Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Let's Talk About Shrinkage

Hey guys!

I hope that you guys are doing well since my last post! This post was inspired by my twist-out that I attempted earlier this week.

After my failed attempts of bribing people and whining, I washed my hair and applied my usual products. If anyone has natural hair, it is WELL KNOWN HOW MUCH WE DREAD HAIR WASH DAY...because IT IS AN EVENT AND A PROCESS (whew...I had to get that off of my chest!). I was so tired after washing my hair, I didn't apply the hair gel to my hair like I normally would. All was fine, until the following day, I took down my hair, and within 30 minutes, my hair started to get shorter and shorter. DARN YOU SHRINKAGE!!
Freshly washed hair. Get into these CURLS and KINKS!

Random shrinkage :)

Shrinkage on colored hair. I miss this color! 

Awesome example of shrinkage!! Taken last year :)

Bun. Dat. Ish.! 

Curly shrunken bantu knot out

Shrinkage is something a lot of natural-haired people (especially women) love to hate. Just Google "shrinkage", and you will see a plethora of articles on how to combat, avoid, or prevent shrinkage. And to be honest, I have my moments too. My hair is gloriously stretched out looking awesome...then the moment I step outside, it is short, and feels less moisturized...GAAHHH!!

However, shrinkage is apart of the natural hair journey. PERIOD. One can attempt all the suggested methods on avoiding shrinkage, and yet...shrinkage will STILL occur. Aside from avoiding shrinkage, I think it's pretty cool that our hair can be short one minute, and look gloriously blown out the next. What other hair types do you know that can give you two completely different looks!? NONE THAT'S WHAT!! And it's BEAUTIFUL! We just have to become more comfortable with that characteristic when it comes to Black hair!

"Alright...maybe you don't wanna hear all of that! How do you deal with shrinkage Brie?"

I'm glad you asked. I either:

  • BUN THAT ISH!!! 
  • PATIENCE! (the longer your hair is, shrinkage becomes less drastic!!)
That's it. LOL

Tell me your experiences with shrinkage or how you deal with it in the comments!

Talk to you guys soon. 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hair Neglect & Giving Your Hair Some Love

Hey! How have you been? I hope all is well! 

Alright. Let's get to the topic!
So..I recently moved to Washington D.C. and I am still getting adjusted to..life and the weather. LOL 

In the midst of this transition, I have been neglecting my hair and throwing it in a bun. Lo and behold, one night, I was playing in my hair, and I frowned. It felt SO DRY. I also didn't like the way it sounded (dry sounds..yes that is a weird description! Let me live beloved!). It sounded like hay rubbing together (I'm also being a bit dramatic). So I had to stop neglecting my hair and show it some love! 
T I R E D bun.

See the ends? The effects of hair neglect. :(

Bantu Knots. Prep for detangle and deep condition.

This picture makes me LAUGH like no other! 
Naked hair. See the curlies? :)

Clean hair. Come on "baby hurr"!

 S H R I N K A G E and lazy twist using homemade hair cream

Products Used: 

  • Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment- I prepooed with this one because my hair was REALLY dry. Follow the directions because the longer it sits, the more your hair can feel dry afterwards (it contains protein).
  • TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Shampoo- It is a trial size because I am testing out the product (money saver!!).
  • Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner- I am trying to use up the rest of this product. 
  • Grapeseed Oil- Used for detangling before pre poo. 

If you guys have any methods for reviving neglected hair, let me know and comment below!