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Monday, February 25, 2008

BSL 2008

I have finally begun to come out of lurker mode. I officially joined BHM and began posting. I have also joined the BSL 2008 challenge on BHM. Right now I am APL and I need about 3-4" to be BSL. Since I am pregnant I stopped taking my vits except the prenatal. The baby is due early may and that is when I will get back on them. I want to get a good haircut sometime this year, about 2" off. And if everything goes to plan I will grow at least 5", cut 2", and the hair will be at least BSL if not longer by the end of the year.

My plan to get there is:
  • The first thing I will do is a fast to clear out the system
  • begin vit reg. in June starting slow and increasing to: 5mg biotin, 1.5g msm, 1g epo, b complex, multi
  • drink lots of water
  • increase protein intake- fish, chicken, eggs
  • start doing yoga and pilates again
  • nonstop protective styles till Dec.
  • frequent cowashing, especially during the summer
  • very minimal heat 2 passes till the end of the year
  • no manipulation while dry
  • dc 2x per week
  • baggie

My protective styles that I will wear till the end of the year:
  • baggied phony pony
  • buns
  • lace front wig
  • braids and twists
  • maybe a sew in weave or 27 piece glued to a cap

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Rollersetting and flat ironing

I have been rollersetting every so often for a few years now. Even though I have not done it that often they always come out great, well the more recent ones. I had a bunch of pics of the more recent rollersets that I have done but lost them all in the process of transferring them to my fotki. Here is how I rollerset.
Materials:
comb, denman brush, rollers, clips if using magnetic, pins if using mesh, moisturizer, heat protectant, dryer, flat iron, plastic wrap, spray bottle

My technique is as follows:
1)wash and deep condition hair- I usually like to clarify and use a little protein b4 a rollerset
2)while hair is soaking wet spray heat protectant and add moisturizer and maybe a little setting/wrap lotion
3)section hair- sometimes I do a mohawk w/ three sections on each side, or any way I feel like for the look I want
4)begin rolling small sections clipping or pinning each roller securely- the sections of hair should not be longer or wider than the roller, the hair should be tight on the roller and very wet
5)when finished rolling all the hair sit under dryer
6) when fully dry remove rollers
7) spray a little more heat protectant and flat iron the roots- my hair never turns out the way I like when I blow out the roots
8) if I want it straight I wrap the hair and do a silk wrap- wrap the hair and cover with plastic wrap and sit under the dryer for 10 min. and unwrap.


Any way I would like to take this time to review macherieamour's guide to rollersetting. I enjoyed watching this video, and even though I am pretty good already it does help to see someone else's technique. I knew most of what she said and did and I learned a few new tricks. I do recommend this to anyone who wants to learn how or wants to perfect their method of rollersetting.


Flatironing takes much less time and the results are much smoother. I swear if it was actually healthy for the hair I would do it more often. But, I will say that I have noticed a lot more breakage when flatironing versus rollerseting. Therefore I don't do it very often, perhaps once/twice a year.
My steps to flatironing are:
1) wash and deep condition- always clarify and use moisture and protein
2) spray with heat protectant and moisturize
3) allow to air dry 50%
4) blow dry the hair in sections, braid up when completely dry, or allow to air dry completely in braids
5) take very small sections from each braid, spray more heat protectant, detangle and flat iron while holding the hair taught and running the comb in front if the iron down the entire shaft
6) repeat until entire head is finished
7) do a silk wrap

To maintain the straight styles I wrap the hair when I am not out. I moisturize and seal with castor oil and keep it covered with a silk scarf. When I neglect it and forget to wrap, my roots revert very quickly. When my roots begin to revert I do the ponytail or the scarf method to keep it from looking crazy. Most of the time when it begins to revert I just wash it rather than dealing with that madness.
The curly styles are a bit harder for me to keep up. Pincurls don't work for me so I usually do the scarf method or roll them on solar rollers at night or throw on a bonnet and try not to smash the curls.
The moisturizer that I use is my own blend of butters, oils, and dimethicone. I have never found a better product than this for my straight styles. I used to use fantasia as my heat protectant(the pink one) I will never touch that stuff again. I used to think that the reason my rollersets ect were frizzy was because of my technique. Come to find out it was the fantasia. I now use silk elements and I will never go back.
Finally I always trim when straight and after I wash out the style I usually do a hard protein treatment to stop any breakage before it starts.

Come to think of it I haven't done a protein treatment in a few months. I just removed a set of braids that were left in for a month. My hair is back in the baggied ponytail and I will do a protein sometime this weekend. Then I may do a rollerset next weekend and add a few pics.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Fotki

I have finally organized my pics in the fotki. I have excluded alot of pics but although they are not much these are the main points. You can see the growth from May 2005-May 2007. Will add more pics soon. The pw is myhair.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Lacefronts

I have been reading and researching lace wigs for a few years now, and I have decided that since I was going to spend a whole bunch of money on some weave hair I might as well spend it on something that will last a very long time.
I have decided to buy a lace front wig. I have already sent a few vendors my specifications and received a few quotes. I will be buying by the end of this month.
The only thing is I just cant decide if I want my first to be straight or curly, or if I want a full lace with stretch in the middle or just lace in the front. If the funds are in order I think I will just buy both at once so I can save on shipping.
Still in the braids. I will wear these until I get the wig. They are doing pretty good, I have a lot of new growth already. I may straighten some time though if I feel like trying out that carmelization treatment.

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