Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - Nisus
Using the "typing systems" I've got a 3b-c/S, a 4a/O and a 4a-b/IS that I made packs for.
My 3b-c/S is in her late 50s (I hope she is not reading this!) and has APL-BSL hair. I got her Knot Today, a large comb, Mixed chicks, Thick and Slick Custard, Giovanni silk conditioner, and some Cream of nature rosemary and lemongrass leave in. I wanted to get her some curl keeper, but could not find the stuff!
My 4a/O is getting some natural oasis grease, some Ampro clear ice, some kinky curly knot today and custard, large comb, some castille soap, and some Cholesterol conditioner. She is a young 22 or so, and just transitioned this year (yay!) Her hair is probably about 6-8 inches long.
The 4a-b/IS is an avid presser. I think her texture may be different that what displays now due to heat damage, but what can you do. She is also about 60 yrs old, so set in her ways somewhat. I got her several items from the Chi line, Giovanni conditioner, mixed chicks shampoo and conditioner, natural oasis grease, and some kinky curly because she wanted to try it. She may like the knot today but the custard may be a bust. Her hair is just about shoulder length pressed.
There are other things in there like those fancy hair towels and a few shower caps, some of those double prong bobby pins, grape-seed oil, and some ouch-less hairbands. I hope they all love the packs and get much more wear out of their hair with a new product or two. I'll have to be on standby to coach for technique!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - Nisus
Monday, December 21, 2009 - Nisus
Monday, December 14, 2009 - Nisus
So for my hair... Very little love. Wash and goes, then a retired wash and go pony puff, then whatever I can get away with has been my cycle for a few weeks now, despite the cold weather. But this past week, I had a few bad days. I had visions of actually cutting my hair very soon, (and buying clothes, happy clothes and boots and shoes). I decided, instead, to show off my length for once before I loose it. Maybe. It never looks long, but it is long, which just makes many styles take longer and require more skill than they used to. I pressed it on Saturday in a flourish of blowdrying and swipes with a tired, years old, revlon "ceramic" hot iron. Said iron began peeling from one of the plates halfway through pressing to reaveal- shiny silver metal underneath. sigh. But my hair came out OK. for that day. I slept in flexible curlers that night to achieve the curly wrap look on Sunday. But when I took the curlers out, I had an old school halfway straight/halfway bushy mass of hair that did not retain the curl after wrapped it and took it down a few hours later. It's in a fluffy ponytail today. I don't feel like fighting it back straight. I'll see what I can come up with while I prolong the time before I let it fully revert.
The other funny thing- is that I have been hiding it. I don't want to give any curly haters any ammunition to ubercompliment the bushy but straighter/closer to "normal" hair. I breezed by our concierge with my hat on and wore my hat sporadically throughout the day. I feel no need to show off the length any more. Funny how that bright idea came and went. I didn't want to spend the money (or risk damage) for a harder press, and I'm glad I didn't.
Friday, December 4, 2009 - Nisus
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - Nisus
Friday, November 20, 2009 - Nisus
I love my hair
it's doing wonders today!
me: I wanna see!
FNF: it's fun!!!
me: yey natural hair! thats YOURS
FNF: it is mine!!!!
I used your idea for "stretching"
and it worked
me: oo the high pony?
FNF: I'm sending a pic (or two)
me: tee hee. take a bunch. I can post em on my blog
lol- aww you look all happy. they look swingy!
your skin is flawless too!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - Nisus
Monday, November 16, 2009 - Nisus
FNF: (Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-SIrvkHtuM)
FNF: check it out
FNF: Kinky curly vs Eco styler
FNF: girl does half and half
FNF: side beside comparison
ME: I think I saw this
FNF: her hair is similar to ours too
FNF: well like yours
FNF: can't wait for the hair to grow
FNF: feels soooo short now
ME: it's NOT
FNF: except for the fact that it is
FNF: it's shoulder length
FNF: I guess I shouldn't complain
FNF: just want more
FNF: do you use regular or Olive oil
FNF: eco styler
ME: no- the pink one
FNF: wow there are sooo many
ME: her hair is kinda thin
FNF: same as mine
FNF: sort of
ME: her first side is the kinky curly?
ME: she shingling her whole head
FNF: other side is ecostyler
FNF: to me it was more
FNF: $26 vs $4
ME: i do my head in 4s. thats it now adays
ME: yeah for real I'll take the ecostyler please
ME: i'm re-unconverted
FNF: I want to try it now
FNF: but I have to do my twist first!!!!
ME: plus the stickiness of the KC is whack
FNF: or maybe I should do it tonight
FNF: and do my twist Sunday
ME: gotta wash ur wrists and neck after
FNF: u ain't never lie
FNF: I hate that crap
FNF: next expensive item is the curly custard
FNF: from Lovely
ME: yeah- and i don't feel bad using tons of eco cause it so cheap
ME: her hair is way thinner than urs and not as curly as either of us I think
FNF: I thought it was press damage
FNF: on top
FNF: the back look like ours a lil
ME: yeah it looks like it
ME: ours would raise up as it dry
FNF: completely rise
FNF: I'm twisting the hair
FNF: came to the conclusion
FNF: just now
FNF: looking for a blowdryer next
Friday, November 13, 2009 - Nisus
The real deal- lol (pic from July blow out)
Monday, November 9, 2009 - Nisus
Thursday, November 5, 2009 - Nisus
After my post yesterday I said to myself- you know, I have tons of conversations every week about hair- culture, styling, products etc. SO... I will post the best conversation from every week. Here is the best convo from last week :-) My post-chat additions are in RED.
