As you all know I’ve been on the hunt for new protective styles to wear for the summer, as I plan to do as little manipulation to it as possible for as long as possible! So for my trip to Disney World last week I thought it to be a perfect time to get my hair done so I wouldn’t have to do anything to it for the whole week. I’ve tried a fro-hawk in the past and as my little brother says “it’s like the coolest hairstyle ever” so we gave it a go.
As ya’ll know, I’m partial to anything that’ll get me to not have to do my hair everyday (ie. get a dominican blow-out or ask my sister to braid my hair). So the last time my sister braided my hair she told me something I already knew but wasn’t ready to admit…my hair is shorter than it was the last time she braided it (about 6 months ago). I started noticing the last remnants of my pink streaks leaving a few months ago and I was still in denial BUT I’m coming clean…
Can I have your attention please? I’m experiencing breakage!!
Having had locks for the first 20 years of my life, anytime I brush my hair now I have a slight heart attack at any amount of hair that was left on the brush. It’s something I just wasn’t used to seeing, so I had no idea how much was ‘too much’. For the first 6 months or so after taking my locks out I deep conditioned my hair every Sunday religiously. Lately, unfortunately, I’ve been lazy (FYI lazy= less deep conditioning + more dominican blow outs) which has obviously had a negative effect on my hair (*cues sad violin music*). So with Step 1 being admitting the problem we’re moving on to Step 2- repairing my hair! I did a little research on how to stop breakage and here’s what I’m going to try:
Now that NYFW is over and I’ve had my celebratory glass of wine (like I needed an excuse), I can finally sit down and tell you all about my experiences. I had the pleasure of attending Curls Unleashed launch party, which I must say was a step up from the natural hair meetups I’m used to attending. Granted it still wasn’t perfect, but having the scientists who created the products and stylists to show you how to use them was the highlight of my night…besides meeting Kim Coles of course!
I’ve been meaning to share this with you all since last week but #NYCC had me a little distracted. After i successfully achieved a bad hair day post dominican blow-out + rainy day I decided to try out this Ouidad Heat & Humidity Gel I’ve had in my stash forever. I got the hefty sample at a natural hair meetup over the summer and was slightly reluctant to try it as I’d been hearing mixed reactions to the brand.
But as I wasn’t ready to let go of my blowout I figured it was worth a shot. If you’re not familiar with this particular product, it claims to protect against humidity as well as heat damage from thermal styling. So I used a dime-sized amount on each section as I flat-ironed my hair and wrapped it for the night. It left my hands a bit sticky putting it on but my hair wasn’t at all which I was very happy with. In the morning it still looked good (I’m a wild sleeper), slight frizzing in the front but I also didn’t flat iron it much there (I’m paranoid about burning myself) so I didn’t blame the product for that. HOWEVER, as it was still relatively humid the day after I figured this would be the perfect test for the product…check my results:
Since the first time I got my hair braided and took them out entirely too quick I’ve been dying to either get them done again or teach myself to braid. So guess what happened!?…I asked my sister to do it!! With my moms ponytail (I’m sorry ya’ll haven’t a clue what it’s made of) added to the back for extra cuteness I’m set!
Not only did she put her own spin my design idea, but she did it in record time! And yes folks she does do hair (kids too!). So with my idea to keep my hair either blown-out or braided all winter I’m definitely keeping this style for a while longer than I did the last time. Any day My hair is done in 5 min or less is a great day for me!
- Got My Hair Done! (thestyleqween.com)