October 5, 2012

Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)


3rd day hair.  

I did 'The Tracee', rinsed, smoothed in hella Ouidad Hyrdafusion and got out of the shower. While standing in front of the mirror, I sectioned out the upper most layer of hair that frames my face, as well as the upper most layer of the crown.  I created 4 two-strand twists (medium size)- two on either side of the part and one at the crown (in the middle, going to the back).  Why? Because I heart the volume and shrunken awesomeness of a WDTM&G, but the chunky definition of a twist-out.  The problem is that wet-set twists can sometimes leave my fine hair flat and limp.  So with this, I get the best of both worlds- the definition where I want it the most (on top, where people can see), with the bottom layers remaining piece-y and fluffy to provide the illusion of a lot of hurr.  This idea is not at all novel, in fact, I used to do this in graduate school (circa '06)... it was the last evolution of my Wash&Go before I moved on to the Twist-n-Curl, which, of course, reigned supreme until this year.  I preferred wet-set 'Twist-n-Curls' over 'Twist-outs' because (1) the rolled ends gave the look of a shorter bob, resulting in the illusion of volume, and (2) stretching the ends kept the single strand knots at bay.   I'm sure I'll be revising the wet-set TnC shortly. But I digress.

Stay tuned this weekend for more pics... I drove 13 hours, got stuck in disrespectfully slow moving traffic, and ate ratchet-ass McDonalds not once, but TWICE, in order to arrive in St. Louis to help my grandmother celebrate her 87th birthday.  Happy birthday Gma! We shall party like rockstars.

Later Gators,
Nik

What are your weekend plans?!

and for my St. Louis curlies, where's the party at tomorrow night?! 


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MORE PICS-

We basically stormed Grandma's house un-announced, bringing the usual Lee family gourmet buffet – DQ ice cream cake and Ponderosa chicken. Of course, her initial reaction was, 'y’all better hurry up before I fall asleep'. Smh…we love you too Grandma. 
 


Meanwhile, Gia, in typical baby diva fashion, flashed her nails all night and did a very Vanna White-esque introduction for every new guest where she'd walk up to each family member and say, 'dis mama' and 'dis is 'ain' all the while her nails were on display. Apparently, in her mind, she was the host of this little shindig.  

Old dusty wall photo shot of the 4 sons she had (my dad is on the left)…


… and then the 7 kids they produced... peep me rocking my college afro puffs! 


 and just for fun... that big head ass baby? Me! Kicking it with Grandma! 

 
 We gave grandma a crap load of lottery scratch offs, her favorite past time! And we'll take her to the boat on Sunday. I don't gamble, but I do enjoy the cheap drinks... even at 11am, I'll have a glass of wine... it's 5pm somewhere! ;)


#SecretLifeOfNikki I’m just a big ol’ kid
 
Boogie got passed around like a hot potato and loved every second of it. She's with Aunt Joan on the left and with Grandma 'Ain' on the right. I think 'Ain' is her interpretation of Elaine, but my dad insists it's short for 'Ain't the paw-paw'... and he's 'the paw-paw'... calls his name ALL DAY.

“See my nails? See ‘em!? Lookit!”
  
My sister-in-law, Drea. She's 1 month into her transition and loving it. She's rocking a rod set here.

I’m sure she just said something mildly inappropriate, but no doubt hilarious. #LoveMyGma

Sweater- Gifted from Romwe

61 Weigh in!:

BlueB said...

Excellent results Nik! I actually wear a similar style, but I flattwist instead. Happy birthday to your grandmother and enjoy your stay here in St. Louis!

Trisha said...

Cute! I actually do something like that with flexi rods or straws but I do a lot more along the crown. It gives me good hair days after the second day and a little fluff in the shower. Thanks for the details!

Mel said...

I totally understand the long road trips and having to eat awful fast food but I can totally one up you with 30 hours one way spent on the road in a cramped car with 2 children.....but no more. This weekend we will be celebrating my grandpa's 93rd bday. Happy bday to your grandma. Must be something in the water!! LOL I'll send a pic.
I wish I had that head of hair, it's drool worthy!

