Wednesday, April 30, 2014

[Hairstyle] Side French Tuck + Head Wrap | Wash Day


It took everything in me to wash my hair this week. I've been attacked by the flu, molly whopped by allergies and pimp slapped by the rainy weather. Nothing is cooperating with me. Including my hair. Where are the scissors!?! That long bob is looking more and more appealing! I kid I kid! I'm just being dramatic or maybe it's the DayQuil talking... Any who, here's how my wash day went:
  1. Pre-Shampoo- I gently detangled with my fingers and slathered on extra virgin coconut oil. 
  2. Shampoo- with Bobeam Rootz Herbal Hair Grower Shampoo bar.
  3. Extreme deep condition- I deep conditioned with Jessicurl Deep Treatment on my roots and Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Masque on my ends. Then I massaged my stands with extra virgin coconut oil, covered with a plastic cap and sat under my hooded dryer for an hour.
  4. Rosemary Green Aloe Hair Rinse- After rinsing the conditioner, I applied 1 part steeped green tea + 1 part aloe vera juice + 2 springs of rosemary, using a narrow tip applicator to my strands--focusing on the roots. I let it sit for a few minutes then rinsed.
  5. Smoothing Treatment- with a large dollop of Matrix Biolage Detangling Solution.
  6. Air Dried- to 80-85% wrapped in a cotton t-shirt.
  7. Leave ins- I used the LOC method, starting with a little extra virgin coconut oil, Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, + a dab of Chi Silk Infusion (heat protectant) on my ends then tension blow dried by roots on cool to speed up my drying time and bantu knotted in about 10 sections.


Results:

I'm grateful that detangling was easy because I felt some kinda awful. Then, it was pouring raining when I unraveled my hair, so I didn't bother wearing it out. It would have been a mess in a matter of minutes. I figured that I'd keep it simple. I pulled my hair into a side tuck using a banana clip (you can find the tutorial here), swooped my bangs over and tied my hair up in one of my fave infinity scarves. Boom. Done.

In other news. I really like the Bobeam Shampoo Bar. I don't usually review products until I've emptied the container, but this bar will probably last several more months. I totally won't make you wait that long for a review! My shed hair was a joke. Thank you tea rinse and protein layering! I'd forgotten how well my hair behaves when I add a protein rich conditioner from the line of demarcation to my ends.

How was your wash day?

Besitos!
KLP



The Wash Day Experience Linkup RULES

  1. Healthy Hair is the theme. Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted.
  2. Share it! Your blog post must link back to this site so others see. We even made this nifty button below which links back to The Wash Day Experience page! Just copy and drop the code into your blog post.
  3. Encourage the wash day experience contributor that linked up directly before you with an inspiring  comment. We are each here to support each other and build a community of determined women and hair-friends. Don’t worry, the chica ​who links up after you will do the same; comment love for everyone! 





Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Herbal Tea Rinses To Combat Shedding


I am a tea rinse junky. I've tired over a dozen tea blends, but green, black, and chamomile are definitely my favorites. When I'm consistent in my tea rinse use, I definitely see less less hair clogging your shower. Plus I've noticed that my scalp is clear and free of dryness. Here's how I use herbal tea rinses to combat shedding:


Chamomile Peppermint Aloe Tea

Got Itchy Flaky Scalp and Shedding

Why It Works:
Chamomile soothes your scalp and conditions your hair. Peppermint's cooling sensation increases blood circulation in the scalp. Aloe Vera Gel is known to stimulates the production of new hair and may even lessen the effects of Alopecia. If you suffer from a itchy and inflamed scalp, this is the combo that you want to reach for. (Tip: I heart Aloe Vera Gel in my tea rinses because it gives the mix a thicker consistency so I don't have to worry about it running all over the place!) 

Nourishing Green Rosemary Tea
Got Dry Scalp and Shedding

Why It Works:
Rosemary acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory to soothe itchiness. Green tea is an astringent packed with caffeine known to help increase oxygen to your hair follicles. Glycerin is a natural moisturizing humectant. 

