WEEKENDFLEX

Mornings, straight

Roll with it kids! 

 I haven’t washed my hair in 2 weeks. I straightened it (with straighteners), last week Monday, but haven’t done a damn thing to it since.

Rollin’ with it. Might wash it tonight. Straight has been fun 🙂

I’m not prepared to put straighteners near my hair again for another two years. I’ll put them back in my hair and beauty drawer. Maybe I’ll keep it curly for 5 years. Straight when I’m 30? God that sounds old. Too deep for a Saturday afternoon. 

Happy vibes kids. 

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You’ve grown 

Hair results

Morning kittens. I straightened my hair as you saw in my second to last post, but it wasn’t quite straight-straight. Dead straight I’m talkin’.

So I straightened it again (went over it with straighteners). To be honest, this is how it is with my hair. The first time I wash it, my hair is flat and the curls aren’t to my liking. It takes about two days for it to naturally get to how I like it. The same can be said for when I starighten it.

My hair is straight today (Monday). I straightened it on Tuesday. Is it the same for you other naturalistas who try straightening your curls before you decide to revive those curls again?

  

Now I’d like to discuss my results considering I’ve been using my own all-natural hair conditioner to ensure strength and length for a year now.

I’m unashamedly selfish, and looking after my hair, essentially myself, makes me feel good. Disclaimer over.

  

Back to my hair. Was it easier to straighten after using only natural products? After two years of avoiding heat (not even a hairdryer)? Maybe. My hair was softer, definitely. And took about an hour and forty minutes to straighten. The answer? Coconut, Shea and essential oils. But it’s the quantities that matter. I cannot stress how mindful you must be re eo’s, but I digress.

Everyone at work had a bit of a moment when I came in, a few oohs and ahhs, but mostly questions, funny people. In my year and ten months at work I’ve kept it curly.

What concerns me is that they like it. Most people like it. I like it. But I also love it curly. Bah. Satisfy the masses? Look pretty? I’ll openly admit I kept it straight for a while because my ex liked it. I couldn’t feel more like fuck that. Purely selfish, curious reasons this time – did I say it’s been two years?

I know my ends don’t look too good, but I’m not fussed. I’ll no doubt trim the ends myself before I give way to my curls again.

Until then, flipping my own hair, feeling like Barbie.

New girl

Hair results

Hey babycakes, I feel like an absolute doll with straight hair – all hail the flippy, tossable locks that move at my whim.

It’s been two years you see. Two whole (25 months in fact) years of me tending to my curls, peacocking about that heat-free life.

But I’ve been curious and I had to scratch that itch.

I’d been thinking about straightening my hair for a few months, and by thinking about it, I mean putting it off, worrying about the damage, the effort, etc. And then Tuesday night, I just did it.

It took about an hour to straighten and came out different to the last time (two years ago). It’s long. Longer than I expected. It’s kinked up in the pictures, but it has, in fact, actually grown. Which makes me happy. It’s now down my back.

 
Sleep however, intervenes with the revelling in the length moment, however. But here’s a few photos of how it actually looked, thankfully, earlier in the week.


  
Messy, but I was never a straight-straight kinda girl. Nature interfered with that idea, hence the curls, the volume, and just-dragged-through-a-bush look. But it’s my hair, straight.

It don’t make no sense, less I’m doing it with you. I do believe I’ve become a Bieber fan. I won’t use the fan-name. I won’t do it. Oh heck. I’m a Belieber. Listening to his album whilst I write this. Keep each other company… So back to this post. Change is good. Kind of forcing myself to accept that. Loving straight hair, but I’ve always loved it straight. The hard part was accepting my hair curly. It’s still a process.

 

I think I speak for most naturals when I say that going to bed can be a nightmare for hair. I love sleep, and could easily spend most of my mornings in the land of nod. But those gorgeous eight hours, can, and often do turn my hair from what was an acceptable, dare I say pretty look into someone who’s never seen a brush. 

I do love it when it curls, naturally, at the ends. But I wanted it straight, so I’m keeping it like this until I wash it. 

