This Is Not a New Year’s Resolution

Happy 2013!

With a new year come new aspirations, new bucket list items, new hopes, new dreams. I won’t use the word resolution, because we all know what tends to happen with those!  However, knowing about the importance of goal-setting and focus, I’m looking forward to the new challenges in store for me in the coming year. Continue reading

Hair Journal: Wash Day

photo credit: l’il ol’ me!

So today is wash day. Well, if I’m honest, yesterday was actually wash day, but I was too lazy to do it. I don’t know why. It’s not like I have tons of thick, unruly hair or anything.

I. Am. Just. Lazy. Continue reading

Hair Journal: No-Wash Wash-n-Go

I never do WnG’s… Ever…  Because my hair is not trimmed and shaped nicely, I don’t like the way it looks when it is out. And when I say out, I mean not held in place by bobby pins, hair clips, or a headband. My hair is very fine and thin, so I avoid anything that will cause and/or highlight shrinkage. That means I’m relegated to puffs, ponytails, and very rare pinned updos. Boring…

But today I did a No-Wash Wash-n-Go.

A what?

Glad you asked. Here’s what I did:

  • dampened hair by spraying with aloe vera/water spritz
  • applied Giovanni Direct Leave-in, concentrating on the ends
  • pulled leave-in through (kinda like raking) to make sure the hair was evenly covered
  • applied light humectant pomade to ends only, scrunching
  • showered with head uncovered to let pomade do its magic
  • after shower, applied Eco Styler to ends, pulling through a-la-raking
  • smoothed edges with leftover gel on hands
  • started to pull hair back into a ponytail clip
  • got side-tracked

The last step was totally unintentional. I actually realized that I should put on my sweater before pulling my hair back so that I wouldn’t have to retouch and resmooth the fuzzies. Once my sweater was on, I looked up and liked what I saw in the mirror! The curls were big, defined, and positioned nicely. And I didn’t look bald. Wow…

Really, I think the key here was the sequence of the products. Also, the rake-like motion helped clump my curls in such a way that they stayed bigger than they would if I had done a real wash-n-go, complete with head shaking.

SMH… But not hard enough to shake out my big, beautiful no-wash curls!

We’ll see how the style holds up today. If it does, the No-Wash Wash-N-Go will be a definite keeper!

Have you stumbled upon an unintentional style that is now in your permanent rotation of go-to dos? What’s your experience with the WnG?

Those Who Live in Greenhouses

Woman in the Shower

Greenhouse!
Photo Credit

I first heard about the Greenhouse Effect when I watched a Real Queens video on YouTube. I may be mistaken here (and if I am, please forgive my misinformation), but it seems to have originated with this YouTuber. When I asked Professor Google, a lot of links pointed back to either the Real Queens YouTube channel or to a blog of the same name. But there are numerous variations in the method out there. Here are the highlights…

How Does It Work?

The Greenhouse Effect (GHE) is a method for promoting scalp stimulation and hair growth using moisture. The basic premise is to create a warm steamy environment for an extended period of time in order to maximize the moisturizing of the hair.

What Do You Need?

  • plastic shower cap or plastic shopping bag
  • oil or butter of choice – Jamaican Black Castor Oil is the recommended oil, although EVOO seems to be popular too
  • scarf or head-tie
  • hat (like the kind you wear in the winter – optional)
  • time

What Do You Do?

  1. Apply the oil to dry or damp hair
  2. Prepare the hair (i.e., twist, braid, bantu knot, etc.) for the next day
  3. Cover head with plastic cap
  4. Tie scarf over the plastic cap
  5. Put on the hat
  6. Leave head covered overnight
  7. In the morning, style as usual

Sounds an awful lot like something called the Baggy Method, doesn’t it? Both require you to coat your ends with oil. Both require you to cover the hair with plastic. Confusing…

So What’s the Difference?

The main difference I can see is that Baggying aims to improve retention while GHE is believed to result, not only in increased retention, but also in actual growth from the root. This is because the whole head is covered during the process, instead of just the ends.

I found a post on Care 4 Curls that compares the two methods. Read that here. The author made an interesting point: to her, it made little sense to exclude a scalp stimulating step in the method. If the purpose of the method is to encourage growth from the root as opposed to simply strengthening the hair shaft, it would seem necessary to physically stimulate the scalp on a regular basis.

Sooooooo?

I think I’m gonna give this a try and see how it goes. I’ll report back in a few weeks.

Are you using an intense conditioning method, such as baggying or GHE? Which one do you think works better? Why?