Tendril Tuesday: Transitioning Hair Update

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Tendril Tuesday: Transitioning Hair Update

Transition:

I’m 10 months into my transition now. (Last touchup was May 9, 2014) I don’t know how long I’ll end up transitioning, but I’m going at least a year for sure. I’m used to dealing with two textures, especially since I did a 22 month transition before. I do dislike having the straight ends and top layer, with my springy curls hidden underneath, but it is what it is. It’s growing and eventually will be back to all-natural curls.

Length Check:

March 1st. This is my starting point.  My hair is currently just above collarbone length. I’m going to straighten and take starting photos so I can track my growth again. Feels like forever since I have done a length check, doesn’t it?! I’m over the post-partum hair loss (and stress hair loss), and that’s starting to get filled back in too.

collarbone length natural hair

Regimen:

I’ve been slacking.

I admit. A deep conditioner hasn’t been slapped on my head in a while.

My plan is to start doing them again on Sundays.

Right now my regimen is:

Shampoo once a week. Co-wash 2-3 times a week. Rinse with water otherwise.

I wet my hair daily, but I don’t necessarily wash it daily. (I do use my fingertips to rub my scalp and detangle daily though.)

Moisturize daily and use coconut oil (or another oil) daily, then style and go.

Styling:

I either wear it pulled back in a bun, or a bun with a front twist/front braid, or out loose with a headband.

It’s too short and evenly cut to wear out without a headband. If I do I get that triangle shape that I personally don’t like.

I admit I have not been experimenting at all with styles. I have zero desire to spend time on my hair with everything else pulling at my time.

Products/Tools:

I finally unpacked all my hair products and tools. I have SO much still. So I’m on operation use-up. It’s going to take a while. I’ve put myself on a hair product shopping ban. (even though I just got a great deal on some Pantene and Herbal Essences) I doubt I’ll have to buy anything (other than deep conditioner) this year!

As for tools:

This Fabulous Comb is all I’m really using.

And of course my scarf and satin pillowcase

Decision:

I officially decided to start growing my hair out again to donate.

I’m steadfast in my decision not to cut until mid-July, when I’m back in NYC for BlogHer and can go to my fave stylist. Last trim was 9/10/14 so I’m long overdue. I’m not sure if I’ll end up cutting away all the relaxed hair and BC (I’m not donating any permed hair)….. or if I’ll just trim, shape it with layers, and color it. But either way, no scissors are coming near my head until then. I’m firm in that decision and not wavering.

What’s up with your hair lately?

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#TendrilTuesday: I Want To Cut It All Off

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I want to cut my hair

I’m the worst.
I know it.
My hair is really annoying me these days.
I keep telling myself to leave it alone at least until the summer…but…
Not sure if I can make it.
Need to give myself some incentive to not BC.
Any ideas?

Cuz honestly…I want to cut it…right. NOW.

::shrug::

Maybe I will straighten it out and see how it looks. That may buy me a few weeks of satisfaction and not have me lookin to cut.

Honestly, the only think keeping me from cutting is not having a stylist down here.

I’ll be back to NYC in July for BlogHer so maybe I’ll just wait until then…. If I can.

How do you convince yourself not to cut your hair?

What are you up to with your hair these days?


2015 Hair Goals and Color Treated Transition Update

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I had to do a touch up….. well… I’ve had to do a touch up for weeks now… but I finally got around to it a couple weeks ago.

I searched a bunch of stores but couldn’t find the dye I used last time. So, I did what my inner cheapskate told me to… I bought the least expensive blonde dye I could find…. Colorsilk! lol

This color its no where near as strong as the dark and lovely I tried last time but it got rid of the stark black roots which was the goal.
I only applied it to my new growth and a little bit of my length. Left the bottom half of my hair alone. It’s fried enough and too blonde.

color treated transitioning natural hair

I love the ombre action

Which brings me to the gross negligence I’m guilty of as far as this hair is concerned. I’m not using heat and I’m not shampooing often…but I’m not deep conditioning or moisturizing daily like I know I need to to keep my hair in good shape.

I’d love to just cut it off, but I’m here in Florida and don’t yet have a stylist that I trust. Gunna get some recommendations. I am at the point where I think I’d rather have all natural, non-ponytail-able hair versus this weird, two textured transitioner hybrid…

I was really hoping to be able to hold out until May 11th to make it to a full year of transitioning….

Maybe I will just trim away some of the yucky ends…I haven’t cut it since September 10th.

My day to day hair is a side parted slicked back pony tail. I sometimes just wear it loosely pinned up like the picture up top. (except usually sliiiightly neater lol)

2014 was a different hair year.

I relaxed bone straight for the first time ever.

I kept my hair short for the first time ever. (but since sept 10 was my last cut I’m growing it back as of then)

I colored like crazy (well… that is not so different)

My hair plans for 2015 are: 

  • maintain color while keeping hair as healthy as possible
  • don’t BC hair until May 11 or later
  • grow hair to shoulder length (if no BC) OR collarbone length (if I do BC)
  • get back to deep conditioning regularly and trying new products again
  • experiment with more styles while short/transitioning

Check out what my #1 hair goal for last year was: Here.

LMAO That was a huge fail huh?! hahaaa

What are your hair goals for 2015? 

 

#TendrilTuesday (Thursday): My Current Natural Hair Regimen

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Hey girls, It’s Tendril Tuesday… Thursday! (# TendrilTuesday) Link up your hair related posts with me.

I don’t have anything exciting to report with my hair. I planned on doing some color correcting, and extra blondification (yes, that’s a word) yesterday….but I forgot to buy the dye.  All the better. The more time between coloring processes the better.

My Regimen is now…and moving forward:

  • Cowash every few days – I use THIS COWASH (usually)
  • Deep condition weekly – I use THIS right now, when it’s done I’ll be using THIS.
  • I’m only going to shampoo with a real shampoo 2x monthly (more often only if needed)
  • Moisturize daily – THIS is what I’ve been using lately
  • Oil every other day or so – Using THIS lately (I told you about that already) in lieu of my trusty love of my life

I wear my hair curly (well, wavy since the perm is still in it up top) and loose with a headband almost all the time. Otherwise I brush it back into a ponynub.

I sleep in a scarf and on a satin pillowcase for backup in the event the scarf comes loose.

I do not comb my hair unless I’m cowashing.

As of right now…

I’m SICK SICK SICK of my permed bits of hair. I’m seriously considering chopping it all off… BUT

I’m being seduced by the fact that it’s finally long enough for me to pin back into a tidy lil style….

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or pull back in a legit ponynubbin 🙂

  short natural hair ponytail

My aunt braided my hair up this weekend and I forgot to take pics of it in…. this is the only one I have, and it was right before unbraiding it, so quite old.

pinned up cornrows

 

And the only one I have of it when I unbraided is at the top of this post…

 

OK Enough yappin’ from me.  What say you?


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Tendril Tuesday: Lightening Up

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Happy Tendril Tuesday Girls!

Don’t forget to link up your hair care posts with me today!

I wanted to go red for the fall. I bought some blonde dye so I could lighten my hair first to make sure the red would “take.” I learned from Felicia Leatherwood that I would have to go lighter in stages. So I figured I’d have to go two or 3 rounds…

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Yesterday was blonding day #1

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