I thought I’d share a few more pics of my hair, because one, I owe you, and two, they motivate me! I’m now five months preggo and the little munchkin is rocking and rolling like a champ. She sleeps all day (from what I can tell), and keeps me up at night… hopefully that’s not a sign of things to come! The Riverdancer kicks coupled with my incessant hunger, has pretty much been the name of the game these past few weeks. My number one craving you ask? Cinnamon Crunch Bagels (bread cut and warm with tons and tons of cream cheese) from Paneras. When I’m not sleeping, I’m eating, and when I’m not eating, I’m sleeping. I still somehow manage to sneak in a walk, an article or two, and QT with the hubby here and there.
Anyway… I’m on my way out the door for my daily walk, but I wanted to share what I’ve done (or not done) to my hair in the past few days.
So, I’m sure you recall the Modified Princess Leia buns I created (and shared) on Sunday. After wearing them into Monday, I decided it was time for a change. So, I took the buns down–
and prepared for a braid-out. I made a side part (living on the wild side!), detangled gently, and made about 8 braids. I then squirted a bit of Deva Set it Free in my hands and rubbed a little into the length of each braid. I set the ends on the blue flexi rods, and called it a night.
In the morning, I had a tame, pretty flat, VERY defined braid out. By evening, after a day in the 90 degree weather, it looked like this–
Sleeping on it was not an option, so I plopped down with my mirror, banana clip, and a wide tooth comb (too lazy and tired to stand anymore) and prepared to re-braid for the evening. After my feeble attempts to detangle one section, I decided that I was NOT in the mood, and hopped in the shower instead.
Earlier yesterday, between therapy appointments, I made a (40 minute) pitstop at Ulta Salon and Beauty. Why oh why did I do this?! I was on the hunt for a new moisturizing conditioner to try… and I wanted to re-up my DevaCare One stash. I ended up spending 50 dollars! I bought a bottle of Say Yes to Carrots Conditioner, a bottle of DevaCare One, and a bottle of TIGI Moisture Maniac (a throwback).
So, I rinsed my hair, shampooed for the first time in a month or more, and loaded up the right half of my hair with TIGI, and the left side with Say Yes to Carrots. What a difference! The SYTC side was full of slip (a little sudsy?), soft, moisturized, and ready to be detangled within minutes. The TIGI side, while soft and moisturized, took many more applications before it became slippery. I’ll provide a full review in the coming days… but in the meantime, check out Say Yes to Carrots! It might be the new inductee in my rotation 🙂
I quickly detangled, hopped out of the shower, and pulled my hair into the laziest bun (secured with a satin scrunchy).
If you look closely, you can tell I’m still in the bed, and the imprint of my scarf is still very visible on my forehead, lol! So, all of this to say, I’m back in a bun… and probably will be until my little diva makes her appearance in August. I just ain’t got the strenf… or the patience!
Alrighty chicas, I need to boogie… I’ll catch ya later!
Girl you have beautiful hair!
Lovely hair! Your pics are very clear. Can I ask what kind of camera do you use?
Nikki – the bun is beautiful…seriously! I think part of the good thing about having long healthy hair is that you can rock a bun (or a loose chignon) without having to put in a bunch of time at the bathroom mirror. Plus, your hair looks thick, shiny, and smooth…girl that bun is fierce!
I was suppose to have a August baby, but she arrived a little early, but not quite late enough (by hours) to share my mother's birthday. I said Yes to Carrots a little while back and am in love. I have all these other conditioners sitting in my cabinet and I don't really want to use them until my YTC is all gone.
My advice to you PULL THE PREGGO CARD as much as possible. lol
Awww…it's beautiful! But of course like others, your hair always looks beautiful!
You look beautiful!
Your bun is really cute! Congrats on the bun in the oven too!
which yes to carrots did u choose? blessings on the lil one 🙂
Very pretty. i have got to get more creative with my hair. i tend to be lazy and that is not a good look.
Congrats on the pregnancy. I'm in the same boat. I am almost 23 weeks and having a boy. He does get more active at night, but fortunately not enough to keep me awake:)
Nikki! Are you trrrrrrying to torture me!?!:- LMBO!:-D Just kidding! Well, I'm happy for you scoring the half dozen.:) There's nothing like sweetly satisfying a food craving!:) Hope you and little one enjoy the bagels!:)
Love the Bun!!! Congrats on the baby!!! I am not even pregnant yet but I find myself stressing over how my hair would be in the delivery room. I want to make sure it looks right for all those first photos 🙂 🙂
You should do a post later on "delivery day hair".
