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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Curls are back in town :)

Hi Gorgeous!

There goes my babies!!!!

There baaackk!!!

I always have to give a little shout "hallelujah" whenever my curls come back after being straightened with heat. It's just that serious for me. I just about drive my sisters crazy with my paranoia. You guys just don't understand; I've heard too many horror stories of heat damage. BUT, like I said before, I think my stylist knows what she's doing :).

This was the most interesting experience on how I watched them come back this time. I saw a YouTube video and decided to try it for myself. The girl on the video had her hair straightened. When she was ready for her curls, she simply took conditioner and put it on her dry, straight hair. The hair just started curling on its own! Likewise, this is what happened with my hair. It was funny because I thought "hey, a dry wash and go!" And it seemed to have a little more elongation. I absolutely noticed a difference in my curls. They were shiny, silky looking, and clumped way better than they do wet. But alas, it was not meant to last. The shrinkage kept going until it was back to normal and I ended up pushing my hair back.

I'll definitely try it again in the future. But I'm not sure if it was the conditioner I used (Tresseme Naturals), or the fact that my hair was dry; but my hair flaked something awful! I'll play around some more with this technique.

So on my last post, I told you that I would share with you how I achieved my healthy, long hair. Well simply put, I developed a monotonous routine with my hair. This means I found a style that worked for me and stuck with it most of the time. For me, this is the flat twists. There is a post with a video included on how I style this. I think it's called Kera Care tutorial or something like that. Anyway. I would wear the flat twists for two or three days, then take it down for a twist out for the remainder of the week. At night, I would put my hair in a low ponytail and tie it down with a scarf.  So that was my style, this is my regimen:

  • Deep condition my hair once a week
  • Washed once a week unless I worked out or otherwise felt it needed it.
  • Regularly scheduled trims at 3.5 months (this is important*)
  • ALL NATURAL HAIR CARE PRODUCTS (this is important FOR ME*)
  • layer products to preserve moisture
  • Try to keep my hair off my clothes (friction causes breakage)
  • Sleep with a satin/silk scarf or bonnet
  • Have a silk pillowcase for laying around
That's pretty much it.

The regularly scheduled trims are important because your ends can get rough. You'll end up tearing up your hair if you allow splits and tangles to go on for too long.

The all natural hair care products is why All Things Curly was started. Using products that do not contain
  • Sulfates
  • Silicones
  • Parabans
  • Fillers like mineral oil or petroleum
has done WONDERS for my hair. You can use products with these ingredients and see no noticeable changes and think its fine for your hair. But the wear and tear on your hair will tell a different story.

Sulfates are drying detergents that even fade your clothes in the laundry. Imagine what its doing to your hair!

Silicones are plastics used to coat your hair for the "appearance" of soft hair. You know that temporary slick feel in your drugstore conditioners? Why not just have naturally soft hair and call it a day?

Parabans are linked to cancer.

And fillers like mineral oil or petroleum are cheap, cloggers, greasy, and not worth the money these manufacturers are charging you since it is a very cheap ingredient.

So I'll pass to those things in leiu of healthy hair. But as always, you have to do what works for you and your hair. These are just my opinions, research, and trial and error.

So that's it lovelies! Don't forget to "like" All Things Curly on facebook for updates. I have an event coming soon at the end of the month!

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Until next time,

Stay Gorgeous!

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