Thursday, April 6, 2017

I Think This Is A Keeper!

I think I've found a moisturizing routine that works!


Yesterday, I re-moisturized my hair by means of the same routine of using room temperature AVJ, followed by the hair pudding from Sarenzo Beauty and sealed it in with castor oil and had the same effects!

Barely any breakage I should mention as well. My twists feel plump and juicy! I really should be taking pictures but that will come later on. But what I do know is that this is a nice little discovery for my curls.

One of the things I'm really starting to notice this is that... my hair still takes about a full day to dry, but it's starting to dry more evenly.

Prior to this when I would moisturize my hair, the reason it would take my hair so long to dry is because different parts took longer to dry. For me, my ends were the first to dry out, followed by my roots, and finally the length of my hair is what took the absolute LONGEST to dry!

Since I've been doing the steaming thing... I'm not sure what exactly is happening, but I guess moisture is getting into the hair evenly so it's....drying out easily? I have no idea. But I'm actually gaining the option back of wearing my hair out throughout the week! lol


But anyways, I won't be on here rambling on and on. But I do feel I'll be re-moisturizing every 2-3 days up until my next wash day! I'll get back to taking pictures, because obviously I've gotten away from it. But I don't feel my hair has suffered much from my hiatus THIS time.



But until next time,


♥ Keep calm 'n coily ♥
Mskraizy

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Quickie Update

Okay, so after moisturizing my hair yesterday afternoon, since then I have not done anything else to my hair nor added anything to it. I actually haven't needed to. It's been feeling so soft and juicy and looks so nice and shiny. It looks and feels really moisturized.

But I have to say, at one point I was thinking about doing the baggying method as a way to moisturize my hair, but that was way before I thought my hair was low porosity. But it never occurred to me that I probably should've made that a consistent part of my regimen lol, I was just trying new things out.

I think the reason I stopped it was because, of course, I was afraid of my hair getting hydral fatigue. I'm still not totally clear on what truly causes it, or if it's even repairable apart from just cutting it off if you get it. But what I have learned is that too much water inside your hair strands makes your curls lose their shrinkage and start "stretching" and eventually, causes hair breakage. I don't know if that's a permanent thing but... I surely don't want to find out.

But it was always different with my hair because... my hair thrives in water. It's like a little mermaid with an afro lol. Too much water was like nonsense. It didn't exist in my hair grammer. At all!

Like I said before, I just started learning that overnight deep conditionings and hair steamers and baggying your hair all the time was bad. And it's been at least 8 years of doing that... consistently. And since I've started using this regimen, I've actually been using more water in my regimen than I really have since being natural!

When I first went natural, I used lots of water and oils because I always wore puffs. As my hair got a little longer, I then started turning away from wetting my hair so much, learning that it was kind of a 'bad, warned-against' thing, so I started using more shea butter and oils to "moisturize" my hair. But it just wasn't working. I thought my hair loved shea butter, but it was years before it realized it really just sat on my hair. The only heavy thing my hair seemed to love was castor oil... and I actually consider avocado oil light, so I don't know what those other hair articles be talking 'bout! lol

Hair Porosity wasn't the talk of the town when I first went natural, and not even a few years afterwards. It was more learning your hair type... basically. When information on hair porosity came out, I kind of looked over it and figured it wasn't that important.

But it is very important to learn how your hair accepts and maintains moisture! It makes it that much simpler to put together an effective regimen.

Who would've known that simply baggying my hair for a couple of hours would help my hair maintain moisture for a couple of days?

And I think the tip on moisturizing my hair on damp hair proved a struck gold mine for me. Normally I do my hair on mainly wet hair that's chock full of deep conditioner already. So I don't think my regimen was bad, but now that I know how to tweak it, hopefully my hair will be turning out much better results!



But until next time,


♥ Keep calm 'n coily ♥
Mskraizy

Monday, April 3, 2017

Low Porosity Hair? All This Time??!

It's something I never truly considered, I was never sure what my hair porosity was. But I do remember years ago trying out that water test and my hair would either lay on top of the surface or if I dipped it under the surface a bit, it would...sink.

