, 1 tsp JBCO/EVOO mix), detangle and twisted.
  • Repeated until all four sections complete.
  • Secured ends of 4 twists to crown with jaw clip.
  • Donned two satin bonnets and hit the sack with very damp twists.

Monday morning (hair still damp, especially at roots):

  • Removed jaw clip to allow twists to hang.
  • Applied JBCO/EVOO mix to last 2-3 inches of twists and wrapped the ends of each twist around doobie pins.
  • Applied Sofn’Free Nothing But Mold & Hold Wax to tame front frizzies and tied down edges with a silk scarf.
  • Allowed hair to dry a little more on 15 minute drive to work.
  • In parking lot ;), removed scarf, released ends of twists from doobie pins and unraveled twists without separating any further.
  • Allowed hair to dry for another hour or so at work before lightly and gently separating (ends were dry; roots were still slightly damp).

Finished Look (Pics taken after work)

Overally, I think I got pretty good results. I achieved a pretty consistent curl pattern using this technique and nice curl definition on my ends. Here is a comparison shot of the same section last week and this week.

Left: First wash after having hair straight for two weeks. I also didn’t use a leave-in conditioner.
Right: Second wash after having hair straight. Used Kimmaytube leave-in and bobby pin sealing technique. 

“Heat damage? We don’t see no stinkin’ heat damage.” LOL! Although I was pleased with the uniform curl pattern, curled ends and mostly frizz-free appearance, my hair was a little flatter and generally less ginormous than I like. I’m hoping that placing it in a pineapple overnight will “pump up the volume.” Also, although it’s not super noticeable against the grey sweater, that pesky gap is still readily apparent in the rear shot. This is why I prefer TnCs over WnGs as they give me bigger hair and make my gappy perimeter appear full. I still can’t determine if the gap is caused due to my shorter and more tightly curled crown, less dense, finer and shorter nape hair, a permanent part or some combination thereof.

All that being said, if it’s due to a shorter crown and/or nape, I’m planning to close the gap a little very soon (no pun intended!). I recently won a contest for a free wash and trim by Ahava Felicidad! She is actually the friend of a mutual friend and works at a natural hair salon in West Orange, NJ. You may have even noticed her commenting on a few of my posts recently. Anyway, I was supposed to be getting my hair straightened to trim it myself. But, uhhhmmmmm, yeaaahhhhhh … see what had happened was … yeah, I wussed out. So, this contest was right on time given that I was going at my split ends like a madwoman today. And bonus, Ahava follows the blog and knows a lot about the level of care I take with my hair, so I’m thinking I’ll be in good hands :).

So stay tuned for the post-trim update at some point in the next month or thereabouts!


Have you tried Naptural85’s Winter WnG and/or Cipriana’s Sealing technique(s)? If so, what were your results? If not, do you have any tips or tricks for achieving the perfect WnG or perfectly sealed ends?

Wash ‘n Go Success


by CurlsDivine

I didn’t want to disappoint Hairscapades by not sharing the new love I have for Wash & Go’s that I told you about in my Final GOC Update. I have been experimenting with Wash ‘n Go’s since I BC’d in 2011. Actually, it was the first hairstyle I tried and I hated it. I was so freaking disgusted with how my hair turned out. I tried them again in February, May and June 2011 and finally just threw my hands up and said, “Forget a stupid Wash ‘n Go!” Yeah I was pretty upset.

Well, I’m a stalker on YouTube and I just couldn’t stop looking at the way Mahogany Curls did her WnGs and how easily she did them. I thought, “Conditioner only? No way. My hair is way too frizzy for just conditioner, I’m gonna have to add some gel of some sort.” So, I tried it.

At first, I used the Cantu Shea Butter and Eco Styler Gel. It was good, but not perfect. Then, for some odd reason, I made a trip to Walgreens and picked up some TRESemmé Naturals (I thought, “What the heck? For $2.99, if it doesn’t work, I can return it.) and Target for Kinky Curly Curling Custard (KCCC). I got home that night, did my WnG routine and, Oh My Friggin Gosh, genius (as Curly Nikki would say)! My hair reacted to this combination as though I should have known sooner. All I can say is …well, I’m at a loss for words right now!

I did a full blown henna treatment this weekend and results where even better. I got everything a girl with curls asks for all in one: moisture for days, SHINE, DEFINED CURLS, NOT A PEEK OF FRIZZ, BODY and the 2nd day hair is even more gorgeous … What?!?!

I will say the only thing that I have not figured out is how to quickly dry without using a diffuser. I really don’t want to use much heat. But since my hair holds water like a beast, that is the only answer. I DO put the diffuser on cool for 90% of my drying and warm for the remaining 10%. I also spray a little heat protectant, just in case. Aside from that, I’m all in when it comes to wash and gos now.

Here are my steps to the perfect WnG:

  • Shampoo and condition or co-wash.
  • Detangle, rinse and dry with a tee-shirt.
  • Put a nickel-size amount of oil of your choice throughout the hair (I use grapeseed).
  • Part hair into four sections.
  • Start with one section and rake conditioner of choice through until hair is saturated (I use TRESemmé Naturals).
  • Rake gel of choice through section (I use KCCC).
  • Repeat until all sections are done.
  • Diffuse until dry!


How do you WnG?