I’ve worn wash and goes a lot lately. I went out a few days in a row so my hair was smokey. I had a baby shower to attend and didn’t want to wash and restyle. My fix was a high bun. I wet my roots and wrestled my hair into a ponytail. I had to take it down and redo it several times throughout the day because it’s really hard to get all my hair gathered neatly. It’s a process, lol. When I got my ponytail as tight as it was gonna get and my hair was as smooth as it gets, I wrapped my ends around into a bun and used hair pins to keep it in place. (Please excuse the white specs, the mirror was a bit dirty.)

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Save on $10 on a QRedew hair steamer with code HairCrush. Hurry sale ends October 12, 2014. The QRedew is great for refreshing curls, deep conditioning, or softening the hair before restyling.

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If you have a tight or zig-zag curl pattern, it’s important to pay careful attention to your ends. If your ends do not naturally spiral curl, they can tangle more easily. Recently, I braided my niece’s hair. I didn’t have time to complete the whole thing, so I told my sister to do the rest. I noticed in just a few days the side that my sister did is very dry and tangled on the ends. The side that I did still feels moisturized and isn’t tangled. The difference is that I two-strand twisted the last inch of her mini braids. I don’t braid all the way to the end (not even on my own hair) because I want to be able to take the braids out without using a rat-tail comb or other tool. While I leave my own 4a ends loose, for tighter curl/coil patterns, it’s important to have the ends secured in some way. Twisting the ends will keep the hair organized and lead to less tangles and more moisture. Twists are also easier to undo than teeny tiny braids.

 

Back in June I posted an article about how I got rid of (or lessened) my acne. I have a lot of hyperpigmentation and scarring that was left behind. I ordered a Clarisonic in hopes that it would help the marks fade. In July, I finally received my Clarisonic from Beauty Store Depot. I’ve used the Clarisonic almost everyday since. My cleanser has pretty much stayed the same. I use the Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash (from Target)- usually to remove makeup or for a gentle cleanse. I more recently added Sibu Sea Buckhorn Cleansing Face and Body Bar for deeper cleaning. I also use Earth Science Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel about twice a month. For the past 6 weeks or so, I use a gentle AHA moisturizer at night. [Don't forget to use iHerb.com code EKI823 for first time customer discount.]

I think in a few months, my skin has definitely improved. I know people say that the Clarisonic does not exfoliate and it’s only a deep cleanser, but in my routine it has definitely made a difference and exfoliated away some of my scarring. I will most likely do a chemical peel at some time in the future. I want my skin to be completely even. I am happy with the results so far. I can cover the scars with two layers my foundation- which is very sheer  (MAC Face and Body). I only need concealer for any new spots.

Before- June 2014

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After- September 2014 (keep in mind my sideburns are almost grown in in these pics, yes “almost” lol)

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The night I straightened my hair, I put it into 7 or Bantu knots using Original Moxie’s Hair Bling for shine.

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I have been working out regularly so my roots reverted completely. I’m also battling humidity. A few days later, I thought I could brush the roots and Bantu knot it again and get similar results…but this time I had a much looser, less defined wave.

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Here are a couple more pics of my straightened hair. I live in Florida so it stays straight for all of 30 seconds. I’ve been wearing Bantu knot outs mostly because my hair poofed up so quickly. My hair is almost back where it was before I got it cut in June or July.

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Low lighting and no makeup -_- I’ll post more pics after I style my hair for my sis’s bday dinner.

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I had my last set of mini braids in for about 5 weeks. My roots grew out quite a bit. Here are some tips for caring for mini braids with new growth.

  1. Be extra gentle. The hair at the roots is loose and can easily break if braids are pulled too tightly. The tighter you pull the hair into a ponytail, bun, or other style…the neater it will look. Just remember that the hair at the roots is much weaker than the length of the braid so don’t pull the roots too tightly.
  2. Don’t scrub roots when shampooing. Use a gently massaging motion to keep the hair from snagging. Loose hair the roots is already being stretched to reach the braid and being wet makes the hair even weaker. Try not to put any tension on the braids when cleansing. Here’s my tutorial for cowashing mini braids.
  3. Keep finger nails trimmed and take off chipped polish before washing and styling hair. This is a big issue for me. Chipped nails will saw strands of hair in half. Manicure nails before doing hair to prevent issues.
  4. If there are strands of hair that are completely loose and you plan to wear your mini braids for a few more weeks, undue the nearest braid and rebraid that area. I don’t know how it happens, but I get loose strands of hair often and if I don’t rebraid them it will tangle around the braids.
  5. Listen for snapping sounds, especially if you’re fine-haired like me. Snapping means you aren’t being gentle enough or you are putting too much tension on the braids when styling.

 

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After I took out my mini braids, I tried out the Maximum Hydration Method. I don’t think I’d do it again because the whole process took far too long. What I did like about it was using the bentonite clay rinse as a last step (I usually use it first to cleanse my hair). To style my wash and go, I used a leave in from Miss Good Hair (it’s a Kinky Curly Knot Today dupe) and the site has great sales. Over the leave in, I used Super Wet gel (one of my summer favorites). I was really lazy and wore this wash and go for about 10 days! I never go that long, but I was away from home and didn’t pack any hair products whatsoever. I just used water to reshape my curls each day. I literally packed nothing hair related (other than my silk scarf and a wire headband). My hands and some water were all I used for the 4 days I was away…actually I hadn’t done anything to my hair the prior 6 days either. And if anyone is curious, yes my hair was dry af at the end of those 10 days, lol.

If you want to read more about how the Max Hydration Method works my 4a, frizzy, porous, fine textured hair, comment below and I will try it again and document the process.

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