Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Wash and Go in the Winter

Remember when I said I was craving wash and go hair? Well, that feeling has not gone away at all - maybe it's my mental refusal to let go of summer? Or maybe because I got so used wearing the style (and having it dry in under an hour)?

But I thought, no, I'll be good and wear my hair stretched this season. Wash and go hair in winter is just asking to turn into an icicle or catching pneumonia, or something equally ridiculous as that life choice.

Well, I stumbled across this video today and it inspired me to rethink wearing wash and go hair in the cooler seasons up here in the Northern Hemisphere.

Her hair came out beautifully and it sparked my memory of something similar - you know, the infamous Naptural85 'Winter Wash and Go'? My texture is closer to Whitney's (Naptural85's) than it is to Tasha's (pashtash's), so I think the resemblance would definitely lean that way.

But two different women having done something so similar successfully (and Whitney has helpfully made a video detailing how she maintains this style for 5 days after) makes me think that it might be possible.

From what I've seen, it's clean hair + moisture + medium sized twists + finger detangling + gentle separating/fluffing = awesome hair.

What's not to love?

And hallelujah for my fine strands, it's low manipulation.

Let's see how my luck turns out with this twist out that's not a twist out....Maybe the paradox will save me?

Monday, 8 September 2014

Wash Day. Blah.

1, Pre-pooed with Vatika Oil overnight.

2. Conditioned hair with Garnier Ultra Blend Avocado and Shea Butter. Put the Ultra Blend Papaya and Vanilla Milk on my fingers and used it to help separate my hair into twists under the running water.

3. Used Kinky Curly Knot Today on each twist and then Curl Enhancing Smoothie on top. Sealed with Anita Grant's Cafe Latté.

I know, it sounds all organised and systematic...until you see the twists.

 That's not two separate twists on the left - that's where the ends of my twist has unravelled or maybe I didn't do it properly.

I know. I was so lazy, and so undecided as to further action ('I have no strategy') I didn't even retry twisting the unravelled ends of the twists. I put them under my hat whilst damp and let them dry during the day.

Honestly, I was apathetic because I was disappointed. All that product, but my hair wasn't as soft feeling as I wanted it on the ends. I don't know what I'm looking for exactly, but I'd just done a trim, so ends that felt the same as before was not in the programme.

I untwisted the next day for a chunky twist out, but after that it's going to spend the rest of the week in two french braids.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Time to Trim

After my last wash day, I noticed two things: 1. My ends were getting really tangled with each and b) The ends of my braids looked really scrawny. Even for my fine haired self, those were some very little looking tail ends.

My method is simply and is two basic steps:

  • Examine chunks of hair. 
  • Where it starts thinning out at the end, trim. 
My hair is so fine it might be hard to see, but there's 2 -3 inches after that thick looking part in my hand.

I found I really enjoyed trimming my hair. I don't know - maybe it's because wearing wash and goes frequently all summer has gotten me accustomed to the (shorter) length of my hair. Maybe it's because I don't have to cut to eliminate split ends - I've checked and I don't have any.

It's weird, but a couple of months ago, the thought of cutting my hair would have had my heart palpitating. And today I calmly cut of 2 to 3 inches off from all over.
My cloud of trimmed hair.

On another note, I'm considering wearing a wash and go to work. One of my colleagues and I were chatting about it today - she has long, ombre bleached wavy hair and was not overly impressed with how her hair had frizzed out.

I mentioned thinking of wearing my hair out to work and she said I said go for it - but, eh, I'm not sure. Mainly because of practical reasons - I don't really want my hair in my face or distracting the people I work with. Also....winter is coming (no, I don't watch the show! Goodness).

Cold hair in winter = Frozen Simple Thing. 

But I'm definitely considering it for the summer. I know, I know, I'm 11 and a half months too early. What can I say - I'm a forward planner!

Would you wear your hair out where you work?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Let's Lunch! No 2: Curry Week

This first one used a deliciously rich and smoky lamb rogan josh curry teamed with fluffy long grain rice. On the left, a stalk of crisp asparagus quickly griddled in olive oil, snapped and laid on a bed of baby leaf spinach.

The (almost) exact rogan Josh recipe I used can be found here.
 I used vegetable oil in the paste, because that's what I had, and lamb instead of the favourite vegetables. I'm a big believer in using what I have in the house to keep my costs down, instead of buying more stuff that I may not use for a while. Attempting to smoke my own pepper over the gas fire was fun though....

This second curry is a yummy moreish coconut fish one, long grain rice and two juicy plums. 

I was rather sulky when I made this fish curry (recipe here) as my friend who is staying over doesn't like spicy food and I had to leave out the chilli pepper, though I added copious amounts of (mild!) chilli powder to compensate. The recipes a keeper though - even with the begrudged omission, it still tasted really good!

I've had to switch to rice as my main lunch carb, as I find it's the only thing that fills up my normal tupperware to give me enough calories to prevent me trying to chew my arm off at around 4pm, when I'm normally still at work. Bread just doesn't cut it. Also, sandwiches are boring!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Wash Day

Or, what happens when I wash my hair late on a Sunday night.

