13 March 2011

izzy's back and i've got a plan (and epiphany!?)

so... i ended up taking my braids out after six weeks! two weeks short of my last stint with braids and four weeks short of my ultimate goal. i don't really feel disappointed or anything, although it did take me about two days to decide whether or not i wanted to take them out or just get my edges done. i desperately wanted to wash my scalp (the buildup was evident - ew!) and i'd been taking out braids along the back and edges (much like when i was itching to go natural). so instead of springing to have my edges re-done for sixty bucks (never! they have lost their minds!) i decided to just go ahead and take them out. 

the process was surprisingly quick and easy. i'm surprised at how much shed hair i lost, about a handful or so. i went through and tried my best to finger detangle before slathering my hair in condish and going in with the tangle teezer. i was amazed at how easily the tool slid through my hair, no snagging or tangles or anything. i was already lukewarm-leaning-towards-warm towards the tangle teezer, but this sealed it for me. the detangling is really amazing and so gentle!

i washed with some new products from mozeke, both of which get a thumbs up. i'll try to have the review/s up tomorrow - i'm really excited to share my thoughts on the new shampoo! i think it's good enough to oust lush's cynthia sylvia stout shampoo as my favorite natural poo. we'll see!

i'm really pleased with the growth i got from the braids - part of the reason i don't regret taking them down early. there's a big difference from when i got my hair cut and now. the braids helped to keep my mind off length so the new half-inch or so is quite the welcomed surprise. :) i wish i'd taken better pictures to show the difference, but short hair is so hard to document, in my opinion, because it shrinks up on itself so easily. you guys will just have to take my word for it - my hair grew. ;)

i've finally "solved" my "problem" to greeting a mushy izzy every morning. well... not actually, but i have high hopes, lol. when i take down my braids, i'm always in love with the coils left over from the tight twisting. i don't have near the skill or dexterity for senegalese twisting my own hair; if i did, my twistouts would always be banging. but i decided to try coiling my hair every weekend. i have noticed the ease of maintenance when in coils. in the morning, all i need to do is refresh with some water, shake, and run a bit of moisturizer or coconut oil over them. i can lift at the roots with a pic for more volume and achieve a slightly more uniform look - cool. pretty much what everyone's looking for, right? i'll be testing that out this weekend, so i'll definitely be checking back in with pictures and details.

oh, sidenote... WHY IS MY HEAD SO FREAKING BIG?! i joke that my head (specifically my crown area) is like russia. have you seen russia on a map? no? here, let me help you:


now click to enlarge. russia is HUGE. whenever i begin working in my crown area, i feel like it takes an hour just to even "break ground," haha! i began coiling my hair tonight/this morning and gave up. i'll finish when i wake up. :P

anyway! the point is i think it'll def be worth it to take two hours styling on a sunday night for fuss-free hair all week. it'll cut down on my styling time in the morning, tangles, and single strand knots. i'm excited to see how my hair does in coils.

and another sidenote, my "new hair goal" is to build up my hair accessory collection! my hoard is modest - two headbands and two bows, but i am on the hunt for new hair candy! having natural hair, i'm always a little iffy about what i can use and what i can't, but after some asian women cornered me at a kiosk at the mall and dotted izzy with cute little clips, i'm definitely open to trying anything. if you guys have any websites you like, please do share. :)

oh and happy birthday to me! ;)