Black Eucalyptus Coconut
Got Breakage and Shedding 

Why It Works:
Black tea has about 55 mg of caffeine per serving versus green tea's 35mg of caffeine. Traditional drip coffee has 100 mg of caffeine. Caffeine is known in the hair world for stimulating the scalp, increasing blood flow, and thus allowing your scalp to get more oxygen and more "food." Eucalyptus is antimicrobial, revitalizing, and clarifying. Coconut oil has been shown in studies to be the only oil that prevents protein loss while helping hair retain moisture. It reduces hair porosity making it spectacular for chemically relaxed hair which is typically higher porosity.

Do you tea rinse? 

Besitos!
KLP 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Healthy Hair Hairology



What is Healthy Hairology Medley? It's simply the place where I share my favorite healthy hair tips, tricks, and techniques from bloggers, vloggers, and forums for you each week with the occasional mention of simply cool stuff. A little warning: I'm a little obsessed with all things hair related. But wait---but you already knew that huh? Ha-ha! Here is the best of the best from last week:


Goodbye Black Hair rcsoatl: I need Vett's new color. Like...I feel like I'm going to die without it! (Dramatic ehh?) Ain't it purty?

Deja Turner

Living With Natural Locks intothegloss: Hello beautiful locs! There is something bold, sassy, and sophisticated about locs that I just love. Read up on Deja's extraordinary locs.

5 ways to incorporate JBCO into your regimen indigneouscurls: I don't use JBCO as much as I probably should. Thank goodness that I've found 5 more ways to use it.



3 Quick Twist Out Hairstyles longing4length: Because all my twist/braid outs fail, I was siced to see 3 of LA Hair stylist Kim Kimble twist out styles featured on one of my favorite healthy hair sites ever. (Heyyyy Ebony!!!) The best part: perfect twist outs need not apply! #iwantthathair

Besitos!
KLP

Friday, April 25, 2014

Muay Thai Class | Fitness Friday


Hola Chicas!


So, I have been working hard in between dance shows! (Yes, I have another one this weekend! - with my own choreography :D) I have been going to Muay Thai classes with Mark for the last three weeks! We have been attending classes at a local Mixed Martial Arts Gym.
My Fighting Stance! 

What is Muay Thai?

Muay Thai is a form of martial art that is considered the "art of eight limbs". It utilizes your elbows, knees, hands, and feet. It is also considered Thai Kick boxing.

Class Set up:

We normally start with simple warm ups like jogging or sprints. There is a lot of strength and conditioning that is done through out the class. Honestly, I did not think I would make it through my first class! The high kicks then the sprints then the push ups...etc. I thought I was going to pass out! :P

I pushed through with my water lol. Every class has focused on a different limb and how you can use it. I have learned that my legs are STRONG. I have been taught the fundamentals of kneeing and kicking. We continuously work through combos (punching then kneeing and so forth) to further build up our ability to fight well.

The Reality:

I LOVE IT! I feel so confident and safe. It may seem silly but I honestly feel like I could take anyone that wants to go! Hah I just realize that I am stronger then I think and I learned the right way to defend myself. If you have not taken a mix martial arts or kick boxing class, I would recommend that you GET WITH IT! You will get a great workout, while learning how to handle business if necessary.  :)

My must stay pinned up or in a bun for class. It is irritating if it is any other way. Plus, I sweat like crazy so I need it to stay contain. I also find myself doing a mini wash midweek when I take 2 classes...stinky hair = no bueno! lol 

Which mix martial arts classes have you taken!?

xoxo
Keyda

What's In My Gym Bag? Hair Edition | Fitness Friday


I love working out at home because---well---I can wear my old faded holey alum sweats, workout in my pre-shampoo oil treatment, and sport that sexy plastic cap that all the guys love. Lol. I've been married long enough that nothing that I do to my hair surprises my hubby. However, when I know I'm gonna hit the gym, there's no way that I'm sporting the same look. It's #FitnessFriday *round of applause* and here's what's in my gym bag...for my hair:


Bun Maker: Scunci Banana Clip 
My secret to a big doughy bun is a banana clip. I love a polished messy bun. Meaning, I want it to look casual but chic---even in the gym. 

