Monday, June 10, 2013

Curls Are Life!


I started on Biotin on Sunday night, 5000 mcgs a day. That coupled with the Mega-Tek twice a week (leave in) should provide steady results. No shampoo, just co-washes once a week (right now, with Tressemme Flawless Curls Moisturizing Conditioner), and Finesse Moisturizing conditioner is MY daily go-to moisturizer (leave in). My brain is ingrained with Teri LaFlesh's "Curly Like Me" method.

The curly hair pins on Pinterest is LIFE! I can't wait for it to grow out. I'm not going to self sabotage myself like I did the two times before. I KNOW what my hair can and will do. I have to bow down to my hair. I have to let my hair be. So hard, but I have to. Maybe this is my punishment for doing what I did before (bleaching, then textlaxing, then the color remover = hair like cotton). I'm only going to textlax when it looks too unruly (for my standards). Once it's shoulder length (year three), I may ombre the ends.

Curly hair.... I'm so obsessed.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mega-Tek!

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The Mega-Tek was delivered today and on my head as soon as I could open the box. Not bad shipping, since I just ordered it on Tuesday. I'm going to do Mega-Tek once a week, and do growth pictures once a month, on the 6th or 7th. If all goes well, and I have the patience, I'll see shoulder length in three years. I just have to think of my hair as a "non-issue", something that I have, like my skin. I'll take care of it, but not do too much to it. Wash once a month (or more, depending on the smell/buildup of conditioner), co-wash every 3 days, Mega-Tek once a week, daily use of Finesse Moisturizing conditioner, and hope my greys don't take over.
 
Here's my monthly picture, dry curls, then combed out (before I rinsed today's application of Mega-Tek out):
Today is my "official" starting point. I'm starting at a longer length than my original big chop of 2009. I want to really try to stretch out the textlaxing applications. I want to see some curly "beady-beads" before I do another application. I'm thinking September... ha ha.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Craving Curly Hair

Also, during my blogging hiatus, a wonderful thing called Pinterest was invented. I won't need to explain what Pinterest is, as most people have Pinterest pages... for those who don't know, Pinterest is a website where you can "pin" photos and links on to a page on their website. I've been scouring pins for curly hair, and it's activated my obsession. I'm going to go through the 'too long for short/too short for long stages', and grit these next three.... yes, THREE years out. Today, I even ordered a bottle of  Mega-Tek from Amazon.com. I think it worked....
April 2009
April 2010
 
Of course, this also included lace wigs and protecting my hair in cornrows. It also meant losing my hair edges from time to time. I don't think I want to go the lace wig route this time. I'm living in Georgia, and I don't think I can deal with the heat and the adhesives. I'm going to grin and bear that unyielding grow out stage. My mom doesn't do anything to her hair and she's been growing it out for four years and it's down her back, and all natural. She's my inspiration.



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

26 Months To The Day! I'm Back!

I've been on hiatus for 26 months. I can't believe it's been that long since I posted anything hair related. The things I've done, the things I've seen, the places I've been, the things that have happened to me. I experienced life at its fullest (breakups, death, cross country moves, new relationships, etc.), and I'm still experiencing it. Life happens everyday and I refuse to sleep through it as the days come and go.

I can't believe, after arduously growing my hair out for three years, that I cut all that progress off in October 2012! What the F was I thinking? Here's a brief journey in pictures, 2011-2013:

2011:

2012:

 
the pinnacle of curly:
 
Then I chopped and straightened my hair. I thought I could give myself a pixie cut: 



 
I tucked in one last lace wig wearing. This was a virgin brazillian natural straight from Rex. It WAS beautiful... and as always, why did I cut it? I'm NEVER cutting a wig (or my hair) again:

 then I cut it: 

 
 
Jan - Feb 2013: I succumbed to the creamy crack once again, but I know my pixie was laid! Funny how with each picture, my hair kept getting shorter and shorter (I was channeling Gennifer Goodwin, but then I saw Charlize Theron on the Oscars, and I was done!) By this time, I knew I was going to do the super short, curly grow out.
 
 
And now, back to square one for the third time. As they say, third time's a charm. April 2013. I stopped flat ironing and sitting under a hair dryer to straighten, and noticed that I hadn't relaxed the curl completely straight. I took the scissors and chopped off all the straight ends. I don't care that it's all uneven. It actually is but I don't comb my hair that often. It curls up when wet. It's been a couple of months since I relaxed my hair, so I wanted to release the curl a bit with my first textlax of the year.
Before>
 After>
 
I left the MILD relaxer (still using Silk Elements MILD) on for five minutes, then rinsed it out, then washed with SE Neutralizing Shampoo. I followed up with Silk Elements Luxury Moisturizer. I'm happy with the results. I have to stop here, because this is a crucial period in textlaxing. This is where the hair is lifted off of the scalp, and the ends have the bend. I can't textlax again for at least 2-3 months. This is a crucial time in textlaxing.
                                     
It was April 2009 when I started my original "natural" hair growth journey. Just imagine where my hair would be if I hadn't messed it up with that first time all over bleaching in November 2009, then forgetting that I bleached and used Color Fix in August 2010. I watched my hair break off strand by strand. I will still textlax, because I love how my curl looks, but no drastic things like bleaching and the Color Fix. Here we go again, but now, I know what my hair can do, and what not to do. It's just a matter of letting the time pass, and leaving my hair alone. I'm still co-washing, and I still love Finesse Moisturizing conditioner, and Silk Elements Luxury Moisturizing conditioner. I'll need to buy more Mega-Tek conditioner. I don't know if it worked or not... but I think it did.
 
 
What started all of this over for me is that I got a Rex lace wig itch today. I haven't felt that "kick" since last year when I got the virgin brazillian. This time, I'm leaning towards 12-14", nothing too long, and I'm really leaning towards a wavy. I shouldn't have cut that brazillian. In it's natural state, is WAS wavy.... or at least it was before I washed it. Unfortunately for me, I couldn't get the Tootsie's Method of attachment down where it looked natural to me, so I abandoned it. If I partake in another wig adventure, it'll still be Hair Direct white adhesive for me (which I still have), SuperTape and Vapon, my old tried and true staples. I'm in Georgia now, so I don't know what summer time heat feels like here. We'll see... if I choose to go down this road. I'm not planning on doing any new videos, as there's nothing else new to do. For now, I'll just stick with posting pictures. Stay tuned. 
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