So I always thought my hair was normal porosity, but more towards the higher end but not really. I never really considered if I was low porosity,

But after randomly looking more into it after awhile, I realized that Low Porosity may be more of a reality than I thought...

These videos is what started all the research...




Watching these videos allowed me to identify a lot of the same traits that low porosity hair has...


  • Takes awhile to dry
  • Takes a minute for hair to get soaking wet, and water does bead up on my hair
  • Tangles easily
  • Styles look scruffy upon takedown
  • When I pull on a shedded strand from both ends, they feel relatively smooth
  • Lighter products, namely water, work best on my hair
  • My hair actually responds better with heat

But a lot of these practices, I've tried to stay away from because they're evils.... like Heat (and frequent steaming sessions). But I guess for my hair, it's a necessary evil... at least SOME times.

Only thing I don't agree with is that my hair should work better with lighter oils. I've used jojoba, olive, and grapeseed oil in the past and it makes my hair feel like straw or like it's doing nothing at all besides making it feel greasy. My staple oils have and will always be castor and avocado oil, so that point is one I don't agree with.

But everything else? A nail on the head, pretty much.

I never really understood hair porosity up until a couple days ago, and basically, hair porosity is the way your hair absorbs and maintains moisture in the hair. I always thought mine was on the higher end because it would dry out so fast and I would attribute it to bad or useless products.

Now I'm wondering, if I had a different routine of using them... would they have worked out? Kinda makes me wanna reach back into my "fail bin" and give them all a shot again lol.

I have read articles that states that my hair must be cleaned with clarifying shampoos to really remove buildup from the hair. I feel that the clay has been enough to completely detox my hair and give it a fresh start, so I don't think I'll be switching back to shampoos anytime soon.

I've also switched up my deep conditioning routine. This was prior to learning about low porosity hair. This was just because I'm on a very tight budget and haircare is not something I can really continue to splurge in frivolously right now.

But I've also begun deep conditioning with a random mayo treatment. Well, actually, it's becoming more consistent now, but it was random to start off with lol.

This mixture is basically about 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise, a nice huge squeeze of suave conditioner, some aloe vera juice and castor and avocado oil and just stir it up real nice-like and sop it onto dry hair. This mixture actually allows me to finger detangle my hair as well, and after that I just bantu knot up the section, cover with two plastic caps, and allow it to soak in for an extra half hour or so.

Yes. It is MESSY. But what I do is simply cover my sink and floor area where I'll be working with towels... clean up is it's ultimate simple after wash day is complete lol.

I've also bumped up my bentonite clay mix as well. I've been doing this month for the past month now and I seriously, SERIOUSLY love this. It's basically bentonite clay, ACV, aloe vera juice, honey, castor and avocado oil, and peppermint oil for extra tingles and a nice minty fresh feel.

I apply that to my hair as I normally do after the dc has been rinsed out. Let it sit for another 15-20 minutes. I've also started applying the leftovers to my face for a nice added facial as well. Then I hop in the shower to rinse out. Bam! Wash day complete... for the most part.

Now today, with moisturizing I decided to try things just a tad bit differently. Since my hair's cuticle layer is supposedly "super tight and flat" and hard to get moisture to penetrate through, and since the added benefit of "heat" is supposed to help lift the layers... this is how I went about moisturizing.


  1. Allowed my hair to be damp first of all, which a lot of low porosity naturalistas advise. My hair was maybe... 70% dry? Somewhere around there from yesterday. I had sprayed some aloe vera juice followed by some Qhemet Biologics Heavy Cream in it yesterday just to keep it conditioned, but it was drying out rather fast.
  2. Working in twists from the previous night (like 12), I first spritzed my hair with room temperature aloe vera juice, not cold. I didn't want the cuticles to shut down... if they had been lifted???? I don't know. 
  3. After spritzing that section with AVJ, I then followed up with Sarenzo Beauty's Hair Pudding as my cream. Made sure to thoroughly run that through my hair without overloading it too much with product.
  4. When that was evenly coated through the section, I lastly applied castor oil to help seal it all in and then twisted up each section.

Now. After moisturizing, here is where I kind of switched it up..

