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Hair Status & Goals – 2011/12 Edition

My hair status currently:
Extreme breakage
Gets dry quickly
Lots of split ends
Uneven length

I’m not completely sure why I have some much breakage. I’ve been examining my hair and it seems very damaged. I want to cut off an inch or 2, but I don’t want to use heat on it and damage it even more. I think it’s too far gone to save right now, hence the cut. I self-relaxed twice, and also used heat twice. However, I’m not sure which one I should contribute the damage to. I think it may have been the second relaxer and lack of proper care afterward, I’m not sure. Either way, I’m stretching for 6 months (last relaxer was in November, next one will be in May/June), and this time I will get it done at a salon. My hair is very thick, and I get a lot of new growth after these long stretches, and I think it’s just too much for me to handle on my own. Once my hair gets healthy again, then I’ll consider self-relaxing and shorter stretches.

Goals for 2012:
Find a good moisture/protein balance
Stay consistent with my regimen
Learn to Rollerset + Complete the Challenge
Get my hair back to a healthy state that I can be proud of

Well, hopefully by this time next year I’ll have reached some/all of my goals. I’ll just have to have patience and treat my hair properly 🙂


6 Month Rollerset Challenge

I’m thinking of being a part of Ebony’s 6 Month Rollerset Challenge.  I’m not sure yet, but I still have time to decide.  It doesn’t officially start until January 1.

Now, I’m not completely BRAND NEW to rollersetting. I used to get it done by my mom a lot when I was a kid.  I have a whole bag of the traditional rollers sitting in my bathroom.  However, I really want to try flexirods for the soft curls.  They seem easier to do, and more flexible in case I need to head out for a little.

My goals for the 6-Month Rollerset Challenge: 
  1. Learn how to do a flexirod set on wet and dry hair.
  2. No direct heat.
  3. Reach shoulder length (applies for after I trim my hair, since I’m at shoulder length already)
  4. Find the best combination of products for rollersets.
  5. Improve my styling skills.

Ebony has listed very detailed rules for the challenge, so check them out if you’re interested (link is at the beginning of this post) and let her know if you want to join.  The challenge is from January to June.  All you really have to do is rollerset at least once a month and direct heat is to be used only twice for the entire challenge (it’s OK to flat iron roots only). Sounds pretty reasonable to me.

Long Awaited Update

I can’t believe I totally forgot about this blog.  I got really caught up with college, and trying to balance everything.  Now that I’m settled (and on Winter Break), I’ll be trying to update it again.  Let’s talk about my hair, though, shall we…

So, I’ve had major setbacks and restarts with my hair journey.   I got extremely lazy in college, and I found keeping up a good, steady regimen was much harder to do while away from home.  I think I handled all that though and plan to keep going with my new regimen. I’ve been relaxing about every 9 weeks whenever I go home, which I think is pretty good.  I’m a little bit past shoulder length now.  However, I’m not proud of my hair at all.  I hate my ends.  I am in desperate need of a trim, and plan on getting it done while I’m home.  After that, I think I might say my hair journey is “restarting”.  In fact, I think I might have already started over.  Mark the date guys:  December 20, 2011.  I want to go to a salon for a trim, but after that I’m not going anymore.  My mom doesn’t want me to, but she said she’ll finance my hair needs, so I guess that’s a plus.  I’m pretty sure I know what new shampoos, conditioners, leave-ins, etc I want to get and I can’t wait to see how my hair reacts to everything.

I’ll keep you guys posted on how everything goes.

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 🙂

first post!

Hey, readers!  I’m glad you took the time to check out my blog/site. Here I will be blogging 0n mainly my hair journey, with occasional posts on fashion, beauty, college life, etc, etc.  You get the deal, I’m sure.  If you like what you see, then follow away!  Thanks and enjoy!

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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