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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Fake it 'til you make it!

In May of 2012, I BC'ed after 25 months of transitioning. 

Totally dry

Wet with conditioner

When I BC'ed I also had some heat damage from transitioning using braids and straight styles. So I had to cut a few extra inches to get rid of the straight pieces of hair. I wasn't pleased, but I didn't see any point in hanging onto damaged length.

Others might not think my hair was short, but it was VERY short to me. And natural for the first time in years. Double whammy!

After seeing the damage that flatironing had done to my strands I promised myself that I wouldn't flatiron my hair for an entire year (the trick to this was that I BC'ed in the summer, so I knew I would really have to wait 1.5 years).

While transitioning (when I was out of braids) I spent all of August 2011 in curly styles (thanks to my pink perm rods) and buns. After the month, my hair was noticeably thicker and stronger.

I made a promise to myself and then told my mom (aka my #1 fan and supporter) but even she was nervous/doubtful. Are you sure you can do an ENTIRE year without flatironing? That's how you wear your hair…

I was nervous, but I'd spoken the words so I was committed. And much to my surprise, I did it!
May '12
Literally a day Post BC

Bad Hair Day in PR Aug '12. At least the view is nice!
I also didn't realize my strap genie broke until later LOL!

May '13
Twist-out that didn't dry!

Ponytail! June '13
A go-to for bad hair days!
I wasn't always happy with my hair. There were a lot of times I had to 'grin and bear it' and pretend like my hair looked awesome. I wore a lot of headbands, buns and puffs. People made comments, but completing a 25 month transition made me realize something very important. It's perfectly okay if my hair doesn't look flawless or stunning every day. Some days it will and other days I'll put it in a bun and keep it moving. I love my hair but it doesn't define me.

Fortunately, it wasn't all bad! There were also many good days mixed in there too. Here's a favorite of mine, even though I had to crop out my Goddaughter.

Great braid-out! Sept '12
Jan '14
W&G/Rake with KCKT & KCCC

Friday, February 21, 2014

Single Strand Knot Emergency!

I was the first adult in my circle of family and friends to go natural and actually wear their hair in it's natural state. I wasn't always pleased with my hairstyles, but I after my BC I decided to wait a year before straightening. That would force me not to fall back on my reliable hairstyle and instead work with my hair.

Bad Hair Day, My Twist-Out
didn't dry completely.
LOL at my Barbie Arm!


As a result, my friends and family usually turn to me for their natural hair questions. I don't mind because I LOVE talking about hair. So I'm always available to give my thoughts on a gel, give praise after haircuts, talk about ACV etc. 

I'm accustomed to these calls/texts but I still had to stifle a laugh when my friend Nicole called me frantically one afternoon.

Nicole: Yanira! OMG. I was just playing in my hair and I found a bunch of little knots! What did I do wrong? Do you have knots? Ahhhhhh! 

Me: Umm yes Nicole, I have knots in my hair. Most naturals call them single strand knots or SKK's. I don't have too many but I seem to get them when I allow my hair to shrink and tangle without product.

Nicole: What should I do? I want to cut them all out right now! Do you cut yours?

Me: Well, I have a system for my cuts. More than one SKK on a strand and it gets cut. An SKK towards the end of my strand also gets cut. Any SKK's combining more than one strand also get cut. Any split end or break is also cut. 

Nicole: AHHHHH! My hair feels gross. I'm cutting them out now.

Me: Ehh, I'd leave them if they're not out of control. The Type-A OCD side of me was shocked at my laissez faire attitude. But a year post BC I see SKK's as an occupational hazard. Meh. 

Nicole is a cutting addict, so she cut all of them out that night. Haha! Do I think she was wrong? No, I can't say what's best for her hair. Would I cut out all of my SKK's today? Nope! 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Smooth Skin Tips!

I'm not one to toot my own horn but toot toot, people are always stunned by how soft my skin is. I usually have to pry their hands off!

In order to maintain my smooth skin I rotate all of the above. I use the gloves to help scrub my skin and remove the dead layers. The towel helps me get my back because otherwise it wouldn't get much TLC. The pumice stone is for my feet and keeps them looking good.

I buy the gloves and towel from The Body Shop because they last forever! I would recommend waiting for sale because they frequently have a buy 2 get 1 free deal. They also can last through several trips in the washing machine.

