Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hair Bows Aren't Just For Little Girls...

Made these simple hair bows using fabric squares from Walmart. They were only $1.00! 
Attached the bows to a hair band, created a pompadour in the front and a messy bun ontop. 

...Branching out and trying something new. Natural Hair definitely allows me to think outside of the box ;-)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Trial and Error - Wash and Go

One of my hair idols: Quest for the Perfect Curl is able to create the most drool-worthy Wash n Go in this world. So I have been watching her videos, doing a little bit of research (and wiping drool in between) to learn some of the techniques of getting a satisfiable wash n go. I am hoping that once I get this down to perfection then I will be able to make this my summer staple hairstyle.

To achieve this wash n go today (this wash n go is 12 hours old...) I did the following.

  • Co-washed hair in the shower. Applied Tresemme Naturals Conditioner in sections (this conditioner is my new favvvv love!) 
  • Applied an oil mix to my hair in sections (currently using African Pride's Hair, Scalp, and Skin Oil)
  • Applied Kinky Curly's Curling Custard to my hair (only a dime sized amount) to the sections.
Scrunched a little bit and allowed it to dry.

Ugh, look at that frizz patch!

My problems with my wash n go (I'm probably just being my own worse critic...or not) :
  1. One side of my hair has less definition then the other. So it looks kind of lopsided. (This led to me hacking away at that side with scissors today while repeating to myself over and over: it's just hair, it will grow...**insert kinda happy kinda sad face**)
  2. I find that by the time my hair dries I don't have as much volume as I would like...I try to play with it mid-day to give it the look I like
  3. The shrinkage is bittersweet...
What I like about the wash n go
  1. It's a quick and easy style
  2. I'm hoping to achieve day 2 and day 3 with the wash n go...not there yet! Still perfecting it. But once I get there I will be happy!!
  3. I'm locking in tons of moisture with the Tresemme Naturals. My hair is super moisturized with this stuff! 

I'm going to keep working at it and hopefully by next week I will have the perfect remedy for a wash n go that looks good and lasts at least 3 days. **crossing fingers**.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

First Twist Out Success!

For some reason, I have never been able to master the twist out. It seems like it never gives me enough definition, and the twists are usually all over the place. I tried more of a twist-row (kind of like a corn row) to achieve a more defined twist out. And it worked! I'm still toying around with it, but I think I will be alternating between braidouts and twistouts this Spring. 

Woop woop!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Walk in the Park

Central Park NYC

Still rocking the straight 'do. Two weeks and!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Oh My Color!

I had a major color disaster last Saturday. I have been desiring a little bit of color, but nothing extreme. So I decided to dye the top U-Shaped portion of my hair a honey blonde color. I used Clairol Textures and Tones:

The color on the box looked perfect! I even looked at the color comparison chart on the side of the box. It seemed to be the perfect match. Of course I also did my research on blogs, on youtube, and on the forums. This actual brand even tested as a top performer in Consumer Reports comparison tests. 

I followed the directions, mixed the bottles and packet together. And...

What a disaster!! Instead of the "honey blonde" I was expecting, I was left with an orange sherbet/carrot top blend. I almost had a nervous breakdown. I couldn't go to work or in public looking like this. Out of desperation, the next morning I went to the Hair Cuttery to get the messy dye job fixed. 
Thankfully they were able to work a miracle on my disaster work. While there, I also received a trim and a wash/curl.

Lesson Learned! Never try an at-home dye job ever again!

I still have my eye on that honey blonde color though...

Have you ever had a natural hair disaster? What did you do to overcome it (or did you simply live with it?)