Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fresh Cut

The big hair is back. Woot woot! I feel like myself again! But I must say I'm grateful for my 2 weeks of fried, droopy hair. Why? Because it forced me to reexamine my hair routine and eliminate some bad habits. The changes:

1. OLIVE OIL!!! That gets all caps and several exclamation marks for a reason. I've started putting olive oil on my hair before styling, and it is working wonders! It makes my hair feel so soft and moisturized and gives it much needed shine. This is a new staple for sure.

2. Stop using the High setting on my hooded dryer. I really can't believe I've been sitting under a super hot dryer once a week almost the entire time I've been natural. No wonder the top layer of my hair always ends up so crispy! Not good. No no no. Last night I decided to try the Low setting, and what a difference! It helped get my hair dry, but my hair never felt hot or crispy.

3. Use a lighter styling product. I like the shine I get from the Curls Gel-les'c, but I think it was a bit too heavy for my curls. So, I went back to DevaCurl Set-It Free, an old favorite. It controls the frizz, but the volume stays. I forgot how much I love this stuff!

So, lesson learned. I'm going to take much better care of my hair from now on.


Sweetydarling72 said...

Such an AWESOME look for you. I'm in awe. Yours is one of my fave natural do's. :) it just seems to suit you without looking forced (if that makes any sense).

Olive oil has recently also become a staple in my kit, too! As well, Organic cocnut oil as a pre-wash conditioning treatment. I am permed (infrequently) but a lot of natural women use the coconut oil. When I tried it, I just fell in love!


'Cole said...

When I read your post's title, I thought it was a reference to Anthro's sale section. I need to stop.

curly girl said...

came across your blog via curly nikki and glad to have found it! you also take great photos - i'm into photography too!

Lori said...

Love your blog! Love your hair! Was your hair cut wet or dry? Did you go to a salon that specializes in natural hair? *I found you too via

belle said...

Hi Lori:

The cut was done on dry, straight hair. No, the salon doesn't specialize in natural hair. This was actually the first time I showed my stylist my hair in it's natural state (with a picture) and I've been natural for years. Don't know why I waited so long!

B said...

Hi, I found your blog from ravelry. I was really loving your hair photo, and checked out your blog. I lovelovelove this look for you. I'm all about the castor oil now, but am curious about the olive oil.