charlesharlowe-deactivated20120 asked: hello! i'm just curious as to what do women do to their hair at night once they've taken out a braid out or twist out and its curly? it's obviously not wrapped so what do they do? just lay on while it's poofy with a satin cap? i'm curious because i will be styling my hair like this soon but idk what i'm supposed to do with it once i've taken out a braid out & before i go to sleep that night. idk if i'm wording this right
Foremost, I apologize for the delay in my response, and I hope that I’m not answering your questions tooooooo late.
If you have a TWA then wearing the satin bonnet to bed isn’t a bad idea; I did it after my BC for a while when my hear was long enough to twist but short enough to still be considered a mini-fro. However, once my hair lengthened, wearing the satin bonnet to maintain a twist-out/braid-out/coil-out etc. just wasn’t the business anymore for me. Flashback: I put my bonnet on to protect my beautiful locks (fresh from an amazing twist-out) and I woke up the next morning to find my hair literally in the shape of the bonnet. I looked like a mushroom! Now, I did spritz my hair with water and fluff it out with my hands, but the whole “mushroom head” thing really bothered me. In the end, I really do think the bonnet-to-sleep thing depends on the person. Wear it if you feel comfy (:
One method that I do love is what CurlyNikki refers to as the “pineapple”. You simply pull your hair up into a loss ponytail at the crown of your head and sleep like a baby.
My hair is too short for a ponytail so I use a modified method:
- I pull out my handy satin scarf and fold it in half (hot-dog style)
- after I moisturize my hair, I pull it to the top of my head (as if I’m about to put it into a ponytail) and hold it with one hand
- with the other hand, I wrap the scarf around my head
One year ago today, I made one of the best decisions of my life.
My transitioning period was a mess; I couldn’t handle the two textures in my hair nor did I know how to properly care for my new growth. I had had enough. I went into my bathroom, with scissors in hand, scared and excited about what I was preparing to do. I knew after that moment there would be no turning back. It was either now or never.
One year ago today I cut the relaxer out of my head!
With no knowledge on how to trim hair (relaxed or natural) and no experience working with natural hair (I didn’t do ANY research before going natural), I started to snip away at my hair. Anything that looked remotely straight was cut. After about 20 minutes, I looked at my floor in horror; slowly, I looked into the mirror at my hair.
One year ago today, I stopped transitioning and became natural!
For the first time in my life, I felt like I was really seeing myself. I absorbed the image of the woman that stood before me. I was mesmerized, captivated by my own strength, beauty, and vulnerability; everything that I tried to hide behind my hair. I smiled, touched my ‘fro, and let out a sigh. I was officially a natural!
I just used two+ hours, one defeated brush, an entire bottle of conditioner, and my last nerve trying to remove banana from my hair.
I saw a post on one of my favorite natural hair blogs regarding a homemade DC. As you all know, I LOVE homemade hair products. It was simple: 2 bananas and EVOO.
The mixing and application went smoothly. However, all hell broke loose when I tried (and failed) to rinse the banana from my hair. I went crazy! It was a lot of detangling, rinsing, combing, applying conditioner, detangling again, rinsing, and repeating. It was the greatest fail!
(deep sigh) I finally had to bust out that old brush (the one I used to smooth my baby hair down with gel back in my “relaxed” days) and the infamous rat-tail comb to slowly and painfully pick the banana pieces from my hair section by section.
I twisted my hair up and left it alone afterwards. I highly doubt I removed all the banana chunks; however, it looks better than before.
My personal opinion: bananas are the ultimate no-no in hair treatments.
brownsugarbabyy asked: I've used Miss Jessie's curly pudding and I didn't like the way it made my hair feel. I also tried Kinky Curly and that didn't work either. EcoStyler gel or any type of gel only works if I blow it out then put the gel in it. I just recently started using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and it works somewhat. I see some curls starting to be defined but not a lot. Maybe if I continue to use it, it might work more. Are their any other ways to stretch my hair besides twist outs and braid outs
It’s good to hear from you again!
How did the EVOO mix work?
Depending on your hair type, your curl definition will look different than others. This is normal and perfectly acceptable. Therefore, not every product is going to work the same for you. A good tip: instead of buying all of these products to test them, order samples (or borrow products from a friend).
I saw reviews for Curls Unleashed (note: I have not tried this product; therefore, I cannot give a personal testimony). Overall, some people said it left their hair soft yet the definition didn’t last throughout the day. Homemade Flax Seed Gel is also a huge winner; you get most of the benefits of using EcoStyler without the flakes, dryness, etc. Another product is Kinky Curly Curling Custard.
You can stretch your hair using different methods. Some natural’s like using flexi rods, foam curlers etc. They work well on medium-long hair; however, if your hair is shorter, I suggest using a method called “banding”.