Moisturizer: Jessicurl Too Shea
Moisturized hair is happy hair. Period. I slap a little on my edges then put on my headband to keep my edges tame.

Dent Free Elastics: Karina Elastic Ties
When I'm trying to save a blowout or flat iron, I reach for my dent free hair ties. Plus these ones skip that pesky metal that your hair gets caught in. I found these hair ties on sale at Ulta a few weeks ago for about $2. That clearence section is my bestie!

Bobby Pins: Conair Black Bobby Pins
Who is eating my bobby pins? I bought a 60 pack last month. Now I have 20...maybe 30. Smh. There is a bobby pin monster in my house tormenting my soul! (I'm not dramatic though...) I use bobby pins to secure my buns and keep my hair from distracting me from putting in work!
 
Several Headbands: Scunci No Slip Grip
I found these in the dollar store. Yeah---the dollar store! Then I promptly purchased ten. Headbands are like bobby pins---they just disappear into thin air.


My all time favorite gym style is a Double Dutch Braid into a bun. It's taut, cute, and works for just about all of my group classes. What's in your gym bag for your hair?

Let's inspire together! Create a fitness related blog post and link up every Friday with me, KLP of SavingOurStrands, Ebony of Longing4Length, and Britt of One&20

Fitness Friday Linkup RULES

  1. ​Follow your hosts: SavingOurStrands, Longing4Length, and One&20 via Bloglovin'
  2. Fitness is the theme. Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted---we not about that life!
  3. Inspire the Fitness Friday contributor that linked up directly before you with an encouraging comment. We are each here to support each other and build a community of determined women and hair-friends. (Don’t worry, the chica ​who links up after you will do the same; So everyone gets love​!).
  4. Share it! Your blog post must link back to this site so others see. We even made this nifty button which links back to the Fitness Friday page! Just copy and drop the code into your blog post.


Besitos!
KLP





Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Moment When I Fell In Love With My Hair


Twice a year, I force convince my minions and superhero hubby to take family pictures. My kiddos are hams for the camera; one of my little guy's first words was "cheese"! Ha-ha! Because I don't have very many pictures of me as a kid, I go clickety clickety crazy for my kids. We use the pics in our Mother/Father's day/Christmas cards, for birthday party invitations, and of course they're my mommy/wife badges of honor. (What mother do you know that doesn't have a phone FULL of pics of their kiddos?!) Each year I plan out what we're gonna wear (#dontjudgeme but we always color coordinate), scout a beautifully landscaped location, hire an amazeball photographer several months in advance, and of course make sure that I have a fresh relaxer so that I can rock flowly straight tresses. Every. Single. Year.
That is until this year. I didn't feel like straightening my hair. Nothing in me wanted to. So many things went through my head while I was trying to convince myself to straighten...

But we use these pics for everything...
But not everyone is used to my big fluffy bantu knot curls...
But it's tradition...
But will I look like me...
But I really wanna show off my length...

I waffled back and forth, back and forth. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. That moment when I realized that I didn't have to straighten my hair to love it---when I didn't need to straighten it for other folks to love it either. At the beginning of my no heat detox, I really struggled with my air dried hair. I'd always fought to tame my big hair. I'd always rocked my straight hair. And...I'd always struggled to grow my hair. Now don't get me wrong, of course I will straighten my hair again. I love the versatility! But like all good things---heat is the bee's knees in moderation. But I'm proud to say that ain't no body got time for 3 hour straightening sessions and I'm in love with my big hair!

So my question for you is---Is your default for a special occasion to go straight? Or are you a-okay with rocking big hair?

Besitos!
KLP

Wash Day | 6 weeks post {keyda}

Hola Chicas!