Jada said...

I'm doing my hair in a few minutes to get ready for some bar hopping with the girls!

Petra said...

Happy birthday nik's grandma!!!! I'm doing a Bantu knot out on stretched hair... Have fun hon

CurvyCurly said...

NOOOOOOooooo! I just had surgery on my foot and am stuck sittin' on my butt for about a week! Nikki you drove all the way 'home' to the STL. Oh yeah, Happy 87th to your granny.....but fun and partying is about to happen here in the STL while you're here and I'm stuck at home. *tear rolls down my face* I swear I have the worst luck!

hairscapades said...

Nik, I tried this method on a dry set back in July and even did a post about Volume or Definition: That is the Question!" (http://hairscapades.com/2012/07/25/volume-or-definition-that-is-the-question/), because my attempt to get the best of both worlds was a #fail!! Forgot to take pics of the fail, but you can see I tried to do the same thing with four twists on top of big hair!! LOL!!


I'm backing off of the WnGs for real though. Too many knots!! They are driving me crazy!! I LOVE the volume and my natural curls, but can't deal with the consequences of that style choice on wash day!! Braid-outs have really become my hair's new BFF and I think a lot of my fall/winter styles will start with that style.


As to the weekend, I think it's going to be nice one!! Having lunch with the Sci-5 (you know, my all things comic/cartoon/sci-five geek "club" ;)), to celebrate the birthday of one of our own. Then, my first Dominican baby shower tomorrow night. The reason I'm pointing out that it's Dominican is that the baby shower is from 7 pm to 2 AM!!!!!! I'm told that a Dominican baby shower ain't no "regular" baby shower, it's a party! LOL!!


Now, about to hit Friday's for some fried green beans with this 20% off coupon;)!!


Happy birthday Nikki's Granma!!!!! Can't wait to see the pics!!! Have fun and be safe!!!


Shelli

Sweetdrk1 said...

Happy birthday to Gma! Have a blast!

Jillian said...

Great idea Nikki! I'm going to try this over the weekend. Your results are very cute!

Jillian said...

How did you dry it?

Rissa Katharine Cobain said...

Hey Nikki! Jealous of your Wash n' Go as usual. I have been trying to perfect my wash n' go, but my hair is sensitive to a lot of ingredients and I haven't been able to find even ONE gel without glycerin! As Product Junkie Extraordinaire, do have any recommendations?

Gwenn4ya said...

This weekend I believe I will try a wash n go again using something other than the eco styler pink. Last time it came out great, but my hair was too hard. I didn't like that but I loved the curls. I couldn't believe my hair finally curled. I have some kiss my face gel and I am going to try that. No work for me this weekend and I'm at home on vacation. Hopefully the hubby will like the wash n go!! HBD to your GMA! Blessings!

Jacqueline Miller-Perry said...

Welcome back to the Lou Nikki...Have a blast at the partay!!!

Wild Haired Mavens said...

Really like this style, it is so hot!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks!!!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks girl!

CurlyNikki said...

Also try that Aubrey Gelly... good stuff :) Thanks girl!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks girl! Check out pure aloe vera gel or make your own Flaxseed gel! Do a search for it on CurlyNikki.com, there are several recipes and folks LOVE it!

CurlyNikki said...

under the bonnet for a few minutes. Thanks!!!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Gaye!!!

CurlyNikki said...

DAYUM! Get better soon... we'll get drinks next time :)

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Petra! How did the knots turn out?

CurlyNikki said...

JEALOUS! Did y'all have fun?!

CurlyNikki said...

haha, yes! Happy bday to Grandpa!

CurlyNikki said...

Sweet! Thanks Trisha!

CurlyNikki said...

If I could make a good flat-twist, I'd totally try it!

CurlyNikki said...

