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Late Night Styling

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I’ve been on babysitting duty since Thursday night. I was helping out my BFF by watching her 7 year old daughter, who is an absolute doll!! You might remember Kennedy from her Mini-Hairscapader HairStory. What a great kid. She is so well-behaved. Went to bed, took her baths, brushed her teeth, and practiced her spelling words without so much as an “Ahhhhh man.” LOL! Anywho, although she wasn’t much work at all, I still didn’t do my hair until late on Sunday. Actually, I started in the afternoon by co-washing with a new conditioner that I’ll tell you about a little later. I decided to co-wash as the only thing I used all week was the flaxseed cream gel (FSCG). But, let me tell you, the area underneath my crown to my nape was a NIGHTMARE. Anyone who thinks looser curls are a breeze to detangle needs to see the bird’s nest of matted hair that it took me a good hour/hour and a half to finger detangle. I was close to hyperventilating at one point because the matting was so bad and so high up on the strands, that I thought I was going to have to cut it out. I eventually had to grab a stickpin and use it to create some space in the center of the knot to work out the strands. Ultimately, I didn’t lose much hair at all in the wash process, though I did have to cut two tiny two strand knots out that I couldn’t release.

Anywho, I ended up using my shower comb to make certain my hair was thoroughly detangled and free of shed hair. As I stood in the shower, I swore to myself that I would NEVER wear a WnG that long again without co-washing or at least dry detangling with a pre-poo first. As I worked through the masses of matted knots and tangled hair, I imagined that this is what happens when ladies take out braids and wash their hair without getting rid of the gunky, dusty, shed hair at the top of each braid first. I understood why some have resorted to scissors and big chops after such an experience.

Okay, this post is longer than I intended. Anywho, I co-washed with this new conditioner, but, because I only had a sample size, I threw HE HH on top of it. I used the shampoo brush to comb through each section of hair (I separated my hair into 6 sections) after I finger detangled. I deep conditioned with Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner. Then, I used Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner as my leave-in and the FSCG as my styler for a braid-n-curl. However, I started the styling process after 11 pm and didn’t finish until about 12:30 am. So, you know my hair isn’t dry and I’ll be wearing these braids in a ponytail for work!!

Okay, gotta go. Have to hit the showers and then drop my little buddy off to school.

Happy Monday!!

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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?