Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Self Challenge: Finger Detangling

I've decided to give myself a mini challenge for the month of April and that is to finger detangle only. This means I won't be using wide tooth combs, my denman brush, my Mason Peason brushes or combs, etc. My sole styling tool will be my fingers. I tried this method for the first time today while in the shower cowashing my hair. Already I saw a lot less shed hair than when I use a wide tooth comb. Once out of the shower I section my hair into four to apply my products (KBB Sweet Ambrosia, Anita Grante Cafe Au Lait, Flax Gelee) and further detangled with my fingers for a WnGesc look that was pulled back into a wet side bun with the front flat twisted. At work, after about two hours of having my hair pulled back, I realized the center of the bun would probably never dry, and so I removed the bun and just kept the front twisted for a WnG look. It's not super defined, but it's not half bad (sorry no pics) and my hair feels really soft! I can't stop touching it (hence the need for the bun). While I was wearing WnGs for a while, I think I'm going to mostly bun for the month of April, that plus my finger detangling should mean I get some decent retention! In addition to bunning I plan on cowashing twice a week and then continuing with my regular wash schedule on Sunday.

Anyway, here's a picture of today's styled bun. Tomorrow I'm thinking...high bun maybe? With a cute headband of course!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hair Therapy


Flat twist out


Flat twist out

Today's Braid Out



I can honestly admit there’s nothing I like better than staying in Sunday and working on my hair. I love washing it, deep conditioning, and styling and I look forward to my Sundays when I can sit down and focus on me…maybe even change the nail color too!
This past Sunday, after a weekend of a guest filled apartment, I decided to use my Terressentials Sultry Spice Mudwash, which I applied out of the shower as usual. I let it sit on my hair for about 20 minutes, while I worked on mixing my Anita Grant Rhassoul Deep Conditioning bar. I’d read a blog post response about these two products being amazing when combined together, so I figured I’d give it a try. Usually I just mix the Anita Grant RDC with water, but this time I used coconut milk for the added moisturizing benefits. I rinsed the mudwash out, finger dentangling and then detangling further with my denman brush. Out of the shower I spit the hair into four, and applied the Anita Grant RDC section by section, really working it through my hair and combing through lightly with my fingers. Once it was applied I put on a plastic cap, satin cap, and yellow beanie and left the house to make a quick trip to the mall.
Braid out with limp bangs
About two and a half, nearly three hours later, I returned home and decided to go ahead and rinse my hair (even though I was going to be leaving the house again shortly). As I rinsed I could already tell that my hair was going to feel awesome. I was proven right as my towel dried my hair. My hair felt so soft and looked really fluffy too! I’d detangled one more time with a wide tooth comb before deciding to prep my hair in a double row of flat twists using Jane Carter Solutions Curl Defining Cream as my styler and the Anita Grant Café Au Lait as my sealant. Again I was thrilled that my hair was feel so soft and as I flat twisted, it didn’t feel any worse….but the next morning when I woke up, my hair, while really defined once I unraveled the twists, felt kind of stiff and dry. I honestly think this was a result of the Jane Carter….maybe it doesn’t work best as a styler, or maybe I didn’t use a heavy enough hand…or it could have been the Café Au Lait which does have coconut oil and since the weather was cooler, my hair tends to feel harder when using products with coconut oil. I had planned on bunning my hair to wear a second day twist out, but once home from my evening job, I decided to restyle with a braid out and proceeded to corn row my hair using water, Boticelli Botanicals Flax Gelee and sealing with Brahmi oil. Today’s hair felt much softer and fluffier and the definition was pretty good too. I can’t decide which I like more…flat twist outs or braid outs, I do love that both give some stretch to my hair. Instead of rebraiding tonight, I am just going to bun and if the hair is reasonable in the morning then I’ll wear it down, if not I’ll pin it up. I plan on cowashing after my run tomorrow so if I have time before my evening job, I’ll try to just do two French braids or something….we’ll see.
Oh yeah, I haven’t been using the mudwash very much, but I think for now that’ll be my sole cleanser. I was alternating that with the bobeams bars, but I want to finish the terressentials so I can focus on all ten of my bobeams bars…sheesh! This doesn’t mean I’m giving up the mudwash, I will repurchase once I’m down to one or two bobeams bars. Not to say that I don’t love the shampoo bars, but I know I love the mudwash more and might keep a bobeams bar on hand as needed…once I narrow down my favorites (they are all so good!).

