November 25, 2014

Gael- "I am done over-complicating my hair situation."

Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)

Honestly, I don’t know. I tried doing all kinds of research prior to the chop and got overwhelmed with all this scientific information. I mean, I’m pretty sure Angela Davis & Diana Ross didn’t have to know any of this to grow big fros. I know my hair is big & loves moisturizers. I think it’s fine, because I have a lot, but if I put it into twists, it doesn’t look like much. It’s at least 3 different textures on a good day. Most mornings I wake up and I say, okay Q (that’s what I call my hair) we’re gonna rock this style today. And Q says “mmmmnah. I’m gonna do this thing instead", and I just have to go with that. She knows better most of the time.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?

I’m such a punk. I haven’t done anything crazy. I mean if you ask people that know me, some might describe my hair as crazy already. I’ve been thinking about dying it for a while, so I guess that’s coming up sometime soon.


What’s your biggest hair related regret?

I have but two regrets: that I didn’t take more pictures/videos of my hair adventures, and that I didn’t cut my hair into a mohawk when I big-chopped. I don’t think it’s too late for the mohawk, but my husband thinks otherwise.

Oh wait I have a third! I bought a giant hair steamer and used it probably 4 times in the last 3.5 years. Every time I look at that thing, I think to myself "this closet space could be used for shoes." I’m not saying it’s no good, but I am saying I am done overcomplicating my hair situation.

What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!"
On wash day (which is once every 3-4 weeks) I wash with 2 shampoos: J.R. Ligget’s Shampoo Bar and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle. I had been using Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner for the longest but just switched to Dove Hair Therapy. Really, whatever’s on sale at Costco works for me. I co-wash maybe once a week. I’m not in the habit of deep conditioning as I guess I should be. I’m still on the hunt for one that works for me. For wet styling, (only on wash/co-wash day) I use The Great Detangler by Taliah Wajiid and Coconut Hibiscus Detangling Spray for Kids by Shea Moisture. I’m telling you, the tender-headedness is real. I really do need the kids stuff. For dry styling, (every 3-5 days) I literally just use a spray bottle with water and 2 pumps of conditioner in it to dampen it a little. Depending on the style, I might use a little Eco Styler Gel. I use shea butter for the ends and coconut oil to reduce frizz during take. Although, I actually like frizz. So, only use a little. Tools are fingers, wide-tooth comb, and a Denman brush with every other row of bristles taken out. Sometimes, I blow dry with low- medium heat.   I think less is more for my hair. I was all about the latest and greatest of products, until I realized I don’t have the time, energy, money, or cabinet space for all this stuff! I commit to buying new products only when I run out, or when my hair is “tired” of something. I can only describe it as a product being less & less effective with more use. That being said, samples are my friend.

What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration? 
My go-to style has been the three-strand twist-out since I had hair to twist. Sooo...a braid-out? No, friends. Three-strand twist-out. Try it. It will change your life. When my hair is old and I don’t have time or energy to do anything with it, I usually put it up in a loose puff and rock a bandana, or pin up the sides for a half-up/half-down thing. I love twist-outs on dry/ stretched hair, though wet styling lasts longer.  I watch a YouTube video every once in a while if I want to try something new, but I always gravitate towards the simple twist-out.

Who is your curl crush?

I’ve been watching Maeling of YouTube fame (nikkimae2003) since her 1-year anniversary. Her texture is very similar to mine. If I’m in the market for a new product, I find out from her first. I also like watching Whitney on YouTube (Naptural85). My hair is nothing like hers, but she is just so darn cute and stylish. Honestly, anyone with a bigger fro than mine has my attention. I also LOVE Tracee Ellis Ross’s big hair. Again, nothing like mine, but dreamy.

How do you maintain your hair at night?

Don’t take this the wrong way, but I rarely do anything. I’m so doggone tired by the end of the day, I’m lucky if I can find a loose hair tie to pineapple it. If I do take the time to properly tie it up, it’s all gone in an hour. I’m a toss-n-turner. And forget that satin pillowcase. I tried it and was ice-skating all night! I’m sure my mane would be almost twice as large if I did all the proper night-time routines, but I’m okay with what I’ve got.
 My mom did give me this stretchy-fabric thing that looks like a sleeve off a short-sleeve T-shirt. That’s actually kept my twist-outs fresh for a long time, especially if styled when wet. I think she made that.

How do you maintain healthy length?

I get trims only a few times a year. I had been going twice a year, and I am JUST starting to bump it up to 3 times a year. I do go as regularly as I can, because too much or too little trimming is no good for me.

I also don’t use a comb until I’ve detangled with my fingers, and don’t use a brush unless I’ve detangled with a comb. I do not comb/brush or even part my hair if it’s totally dry. I feel like my being gentle is more for avoiding pain, but it’s helped with breakage.

I keep my hair loose as much as I can. If I do have to tie it up, it’s still gotta be pretty loose.

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