I have been enjoying a few new products in rotation within my hair regimen. I have been really pushing to maintain my regimen without falling to my stresses of work....and just laziness! Wish me luck! :)

[A] Detangled with my fingers at the root and with my magic comb! I had 2 knots :( but I did not sleep with my hair wrapped on vacay lol ...just wanted to indulge myself!

[B] Pre-shampoo with my essential oil mix on my scalp and EVOO on the length of my hair.

[C] Co-wash with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner.

DC
[D] Protein Treatment with Aphogee 2 Step Treatment. I am not a fan of the smell but I also like to use ALL of a product before purchasing a new product. I actually put my head under some heat for 10 minutes with the product in. I really wanted the protein to get in there!

[E] DC with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. This is a new product that is in rotation. I actually really like it so far. Also placed Chi Silk Infusion over my entire head. Stayed under heat cap for an hour.

[F] Black Tea rinse with a dab of Paul Mitchell Super Charged Moisturizer.
[G] Air dried my hair about 80% then spraying Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer all over and a dab of Koils by Nature Perfectly Peppermint Hair Butter through my hair.


My Hair Reality:

My hair felt strong and moisturized fully! I was very pleased with my wash day experience and just hope I can keep up with my moisturizing/sealing through out the week. I decided to braid my hair after being pinspired! It is a simple Crown Braid! I have been able to accessorize this style so easily and barely touch my hair...win! Now, I must admit that has spring approaches my scalp has been needing more taming. I am hoping that I keep the irritation and flakiness at bay with my tea rinses and essential oil mix! Wish me luck! Sad news... I have no more argan oil :( ....it is soooo expensive...so I will probably use grape seed oil until I bring enough change lol for my argan oil!


Check out our wash day experience! How was your wash day!?

xoxo
Keyda


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

[Hairstyle] Bantu Knots | The #WashDayExperience


I have a confession: I can not remember if I moisturized and sealed daily last week. You see what had happened was----Well, I'm not gonna lie. I just dropped the ball. When I started to detangle on wash day, I kicked myself in the butt several times. My hair was dry and I had more breakage than I was comfortable with, so I knew that it was protein treatment time. 

  1. Pre-Shampoo- I gently detangled with my fingers and slathered on extra virgin coconut oil. 
  2. Moisturizing Shampoo- with diluted Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie Hydrating Shampoo applied with an applicator bottle.
  3. Protein Treatment- with Nexxus Emergencee; the world's easiest to apply protein treatment. I let it air dry for an hour or so while I did chores.
  4. Extreme deep condition- Next, I stood under the spray of my shower for about 5 minutes to rinse the Emergencee completely. I deep conditioned with Jessicurl Deep Treatment on the length of my hair. Then I massaged my stands with extra virgin coconut oil, covered with a plastic cap and sat under my hooded dryer for an hour and left it in overnight.
  5. Smoothing Treatment- with a large dollop of Matrix Biolage Detangling Solution.
  6. Air Dried- to 80-85% wrapped in a cotton t-shirt.
  7. Leave ins- I used Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, my kitchenista Tangerine Vanilla Whipped Hair Butter, and the "faux" banded my hair to stretch roots while it dried.

Results:
I've used Nexxus Emergencee for about 3 years and the results never cease to amaze me. My hair always feels stronger, smoother, and thicker afterwards. I feel like I judo chop breakage every time that I use it! Jessicurl Deep Treatment moisturized like no body's business and of course I set my hair in about 10 bantu knots to style. They weren't my best curls, I totally broke Bantu Knot rule #2 of not letting them dry completely, but they were still Facebook-worthy. 

How was your wash day?



The Wash Day Experience Linkup RULES

  1. Healthy Hair is the theme. Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted.
  2. Share it! Your blog post must link back to this site so others see. We even made this nifty button below which links back to The Wash Day Experience page! Just copy and drop the code into your blog post.
  3. Encourage the wash day experience contributor that linked up directly before you with an inspiring  comment. We are each here to support each other and build a community of determined women and hair-friends. Don’t worry, the chica ​who links up after you will do the same; comment love for everyone! 