Braid Out...seemed to have lost some definition back there.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Twisted WnG


I swear I’m so ADD when it comes to my hair. In yesterday’s post I was talking about keeping my two strand twists in until Friday and then wearing a twist out….so tell me why I started untwisting my hair last night while still at work? Good thing too because I was not liking how the twist out was looking…for some reason the ends of the hair were looking kind of straight and overall the twists looked stringy. I think my twists look best when there are fewer of them and when they are bigger, but overall I think I like the look of flat twists better; they give my hair the most stretch. I think if I do the smaller two strand twists, I will just wear them as a low maintenance style and pin them up for a protective style and not even bother with a twist out.
So, with all that being said, I removed the two strand twists last night and I had plans on wearing a high bun today, but when I woke up this morning, I decided I wanted to shower and cowash my hair so that I could wear a WnG. I cowashed with the As I Am Coconut Cowash, but I didn’t really disturb my hair too much. Mostly I let the water hit it, and then smoothed my hands over my hair. When I applied the conditioner, I applied it to my scalp and massaged a bit, and rinsed. I did not rake my fingers through my hair at all.
Once out of the shower I quickly applied my It’s a Miracle 10 Leave-In Conditioner to my hair and followed this up with the Curls Unleashed Set It Off Curl Boosting Jelly (full review to come later). Again I didn’t rake the product through, but mostly smoothed it onto my hair because I wanted to keep the look of a twist out mixed in with the WnG. It worked pretty well! Yes my hair is all shrunken up, but I like it that way. When it’s got too much hang, you can kind of see that my hair is growing out into a mullet sort of shape and I don’t like that, but when it shrinks up it kind of looks like tapered cut which is pretty cute. Tonight I’ll either baggy and try to get second day hair, or I’ll cowash in the morning and restyle.  I do want to say that this is such a soft WnG for the definition I’m getting. Usually I like to use heavier gels so I can get the best curl definition, but I hate the crunch the gels cause and I can’t seem to quite scrunch out the crunch, even when I apply oils. So this Curl Boosting Jelly might have to be a keeper…I’ll play with it some more and see.




Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Two French Braids on Two Strand Twists

I've discovered that my two strand twists just don't seem to last very long. After two days they look super fuzzy, like they've been in for weeks. It's usually in the crown area of my head too, so I always have a halo of fuzz there. Since I didn't feel like untwisting and wearing a twist out just yet, I had to think of something that would preserve the style and still look cute.

I was at work, playing in my hair, when I decided that maybe I could do two french braids. I'm not the best braider, but I am getting better. I split the hair into to sections...well more like three if you count the bang area. For the back two sections I just started grabbing clumps of two strand twists and braiding them together, working my way down to the nape area. Once there, I tucked the ends under and secured with a hair pin. For the front, I again braided strands of hair together and pinned them down. It turned out better than I was expected and I was even told today that my hair looks cute. I'll definitely be doing this again. And I'm excited to see what my twist out will look like because it'll be curly from the two strand twists, but wavy from the braids so...we'll see! I was planning on taking down the twists tomorrow, but I might rock this hair style one more day and then wear a twist out on Friday...we'll see if I feel like untwisting in the morning.

I've had the two strand twists in since Sunday and my hair still feels very soft and moisturized (thank you Oyin Shine and Define). The only thing I've been doing in the evening is misting my hair with Hairveda's
HydraSilica “Soft Hair”  Tea Spritz- Hair & Body Hydration Mist and then tying my hair down with a scarf to help smooth away some of the fuzz. It's been working so far and keeping my hair hydrated. I be back with pics of the twist out (once I remove them I mean).





Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Product in Review: Karen’s Body Beautiful Luscious Hair Mask

Cost: $25.00 for 240ml
Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Butter, Jojoba Oil, Agave, Vegetable Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera Juice, Panthenol, Arnica, Calendula, Echinacea, Nettle and Horsetail Extracts, Vitamin E and Natural Enzymes. (Gotta love a simple ingredients list. When you can pronounce everything, you know you’ve got something more natural than synthetic).
Where to Buy: their website (karensbodybeautiful.com), curlmart.com
I love this deep conditioner! It has amazing slip and I’ve used it as a DC, but mostly love to use it as a leave in, especially in the winter time when the extra moisture is needed (I used it a lot this winter as a leave-in before braiding my hair and wearing wigs). I don’t have any more in my arsenal since I just lent it to a friend to check-out but when I use up some of my other DCs, I’ll definitely be repurchasing (even though it is expensive). 
The scent is nonexistent which is kind of nice, and I’ll sometimes add scented oils to it for fun, but mostly I just leave it. The consistency is thin…kind of runny, but still coats the hair pretty well. This product provides awesome slip and always left my hair really soft and moisturized, and when you follow it with a heavy butter or oil to seal, I had moisturized hair for days! This is definitely one of my Holy Grails and probably as a leave-in more so than a deep conditioner.
My final thoughts:
The ingredients are natural and simple.  All of KBB’s products are 96 percent natural, which is great for those of you trying to go the more natural route. Will I repurchase? Heck yeah! Do I recommend? Of course I do, but keep in mind how a product works for me doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll work the same for someone else. I would tell people to try it though, because they might end up loving it. The Cons? The only con I have is the price. This ish is expensive and I hate spending that much on a deep conditioner unless it’s got super powers. At the time when I bought it, it was buy one get one free, plus I got an additional KBB Creamylicious or something for free, so heck, it was a win win situation. Another con is that I haven’t been able to find this on the ground; so far I’ve seen it on their website and on curlmart. Oh yeah, another perk is that when you sign up to receive emails, they are constantly having deals/sales so you probably won’t end up spending as much.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Product in Review: Oyin Handmade Shine and Define


Cost: $11 (4oz)
Ingredients:
Purified water, Organic flax seeds, Organic aloe vera gel, Sea Vegetable Complex, Coconut Oil, Castor, unrefined shea butter, organic raw honey, Vegetable Glycerine, Palm Stearic Acid, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, fruit pectin, xanthan gum, destrose, Optiphen (preservative) citrus essential oils, fragrance
Ingredient Attribute:Organic
Paraben Free
Protein Free
Silicone Free
Sulfate Free
I’ve had this product for a while, I just haven’t taken the time to review it and in all honesty, I forgot about this product until yesterday, when I decided to two strand twist my hair with it.
First and foremost let me tell you that this product smells yummy! I’m not sure exactly which ingredient is giving it the smell, but it’s very sweet smelling and nice. Come to think of it, all the Oyin Handmade products smells good. Maybe it’s the honey.
I’ve only used this product for two strand twisting my hair and I think only once did I use it to slick back the edges of my hair in order to pull it up. Usually when I use this product I use some type of leave-in and seal, then I’ll use the Shine and Define. Looking at the ingredients I decided to use this alone, because it’s going to moisturize the hair since it is water based, and it also has a decent amount of oils, so essentially it’s sealing the moisture in the hair as well.
I separated my hair into four sections and working section by section (and breaking them down into smaller sections) I applied the Shine and Define. This product provides a nice amount of slip so that I was able to comb through each section before twisting. The product is also heavy enough that it gave my twists a bit of weight when first applied, but it did not prevent the hair from shrinking up once it was dry.
This product is awesome for twist outs! It really does give hair a lovely shine and great definition. I still have my hair twisted and will probably rock a twist out on Friday, but I’ve used this in the past for twist outs and always loved the way my hair looked. I’m not sure how this product would work for a WnG, but it may be worth trying. It probably wouldn’t give the kind of definition a gel would, but it might give someone with a loser curl type the WnG definition without the crunch. That’s one thing that I love about this product besides the smell. It leaves the hair feeling very soft and moisturized for days. Granted I was a little heavy handed when using it, but I usually am with my products, and my hair feels fine. I am nearly out of this product and after I run out of a few more things, I plan on repurchasing this because I think it’s one of my Holy Grails.
My final thoughts? It’s a great product for a decent price. My only annoyance is that I haven’t been able to find it on the ground, and so I have to order it online, but other than that I love everything about the product. It’s versatile in that it moisturizes and seals the hair, it smells great, and it gives me super defined twist outs. Will I buy it again? Yep! And another perk of the ingredient is that all the ingredients are natural! There are no parabens, sulfates, or synthetic products in the Oyin Handmade hair care line. I’m trying to limit my arsenal to more natural products.
Anyway, if you’re interested, I’d try out the Oyin Handmade Shine and Define. The product can be purchased from their site directly (just Google Oyin Handmade) or you can purchase it at curlmart.com.
My two strand twists with the Shine and Define:

Freshly done and still hanging


Drying and shrinking up. But they look pretty thick and luscious eh? Must be the henna

How I styled my hair today. Tomorrow I'll be pinning it all up and probably leave it like that all week before Friday's twist out.