It was really quick and really simple because of my overwhelming desire to get myself into bed as soon as possible. I knew I need to shampoo - I'd been spritzing aloe vera juice and rose water and sealing with Anita Grant's Café Latte every couple of days and I just wanted to get rid of the heaviness

1) I'd pre-pooed for a day with Vatika Oil and separated my hair into about 7 twisted sections.

2) Then I used Shea Butter Cottage Liquid African Black Soap to cleanse my scalp (3 pumps) and hair (1 pump). I like how convenient it is - I just pump it out of the bottle when I need. Even though it's really runny, it foams well, but I don't think I spread it efficiently, so I ended up using 3 pumps on my scalp and I think that's a waste. I think I'm going to used an applicator bottle next time. I rinsed well with warm water.

3) Then I applied Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Conditioner on my hair. At first I thought I preferred the smell to the Ylang Ylang and Lavender. Then I couldn't stand it. Then I rinsed it out and thought the smell is quite tolerable, actually.
It was a roller coaster five minutes.

4) I used Kinky Curly Knot Today to help my finger untangling of my hair. The ends of my hair were really gluing together and I wasn't overwhelmed by the leave in's help there. I went by section by section, and after I'd finished I turned the twist into a plait/braid, twisting the ends.

I think I'd planned to undo the braids, but I just ended up styling them and leaving the house like that. I know it's not the look for everyone, but it makes me feel more serious and I think it gets the people at work to take me more seriously.

A few notes on my hair - I think tea rinses are not for me. Either that, or I was really stressed a couple of weeks/months ago, because my shedding has reduced WAY down since I've stopped doing them. Seriously. I'm turning into one of those "look at my tiny handful of hair lost!" blogging ladies who I always gently filed under the category of 'over optimistic truth stretchers'.

Plus, my hair, even in plaits, feels really soft. I keep stroking them (but only at home, I don't want people to think I'm strange...).

Monday, 25 August 2014

Cowash and Go Ponytail.

Today, I decided to some some whoissugar type of glamour.

1. Jumped into the shower, and wet my head under the shower head to get rid of all the product from the previous wash day.

2. Slopped on a lot of Garnier Ultra Blend Shea Butter and Avocado Oil. I actually managed to leave it in for more than 5 minutes! I never thought I'd be grateful for having to do my hand washing laundry.

3. Rinsed out and then applied some Kinky Curly Knot Today all over my hair.

4. Used aloe vera gel and a little bit of Kinky Curly Curling Custard to smooth down the top before tying my hair into a ponytail. Tied my silk scarf on top.

 Added some more kinky curly knot today to my ends, and clipped them into separate sections using some tiny duckbill clips. Then I used Eco styler olive oil gel to run my fingers through the sections for some definition.

Looks nice, don't it? If not a bit thin...

I knew it was going to shrink up on me, so I put a band at the top to keep it moderately stretched and to stop tangling later on down the line.

Voila! The finished product. It's still a little bit damp in this photo, but only on the top part.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Wash (And Go!) Day

1) Slathered on an abundance of Vatika Oil and left it for an hour (or two) while I put laundry in.

2) I mixed 1 teaspoon of honey, with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 3 teaspoons of rhassoul clay, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 60ml (1/4 cup) of water.

Why does apple cider vinegar make the clay mixture fizz every time?

I plonked all of this on my hair, making sure to get every strand covered but deliberately limiting how much I raked my fingers through.

This was not the moment for detangling. The mix was slightly sticky (due to the honey - I tend to limit how much food I use in hair products, because I'm mostly eating all my honey. And bananas. And using all my avocados for guacamole. Or on toast...)

I left that on for an hour while I took the laundry out.

3) Rinsed through under warm water until the water ran clear. Then conditioned heavily with Ultra Blends Vanilla and Papaya, using the slip to help me separate my hair into twisted sections. I used a generous palmful of conditioner per section and ended up with 6 twists.

4) I left the conditioner in for about five minutes while I washed the shower and then rinsed it out while still in the sections.

5) I unraveled each twisted section, clipped one half out of the way and working on the other half. Then I used Kinky Curly Knot Today as a leave in and a light detangler, before adding some Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie on top, before finally topping off with some Kinky Curly Curling Custard. Then I'd move on to the clipped up section and so on 'till my hair was completely done.

There was a lot of whiteness (that's not shine - it's product) going on before it dried and I genuinely didn't think it would go away...

But it did!

However, upon closer inspection, I noticed some flaking - aaargh! The white parts look like excess stuff that, hidden in the undergrowth, rebelled and refused to dry clear.

Is that what people mean when they meant to go light on the Kinky Curly Curling Custard? Or was it the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie that was the culprit? I'll have to do this style again and find out.

In general, I loved the way my hair shrunk, so it was more 'cute mushroom' as opposed to 'heavy mullet' that I got with the Olive Oil Eco Styler. And my goodness, the lack of crunch was ASTOUNDING. So soft and touchable! Heehee, will have to try this again and try and minimalise the flaking.....