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…

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