Product in Review: DevaCurl Heaven in Hair


Cost: $24.95 (8oz) or $39.95 (16 oz)
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aqueos Extracts of: Achilea Millefolium, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Cymbopogon Schonanthus, Humulus Lupulos (Hops), Melissa Offcinalis (Balm Mint), Rosemarinus Offcinalis (Rosemary); Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Glycol Distearate, Polyquaternium-7, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth-20, Quaternium-91, Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Hydroxyethyl-cellulose, Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaco) Seed Butter, Astrocaryum (Murumuru) Seed Butter, Polyquaternium-10, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Citric Acid, Methyldibromo Glutaronitrile, Phenoxyethanol, Fragnance, Blue 1, Yellow 5
Where to Buy: Ulta, curlmart.com
I used this product for the first time and I liked it so much I decided to go ahead with the review! The smell is alright…kind of clean smelling if that makes sense, but completely tolerable and not overwhelming. The consistency is very creamy, without being runny.
I applied this yesterday after shampooing my hair with my Honey Hemp Bobeam’s Shampoo Bar and briefly conditioning with the As I Am Coconut Cowash. My hair was already divided into four sections, so to each section I applied the Heaven in Hair, focusing on the ends. This stuff has awesome slip! My fingers were just gliding through my hair as I applied this, so I was pretty stoked. I applied liberally to each section and then turned the four sections into two and piled the two ponytails on top of my hair before going to sit under the steamer. I piled the hair up to make sure that the ends got a majority of the treatment (it was my first steaming session).
I steamed for about 20 minutes and I read that after steaming it’s best to do a cold water rinse, so I turned on the kitchen faucet, not even bothering with the adding any kind of warmth. The water was so cold I nearly couldn’t continue rinsing but I managed. I did notice that while rinsing my hair, it didn’t seem to feel as soft, so I was a little worried…but I realized the cold water on my hair was making it feeling harder than it was, because once I squeezed the water out with my micro fiber towel, my hair looked super shiny and felt really soft. Running the comb through one more time was really easy!
I’ve read that this product can be pretty versatile. I’ve only had a chance to use it as a deep conditioner, but I do plan on trying it as a styler, maybe for a twist out or something, or I could use it as a leave-in conditioner. It has nice, natural ingredients and while I did like this product, I DO NOT like the price. This ish is expensive and I’m going to have to use it some more before I decide if it’s worth the expense. A lot of the Deva Curl products are expensive, and I know people rave about them, but if I can find another product that works just as well but for half the price, well then I’m all for it! I do want to try a few of the other Deva Curl products and I will once my product stash lessens a bit.
My final thoughts about the Heaven in Hair:
I like the product; it smells a little weird, but the deep conditioning with this was awesome. For the size of the jar, I don’t think I’m getting my money’s worth. The major con about this product is the price, but if it turns out to be something my hair loves well…I’ll just have to keep it won’t I? Plus I think next time I won’t have to use so much. It pretty much detangled my hair upon contact, so I could try using less and see how that goes, that way the jar could last me a little more.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Varying Hairstyles In Two Days

So I find myself leaving the house in the morning with one style, and coming home in the afternoon and changing  everything up. For instance, yesterday morning I went to work with a high bun, that afternoon it switched to a WnG. Today I went to work this morning with the hair flat twisted in the front and the back in a low puff, now I sit at work in another WnG. I could have gotten second day hair yesterday, but I didn't baggy that night and I kind of felt like throwing everything up in a bun, and last night I wasn't liking the WnG anymore, hence the puff. I did like the Jane Carter's but...I wasn't really enjoying how my hair felt by the evening yesterday...just kind of...blah. So I wore it in a puff until I could cowash today.