I usually buy the pumice stone from Duane Reade for $2 or $3 which is great considering TBS version is $6 #Everydollarcounts!

I also really love the Dove Winter Care body wash and bar soap. It's extra moisturizing and helps when I'm too lazy to lotion my skin. I use this with Eucerin Intensive Repair lotion. I like this lotion because it has Alpha Hydroxy Acids to help with cell turnover.

All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

My Hair Hates Coconut Oil

Yes it's true. My hair hates coconut oil.

Which I suppose is only fitting since I hate eating anything with coconuts. Side-story: I bought some sugar cookies from the Whole Foods bakery last month and after 3 or 4 I felt nauseas and wanted to vomit. Turns out there were coconut strips inside! Blech!

Back on topic…coconut oil and my hair aren't friends. I can only assume it causes protein overload in my fine protein-sensitive strands. It makes my hair knot and feel rough, similar to my Aveda incident. Which is 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How I use Kinky Curly Knot Today and Kinky Curly Curling Custard

I LOVE Kinky Curly.

It gives my hair tons of moisture and slip once properly applied. For me, KCKT is not a detangler. I can't just slather it on (like I can with TJ's Nourish) and finger detangle. I only use KCKT as a leave-in on freshly washed, previously detangled hair. Otherwise, my hair will knot and tangle. 

Anyway, Inusu

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Inversion January '14: No results this month.

I've been a faithful inverter ever since I saw a thread about it on the hair boards in October. I never thought it would work, so I took some sloppy starting pictures in October that are useless. Imagine my surprise when I checked the same section again and saw 15 inches!


Currently, I've gained 3 inches from inverting every month since October. The section pictured above is now 17 inches. But I also have a few sections that are now showing 18 inches.

Gah, my thumb is on the 17!

So what went wrong for the month of January? I don't know. But I'm not too stressed about it since 3 inches in 3 months is amazing for this anemic slow grower.

Will I invert again this month? Yes. I'll probably invert every month that I remember to because it's very easy and requires just a few minutes of my time every day. If this can help get me to full waist length before I leave for my holiday that would be awesome! If not, ce la vie. After all it's only hair.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

What Made Your Hair Thrive?

I saw this topic online so I figured I'd post my answer here.

PROTEIN made my hair thrive and grow longer than ever. My last relaxer was April 2, 2010. By that summer I was APL for the first time ever and I hit BSL for the first time ever in December/January of 2011. Immediately after I had the Aveda Disaster. Can't win 'em all!

Before the forums, my hair was a mushy, over-moisturized mess. I used a lot of random products without reading any ingredient labels. If it promised volume or shine, I was sold. My hair practices weren't great. I was impatient and rough with my hair. I assumed that breakage was shedding. I blow dried and then flat ironed my hair 2-3 times a week. I was insane.

My first encounter with protein was Aphogee 2-minute reconstructor. I started a regimen and began washing my hair every other week. One week moisturizing products, the other week a protein treatment. I rotated this until the bottle ran out.

Joico K-Pak Reconstructor product I tried. I didn't have a problem with the Aphogee. At this point my hair was thriving, but I had found a board member with my ideal hair so I started using the products that she used. I'm lucky that our hair had similar likes, because this could have caused a setback. I don't recommend blindly following someone else just because you like their hair. As a natural, I still use K-pak reconstructor and the entire line in between my henna treatments.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Another one bites the dust...

Today is day 23 of the GNC Vitamins and I'm done with them. I spoke about them earlier here.

The cheapo in me wanted to use them for the full 45 days (90 capsules, 2 a day) despite the revolting taste. However, these vitamins have the nerve to be NASTY and break my skin out!

I started noticing little teeny tiny cysts along the corners of my face over the weekend. I got huge painful cysts when I was taking biotin so I assumed that these tiny cysts had to be from something else. Backtracking, I assumed that it was from not removing all my powder on Friday (I rarely wear powder) Makes no sense since I use a make-up wipe, foaming cleanser and toner. 

Anyway, today I was at work and felt a tiny cyst in the back of my neck. Now I can't ignore that.

Moving forward, I'll be looking for vitamins that have a lower dosage of Biotin than this one does.