Thursday, December 27, 2012

The NEW New Year Plan

Eh, so I’m feeling pretty lazy about yarn braids and I’m not really ready to have my hair covered/braided up for six weeks, especially since it’s been feeling so soft. So for the next three months I plan on initiating a bunning challenge beginning January 1 and going until April 1. I currently mudwash once a week and that works fine for me, especially since I plan to workout more consistently, but if possible I’d like to stretch that to two weeks because I’m going to try out roller setting as a way to stretch my hair before bunning. I’ve never roller setted so this will be an experiment, but I plan on trying it first by sitting under the dryer on cool and then seeing how my hair turns out with just air drying. I plan on bunning seven days a week and only detangling/really manipulating my hair once a week.
During the week, most likely every other day I will change the position of the bun by removing my banana clip, applying my sulfur mix to my scalp and massaging for a bit and then putting the hair back up. I apply the mix every other day so that’s when I’ll redo the bun. I will also spritz my ends and seal on these days as well. I know it still sounds like manipulation but I’m hoping I won’t run my fingers through my hair during this processes and keep everything as a sort of smoothing motion.
For my buns I predominately use banana clips and have a two strand flat twist in the front since my bangs are too short to bun. I make a ponytail with the banana clip and split that into two, then two strand twist the two halves and pin them under. Nothing fancy but it works for me. I’ll be doing high buns as my fancier style. When not in a banana clip I use the goody ouch less flex barrettes to make a ponytail and then just pin the hair under. I have a good feeling about this method and I’m going to continue my Lunatips trimming schedule, and trim my hair every three months or four months( three or four times a year). Since I’m bunning until April 1, I might go ahead and trim every four months and trim my hair in early April. I’ll keep you all update on my progress and hope to ideally gain an inch by April 1, if I have very little breakage and if my hair grows a half inch per month, then I should be looking at an 1.5  inches…and if I trim of a quarter of an inch, it’s still a decent amount of retention. My bangs should be nearing my chin by that point…if bunning fails me I’ll reconsider those yarn braids. Oh yeah in addition to setting my hair, I want to steam more often. If I’m washing every two weeks I’ll steam before each wash, if it’s once a week then I’ll steam every week.

Here’s today’s bun, my trusty banana clip with two twists pinned under to form the bun and my flat twist in front. The two bottom corner pictures is my hair from yesterday. The hair was split in half and I used two good hair clips. One on the top part to form a half up half down look, and then one on the bottom to pull all the hair together. It was the only way to fit these on my hair. I then tucked the hair under and pinned to form a bun. I’ll probably do this style a lot during the challenge too to give myself some variety….it’s be nice to be able to bun without needing bobby pins to hold down all the shorter pieces…

Saturday, December 22, 2012

End of year hair and how the Grinch stole Conditioner

Well I'm finally really claiming shoulder length and blew out my hair two weeks ago in order to trim. Since then I've been wearing twist outs and they've been working out, but as usual I'm getting tired of my hair and styling it all the time.

For the last three weeks I haven't used a single bottle of conditioner on my hair after washing. In fact I've only got one bottle left and it's sitting in a duffle bag. Instead of conditioner I've been prepooing with oils and either baggying or steaming for a bit, finger detangling/comb detangling, twisting my hair and then washing. I've had a few rough detangling sessions (I wore small twists with a braided root for a week...terrible take down). I've gotten back into strictly finger detanlging and the key I've found it to keep my hair stretched and finger detangle every few days instead of once a week since my hair sheds a ridiculous amount.

I'm going to continue to wear my twist outs until the end of the year but the first weekend in January I plan on putting in yarn braids and leaving them in 4-6 six weeks. I'm going to try to protective style for the next six months with this style and see how my hair fairs. I plan on taking two week breaks in between sessions. If my hair thrives, I may push this challege to a year. As many of you know I'm trying to grow my hair longer for my wedding in May of 2014.

My hair currently measure 5.5 inches in the very back, six inches on the sides, 7.5ish inches at the crown, and 6.5 inches in the front. If my yarn braids/protective style (if yarn braids fail me I'll switch to bunning five days a week) I should reach APL by the end of next year (more if I'm lucky). If I'm really really lucky, I'll reach BSL by the time the wedding rolls around, but seriously I'll be happy with APL. If I make that goal I'll let you guys know what I'm thinking about for wedding hairstyles.

 To help me with my growth I'm upping my water intake, stopping viviscal and switching to Priveta for three months to six months (just to see how it work). I also got a sulfur based castor oil mix to apply to my scalp three times a week. I've been cleansing with my mud wash, but once in the yarn braids I'm going to switch to using my newest Bobeams bar. I also plan on working out more consistently to help with the hair growth by running on MWF and doing my Jillian Michaels TTH and maybe Saturday. Since I'll be working out consistently, I will continue with washing my hair once a week. I'm also challenging myself to steam once a week, even in braids, with coconut or olive oil.

I'll keep you all updated with my progress but not very often. I'll come on here and post shots of my hair and how my hair is fairing only after I remove a set of yarn braids for my two week break period. For pictures of how I style my hair, my instagram is asvillafana.

Other than that my hair has been feeling pretty good. It's shedding more than I would like, so I might try taking garlic supplements again but we'll see. Here's to great growth in 2013!

Hair shots before I put in the yarn braids.