Great minds boo! Sorry it didn't work for you though :( Try it with your wash&go and make the twists smaller.

Sweetdrk1 said...

Beautiful family! Those genes are strong! I love abiogenesis showing her nails! Lil Diva!

Angel Bunton Miller said...

I am going to the natural hair and holistic food expo in philadelphia pa today and I hope to gain a wealth of information for my natural journey (as well as a host of product samples to try) :)

Joyce said...

Cute sweater! Happy birthday grandma!

Thetruthisoutthere said...

Soo wonderful! Happy birthday to G-Ma! Thanks for sharing the birthday pics - as a STL girl I get so homesick - but I'm not hatin! LOL!
Puhleeez consider doing some Tracee vids for your instruction impaired readers! LOL!
Planning to have supper with some of my former classmates this evening!

keisha said...

happy birthday G-Ma! She deserves every bit of her celebration! Gia is too cute showing off her nails!

Jada07 said...

Fun!!! Girl, my mother's maiden name is Lee; we might be related somewhere down the line! :-)

Megan M. said...

I taking my mother out for her birthday late. Her birthday was 9/25/12 so just mother daughter day for us. The name Lee are also in my family middle names and last names. Love your hair! God bless your mother 87 keep going.

cecily malone said...

Happy Cake-day Gma!

petra said...

everybody loves them....its like damn...do u like my other hair too? got a girl feelin insecure about her ish...but im lovin it!....ill post a pic

Stephanie Denise said...

So sweet that you drove all that way to be with your Grandma. The party looks amazing!! Also, I really think I need to try The Tracee, bc your hair looks sooooo good EVERYTIME you do it!

Carla said...

This is perfect! Happy birthday to your granny Nik! She's looking great and I'm loving that sweater from Romwe :)

hairscapades said...

Girl, I'm done with the WnG for now ... those knots are too much;)!!


And your dad looks JUST like your gma!!! He's her mini-me!!! And OMGosh, Boog has me cracking up over here with the nails!! She is serious about those!! LOL!!

Derika said...

My grandma's birthday was on Oct. 2 and my family did cake and ice cream for her. Lol @ your grandma telling y'all to hurry up before she falls asleep. I have a feeling I'm going to be the same way. I love my sleep!

CurvyCurly said...

Thank ya! Girl, I will hold you to that!

CurvyCurly said...

This pictures are adorable! Granny looks awesome! Hell, is 87 the new 67? Gia knows she can steal a show!

Shashou said...

Gia, dive all the way around. The picture with the wooden walls, my grandma totally had walls like that in her house. Oh the memories. Smile all the way around.

G2G said...

This made me smile :) Such a blessing that your grandmother is still sharp and kicking! Looks like there are some really good genes in that beautiful family. God bless.

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks G2G! And yes, gmas are blessings! Mine is a trip and I'm grateful to have her in my life!

CurlyNikki said...

lol! yours too! Funny!

CurlyNikki said...

Yup, I like that, lol! 87 is the new 67!

CurlyNikki said...

You and me both! I get my 8 hours every night... unless of course Gia has other plans :-/

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Carla! I HEART that sweater! I've already worn it 3 times!

CurlyNikki said...

I saw a similar one at Urban Outfitters if you have one near by

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks girl and YES! Try the Tracee and report back STAT!

CurlyNikki said...

lol, thanks Cecily!

CurlyNikki said...

That's the best-- mother/daughter day! I hope you had fun! My maiden name is Lee and we have fam from all over... maybe we're cousins!

CurlyNikki said...

Hey cuzzo :)

CurlyNikki said...

where are y'all from?

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Keisha!

CurlyNikki said...

Fellow St.Louisan?! What highschool did you go to?! ;) I went to Metro.

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks boo!

CurlyNikki said...

Dope! Hope you had a blast!

CurlyNikki said...

Yes ma'am! And I haven't forgotten about you ;)

CurvyCurly said...

Parkway South haaaayyyy........

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