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

[Review] Jessicurl Deep Treatment


Price: $16.95 (USD)

Purchased at: www.jessicurl.com

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua)*,  Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter),  Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder,  Soy Lecithin, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Promises:
Intense pampering for dry hair

How I Use It:
Deep conditioner + heat
Leave in conditioner

My Thoughts:
Jessicurl Deep Treatment is deliciously thick, creamy, and rich. Wait---am I talking about ice cream or a conditioner?! I digress. It's actually one of the thickest conditioners that I own. It moisturizes like no body's business, has a scent that has grown on me, and makes my multi-textured strands behave. It's slip is simply what tangle prone chicas like me dream of. I can instantly feel and see that my hair is absorbing the product. It doesn't any build up as it softens. And whilst, I adore conditioning over night with it---you most certainly don't have to in order for your hair to love it. I've had to literally fight my urge to buy this conditioner by the gallon. The only down side is the packaging. Smh. Why o why is it in a bottle? If y'all could only see my hubby's face when I ask him to use his super sharp shears to cut it open for me so that I can get all of the product out. 
Dear Jessi
I'd love you forever and ever to the moon and back if you packed this luscious conditioner in a jar.
Your bestie KLP's hair
Can you tell that this one is a keeper? Staple status confirmed!

If you're on the search for a beautifully insane moisturizing conditioner, I doubt that Jessicurl Deep Treatment will disappoint. I've been asked frequently if it works for relaxed hair and I passionately say; ABSOfreakingLUTELY. 

(I may have had just a tad bit too much coffee whilst penning this post---don't be alarmed. Ha-ha!)

Besitos!
KLP

Monday, April 21, 2014

Healthy Hairology Medley

Me with Minion #1
What is Healthy Hairology Medley? It's simply the place where I share my favorite healthy hair tips, tricks, and techniques from bloggers, vloggers, and forums for you each week with the occasional mention of simply cool stuff. A little warning: I'm a little obsessed with all things hair related. But wait---but you already knew that huh? Ha-ha! Here is the best of the best from last week:


Protective Twist N Bun Style Hairstyle
Protective Twist N Bun Style Hairstyle Tutorial blackhairinformation: I need to trademark the saying "Buns don't have to be boring" because I say it all.the.time. Just in case you need more proof check out this GAWGEOUS style from Tiffany. It totally looks more intricate than it really is.

Transitioning Talk justgrowalready: I just want to give Jeni a shout out and e-fist bump for deciding to transition! You betta get it girl! We'll be cheering you on every step of the way chica!

Healthy Hair Journey 2 Years and Counting myhealthyhairdiary: I can totally relate to and understand the annoyance when you have certain length expectations for your hair and you just don't quite make it there. However, I love how Candice is turning her setback into a setup for greatness. And---her mane's thickness is to die for!
How To Do A Successful Braidout allthingscurly: I'm actively compiling a list of links to banging braidout tutorials. Why? Because my braidout technique is pretty terrible. But I'm convinced that one day, with a ton of practice---I will get it right!

How well do you know your butters? camillescorner: I love me some hair butter! But the ingredients can definitely get confusing. Check out Camille's guide to all things butter!



Bantu Knot Tutorial tressedforsuccess: I'm madly in love with bantu knots. But that's not really new! If you're struggling with your bantu knots or want to try them for the first time, check out MJ's amazeball step by step tutorial with a great tip for elongating your curls!

Besitos!
KLP

Friday, April 18, 2014

What I Learned About Hurts, Hang ups, Habits, and Healthy Hair While Running




*The crowd goes wild* It's #FitnessFriday! Once upon a time I would avoid strenuous activity like the plague. Not only did I believe that I could sweat out a "perm" but so did all of my friends. We'd halt gym time if anyone dropped a bead of sweat and ditch the club early if it got to crowded and/or hot. Fast forward to the present--now I'm all about the sweat life. Now I adore running---not for its obvious cardiovascular benefits but for what its taught me about hurts, hang ups, (bad) habits, and claro que si, my hair.  

