Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Hair & My Rollersetting Challenge

As you read in my last blog, I'm back on the roller/rods bandwagon!! I am challenging myself to refrain from flat ironing until my birthday in February. I am going to wear rollersets and other low manipulation styles until then!! I know it will be very very difficult, but this challenge is for my own good. It seems everytime I come on here, I say the EXACT same thing about doing a better job caring for my tresses..This time I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY do mean it. I notice my hair is not yet damaged, but it just lacks the life & body that it had before I went crazy on it. I really have been overusing heat!! I'm done torturing my poor head. I will be buying a wig just in case I feel the urge to straighten again !!! I love the fact I've been wearing my real hair the last 6-7 months, so the wig will sit in the closet as an emergency option only!

So far my tentative Plan Of Action is to wash/condition/roll my hair every 7 days. I will be doing intense deep conditioning treatments on the weekends, along with light protein & hot oil treatments. Go hard or go home...I gotta get my hair and scalp back in shape !!

On Thanksgiving day, I did a rollerset on the turquoise/aquamarine color rollers ( 1& 1/4 diameter magnetic rollers). I was a little off, but I got back into the swing of it. I used 30 rollers total, and I was really happy with the results !! Here is my hair before, during, and after ....

As you can see, I didn't get my hair on the rollers PERFECTLY but they still came out really nicely!!

Here is photo of my hair...I will update later with a better quality pic when I find my camera !!

The curls came out really softly, they weren't crunchy or hard at all.. I thought I used alot of foam wrap but I guess not !! My next rollerset will probably be done with the purple flexirods. I'm so excited !!!

Thank you for reading Everyone :)

********I almost forgot to tell you what I did !! For this rollerset, I oiled my scalp with African Royale Hot Six Oil, and then applied my prepoo mix with cheap conditioner. I slept with the mix on overnight. The next morning, I shampooed with my Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Shampoo. Next I did a 30 minute light protein treatment with my ApHogee 2 Minute Reconstructor, rinsed it out, and did a brief deep condition with Cream of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment. I left that on for almost an hour, then I rinsed and applied some Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-in, and some Kera Care Foam Wrap Lotion. I rolled my hair on the rollers and sat under the dryer on and off for 2 hours (probably under the dryer for an hour & 15 mins total though, the rollers were small so it took longer to dry). When I took out the rollers, I applied some Fantasia IC Heat Protectant Serum and straightened my puffy roots on low heat !!! That was it :)

Back to the Basics ....

Hello Ladies & Gents !!

Let me fill you in on what's going on with me since I last blogged ...

On October 13th 2011, I got my hair colored THE EXACT same color again !!! I LOVE IT !!! It had been almost 4 months since I initially colored it. I love it so much!!! I found out the name and brand of the color for those who asked. My stylist uses Salerm brand, #6.4 and my color is simply called "Dark Copper Brown". Here is a link to it !!

Ever since June, I've been wearing my hair straightened. Well after 5 months, I've had enough !!! My hair is already colored and the constant heat thing is going to start taking a toll if I don't give my hair a rest. I started watching some youtube videos looking for perm rod/flexirod ideas, and now I'm back on the rollersetting bandwagon!!! I really would <333 LOVE to see my hair reach my waist by my birthday in February. I don't know how realistic this goal is, but I'm going to try my best !! I purchased some smaller sized rods so that I can rock the curly fro for an extended amount of time. Right now, my plan is to use rollers in the 7/8", 1", and 1 & 1/4" diameters (yellow, tan, and turquoise, pictured respectively)

I also went ahead and treated myself to a floor standing/rolling hair dryer. I love my old faithful table top dryer, but honestly it was a pain propping it on tables or books. I could never seem to get it to the right height. I also have a soft bonnet hair dryer that I can use on the bed or floor, but the air distribution was never even, and I could never get it completely over my rollers either. I'm glad I no longer have to worry about any of those issues!!

My new dryer is by Belson, the Gold N Hot Stand Hair Dryer, Model#GH053. I used it for the first time on Thanksgiving, it was great!! Nice and warm and just a dream after being immobile for so long, LOL... Initially I wanted a Pibbs Qwik Dry, but right now 300-500 dollars is just not a smart move for me to make. I'd rather buy a nice hair steamer to condition with for that kind of money if I had to! I purchased the dryer from Sally's, it was on sale for $88 dollars. I like that it is black instead of the white Conair brand dryers they usually sell. It comes with a 2 year warranty and was very simple to put together. I will keep everyone posted on how it hold up!! Here is a link with all the specifications and a picture :)

I'll have a blog on my rollerset results next !! Thank you for reading everyone :)