Flexi Rods on DRY HAIR using only two products!

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Every time its time to install flexi-rods, it has been on wet hair with a gel who knows what else. And every time, I HATE IT. The curls are stife (short), have a little crunch (ew), and seem to never last more than 2 days. This time, I changed the game, and set the bar. After fully cleansing, treating, and drying my hair, I began my Monday night project. I usually, set the cam up, and get to work, but I had no time for this to be a failure.  Once I was done, I regretted not recording, because as you can see I fleeked it!

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Starting on completely stretched dry hair, only using TWO products, I sectioned my hair into medium sized pieces pinning the rest back.  It is important when drying that you don’t use a high heat. That will remove all of the moisture from your previous step (cleansing + treating or co-washing). I dried my hair on med-low temp in a waving motion, followed by a low heat to stretch it with the comb attachment.

I used Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Nourishing Conditioning Styling Butter +  Mimosa Hair Honey.  The secret to perfecting extra-dry and parched strands is this intensely hydrating and restorative creamy butter. The blend of Jojoba Oil with Shea Butter and Agave Nectar deeply conditions your hair to make it stronger, softer, and more manageable.  As for the Mimosa, its a pomade that smoothes edges, controls frizz, and most importantly, provides a sweet shine!

Using a dime size of both products ( I really mean it, DIME SIZE), I applied the butter then the pomade. When using both the styling butter and the pomade, you want to make sure you’re distributing it evenly throughout the strands with either a paddle / Denman type brush, or comb. After you simply install your rods (I used the orange set), figure out how to sleep (I haven’t mastered that yet), and separate your curls in in the morning to your desired level of volume, and rock out! My hair is very light weight and has more bounce than an ounce! Definitely doing this again!

As for my night time routine, I simply take each curl clump, comb through it, apply a little* butter for hydration/ to remove frizz, and flexi-rod again. I personally, did this look for the Holiday. So by the time Thursday came, I could decide if I wanted to completely Dianna Ross it (fluff these curls), or leave it at the Monroe stage (pictured). Its now Wednesday, and its totally Dianna for tomorrow.

If you guys try this look, be sure to tag me or tweet me your results!

PS. There will be a video coming soon if you’re a visual learner.

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Building blocks to a “natural hair regimen”

I know, I know, it may seem like A LOT. I promise you, its not. When trying to find out what works best for you and your hair, these are some things you should do in order to maintain a healthy hair journey, save money, and have good hair days sent from the heavens above. A few things I started doing when I was tired of buying products, sensed a hair change, and found myself “trying things,” are very simple yet beneficial to everyone in the natural hair clan. Here are a few tricks to the trade.

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Start a hair journal

When was the last time you wrote something down? Phones have not only changed my handwriting, but it has changed my effort in things. I just want to tap dance away. Grab a notebook, cute pen, a highlighter, and get to know your hair! Starting a hair journal, you can track what products you used together and see what your hair likes. This not only saves time, but it saves money. Some days, I cant remember if a product worked good for a wash n go. Opening my little journal, I’ll look and decipher, “this works for a braid out, not a wash n go,” and grab my next product. This journal can be the beginning of something so special such as a list of “holy grails,” or a list and pile of products now labeled “product swap.” Once you have finally found your regimen, you can then use this notebook for to do lists, DIYs, and styles.  Get to it.

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Realize

As seasons change, so will your hair needs.

Winter + Fall : hair tends to shed and break (oils are beneficial for detangling, pre-poo-ing to prevent LESS hair loss, make detangling easier, and simply quench its thirst.)

Summer + Spring : you want to keep your oils to a minimum, and moisturizers in order.

This means, your products MAY change due to current seasons. If you are starting a regimen for the winter months, you will need to skim along the lines of products geared towards moisturizing and conditioning. So, yes, your hair will be two faced. Many of us don’t realize that by the time we have found what works for us, we will have a bathroom full of products, and no where to store toilet paper. That’s what giveaways, product swaps, best friends, and family members are for.

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Schedule

Your hair regimen must fit your lifestyle. What do your days consist of? How many days a week do you work? Which days do you have the most time to give your hair your undivided attention? Some styles may work on certain days oppose to others. For example, I deep condition on Sundays and Thursdays when my shows come on, while I’m cooking dinner, and have no where to be besides the kitchen or the laundry room in the basement. Schedules actually have to be met. Work is another story lol. I get there LATE on most days. Deep conditioning, I’m always on time for with my parking pass.

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Subscribe

Find a hair twin, someone who has the same hair grade, or simply have used similar products to you and subscribe to their YouTube channel. There you can sit front row to their show. I know, I know, everyone’s hair is different, but when you actually sit and watch how someone’s hair go from wet to dry, and then you can decipher if you can dupe their regimen. Cheat sheet!

How did you create your natural hair regimen?

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TIS THE SEASON TO …. PRODUCT SWAP!

As the seasons change, so do our hair needs. Clear out those cabinets, dump those buckets, and pack a bag- its time to swap! Free yourself of products that don’t work for you and snatch up a few that will. Most of our product build up comes from not knowing what works for us, not understanding our hair needs, or just simply being a junkie. Join me December 6th from 2 to 4 pm at Bradfords Barr in Maplewood, NJ for my second Product Swap + Natural Hair Meet Up.

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Join me for lunch, as I will be stirring up a few Hair Conversations and dishing on how to limit your product purchases, learning your hair texture,  and what to look for when buying new products. This is something you don’t want to miss! Clear those cabinets and calendars for Saturday December 6th!

FYI: THIS EVENT IS FOR BOTH NATURALS + NON NATURALS  (RSVP IS REQUIRED) see below*

How the swap works

Each participant must bring 2-4 products to swap. When products are approved you are given tickets for each product. The number of tickets you receive, depends on the number of products you bring to swap (ex. 2 products=2 tickets; 4 products = 4 tickets).  You are then allowed to shop the product table for four products of your choice.  Each ticket is also an entry for door prizes!

Swap Rules

*There must be at least half or more of the product remaining in order to qualify for the swap

*All hair must be removed from the inside/ outside of container

* The outside of the containers must be cleaned (non-greasy)

* All product ingredients MUST be legible

*No expired or discolored products allowed (yes, products expire)

*RSVP HERE*