Sunday, January 5, 2014

Girls Love Mirrors

Im back with nothing other than a hair update.
So my pervious post I gave a briefing on my hair damage. So in start of the new year and one month away from my one year NaturalVersary(anniversary) I went and got my much needed trim.
I went to Carol's Daughter Mirrors Salon in Harlem.
The salon was beautiful.

The area behind me(in the photo) is the front door and retail area. I was the first person to arrive. The salon opens at10 a.m. My stylist Rae came in right after me and the show was on the road.
Before beginning I was giving a form of about 7 questions to fill out that gives your stylist some insight on your hair. 

After completing the form she went through the specs on my hair the:
Scalp Analysis 
Density Evaluation
Porosity Test
Elasticity Test
Healthy Haircare Plan (which is given to you after everything is done)
Signature Style, Cut & Color Blueprint

This is a random photo of me when I first got there. I love this salon it's cozy, smells A-MAZING and the music was on point.
After all the checkpoints she took me right over to the sink area where she first sprayed their Scalp spray which felt really good. My stylist decided to use this first since I had told her my scalp had been feeling a little dry and itchy due to the cold weather.
This is why they are called Mirrors. How cool is this!?

After rinsing that out she used their Black Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo which really did the job, my hair was very soft during and after the shampoo which I loved. My scalp was very happy after that spray and shampoo. Following the shampoo she then applied The Black Vanilla hair duo.

With these two she just conditioned my hair twice the sulfate free one was used after the shampoo and then she used the second bottle to massage my scalp with.

Then she applied the Leave in Conditioner and sent me over to the steamer. 

Under the steamer I was offered a cup of tea. Yes! They have a perfect little tea station.
I had some Lemon tea (could have used more sugar but whatever, LOL.

Following the steam treatment; which left my hair uber soft but had me feeling like I had no more forehead skin left (it's hot as hell under that thing. I would say worse than a hooded dryer)

I went into the styling chair where she started on (drumroll please) MY TRIM! 
Check out that almond shape my hair has. HA! I thought that was funny. I was a little nervous that she would have been trimming my hair while wet but she said that she could still see even while my hair was wet where my ends were damaged. She didn't cut off too much at all. She basically got off all the dry ends without giving me and unasked for hair cut. 'Hey Rae.' 

I was going for a regular twist out but when I saw she had perm rods in various sizes I opted for that since I had never had that style before. Rae was rather quick with roding my hair I must say. As me, her and my friend (who accompanied me) were in deep conversation she was done with the rods before I knew it.

I get super sleepy under dryers, all that warm air makes me want to grab a blanket and doze off.

She prepared my hair for the heat with some Macadamia Heat Protection Serum. And set my hair for rolling using their Macadamia Heat Setting Foam.

I made a mistaken and deleted the finished product photo from my phone :/ But I have a video of it on my youtube channel briefly showing what it looked like. For me I wasn't crazy over it because it was too shrunken and very tight since it was just done. I like my hair big, big, big but she told me to let it progress on it's own. For taking down the curls she used Healthy Hair Butter  which smelled like a million dollars. Okay, not really but it has a pleasant smell that I loved. The hair butter was the only thing I needed on my Healthy Hair Plan because it would combat my dry scalp. 
For my edges she applied their Hold and Control Smoother.

I must say I really liked their products although I brought something from their company before that I really didn't like. But I didn't think twice about going to the salon or using the products again.
I think I may invest in their stuff. 

Overall I liked the salon, the stylish and the products. Again I was crazy over the style but I got what I asked for because a few days later I combed the curls out and I LOVED my trim. It came out good and it gave my hair a pretty nice shape that I just adore. Stay tuned for the post of my 'post trim update'.

Make sure to check out the products you won't be disappointed (I believe) and if you have been to or are planning to go to Mirrors let me know how your experience was. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Long Time No Post

Yes, it is almost a new year, a week away and I've come to post just one last time for the old year of my new journey.
And boy what a journey it has been.
I am so excited to be almost at my one year mark.
I can't say I had a ton of fun with styling because I honestly didn't do much but I did however have a good amount of 'good hair days' and a huge amount of the bad. 
I didn't look back to see my last post but I know it was some time ago.