  • I then applied two plastic bags to my hair followed by my satin scarf and baggied my twists for about 1.5 hours (I had to leave to go somewhere).

I figured that if low porosity hair thrived better in heat, then the baggying method should help the moisturizers I put on my hair soak in even more so that my hair could maintain it's moisture.

After I took the plastic bags down after an hour, my hair felt very nice and a little more damp, so I was sure it was steaming up in there lol. I've gone and come back and my twists still feel super lush! Granted, it's only been a couple of hours, but I'm still impressed with how soft it feels and how shiny it looks!

I'm glad to learn this about my hair, because now I can more effectively care for my hair. And I probably don't have to fear heat that much anymore. I don't mean I'm just gonna launch a flat iron to my curls lol. But I had a fear of investing in a steamer (even a cloth steamer) because I didn't want to get that hydral fatigue that I kept hearing naturals get when overusing a steamer and their curls just wouldn't stretch anymore.

That should have really happened to me with all the baggying and overnight deep conditionings I've done in my day, but I've never had a problem with shrinkage throughout the length of my hair... only on the ends. And that was because I was in need of a good trim.

It'll probably still be awhile before I hop up and get, even a little cheapie steamer. Remember, tight budget here!

But I'll tell you what I will be doing. I'll be doing this baggying thing at least twice a week. I have a calendar that I'm gonna keep in my bathroom so that I can hopefully get back to a steady schedule with my skin and hair again. My memory has been no better than a squirrel and my energy? No better than a sloth. But perhaps if I keep reminders around, it'll help me keep to this regimen more consistently, you know? That's my hope anyway.

So my regimen will look something like this...

SUNDAYS ~ Wash Day (every 2 weeks)
  • Deep condition with mayo dc / Finger detangle / Rinse
  • Apply bentonite clay treatment / Rinse
  • Moisturize and Style / Baggy for at least an hour

WEDNESDAYS ~ Moisturize (every week)
  • Moisturize (LCO Method) and refresh style (most likely twists)
  • Baggy for half an hour or more

FRIDAYS ~ Moisturize (every week)
  • Moisturize (LCO Method) and refresh style (most likely twists)
  • Baggy for half an hour or more




That's probably the simplest and most effective my regimen has looked in YEARS lol. Even since starting this new clay regimen lol. But I'm actually excited that this will be the one that works! We've gotten fairly close with hair health since starting the whole bentonite thing.... I think learning how low porosity hair is gonna help tie up a lot of loose ends when it comes to product-choosing and moisturizing. So we'll see!


But until next time,


♥ Keep calm 'n coily ♥
Mskraizy





Saturday, January 14, 2017

Product Surveys: Sarenzo Beauty ~ Part 2






And we are back with round 2 of the Sarenzo Beauty hair products!! In this review, we will be testing out the nature of it's styling product.









Hair Pudding

Price: $13 (I purchased this during a sale and it was $10 at the time)

Size: 8 oz

Description:

Great medium hold for, twist, braids, bantu knots & wash & go. Enriched with  Avocado & Castor Oil.


Directions:
Apply a small amount to palm of hand. Gently smooth from root to tip thru freshly washed, conditioned and detangled hair.  style as desired. 

Please note that this product has a medium hold & a little goes a long way.
We like to use this product as the c in the LCO/ LOCO method the O going last Prevents any crunciness if you are heavy handed with this product. 


IngredientsWater, Avocado Oil, Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol & Polysorbate 60, Xantham Gum, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Hisbicus, Burdock Root, Nettle, Marshmallow Root, Neem, Camu Camu, Noni Fruit, & Chamomile, Pro-Vitamin B5, Optiphen, Fragrance Oil




Initial Reactions

Like the rest of the Sarenzo Beauty products, it came well masked and wrapped up tight! A very clean look and the jar was filled to the brim!




Consistency

Definitely the consistency of a type of pudding! It is certainly the type of product that could spill all everywhere if you're not careful. It has a creamy texture, but I kind of got the feeling that it would be a little lumpy in texture. But I was pleasantly surprised to know that as soon as I went to rub it between my palms, it instantly felt like silk and rubbed in so well and easily. No lumps or unwanted textures with this product!





