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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

All About My Hair {Five Favorites}

In the last year my hair went from curly to straight, back to curly, and  from long to short.


My hair is natural curly and the color natural medium golden brown. The longer it gets the lighter it gets. Here I  am sporting my natural color with my natural curls, February 2011.




A few months after this picture I dyed my hair dark brown with a semi-permanent dye. I continued to dye it for the next couple of years. My final dye was in December 2013. 





I grew my hair out,  only getting it trimmed a couple of times. During this time, I used the Curly Girl method.  The curly girl way is sulfate and silicone free. All ingredients labels are strictly read to make sure they are free of the bad stuff.  Also, "plopping" is the preferred method of drying, and extending washing out as long as possible so the natural oils can build up in the hair. My hair is very dry, so I wash it every four to six days. After following the curly girl program for couple years my hair was very healthy and split end free. 






Then I decided to change up my routine  in the fall of 2013.  I started to straighten it. It was fun at first. I enjoyed the new look, and straight hair was much easier to maintain on the days that I did not wash it. The convenience of being able to pull a brush through it daily was wonderful. That is until the ends frizzed up and split.  And the entire straightening process became more of a chore than the curly girl method. 






The straightening process involved many steps and products and at least two and a half hours on the day that I cleaned it.




Straightening: My Steps

1. Shampoo and condition. To properly straighten my hair, I have to use products with sulfates and silicone in them. I like the Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner 385ml  


2. Plop. I leave my long sleeve t-shirt on for about 15 minutes.


3. Apply anti-breakage serum and argan oil. 


4. Let air dry for about an hour.


5. Blow straight with Infiniti Pro by Conair 3-in-1 Hair Styler  


6. Curl ends under with a curling iron. 


7. Finish off with an anti humidity hair spray. I like Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray  



Are you tired yet? Or maybe you understand my pain because you put your hair through a similar process.

About five months of heat styling and two trims later, my ends became dry and brittle, and I was ready to go back to my curls. I stocked up on my Curly Girl approved products and jumped into the shower to wash those curls back into my hair.


Curly Girl: My Steps

1. Use a silicone free shampoo with sulfates to strip out the build up of silicone from products used to straighten. If my hair is silicone free then I start with step 2.


2. Use cleansing conditioner and comb through my hair with a wide toothed comb while the conditioner is still in it. Using a brush or comb on my hair while it is dry is a big no-no! I like L'Oreal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner, 8.3 Fluid Ounce  


3. Plop.


4. Apply leave in conditioner. My favorite is My Honey Child - TYPE 4 Hair Creme 2oz  

I concentrate on my ends when I apply this cream. A little goes a long way. 

5. Scrunch in mousse or a little gel. Which product I decide to use depends on the weather. I use mousse when the air is dry and gel when there is moisture in the air.




Unfortunately, my curls were not very curly because of the dry, split ends. Over the last several months, I have cut the dead ends off. I slowly took off six inches, and then I took a break. I wanted to go a lot shorter (about to my shoulders), but in the past I always hated it when I cut it that short. Finally, after a bad event with a knot (I knew was a result of the dry, dead ends), I decided to cut it.


I absolutely love it! I have no regrets. Chris likes it, too. I know this length will be easy to maintain. And as I am not dying it any longer, I am excited to wear my natural color again. I might grow it out again, but I may not. I have not decided yet. Currently, I am enjoying the lightness of it. My hair is very thick and heavy, so this shorter length feels very freeing to me.


Linking up with Hallie for Five Favorites because I mentioned five of my favorite hair products. Strike that! This week Five Favorites is hosted by Kate of The Rhodes Log. Thanks Kate! Click over there for more favorite things!


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24 comments:

  1. I could read posts about hair all day long, so you just type away. I totally understand though, I've got a head of hair that looks like a tumbleweed right now, so I know I need to switch up some of my products. I'd never heard of the Curly Girls system, but it sounds awesome. Right now, I just air dry, leave in conditioner, and hope the kids don't climb up it.

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    1. I can read hair posts all day, too, but I did feel a little silly for writing my own. Thanks for the support! The Curly Girl method is great. My curls went from dry and frizzy to soft and springy.

