Saturday, 16 February 2013

Shut yo mouth! Hair that made my jaw drop.

Long, healthy relaxed hair!


I was browsing hairlista.com tonight when a photo of Sunshyne's hair caught my eye.

Now, I've seen this photo many times before, but as I was reflecting on the current state of my ends, this photo seemed to smack me in the face with its perfection!

The fullness of Sunshyne's hair is amazing. Look at her ends! No thin "hemline", no straggling hairs, no see-through ends...and the shine, the body of that hair! 

Lord knows her hair journey could not have always been easy or enjoyable, but it's inspiring to see the results of Sunshyne's hair work and perseverance.

Sunshyne's thick, healthy, long, relaxed hair is an example of how I want my hair to become as I progress in my hair journey. Her hair gives me the motivation to push through the long washed days and patiently endure the breakage, shedding and setbacks with my end results in mind. 

Who's head of hair makes you say "wow!"?

~Hatter

HatterSnap: New growth @ 8 weeks post relaxer

Although I lump myself into the "4c" natural hair category, I do have several slightly different textures of new growth. In my crown area especially, I have tighter coils alongside looser waves. My nape and hairline have the loosest textures that I call "fluff"- there is no distinguishable curl pattern, just waves, zig-zages or c shaped bends.



8 weeks post relaxer new growth!

 


New growth: loose waves that I call "fluff"



My roots have been so tame lately that I'm surprised that I'm this far into a stretch. Since I've been keeping them moisturized and conditioned my hair has been less "poofy" and my roots blend better than normal with my relaxed hair.

I plan to relax my hair next Saturday at *gasp* 9 weeks post relaxer!



Have a great day!
~Hatter




Thursday, 14 February 2013

First look: my new Hercules Sagemann seamless combs

I finally received my Hercules Sagemann seamless combs today!!

I purchased them online at hotcombs.net. I first learned about the Hercules Sagemann combs from Jeni of justgrowalready.com, who also owns combs from this brand.



I am so excited to use my new combs! I do have 8 weeks worth of new growth so I'll be very cautious when using them, even  though the combs are seamless.

The popular "Magic Star" jumbo rake comb, #5660.

The Contour, double-sided comb, #7370.


I initially wanted to purchase 3 different combs- a wide tooth, medium tooth and fine tooth comb, but at the time, both the medium and fine-tooth combs I wanted were not in stock.

As a result I bought the Contour comb, which has medium width teeth on one side and fine teeth on the other side. I think this should make detangling quicker as I simply have to flip the comb over instead of picking up a separate comb.

I plan to wash and condition my hair tomorrow, so I'll soon have a chance to test these combs out. I hope they really do reduce my manipulation and help to curb my breakage.

In terms of design, the combs are made of 100% hard rubber and they are a lot lighter than I anticipated. They both have a smooth black finish and the teeth are more flexible than my old combs.







Do you own a seamless comb? How does it compare to regular combs?

Thank you Mr Sagemann! (If you exist =O )

~Hatter

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Wash day @ 7 weeks post + ORS Nourishing Conditioner

Today's wash and deep condition was relatively easy for 7 weeks worth of new growth.

First, I deep conditioned on dry hair using Organic Root Stimulator Nourishing Conditioner.




After leaving it on for an hour with my heat cap, I rinsed it out and shampooed.

Then I air-dried my hair with a t-shirt for about 15 minutes, and applied some Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Split End Protector. Even before applying the moisturizer, my hair felt very soft and smooth.

Today my comb was able to glide easily through my hair, and at seven weeks post that is something to rejoice about!

Usually at this time I would already be experiencing major tangles and friction when de-tangling after deep conditioning. Today I experienced none of those problems.

Firstly, I attribute my results to the ORS Nourishing Conditioner. This is the second time I've used it, and both times it left my hair very soft and smooth...even my thick 4c new growth! It did a marvellous job in increasing slip and leaving my hair well conditioned.

For my hair, it seems to be a light/medium protein. I actually like it better than the ORS Replenishing Conditioner, which was my main staple. The Nourishing Conditioner is less sticky, absorbs into my hair easier and makes my hair a bit smoother.

*Beware! Some may find that the ORS Nourishing Conditioner has a peculiar smell...the first time I used it I hated it! In my opinion it smells like play dough and faintly of bananas...today however, it wasn't that bad since I am a little used to it. My results outweigh the odour so I'll continue to buy this conditioner.



Secondly, I think deep conditioning on dry hair has also helped to reduce tangles and friction between my strands. Like a pre-poo, DCing on dry hair added strength and slip even before shampooing, allowing my hair strands to glide past each other with relative ease.


However, even after using the conditioner I still experienced noticeable, short strand breakage when de-tangling. It was no where along the lines of my previous stretches, but still unusual! My ends are thinning too. Before DCing, I dusted my ends in the hope that it would reduce breakage but it looks like I need a proper trim...and I thought I was protecting my ends well! I guess not...


Guuuurl look at those ends.




Honestly, I'm a bit discouraged because when I did my self-trim 7 weeks ago I thought it was thorough...and now it seems that my hair has gotten damaged since then. So I'm really not sure why I'm experiencing breakage. Is it moisture/protein levels, manipulation or something else?? My ends aren't horrible, but if I don't take care of them as soon as possible I might have to trim more than I'm comfortable with when I relax my hair.


But in all things, I give thanks. I'm trying to stay optimistic and I'm determined to regain thick, healthy ends as one of my 2013 hair goals.


How have you been caring for your hair recently? If you're busy busy like me you know its not always easy!

Love,
~Hatter


Monday, 4 February 2013

Balancing Act

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Good Monday morning!

I admit that since university has been back in session I've been neglecting my blog!

Now I have to balance classes, study, exercise, hair care and blogging, and unfortunately, my blog has been suffering the effects.

This week will mark my 7th week post relaxer. Since my two strand twist style, I washed and conditioned my hair and let it air dry. My hair is a bit rough, and I'm still dealing with breakage that I first noticed about a month ago. Grrr

If that isn't irksome enough, my ends are looking ragged!! :'(  Right now I'm a bit annoyed with my hair and I'm trying to keep my styles as simple as possible to avoid having to manipulate my ends too much.

Curse thin ends!!


On a happier note, I've been going to the gym 2-3 times a week for the past 3 weeks! Yay!

Instead of doing heavy cardio, I'm weight training to build muscle and define my body overall (with my lower body in particular...if you know what I mean! ;)
Okay I'll just say it...I want a boooooty! LOL

I'm 5"3 and I currently weigh about 105 pounds...that's tiny in my eyes and I really do want to gain some weight. It'll be a slow, hard journey, but I'm determined to put in the work to shape the body I want.


My fitness inspiration for the day:

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I hope to have more posts up later this week, both fitness inspiration and hairspiration...especially hairspiration! I'm so bored with my hair right now.

What's the latest in your life? Have you also started a fitness journey?

Love,
~Hatter