Now the smell is probably my least favorite smell of their line so far. I got it in the scent of Twisted Cotton Candy which is supposed to smell like "sugary sweet cotton candy confection! Strawberry, Raspberry, Plum, sugary crystals and sweet vanilla" and to me....... it does have a scent of cotton candy but... it's not as concentrated as I would've liked it to be. It almost smells like play-doh. Like cotton candy scented play-doh. It's not terrible, I can tolerate this more than other scents and it's not like it's totally overbearing either. But, it's not my most favorite scent. And definitely not after smelling the Tinsel scent and the Pumpkin Spice!!!






Normal Routine


Now, today, I took down my african threaded hair and to my surprise, it actually got extremely straight. It looked like I blow-dried my hair for REAL.

And the Sarenzo Beauty products left so much shine in my hair and made it feel like pure silk. I just could not get over the way my hair felt!











So I finger detangled each tendril until it resulted in what looked like a true blowout. I still can't get over how this was achieved with only threading my hair! I may not ever touch a blowdryer ever again! Besides using the diffuser attachment to quickly blowdry wash and go's (that I rarely do anyways lol), I don't really have much use for them. And after seeing how I achieved a blowout look without the blowdry?..... Yeah, this new technique just made going heatless THAT MUCH easier...













So after a few moments of feeling like Nala from the Lion King (and maybe catwalking around the house O____O"), I sat down and begin to put in some medium-sized twists using the Hair Pudding from Sarenzo.

It rubbed in so smooth and so well, I love how their products make my hair feel like pure silk. These products make my hair feel like I have castor oil in my hair, but minus all the extra heaviness afterwards. I mean, these products do have castor oil in them, so that might be a contribution.

I only used a small amount like the directions said since I didn't want overly crunchy hair, and I did not seal with an oil on top of it. I kind of want it to have a cast over it since I don't want it fluffing out throughout the day and losing any definition.

To maintain the length I got, I decided to african thread the twists before I tied them down and got ready for bed...












Finishing Up




I noticed that my scalp was feeling a little dried out, so I did apply my spearmint oil mix to the scalp and lightly massaged it in. And of course, tied it up with my satin scarf and tied the ends with a scrunchy to keep the hair in place.



But so far, yes ma'am!!!! I really, really love these products! I love what they do for my hair, I love the way they smell, I love how generally affordable they are (or can be), I'm really digging Sarenzo! Sarenzo Beauty's products have so far provided incredible moisture and shine. The only thing standing between Sarenzo and first place is the definition and hold. Qhemet Biologics products did not give me any kind of definition whatsoever though they give my hair incredible amounts of moisture.

But regardless, Qhemet Biologics and Sarenzo Beauty are both staples! I just love these products that much. Stay tuned for the final resulting twistout!




But until next time,




♥ Keep calm 'n coily ♥
Mskraizy

Friday, January 13, 2017

Product Surveys: Sarenzo Beauty~ Part 1



This will also be considered CYCLE 20.




I'm very excited to be able to review these products! I've been waiting to review them since the day I received it and was taken away with those fresh and fruity scents! So without further adieu... here we go!










Peppermint & Tea Tree Clay Wash

Price:$14

Size: 10 oz

Description:

 Apply a small amount to palm, gently work into wet/damp hair. Smooth from root to tip using finger to detangle hair or gently comb clay through hair. Rinse Clean

IngredientsWater, Bentonite Clay, Sarenzo Shampoo Base, Hisbicus, Burdock Root, Nettle, Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm, Neem, Camu Camu, Noni, & Chamomile, Pro-Vitamin B5, Optiphen, Fragrance Oil






Avocado & Honey Leave-In Conditioner

Price: $13 (I purchased during a sale and got it for $10)

Size: 8 oz

Description:

This creamy leave-in will hydate, moisturize, & soften your strands making them easier for detangling.


Directions:
 Apply to clean wet hair. Smooth from root to tip using fingers to detangle hair or gently comb conditioner through hair with a wide tooth comb. Leave in & style as desired.