Hurts- There's a purpose for the pain; It may not be good to you but it's good for you: Running is fun---never have I ever said. Running is painful. Running is hard. Running is exhausting. But crossing the finish line--well that's... Amazing. Exhilarating. Accomplishing. The reward is always worth the pain. Not everything that we do---in the name of being the best that we can be--is supposed to be easy. Yet the pain is always worth the reward.   

Habits: Watching the clock is wastes time- 
I use RunKeeper (yep its free!) to track my 5k time and distance. Its a pretty cool app that tells me when to start running, when I'm half way, and when to slow down to an easy pace. All of the time between, its silent. Sometimes too silent. I don't have good days every time that I run. And on those not so good days, I find myself habitually pulling my phone out to check my progress. Every time that I do, my stride suffers--my focus shifts---my overall pace slows. When life gets hard---how easy is it to want to countdown the hours, minutes, and seconds until its all over? But every time that you do---you're wasting time and giving discouragement a welcome home because it feels as if nothing's changed. 

Hang ups: Being thankful for success and setbacks- Setbacks suck. I try to avoid them like the plague. Yet one always has a way of creeping in where I least expect it. The good news: ain't it funny how setbacks often mold us more willingly than success can? Learning to have an attitude of gratitude, no matter what the circumstance will change the way that you view those pesky buggers. Setbacks are always set ups for success---ONLY when you make the choice to learn from them. 

Healthy Hair: My journey isn't the same as your journey- My superhero hubby agreed to help me train for my 5k. He's super athletic. He plays basketball, football, and softball. But there was one little problem. He hates running. With a passion. While I ran 3-4 times a week, working on my endurance, perfecting my stride, and focusing on my breathing---he was playing pick up games with his boys. Yet every time that he joined me---he flew right by me. I really wanted to complain, give up, and get nasty. But I remembered (and therefore painfully bit my tongue) that timing is everything. What I needed do was stay on my course. In due time, I'll be faster. In due time, I'll be better. In due time, I'll be stronger. My time just wasn't that day. How many of us have seen chicas who started their hhj around the same time that we did with pixie cuts who have MBL+ hair today? Yes its frustrating. Yes we want to find something wrong with her and her hair to validate our own insecurities (y'all know what I'm talking about---HATE is running rampant on blogs, forums, and YouTube) but at the end of the day, your hair isn't her hair. For one person, MBL takes one year. For others it might take 5+ years. Yet being faithful to your own journey is ever important. You will get there one day when you stay the course and that day will be great. Get your confetti ready chica!


Let's inspire together! Create a fitness related blog post and link up every Friday with me, KLP of SavingOurStrands, Ebony of Longing4Length, and Britt of One&20

Fitness Friday Linkup RULES

  1. ​Follow your hosts: SavingOurStrands, Longing4Length, and One&20 via Bloglovin'
  2. Fitness is the theme. Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted---we not about that life!
  3. Inspire the Fitness Friday contributor that linked up directly before you with an encouraging comment. We are each here to support each other and build a community of determined women and hair-friends. (Don’t worry, the chica ​who links up after you will do the same; So everyone gets love​!).
  4. Share it! Your blog post must link back to this site so others see. We even made this nifty button which links back to the Fitness Friday page! Just copy and drop the code into your blog post.


Besitos!
KLP





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

[Hairstyle] Tousled Bantu Knot Side Bun | Wash Day

For the first time in my adult life, I did not have straight hair for my birthday and it's been 10 months since my last relaxer! This moment is totally surreal. Not only did I not really feel like straightening, I really didn't have the time to do it either. Is it just me or is everyone swamped with stuff to do lately? Nonetheless, I wanted my hair to look cute and sassy for a few days without having to devote too much time (or manipulation) in daily styling. My bantu knots a few weeks ago were really beautiful, so I used the same products and techniques with this week's wash day:

