Posts Tagged 'braids'

Braids: Week 3

So, I’m going on my third week with braids, and I’m hating it. This is my third time getting braids, and for some reason they’re really annoying me.  I’m going to keep them in until September is over, then taking them out as soon as possible once October hits.  I guess I’m missing my co-washes and just my hair in general.  Plus, this junk is extra itchy for no reason.  I tried using the sea breeze/witch hazel method, but that did nothing whatsoever.  I finally just washed it was watered down shampoo (1 part shampoo, to two parts water), and then finished with watered down conditioner.  I really want to do the crown and glory method, but I can’t find information on it anywhere.  People keep redirecting me back to the website, but it’s under construction, so that’s no help at all.  Sigh.  I guess I need to keep looking.  Until then, I’ll try to deal with this.  I think next time I won’t add synthetic hair, I think it will reduce the itchiness and make it easier to deal with in general (and I want to learn to twist my own hair). What do you guys do when your hair is in braids?  Suggestions are always appreciated 🙂


hair journey: cornrows

Today officially starts the beginning of my hair journey.

I’m about a month and half post relaxer (so about 8 weeks), and I just got cornrows in my hair.  I needed something that would last pretty long, but would need little to no manipulation because I’m pretty sure I’ll be too busy in college without the added pressure of keeping up with my hair.  Actually, I wanted to get sengalese twists, but the braiders I went to didn’t do them there, so I had to settle for cornrows.  I’m hoping I can get these cornrows to last 2 – 3 months while I’m in school; hopefully I’ll have found a hairdresser or someone to help me touch it up or take it down while I’m at school in Boston.

my braids

my braids a day old - excuse my face, i was extremely tired

A lot of people complain about braiders in general, and I was browsing some hair forums I came across some horror stories such as thinned edges, way too tight braids, and hair cut randomly and without need.  However, after hearing these complaints, and going to get my hair braided, I realized that my stylist was better than I knew.  My braids aren’t too tight at all, She didn’t try to force my baby hairs into the braids, which will allow them to grow and will prevent thinning edges, and she asked me before she cut the ends of the braids (which was all synthetic hair anyway, so I didn’t mind).  All in all, it was a great experience, and I’ll make sure to go back to them when I want to get cornrows again.  I might even convince them to try sengalese twists.  hopefully.

Anywho, I did tons of research as usual, and looked up how to take care of them and make them last, and hopefully I’ll get a good regimen down.  So far I’m thinking it will go like this:

Braid Regimen:

  • wash* with watered down shampoo + conditioner 1x a wk (or every 2 wks, i haven’t decided yet)
  • spray with a homemade braid spray 2x a day (recipe below) – i’ll focus the spray away from my scalp to avoid buildup, though.
  • sleep with satin scarf around braids + satin pillowcases
  • massage edges 1x a wk with jamaican black castor oil (jbco) to promote growth

*By wash, I mean I’ll spray the watered down shampoo onto a washcloth, past down my braids and scalp, pat again with a washcloth with just water in it, and then spray with watered down conditioner.

I looked up braid spray reviews, but a lot of people said homemade was the way to go, so I’m going to try that out.  Here’s the recipe for it:

Homemade Braid Spray Recipe:

(measurements aren’t exact.  play around with them if you want to.)

  • 1/2 bottle of garnier fructis triple nutrition nutrient spray (contains avocado oil, olive oil, and shea butter)
  • 10 drops carrot oil
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of vitmain e oil
  • 10 drops of a mixture of doo gro oil that i had sitting around
  • about a tablespoon of CHI keratin mist
  • and the rest of the bottle was filled with mineral/bottled water

as I use up the spray, I’ll just keep adding more water into the bottle until it’s eventually 80% water.

I was on a hair journey high after that, and decided to buy some things on a whim, so I ordered some things off amazon.  I ordered jojoba oil, vegetable glycerin, aloe vera juice, jamaican black castor oil, and rose water.  I’ll talk about the benefits of everything I use and will be using in later posts, so stay tuned to hear more about them!

Gem 🙂

Hair Updates

Wearing my hair: buns

Last Relaxer: October 26, 2012

Next Relaxer: February 2012

Last Trim: June 17, 2012

Length Goal: Full Armpit length

Last purchase: Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo, Dove Damage Therapy Cool Moisture Conditioner

Wishlist: Flexirod Set, Hairveda Whipped Creme Ends Hydration Leave-In & Moisturizer, Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer C.C., more miscellaneous oils, more DC

Loving: Dabur Vatika Coconut Oil Experimenting with: Sulfate-free Shampoo, using conditioner as a moisturizer



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