IngredientsWater, Avocado Oil, Palm Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol & Polysorbate 60, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Safflower Oil, Guar Gum, Optiphen, Fragrance oil 



Creamy Oil

Price: $10 (I got a smaller size during a sale for $5)

Size: 5.5 oz (I received a 4 oz)

Description:

Pamper your skin with this nourishing, healing & protecting oil.


Directions:

Apply small amount to damp or dry skin, massaging gently in circular motion leaving your skin soft & smooth without an overly greasy feel.

IngredientsSunflower Oil, Palm Oil,  Mango Butter, Kokum Butter, Rice Bran Oil, Argan Oil, Abyssisian Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E, Fragrance Oil






Initial Reaction

Again, I just love the way Sarenzo packages their products... I mean really, look at the care in it...







That's to be commended in a small business, don't you think?

And also, these products were filled to the brim! I understand why they were masking them now. I opened up the hair pudding and it almost spilled all over me lol.





Consistency

The scents have won me over, yet again! Starting with the Peppermint & Tea Tree Clay Wash. Obviously, it smells like a peppermint. And the peppermint scent is very strong, and you also get a hint of tea tree too. It's like a mint patty kind of.... maybe with an undertone of... mud? It's really not as bad as you might think (unless you hate peppermint). But it definitely smells like a strong mint patty. :)

The consistency of it is rather thick. It has a very, VERY creamy consistency. It's like a really thick...conditioner. Which kind of surprised me considering that this product contains bentonite clay. I didn't expect it to be so extremely smooth.




And then up next, the Avocado & Honey Leave In Conditioner. I got this product in Tinsel (it was the only scent available during the sale), and the website states that tinsel is supposed to smell like "pomegranate, strawberries, raspberries, with a subtle hint of fresh peppermint leaves and fresh vanilla"....

Now if you want my opinion?....


I LOVE THIS SCENT!!!! It reminds me of bubblegum actually. I don't know how many of you remember taking that medicine as a child that was like bubblegum flavored? lol Such a weird description I know, but if you remember taking that bubblegum medicine and always wanting to take some more just cause it tasted and smelled so good, that is EXACTLY what this scent reminds me of! Like strawberries and bubblegum. Perhaps strawberries and cream? It's just a wonderful scent and I'll definitely purchase more items in this scent alone! lol

Now the consistency of the product was very teasing. When you take the top off and peer inside the bottle, you get the idea that it's gonna be a really thick conditioner. But when you actually pump it out and use it, it's actually a light lighter. It rubs in well and spreads easily too. But I don't really think I ended up using that much for the first run through though....



And last but not least, their Creamy Oil. YES. YAAAAASSSSS MA'AM!!! I got this scent in the Pumpkin Spice, and from the website, this is supposed to smell like "cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin and rum, citrus, apples, ginger, nutty vanilla base notes with woody musk"...


Look.

When I tell you it smells like thanksgiving dinner over and over and OVER again! You can truly smell the sweet cinnamon in it and it has a nice pumpkin undertone. Smells like some Oldspice gingerbread cookies or something (I have the weirdest scent descriptions huh?). It just...ooooh yes! (Yes people, I am smelling these products as I write this out lol)

And for the consistency? It's like.... a creamy oil. I really can't explain it any other way. It's like a product that squeezes out like a conditioner, but rubs down like an oil. It is the best thing ever! Probably one of their best ideas yet, because it spreads so well and so easy but it doesn't slip and slide all over your hands... shirts... bathroom floors.... O_O"










Normal Routine

So, because I used a different cleanser as opposed to my regular bentonite clay mix to wash my hair, that is why this product review will also be considered my 20th wash cycle.

Now before wash day began, my hair had been in an un-tampered-with bun for a little more than a week, so it was a tangly mess..









So I hopped in the shower, and again I detangled my hair using wide tooth comb. I don't know why I did this time, but I did. But I presume my next wash day, I'll get back to finger detangling again.

I used my Suave Naturals strawberry conditioner to detangle my hair and then I rinsed it thoroughly before doing the clay wash. And this was the hair that was lost during that process...






Now I didn't expect for the Clay Wash to curl and clump my hair the way my regular (and much simpler) bentonite clay mixes do because of all the extra additives added to this product. I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised but I wasn't.