  1. Detangled- with my fingers and
  2. Pre-Shamoo- using extra virgin coconut oil to detangle.
  3. Shampoo- with Jessicurl Cleansing Cream.
  4. Extreme deep condition- I deep conditioned with Jessicurl Deep Treatment on the length of my hair. Then I massaged my stands with extra virgin coconut oil, covered with a plastic cap and sat under my hooded dryer for an hour and left it in overnight.
  5. Green Aloe Hair Rinse- After rinsing the conditioner, I applied 1 part steeped green tea + 1 part aloe vera gel + 1 tbsp Glycerin, using a narrow tip applicator to my strands--focusing on the roots. I let it sit for a few minutes then rinsed.
  6. Smoothing Treatment- with a large dollop of Matrix Biolage Detangling Solution.
  7. Air Dried- to 80-85% wrapped in a cotton t-shirt.
  8. Leave ins- I used the LOC method, starting with a little extra virgin coconut oil, Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, my kitchenista Tangerine Vanilla Whipped Hair Butter, and bantu knotted my hair in about 10 sections.



The Results:
My bantu knot curls were super tight after letting them set longer than usual. How I go from BSL/MBL to chin length in a matter of hours still trips me out at times. I wasn't really feeling the ridiculous shrinkage, so I pinned them up into a high bun with a centre part the first day, a high bun with side part the second day, and a tousled side bun the third day. (Check out this tutorial on how I make my bantu knots last here.) I'm not sure where my hair journey is going right now, but I'm enjoying the ride!




The Wash Day Experience Linkup RULES

  1. Healthy Hair is the theme. Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted.
  2. Share it! Your blog post must link back to this site so others see. We even made this nifty button below which links back to The Wash Day Experience page! Just copy and drop the code into your blog post.
  3. Encourage the wash day experience contributor that linked up directly before you with an inspiring  comment. We are each here to support each other and build a community of determined women and hair-friends. Don’t worry, the chica ​who links up after you will do the same; comment love for everyone! 





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

8 Things That I Learned to Love About My Hair....And It's Also My Birthday!


If you didn't finish your taxes yet...stop reading this and go DO IT NOW. Ha-ha! If you've you already have---Throw some confetti with me chicas! It's also my birthday! I'm immensely grateful and totally thankful for each one of you guys for letting me share a little part of your world! SavingOurStrands totally has the best e-cheer squad in the whole wide world! I love that I have a place to share what I've experienced and learned about life---y si que claro my hair with you! To celebrate my birthday---here are 8 things that I've learned to love about my hair in the last year:


  1. I love having long(ish) hair: I dream about getting one of those sexy lobs (long-bobs) all the time. Especially when I'm fighting one SSK after another, but when I'm done---I'm so happy that my patience and commitment to my hair is paying off with length!  
  2. I love my hair color: It's not brown---but not quite red either. The summer streaks it with highlights. I've even thought about using henna to enhance my natural color. Maybe this is the year that I actually do it!
  3. I love my air dried hair: I'm starting to realize that I actually like big hair! I've fought it for so many years but bantu knots are seriously my thing now. I've done a set at least once a week for almost a year now.
  4. I love my bangs: My bangs are my security blanket. For two really silly reasons: I have a big forehead and I feel like my head is quite large for my body. Ha-ha! I feel so naked with my hair completely slicked back. Thank God for face framing styles!
  5. I love tea rinses: Because I shed madly, tea rinses have literally saved my strands---from falling on the floor. I don't think that there is a coincidence that my shedding has dramatically decreased since I started tea rinsing on a regular basis. I been experimenting with a few new tea rinses ingredients that I'll share soon!
  6. I love that my bestie loves her hair too: I truly adore my friendship with Keyda. She's charming, witty, and always tells me that you can never have too many deep conditioners!
  7. I love that I don't have to straighten my hair to love it: Last year at the beginning of my heat detox, I really struggled with styling my hair. Ugh...I had sooo many blah days. I was so in love with my straight hair that I felt icky with big hair
  8. I love my curly roots: So much so that I'm actually considering an never ending this stretch. Did she just say what I think she said?!? Maybe...maybe not. The jury is still deliberating!
Besitos!
KLP