Enjoy kids.

Abu Dhabi

Hair results

I totally forgot to post this – just sharing the results of my hair after being up, using Three Blends dreamy conditioner, whilst on holiday in Abu Dhabi.

   
Oh and my twin sister makes a cameo. Feel free to completely ignore her. 

I’ll do a video of the Three Blends products as soon as the website, Twitter and Instagram is set up and I have the official branded tubs of the stuff – exciting times!

I cannot tell you how lush it is to use a 100% organic, natural, vegan product that actually works on your otherwise dry, bush-like hair. It is such a God damn relief – my hair is hydrated, genuinely softer than it has ever been, and is in the best condition of my hair. 

When I was younger my Mom used to use this one particular product that made my hair lovely, once it was soaked in, but during the interim, my twin sister and I would sit there absolutely hating the smell, feel of this watery, but slimy product that yes, weighed our hair down somewhat, but felt horrible on our shoulder (ahhh it was that long) until it dried. 

But what else are parents to do with their child’s unruly hair when society deems we need to look polished so we have friends, seem educated and go far in life? So my mom used the said product until we were old enough to do our own hair. Sigh. 

Thank God for Shea butter, coconut oil, essential oils and the beauty of patience. 

Note I’m uploading this whilst on the train in London. A guy reeking of stale peanuts is sitting next to me and keeps smacking his lips. Vomit x10. Next stop #anywherebuthereplease (!)

Patience 

Hair results, Uncategorized

I love that happy and relieved sigh that comes with good hair. You unwrap / let it down / untwist and hold your breath for the worst, but when it goes like this >>>>>>> everything is just bloody fantastic.

Call it vanity, but if you don’t have hair like mine, or Afro hair, you simply don’t understand. The struggle is real and when I say it’s a relief that your hair looks good, it fucking is.
  But more about the story behind this hair. It was my friend’s birthday and I had planned on having my hair out (!) no cause for alarm, it just meant I needed to prepare. I had ‘washed’ my hair and put plenty of conditioner in it on Friday morning (the day before). Only Saturday afternoon (4.30pm) did I take my hair out, and in my opinion, it came out lovely.

Time is essential when it comes to the look and feel of my hair. I can’t speak for everyone, but it’s a key factor with my hair. Firstly you need to be patient. Then you must allow the conditioner to do its work. That means thoroughly putting enough in your hair and leaving it to condition. It sounds obvious, but I cannot tell you the amount of times I have hurriedly put conditioner in my hair and the results were dire (white blobs through damp/dry/lank hair).

This seems rather tedious I know. Waiting, hoping and praying for good hair, but my hair is in the best condition of its life, so I’m sharing.

So we’d been out for about 8 hours following the untwist of my hair. When we got back home around 12.30 my hair looked like this:

I couldn’t complain. It has bushed a little, but I like that kind of body. It had basically retained its shape and stayed big. I really think it’s due to both the time it was ‘held’ in one place thanks to the bun, but also quality if my hair conditioner.

To achieve hair like this I used Avalon Organics Rosemary Volumising Conditioner. It’s thick and coats hair with natural ingredients including hair-loving essential oils.


Interestingly with the above picture my hair was dry as it could be considering I’d not put any conditioner anywhere near my head for 6 days. Amazingly, however, it looked like this. Now I like it when my hair does this. It’s typically like this after 5 days of not washing, but I might put something in it. Clearly my hair was thriving on what was in it initially and it stayed good! Whoo!!!

Lets go back

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Here’s a time line of my hair story. It’s been a mix of trial and error regarding products, but not o lying have I found not straightening my hair again made my hair grow faster than before, but happiness. I’m serious. Like the song goes, if you’re happy and you know it clap you hands. I have plenty to clap, no sing about these days.

I know it’s only a few photos but as you can see by the third photo my hair was considerably longer than what it had been.

I’ll post some recent pictures, but just to illustrate my point, length takes time and although it had been just under a year (10 months in fact), my hair was longer than it had been in years. And it keeps growing.