My hair has defiantly gotten bigger, I say bigger and not longer because I see it bigger not really longer. You know how natural hair grows. Well, always. It did what it was supposed to do.
However around two months ago I become obsessed with the idea that I was in need of a trim.
I took to my trusty Youtube and I started watching ladies who demonstrated how they did their trims.
So I washed my hair, pulled out my clippers and got to work.

I did a great job. There were no more long pieces at the end just prefect curls if you will.
A week later I noticed that the ends of my hair felt completely different. Nothing like how it had been feeling the whole few months prior to my trim experience. So I washed my hair as usual moisturizing and sealing more effectively and... My problem was solved.
So I thought.

Since that week, two months ago I didn't realize, notice or suspect any change in my hair.
Last month my ends felt dry again. So I opted for a deep condition treatment along with a protein treatment. After washing since I was just over the whole styling idea I braided my hair in two big braids and did that for the next 3 weeks.

A few days ago maybe five I washed my hair again. Note: I wash my hair once every week or once every two weeks if I'm busy.
When taking my hair out of it's previous braids I realized that horrible feeling on my ends again this time it felt WORSE! I panicked. I knew something was wrong. So I took a moment and looked at my ends. Before the feeling was just at the tip of my hair. Now it had traveled up at least 2 inches of hair some parts even more, my hair feels horrible. I am so, so, so disappointed with this set back.

Now, trying to figure out the cause is bothering me. Did I trim incorrectly, was my clippers to dull, should I have trimmed off more? So many questions and not many answers that I can answer on my own. So my lesson learned is. Never take matters into your own hands. It is a journey so there will be mistakes and although I am most certainly upset with the set back since I was just coming up on one year I am happy it happened now.

I also noticed the lack of shape and how fine my hair was (very see through at the ends) and I despised that so as a result of the set back and the shape that I lack. I am going to cut my hair. Another big chop if you will but it will be styled not as short as an original big chop. I'm pouting as I type. I cannot believe this. Until next time.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Baby Bye

Know when something isn't for you, and make sure you don't make the same mistake twice.
Well that's not good advice because if your like me, you have to let the dog bite you two times before you realize how much it hurts.
To the point. I got my box braids that I was literally dying for and now I wish I didn't.
My braids were hella long, down to my butt crack. Really.
And the tugging was giving me the creeps. As the weeks went on I knew I had to take them out soon.

I took them out last night and my edge hairs has thinned out. Again.
This is not good for me. At all.
I just came from no edge land and I wasn't try a go back.

There was so much hair in my hands from my head overall as I washed it surprised I still I have hair left. I'm not sure if it was normal or not.
I loved that style though.

Beauty is pain. Pain is beauty.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Aliexpress Malaysian Kinky Curly Hair Experience

Ok so I'm coming up on one month of having my sew in installed.
And baby, my scalp is itching so much.
I actually just have an itchy scalp even if I make love to my scalp it will still itch lol.
And tea tree does not work for me.

Anyhow I loveeeee this Kinky Curly hair.
What I love the most though is my high ponytail.
After my second week I started experimenting with high ponytail and I fell in love.
Since the weather has been so hot (duh, it's summer) my high pony has been my go-to.

Okay so,
I ordered my hair from the infamous, and I paid $108 for both bundles.
The seller was very helpful  and she was very easy to talk with. I had emailed her back and forth two months before I had actually made my purchase.

I've been doing this virgin hair thing for awhile so I know how to work my way around being jerked.
So according to what I wanted, I got a 6mm curl size instead of 4mm which is the normal.
Oh and I order two 14' inch bundles, and this hair gets big. The hair must have took five days to get to me.

With my busy schedule it felt like it came in the mail so quickly.
The hair is a natural brown which was sooo light compared to my hair, I was shocked and scared about blending but it turned out looking pretty nice.

The first day right after getting it done it blended sooo perfectly.
My leave out was blow dried on cold air. Then after that it got harder and harder to blend. So some days I would just stretch my hair lift a piece of the extension and pin it under there.
Leading to the reason why I like my puff, because all my leave out is covered.

