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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.