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  2. Your hair look amazing! I hear you with the process taking so long. I just chopped off eight inches from mine and LOVE IT! I also love the Fructis anti humidity spray - it makes a huge difference here in humid Texas.

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    1. Thank you! It gets pretty humid in Delaware, but I can imagine that it is even more humid in Texas.

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  3. You always look wonderful but I'm glad you're happy with the new do. =)

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  4. Curly Girl is amazing!!!!!! That book opened my eyes to my fabulousness which sits atop my head. My mom has straight hair, and I spent years trying to handle frizz and straightening. Then! Wa-la! Curls. I embrace you. Mwah.

    Great post!

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    1. Ha! Curly girls unite!

      Seriously, I am wondering why I put up with the straightening process for as long as I did.

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  5. I love your hair curly!! I've always been jealous of people who have those super, cute, really tight, awesome ringlet curls!

    I love the Fructis anti-humidity spray as well. It works fairly well for me.

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    1. Thanks, Amelia. Obviously, I have been a little envious of ladies with straight hair. ;)

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  6. This is all SO foreign and SO fascinating!

    I had a friend in Los Angeles with SUPER curly hair and she used...wait for it...EMU OIL. So this is fate.

    Your hair looks lovely - I'm so impressed by people that make their hair look nice on a regular basis. "Learning to do my hair" is on my bucket list. We'll see if I ever manage.

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    1. Excellent, another reason to get me some Emu oil! Seriously, I should ask for a bottle for Mother's Day! :)

      Thanks for the compliment and the tips about Emu oil!

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  7. Your hair looks beeeutiful!! Curls are so glam!!

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  8. I'm about to post about my curly hair, too. Yours is very pretty both long and short!

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    1. Thanks, Caron. I can't wait to read about your curls. :)

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  9. I think those with straight hair want curly, and those with curly hair want straight. I think that trying too hard to fight mother nature is what damages most folks hair.
    Welcome to the Catholic blog directory. I'd like to invite you to participate in Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival, which is a weekly link-up where Catholic bloggers share their posts with each other. This week's host post is at http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com/2014/05/sunday-snippets-catholic-carnival_10.html It is a great way to meet fellow bloggers and attract new readers to your blog.

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  10. Thanks RAnn. You are right that the damage is caused by fighting what we have been given naturally.

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  11. Do you think curly girl works for wavy hair? Mine is not super curly, nor is it uniformly curly (the front is much more curly than the back).

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    1. Yes, I do. I have a couple friends that with what they thought was bendy straight hair try the curly girl tips, and they ended up with beautiful S style curls/waves. I think you should try it! :)

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  12. It's me again! I just left another comment and then found my over here even though I'm supposed to be teaching someone to read in 100 easy lessons right now. It can wait. THIS is what I needed to read. I do not have curly hair but my youngest daughter has tight cork screw curls. She's not quite two, but based on your own experience, I think you can imagine it is how awful it is caring for her hair, I can only brush it when she's in the shower using a half a bottle of condition every time. I try to put some kind of curl creme in it afterward to prevent it getting frizzy right away, but after three or four days it's a matted mess and I tear up thinking about having to condition and brush it again. I looked through some of the tips at the curly girl site you linked to, but I'm just wondering how prudent it would be to start buying such specialized products for someone so young. If you have any thoughts for me on that, I'd be so grateful!! Thanks, Erica!

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    1. ps - all of your photos are lovely, but I think your curly hair is gorgeous!

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    2. Hi Theresa! Thank you for your sweet comment. If I had a daughter with curly hair, I would absolutely use specialized products on her hair. I think treating the curls right from a young age will make it easier to manage them through life. Did you read the about pineappling? It may help combat the matted mess, although at two years old, she may not keep the scrunchy in her hair. But is definitely something to keep in mind for when she gets older.
      http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-hair-type-4a/how-to-pineapple-your-hair/

      I hope this information helps you! :)

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    3. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply :) I meant to write that she's almost three, so I think you've talked me into trying a few new things. I need to find a good cleansing condition and leave-in something-or-other to start and maybe try putting her hair up at night once the mane has been tamed :) Thanks again, Erica!

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