Anyway. The first week it was soooooo soft I could run my fingers through it.
I never wore it in its natural state only the night it was installed.
So I was impressed that I could run my fingers through my twist outs with ease.
Then the second week came and it felt like a ton of product was my hair so I washed, co washed and deep conditioned and it went back to feeling soft but, my styles looked a bit different.

Then I realized it was the hair was getting old. I was a little upset because it had only been a week. Like really?
So whatever I dealt with it. Then it started to liven it up and start to grow on me with the old look, it appeared even more natural than week one.

My leave out remained the issue though because I did not want to keep blow drying my hair every wk.
So the conclusion. I love the hair, I do recommend, and hell yes I will buy again.
I'm actually getting another two bundles because I want to get the hair straightened and do more styles, and oh add some color.
Awesome hair! (In my opinion)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Picture That

So after my first collage making episode I felt the doing another but this one is just about the styles that I've rocked the most over my four months of being natural.

Of course they all look similar because they really are LOL!
All twist and twist outs. The first and second picture is when I first got a shape up that gave me a sense of confidence to wear my hair out publicly.
Yes! I wore a hat for about a month and a half when I went out. Thank goodness for the winter.

My poof was an old twist out that I brushed up and the photo of the phone in front of my face is a wash day 'pick out' that's when I realized my hair was truly growing. Since I don't post alot of photos I might just do a post like this so the catch up of photo spam is all in one place :-)
Hope you all enjoy this. Entry about my Kinky Curly hair coming soon.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Photo Post

Hey now! So I'm here with some photos. Before that, I must mention that I did go with my summer style ; protective style and I love it!

Up until my install my hair was doing fine and styling was pretty easy. I pretty much did my normal co wash day routine of just doing a twist out on wet hair and then 're-doing the twist for the next day.

Picking it out to a curly fro. I did do a hot oil treatment, protein treatment and 30 minute deep condition before the install.

The photos below are nothing crazy just a little and I mean little. Lol, recap of my relaxed to big chop/natural hair thus far.

Photo 1: My hair after growing out from chin length.
Photo 2: A failed attempt at a braid out.
Photo 3: The day I bc'ed.
Photo 4: My hair picked out on wash day a month or two after big chop.
Photo 5: My fake wash and go in May.
Photo 6: My once again fake wash and go in June (Month Four. I had miss counted a few post back.)

Monday, June 10, 2013

And around and around we go

The last time I posted I mentioned that my hair was not complying with me and really it wasn't.
However I'm one of those people who; not talk before they think but post before they figure it out LOL.

So Since the 19th of May. Actually approximately three days after that post I found something new to do.
My jumbo box braids didn't happen of course.
But I decided to revisit a product that I brought when I first big chopped and I HATED it.

It is the Taliah Wajib Curl Cream.
When I first used it back in February it felt weird in my hair and it didn't do anything to it.
When I revisited the product it still felt weird in my hair. 
Sort of like how a pan with water and oil in it feels....Yea.
BUT it made my curls pop and I mean POP!
So what I ended up calling it was a 'Fake Wash and Go' because I spritzed my whole head and then raked the curl cream in like people do with ECO styler gel and wow.

I have a photo but my hand was a little shaky it looks blurry so I don't think I will post.
But I said to myself this is what I will do from now on. 
But I didn't. LOL.
I realized I would end up using the little jar up in no time and plus I wasn't getting good second day hair and that was a no no for me.

So on the 28th I decided to wash my hair and since I was all out Shea butter I twisted my hair for a twist out using the Taliah Wajib. The next day I took my twist out, out for work and instead of separating all the way like I usually do I did it half way. 

Of course I loved it. so after wearing that for awhile I pick it out into a half curly end fro.
It was amazing and now that's what I've been loving.

However I gave into the beautiful textures of Kinky Curly hair and protective styling and I challenge myself to wear a sew in for the summer.
Well I plan to wear it for at least two months or a month and half so I've probably protective style until September as long as I don't get bored. (Hopefully I don't)

Details on the hair and where I got it from when I receive my package.