It barely clumped or curled my hair, but I suppose that wasn't the purpose of the product. The purpose of it was to clean the hair... and that it DID.

It left my hair clean... too clean.... squeaky clean... My hair hasn't been "squeaky" in quite some time so I didn't necessarily like that. I'm used to my hair feeling at least somewhat condition, but this product seemed to completely strip my hair of everything, and needless to say, the shrinkage started in as well. But I did manage to snap some pics for you all...













While the product was in, the clay wash actually felt promising. My hair felt really nice and soft, and I left this in for about 15 minutes. So when I hopped in the shower, imagine my surprise when the water begins rinsing off the clay and I start to literally feel my hair squeak! So if nothing else, this product truly cleans the hair.













I hurriedly applied my Mystic Divine's deep conditioner and let that sit in the hair for the rest of the night.




That next morning, I decided to switch up my styling this time. I got interested in African Threading and being able to stretch my hair without even glancing at a blow dryer!

So to do this, I used a technique from GirlsLoveYourCurls...




So to do this... of course, you all know I did not rinse out my deep conditioner. I never do.

I worked in sections, just dividing each of the 4 sections in halves, so I ended up with 8 sections total. I did this by first applying the Avocado & Honey Leave In Conditioner. Now, this product did have a slight sticky feel but it wasn't overpowering at all so I don't really have a problem with that. I mean, it has honey in it so that means that this product can be considered a "humectant" meaning that it attracts moisture out of the air and into your hair. The downside to that is that it can also suck moisture out of your hair and into the air if it's not humid. But the way to combat that is to just seal the moisture in.

And THAT is where the creamy oil came in. Now I didn't even realize that this creamy oil was supposed to be used on the skin before I actually went on the site and read the description lol. But who cares, because it made my hair feel soooo SILKY! So I guess it can be used interchangeably. It adds such a nice sheen to the hair as well and acts... generally like an oil but with conditioner-type qualities. Really a genius idea, I really love this product!

Both of these products, in my opinion, give really good slip. The creamy oil more so than the leave in but both are good for a little light detangling.

And after moisturizing and combing through a bit more with my wide tooth comb, I proceeded to put in some african threaded ponytail...things...







I thought that was long... but then the next day I came home and re-threaded the hair and was surprised again. I applied more of the creamy oil to each section before lightly detangling and re-banding again as well...

When I say my hair was incredibly soft, shiny, and silky feeling!? I cannot deny!!






And then I commenced to re-threading my hair again. I did one side to show you all how much more length my hair gained just by re-threading it the next day...






This was the greatest idea ever!






Finishing Up




So, I have no idea what style I'm going to do when I take these threads down lol, I was thinking about doing a flat twistout of some sort. I still have the hair pudding to use, and I would like to see what kind of definition that product gives, but so far....



I LOVE SARENZO!!!!! I had a strong inkling that I would from the get go and I'm glad my intuition proved true. They now have yet another loyal customer because I will be back! Especially for that creamy oil. I didn't think it would be any different than me using just castor oil or avocado oil....or castor AND avocado oil lol, but it is. It has all the benefits of an oil without so much heaviness and oiliness. It just soaked into my hair so well and left it feeling so shiny and silky. I'm really happy with this product! And their products are just simple and to the point. No big fancy, shmancy, I don't know I really like this company!


As long as they don't stop selling all their scent selections, I'll definitely be coming back!



But until next time,


♥ Keep calm 'n coily ♥
Mskraizy

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Incoming! Haul #6!!







I couldn't resist!! I made another purchase from Sarenzo Beauty since they were having a flash weekend sale during the Christmas Weekend... so yeah.


I know I was going to do a review on their sarenzo hair products, but it wouldn't have been the fairest review for them since all of my other hauls included at least one moisturizer and one styler. In my first order from Sarenzo, I purchased a hair cleanser and a hair styler but no moisturizer.

So to be fair to them, I purchased some hair products that they were selling, and also got some body products as well. This is what it's looking like!










Stay tuned!


♥ Keep calm 'n coily ♥
Mskraizy


Crochet Locs? The First Try...

