Ok, so it’s been a while since I did a hair update and I don’t feel like blogging in German because it’s in the middle of the night and I just can’t be bothered right now, lol- you’re welcome.
So like most naturals- esp. newbies, (and I’m still new because I’m still in my first year of natural ‘hair-dom’) I’m a product junkie. I’m working on it, but it’s hard. I’ve been on a co-washing kick lately so I’m always looking for cheapie yummy smelling conditioners at DM. Enter exhibit A:
So after coming back home from my girls’ night out at 1am on Sunday-yea,I’m such a party animal aren’t I, lol. I proceeded to rinse out the globs of Eco styler gel that I’d applied to my hair in an attempt to get it into a teeny slicked bun. The style was ‘so-so’ and let’s just say for the record that I’m not a fan of Eco styler gel. I picked one up at Sally’s in Tampa last year, because of all the internet rave, and even though I’ve only used it a few times, I’ve never really liked the outcome. It comes in this ridiculously huge tub too. I’m not the wash and go type so maybe that’s why it hasn’t worked for me. Anyway, I then co-washed with Garnier Natural Beauty Vanilla Milk and Papaya Mask- yummy!
Afterwards, I DC’d overnight with Garnier Kakao Butter und Kokos Öl (cocoa butter and coconut oil) mixed with a few tbs of my homemade oil mixture (olive, coconut, argan, jojoba, castor, and maybe something else I can’t remember- it’s not rocket science to create your own home made oil mixture, just mix up your favorite oils). I’ve been using this for my hair and skin and I love it.
The next day, I rinsed and felt the results of my over night DC were just ‘ok’, I wanted better slip and softness (after deep conditioning over night) but I kind of guessed that’s what would happen with this type of conditioner. I definitely get better results with my Aubrey Organics conditioners; but oh well, it never hurts to try stuff out. The plus side is that my hair smelt heavenly so I think I’ll just stick to co-washing with it. I did an ACV rinse after rinsing out the conditioner because I hadn’t done that in a long time, and then proceeded to twist my hair. Notice that I hadn’t combed my hair so far, I had only finger detangled a bit while rinsing, but decided to save detangling with my wide-tooth comb for twisting time. I’m trying to cut down on combing my hair as much as possible.
So here’s what I did:
I sprayed my hair with water and started parting my hair in sections to twist.
With each section, I sprayed some Aphogee Green Tea Keratin (it’s been sitting there for a long time so I might as well use it; I’m still trying to finish up my product junkie stash)
Then I applied some Kinky Curly Knot Today and then detangled with my wide tooth comb.
I then applied coconut oil and then mixed some whipped Shea butter with Aloe Vera gel and applied that too. It sounds like a lot but it really isn’t. I’m also one of those people who really enjoys going through all these steps to achieve a desired hair style, it’s quite relaxing actually :).
Anyway, I did this to each section and then flat twisted. Then I Bantu knotted the ends.
Bantu knots take a long time to dry, and if you have low porosity hair like mine, it means it would probably take longer, so even though i did these on Sunday afternoon, I didn’t even bother with taking them down until Monday morning:
The curls were beautiful, but even though I fluffed and fluffed, I still wasn’t happy with the over all results, so I decided to ‘bring in the reinforcements’ – I don’t know what I’d do without some bobby pins y’all
I pinned up the back and sides and then pushed down some hair at the front into a sort of ‘side ways bangs’ look and held that in place with a bobby pin. And that’s when I got my ‘accidental retro look.’
Yep, I’m totally going to call this one ‘retro styled bantu knot out’- there is nothing ’80′s (a la Vanessa Huxtable) about this at all.
I really like how it looks with a scarf as well.
What are some of your favorite short hair styles for naturally curly hair?