Fabulous Natural Friend (FNF): did i already mention how the whole theater turned and stared at my hair when the lights came on after "Good Hair" the other day?
ME: lol- musta been great
ME: cause no one like you or me was in that whole film
FNF: and i was wearing my "I heart my hair" tshirt
FNF: that was SO annoying
FNF: i need part 2 of the movie
FNF: with all natural chics
FNF: and the dudes who sweat us
ME: even the girl in there had extensions
FNF: so wack
ME: our movie could have us swimming and working out, going out, dancing and looking diva, with our fine men like- weave? who has time for weave?
ME: my girl spent $70 to get her hair "pressed" it lasted 12 hrs and she washed it lol
FNF: oh geeeez
FNF: that part in the flic where homegirl was talking about not being taken seriously and not taking someone seriously in a professional environment if they had a big ole afro
FNF: i literally started yelling in the theater
ME: oh those girls
FNF: the next day i was having a convo with a sista who was showing me a natural hair website (she's on the creamy crack)
FNF: and she said the SAME thing
FNF: i'm trying to remember the website tho
FNF: cuz i was gonna send it to you
FNF: something about coil...
FNF: oh here it is
FNF: (Link: http://thecoilreview.com/)The image we were discussing is GONE :-(
FNF: homegirl's layers are PERRRRRRRRRFECT
FNF: i need to print this out, go to the salon and be like DO THIS
ME: i drool over that main pic
ME: I decided I am going to the dude in NY (Hair Rules- Anthony Dickey)
ME: grow until then and then just let him go with it
FNF: when are you going?
ME: the first week in Feb most likely
FNF: oh wow
ME: i'm just going to save for it from now to make it not so bad
FNF: yeah, i gotta get it cut before that
FNF: been trimming here and there myself
FNF: but i haven't had it cut properly since May 08
ME: yeah - I um... cut mine myself so if that counts. its been since March or April
FNF: wait, is this real?
ME: her curls are loose though
ME: very pretty- color too
ME: she has a good hair shape too. i think i like mine shorter in front. for the shape of my head/face
ME: kinda why i wanna see this dude. i think he could look at a head/face and optimize it
FNF: yeah, i def need mine shorter in front
FNF: i hadn't trimmed the front for months. couldn't figure out why my hair was looking terrible
FNF: cut MAD inches off the front
FNF: brand new hair
ME: ari told me he likes my hair off my face. but that... i'm not sure i can do
ME: i do get compliments on the low puff a lot though
ME: all off the face
FNF: yup. looks good on you.
FNF: i don't like it on me tho.
ME: my hair doesn't like to do it
ME: it's really forward facing if at all spirited
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - Nisus
10:49 AM me: I have to post on Jason's Green silkener. my new BFF
friend: is it cheap?
me: I mentioned when I got it and have been digging it ever since
it was when I got it- was on clearence- $6 each
I got 3
10:50 AM I think it's usually like $20
friend: at the store
me: I'll be pissd when I run out
friend: or online?
me: store near work
Pure beauty. they are not carrying Jason line anymore
so blew out what they had left
I went back and got 2 more
10:52 AM friend: sounds like a true deal!!!
10:53 AM me: yeah! the ingredients are the bomb
and it layers perfectly under gel
smells minty and fresh
10:55 AM damn $24
it was 75% off
10:58 AM I have to post a FAILED roller set too
wasted maaad time- came out like crap lol
10:59 AM friend: really
me: I did single twists with twisty rods at the ends
took em out the next am- the ends were not curled and the moment I tried to take the twists apart- supreme frizz
11:00 AM friend: ooooo
me: fail. Ari was like I TOLD u to blow it out first lol
I was like nooooo blowdryer!
me: gotta try something else
11:01 AM I guess I don't have that kinda hair
copying a twist and curl set
11:02 AM friend: right
I do NOT have picts of the final result lol!
Monday, November 2, 2009 - Nisus
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - Nisus
I was still rocking a 3 day old twist out last night, so when I got home I simply applied some of the reconstructor to my dry ends, tied it up and went to bed. This morning, I washed my hair with a Neem shampoo ball I have (I'll have to look up that vendor-from Eastern Market) . I separated into 4 sections and used the rest of the bottle of reconstructor. As I used my fingers to work through each section and detagle, I IMMEDIATELY noticed a change in the way my hair felt. It was more substantial, coated almost, like fibers. It was dope. Not easy to detangle, but pretty resilient feeling. I applied some of the hydrator over the reconstructor and managed to get through all my hair and then let it set in the 4 braids while I showered.
When I rinsed my hair it was feeling totally divine! Alas I was out of time. I rinsed and re-braided each section and had no time to style my hair. I undid each braid after a towel blotting, ran the marvelous smelling Johnathan Silkening cream through (a creamy, rich, almost oily, minty balm), rebraided a bit more neatly and then ecostylered (verb- meaning to smooth frizzyness with ecostyler gel) the edges and slapped two bands on the front of my wet hair for this style below. But I can't wait to get home and play with my hair. Not sure what I will do with it yet. Maybe a roller set. I'll have verdicts on the products and their full price worthiness with my full results.
Monday, October 26, 2009 - Nisus
I decided to stretch it a bit. Here you see how I do it. I grab clumps by the ends, pull it taught, then blast the root and middle with my little hand held dryer (pictured). It's about 10 sec of heat, going in an up-down motion, per section (I counted).
So here it is a bit looser.
I at first tried an asymmetrical up-do to go with my shirt.
But I decided on a full updo instead. I was headed to a friend's big 30 and engagement bash. Ta da!