Hello, my friends! How was your weekend?
Mine was nice. I got to spend some time with my sister-in-law. She just graduated from law school and moved to Detroit with her fiancee. She was in town on wedding business! They are getting married in August!!!! Other than that, Fab and I just chilled all weekend… Oh! I almost forgot, we went to see X-men: First Class. It was great. I mean, I enjoyed it buuuuut I’m not the toughest critic. Fab however, is a HUGE comic book fan and in his expert opinion, they did a great job with the movie. He felt that they stayed true to the spirit of the X-men story (although he said the real hard core X-men “fanboys” might not like some of the liberties they took with the storyline). Since I have no frame of reference, I can’t speak to that but I will say that it was entertaining. Lol!
Anyway, last week I discovered the My Hair Fetish’s channel on YouTube and watched at least 10 videos (at 15 min each) in a row. I was so inspired! It turns out that she (not sure of her name) has actually been a long time reader of TFND!! How do I know this? Well, I stalked her on Twitter to pick her brain about her gorgeous hair and she told me she’d been reading for about a year now. What a small cyber-world? I wish I had discovered her vlog a year ago because I really love it! You guys know that I am always at my wit’s end with my hair. I never know what to do with it. I am always trying new things, but I don’t have a “regimen.” Earlier this year, I told you guys I was going to be participating in MopTop Maven’s Hair Challenge. I have been doing pretty good with not straightening and heat styling my hair too often, but I have failed miserably at my goal to minimize tight ponytails and hair gel. Since I don’t know what to do with my hair, hair gel and ponytails are my go-t0 and my hair is suffering. Well, after marathoning videos on My Hair Fetish, I felt inspired to revisit my goals for 2011 and reall get serious about building a healthy hair regimen. I realize that people usually refer to a “hair journey” as the process of growing out chemically treated hair or “going natural.” Well, my hair is not relaxed so my hair journey will be about restoring my hair to health.
- Say bye to tight ponytails & hair gel as much as possible
- Establish a healthy hair regimen
- Bra strap length hair
- Restore my natural curl pattern
- Get a signature “look”
Let me clarify the last goal. I know this is going to sound silly, but I really feel like at my age, I should have signature “look” for my hair… and that “look” should not be a ponytail. I should have some kind of hair style, don’t you think? I feel like I am stuck in high school with my hair. Lol. Actually, no let’s make that Jr. High because in high school I actually did have a signature look…that look being a bone straight wrap with a swoop over my eye a la Aliyah. Lol! No lie! Then I abandoned the bone strap wrap for voluminous layers in my senior year, which I loved! In retrospect, I guess I didn’t get stuck in my ponytail rut until my last year in college when I started wearing my hair “natural” (as in curly/ not pressed. I never had a relaxer). You know what, now that I am thinking about it, I remember exactly when it happened. I dyed my hair auburn in my second year of college and it was super cute, but left my hair severely damaged. Even after the dye grew out, my hair was a mess. I finally cut it to about my collar bone and decided to try and press it less. If I’m going out or something I’ll diffuse my hair and wear it down, but for the most part it’s always up in a ponytail. Not only am I sick of this non-style, but it’s also doing quite a bit of damage to my hair as well sooooo I think it’s time to say bye-bye to my BFF – the ponytail.
- Research, research, research! (I’ve already joined Hairlista and started subscribing to hair blogs and vlogs.)
- Explore the wonderful world of “natural” hair products that are free of sulfates, parabens, and all the other “bad stuff”
- Straighten no more than one time every six weeks (if that).
- Wash & Deep Condition Weekly
- Incorporate a “pre-poo” into my weekly washes
- Monthly clarifying wash
- Protein Treatments every six weeks
- Trim every six weeks (I guess this is when I will straighten my hair)
- Roller sets, roller sets, roller sets