After today's workout, I cowashed with the As I Am Cowash Me Coconut Conditioner...I'm going to have to use it again before I review it...but so far not so good. I felt like I didn't get a lot of slip...but after letting it sit on my hair a bit, I was able to detangle. This may be a product I use as a DC...but we'll see, I'll be trying it out again on Saturday

For today's WnG, I used my ECO Custard and man, the curls were just springing up as I applied. Plus, now that my hair is about 70 percent dry, it's not very crunchy at all, and I think it's because of the Castor oil and evoo that I added to the Argan Ego Styler. I think today I will baggy, because it'd be nice to get second day hair out of this...if not then I might do another low puff. I was going to rock a twist out for St. Patrick's Day, but I think with the drinking and running around...it might be smarter to wear my hair up, so I'm going to do a super high bun with some kind of headband...gotta figure out my outfit first.

The first pic is yesterday's bun, the next two the low puff I wore this morning, and the last few pictures are today's WnG with the eco custard. I think I'm really starting to dig the WnG look. Even my Step-Mama said my hair looked great today! Woo hoo!I'll continue to WnG but if my hair starts acting iffy, or if I find I'm getting more tangles and single strand knots, than I'll definitely stop the WnG and go back to twist outs for a bit. But I have a feeling WnGs are going to be beneficial to me this time around.


2nd Day Wng Puff






Fresh WnG



The next day pulled back into a puff

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Today's WnG Plus A Mini Product Review

I did a fresh WnG today, probably one of the quickest ones I've ever done, and I'm pleased with the results...mostly. I'm also calling this a mini product review because today was the first time using the Jane Carter Solutions Curl Defining Cream for my WnG. So let's recap what I did to achieve this look...and the steps were surprisingly minimal.

After today's workout, I cowashed in the shower with my Shea Moisture Purification Masque. I left my hair soaking wet and stepped out of the shower to apply the Curl Defining Creme. Normally for my WnGs, I apply some type of leave-in, seal, and then apply a styler/gel on top, raking the products through; this time around I used only the Jane Carter.

Here are the ingredients:
Purified Water, Extracts of Anthemis Noblis Flower (Camomile), Symphytum Officinal Leaf (Comfrey), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Humulus Lupulus (Hops),of Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Glycerin, Propanediol, Poly-quaternium-100, Citric Acid , Polyquaternium-47, Ceteareth 20 , Phen-oxyethanol, Caprylyl, Glycol, Sorbic acid, Fragrance. 

Here's what the 16oz jar complete with nifty pump has to say about the product:
     
We are so excited about the launch of our newest Jane Carter Solution product, Curl Defining Cream…it took longer than we anticipated but the end result is far better than we ever dreamed possible.
Eliminate curl shrinkage! Curl Defining Cream is light-weight, all natural product formulated to lengthen and define your natural curl pattern while drying to a soft, shiny, bouncy finish.
Water soluble, Curl Defining Cream washes and dries clean without leaving any film, offering the true luxury of “wash and wear” hair!

Now, my thoughts on the products. First and foremost, I do not like the smell. It's a little strong and kind of trying to be flowery/lemony...but smelling a little like dish soap. But whatever, I never care too much about smells unless it's completely horrible. The product went on nicely, nothing like a gel where I saw instantaneous definition, but still my hair was curling up nicely. I was heavy handed this first time around, because it's my first time and all, so I'll have to experiment with this product some more, but I like how my hair looks, but the product definitely didn't minimize shrinkage at all! In fact I think my hair is more shrunken now than it's ever been when I do a WnG with gel...but since I don't mind shrinkage, I'm not ready to disqualify this product just yet. I do like that my hair is soft and not crunchy, and I think it'll look great in the morning if I baggy overnight...we'll see. The product did go on white, but I think that's because I was so heavy handed, but it dried fairly quickly and the white went away. In fact, my hair is drying faster with this WnG than my usual WnGs.

For now I will say I like the product, but like I said I'll have to keep experimenting with with it and see how it goes. I will say this will not be one of my holy grails. This 16oz jar cost 34 bucks! I'll buy it again if I ever get a half off coupon for it, but for now, for what I'm getting, I think it's just too much.




