So, it’s been a couple months since I have blogged about my hair. I had been very frustrated with the progress the last couple of months. I see so many natural hair styles that I want to try, but my hair is not quite long enough to achieve. I went back to wearing my two-strand twists, which I am so tired of wearing. I had been afraid of trying a twist-out again because I work out so much and the moisture from sweating makes my hair frizz up ridiculously. But, for the last week I’ve been doing flat twist-outs and have been pleasantly surprised with the results. In the past, my twist-outs would turn into a frizzy twist-fro, and so I refused to try them again until now.
In the last six months, I have restrained myself from buying a bunch of new products. Most times, the products don’t actually do what they say they do, and I had been spending a lot of money unnecessarily. I just decided to learn to work with the products I had already bought. Many of them, I found to be OK, but a few just didn’t work for my texture. The ones that did not work got trashed. Finally, my bathroom cabinet shelves began to clear out, and much of the products I had been using were all gone or almost gone. Recently, I took a trip to the store to buy a few more new products. I’ve learned to buy the basics instead of something that says all these “wonderful” things on the label.
So, for the last week I’ve been using my new products to moisturize and set my hair at night. I still follow the LOC (leave-in conditioner, oil, cream) method, for the most part. I don’t always use leave-in conditioner everyday, as it tends to make my hair flaky. I do use a water/oil mix and my newest creme hair dress.
Here are the steps I take:
- Spritz my entire head with my water/oil mix. My staple oil is coconut oil.
- Spray entire head with argan/olive oil mix. I purchase argon oil and added olive oil once I go halfway through the bottle.
- Spray entire head with Keratin spray.
- Apply Shea Butter Green Tea to hair, focusing on the ends.
- Create 2-3 layers of short flat twists all over, applying Olive Oil Smooth & Hold pudding to the ends of the hair as you twist.
I also found that coiling the hair at the ends, as opposed to twisting all the way to the end, helps minimize frizz when I take my twists a loose the next morning. Here are the results:
- Smoothing Dry, Frizzy Hair (dailyglow.com)
- Tame Your Frizz With Tips From John Frieda (bellasugar.com)
- Frequently asked questions about my natural hair. (naturalhairworld.wordpress.com)
- The Beautiful Journey of “Going Natural”. (blackbutterfly25.wordpress.com)
- Beat Frizzy Hair This Winter With Our Favorite Tips, Tricks and Products (pinkandblack-magazine.com)
- Natural Hair Dictionary (naturalhairlovers.wordpress.com)
2 thoughts on “Progress – 13 Mos. Post Big Chop”
Hi! I didn’t follow this part of your post (i.e. about the hair) so much, but I take it you were probably not happy with the problem(s) you were having when hair was long. Now you chopped it and are using these products.
If it was me, this would be a fun time for me because I’m experimenting on various products, seeing which is best for my hair, but even in all this it’s sort of treating myself to something special. Happy weekend!
You’re absolutely correct! I was experimenting a lot and began to get frustrated, as I waited for my hair to grow longer. I like variety and options, and with short hair, you are so limited. But, things are looking up! Thanks for your feedback!