I'm going to go ahead and admit up front... I did not like this first try.



Now let me get into the process. :)

I first started by trying to prep the hair. There was a story behind this. I originally bought the Bobbi Boss Bomba Locs from online and while the package did arrive, it was stuck at the front office and because it was a holiday weekend... the office decided to close down early.... with my package stuck inside..... I mean they're totally entitled to do whatever they wanna do but... you know...











So I rushed to a beauty supply store on my way home from work and ended up purchasing a brand called Foxxy Dreadlocks.


It was $4.99 a pack (so a dollar more for each than the Bobbi Boss) and I ended up with about 7 packs of black and 1 pack of a brown that I didn't even use and don't plan to.

I got the packs and I thought they were just too shiny and synthetic looking so I decided to soak them in an ACV/Water mixture to kind of take that away for a minute.


While those were left to soak, that's when I went in and did my wash day and all that jazz. By the time I had applied my clay, that's when I went back into the kitchen to rinse and squeeze the water mixture out of the dreads and lay them flat on a towel to let them dry as much as they could while I continued with wash day.

After leaving the deep conditioner in for about an hour or so, I, of course, left that in, and then on top of that used my Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Oil Heavy Cream to put in my cornrows.

I didn't take a picture of the braid pattern because I was so upset with it. But... in my best explanation, basically the front perimeter by my edges and the back perimeter by my nape were left out. The middle was crocheted in medium-sized braids straight back, and the braids were also braided into each other to make for one gigantic dinosaur braid in the middle...


And that was where I failed.





Perhaps I underestimated the thickness and length of my hair in cornrows...?




Anyways, I had already spent a great deal of time on prepping so I was going to continue no matter what.


One loc by loc, I attached them to the braids. Before I even got halfway, I just knew I wasn't going to be in love with the finished results...

You get a pretty good idea of the braid pattern here...


The front was probably the best part (and realization) of the whole ordeal! I had seen a video of someone who had found a way to attach the loc to individual sections of the hair instead of to a whole braid.

So the way I did it was to first take small sections of my hair and then I, of course moisturized the section. I then braid that section, not cornrowed, braided the section about 1/2 an inch down and then proceeded to twist the rest of the way down.

Then I took the crochet needle, inserted it at the base of the braid/twist and then attached the crochet loc as normal.

Once the crochet loc was looped through and attached, then I un-coiled the loc and began coiling it around my twist. When at the end, all I did was let go and the crochet loc wrapped my hair inside and you really couldn't see anything! I was very proud of that moment. :)


Now.

As for the finished product, because of that GIGANTIC DINOSAUR BRAID in the center of my hair, it left a very unshapely and unnatural look to the hair when left down. Plus, I didn't leave out enough hair to cover the crochet braids and.. overall, it was just a pure mess.



Everybody has to fail right? =/


I wore this for all of a week, and this was the only way I could wear it...







Yeah. Overall, I like the potential of the style but I don't like this trial. I feel like a few things need to be tweaked, one being to do my cornrows on dry stretched hair rather than damp shrunken (well, KINDA shrunken) hair. Also, I have a weaving needle and thread so I will be able to weave my ends in correctly before installing the locs as well. And I also think I might just do individuals instead of doing crochet braids anyway.

When my hair is growing, my scalp itches like crazy! I can't tell you how annoying it was that week to NOT be able to scratch certain spots on my head due to all of the interconnected braids in the way lol. And I have naturally long and sharp nails, so doing that direct hit was just calling for scarring the scalp. My also could've been itching because of the synthetic fibers of the hair... that could be it to. Regardless of why it was itching, I could not scratch it. And THAT was the problem lol.

So I think this time around when I do get to it, I'll probably do the whole "braid 0.5 an inch down and twist the rest of the way. It'll be like putting in a set of medium twists but... whatever. That's if I even plan on doing that again too.

Overall, so far it's a thumbs down. But maybe this second run around will be the savior. But I'm not really impressed.



And if you're asking me to compare them to my genie locs? No competition. Still my genie locs hands down!




But until next time,



♥ Keep calm 'n coily ♥
Mskraizy