Me likey the definition of the curls

So shrunken! Hard to believe that hair is nearly shoulder length

Yes, I took these photos in the bathroom here at work....smh.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Post Trim: A Week of WnGs

I got my trim on Saturday and overall I think the stylist maybe took off 1/4 to 1/2 an inch. I told her I didn't want too much taken off. She did mention how it seems I still have relaxed ends in the front of my hair, so I'll have to be more frequent with my trims until it's gone for good. By more frequent I mean every 3 months. I'm trying not to look at this trim as a set back but it's kind of hard not to considering my hair never seems to grow, so I want to hold on to everything I get...but trims are necessary, especially when I twist and notice my ends getting all bushy and ugly. Maybe I need to up the moisture?

Anyway I went to an all natural salon called Urban Nature and I was happy with my experience. I loved the products they used on my hair (Alikay Naturals) and I felt like the stylist did a nice job of detangling my hair. I do wish the atmosphere had been a little more warm...or engaging, I don't know sometimes I wish I would go to a place and they all love to talk to you, ask how you are, what you do with your hair, etc. I tried bringing up topics but the stylist wasn't very responsive so...maybe it was just an off day. Since she had time, she offered to flat twist my hair for a twist out and I agreed...only it felt like the tightest braiding ever! It's been a long time and maybe I'm just wimpy, because I don't braid my hair that tight (or that neatly/well for that matter) but I wanted to run out of my seat and tell her to leave my head alone. But I didn't and let her finish. She sat me under the dryer for about 30 minutes...closer to 45 for the twists to dry, but because they were so small, they didn't dry completely. I didn't feel like being at the salon any longer so I told her it was fine. I had a little definition from the twists, but mostly my hair was resembling a 'fro. I like ti though. She twisted the front for me and pinned it down and I paid her and left. Next time I go back (in June) I'll probably ask for a flat twist/two strand twist updo....then again maybe I'll do a flexi set just so I don't have to sit through that flat twisting agian.

Soooo to change it up, this week I've been doing WnGs only. I did a WnG Saturday, cowashed Monday, and I'm rocking second day hair today. I like WnGs because it gives me an opportunity to play with different products. Tomorrow, after I cowash, I'll be using Jane Carter Solutions Curl Defining Cream for my WnG and we'll see how it turns out.

For this WnG, I used water to spritz my hair and then made a Eco Custard, mixing about half of the Eco Styler with Argan Oil, with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Me likey this combination, and although my hair felt a little crunchy, the definition was still nice. Also it looks white when I was applying it, but it did dry clear and without flakes.






These next photos are from today, after yesterday's Cowash and WnG using Tresseme Naturals as my leave-in and using the Queen Helene Royal Curl Defining Cream as my styler. Again the hair dried a little crunchy but not as badly as I was expecting from all the reviews on the Queen Helene that I watched. I think it's a hit or miss product for a lot of people. I'll keep experimenting with it...I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. Last night I just spritzed lightly and baggied. This morning I fluffed it out and pulled it back into a sorta puff with a headband. Tomorrow I'll rock another puff before cowashing after my workout and using the Jane Carter Curling Creme. My hair actually felt soft of the second day, which made me happy and it still looks pretty good for second day hair!





Aww shrinkage...unavoidable.

1st, 2nd and 3rd Day Hair

Here are just a few pictures of my twist out progressing from day 1 to day three. I can’t remember what I used exactly but I will say my hair was soft and moisturized for the first two days, but was definitely starting to feel a little dry by day three. Also for the third day, the night before I did two French braid instead of twists, which changed the pattern of the curls a bit.
Day 1: The first pic shows how I prepared the twist out. Basically I separated the back in into four sections and flat twisted them before pinning them down. In the front I two strand twisted.





One of my better twist outs. Very big and fluffy, just like I love it!




Day Two: Losing the definition, but that's fine. This was the day before my trim at the salon.



Day 3: This is the day of my trim...right before it actually, I'm not sure why I styled my hair. But this is a braid out technically. I did four big corn rows and a flat twisted bang. Me likey!






Jeez, I've been writing this blog for nearly a year and doesn't it look like my hair is still at the same length it was at the beginning? What' s going on with this man? Yes some of this is shrinkage but still, I've been 'nearly shoulderlength' for six months now. I've re-evaluated my regimen a million times, I'm gentle when detangling, so what on earth am I doing wrong? I should be APL by now!