I know how that baby in the belly can take your strenf away…especially with that NC heat. Stay cool and rock that bun!!
I just tried SYTC last night. I used it as a deep conditioner after an apple cider vinegar and baking soda wash. It came out wonderful! I also used a newbie called Mira Moisture and Shine Pomade, and their shine serum. Awesome prods I found at King Soopers (a Kroger brand store).
Hey Nikki, congrats on the new baby! I think the bun looks cute and very low maintence. Im not pregnant yet but I said I wanted to be natural before I start having kids Im glad Im natural now I think it will be easier to maintain. Good luck!
Nikki, your hair looks beautiful as always. Congratulations on your pregnancy. I have 3 littls ones 1,3, and 5….and even tho they are running around torturing eachother…and me….I am so honored and so blessed and feel so fortunate to be a mother. Aside for the joy and blessing this is for you, this is absolutely GREAT for moms like me who want to know how to maintain healthy fabulous hair while being dirt tired and only managing about 30 min top in the shower a day. Not to be selfish…but I know you'll figure it out and help the rest of us. This alone has been a big obstacle for me. By the time mykids go to bed, and Im done cleaning I am soooooooooooooooo tired that taking care of my hair starts to feel like another exhausting chore. I try to maintain, but it has been difficult. So yay to the bun! It looks gorgeous, protects your hair im sure, and gets the job done! And Panera..OMG…I was in there after every doctors appt getting my asiago bagel with sun dried tomato cream cheese…OMG!!!! Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. In the summer they also have a tomato, basil, mozzerella sald that i started to get while pregnant with my youngest son who was born 7/21 Enjoy your pregnancy, those kicks are so special..I miss that! Just mommy n baby, you really think about the miracle of life. Be well, and thank you for helping us sistahs out. Peace
I'm a long term lurker to your site, but I LOVE IT! Thank you for spending your time helping us with our hair. Anyhoo, on to why I'm commenting today… I just wanted to warn you about pregnancy hair… it gets really thick! So, you might want to try twists or braids or you may need to detangle more often. I tried buns with my first pregnancy and I ended up with ALOT of tangled hair. Also, beware of after-pregnancy hormones!!! All that thickness goes away, and your hair sheds way more. Just a few tips. Congrats on the little girl, and thank you for your efforts with this site.
Thanks Nikki! Don't fret over the $50 bucks in product junk! You will have plenty for your little one coming soon 🙂 I loved the princess leah style I'm going to try it.
The bun is very cute. I stopped doing my hair completely around 6-7 months preggo and got micros. lol Girl, put your feet up, eat, and enjoy!
2 of my afternoon appts were canceled and I just scored a half dozen of cinnamon crunch bagels! SWEET! CurlySwan, you should come visit me… we could take a trip to Paneras and eat up the menu 🙂
Nikki, your hair ALWAYS looks beautiful no matter what you do (or don't do) to it!;-) But OMGosh! Did you say Panera!?!:-O I'm so jealous.:( And you mentioned one of my favorite bagels from there too! Panera use to be one of my favorite joints when I lived in Chicago and I miss it since I've moved back to New Orleans!:( It's spring time and I'd love to have one of those delicious iced green teas! Heck, there are several things on the menu that I could go for right now, but I digress…:-
Hey Nikki! You're cooking a baby diva so you're entitled to wear a bun everyday if you feel like it, besides, it suits you well so it's aaaaallll goood! 🙂
Cute hair! Very low maintenance…
Nikki, your hair is beautiful. The reason your baby is asleep/still all day is because you are moving around/more active during the day, so your movement/activity rocks, soothes, and lulls your baby. And then, just when you are winding down and being still in the evening/at night, your baby is no longer being rocked by your movement, so she becomes more active. At least this is the way my doc explained it to me. My daughter is two now, and it was the same way for me when I was pregnant with her. I would tell my hubby every night when the party was kicking up in my tummy. God bless!
Nikki….congratulations on your little one! I gave birth to my first son on January 9th and it has been hard to give as much time to my hair as I would like to. I've been trying to come up with ways to keep my hair safe from neglect but if you have any tips or ideas, I would love to hear them! Maybe a question for your readers?
Yes an August baby!!!!! I feel you on the kicks, my Riverdancer was breeched and her kicks would get me right in my ribs and off to the ER room:( But its all worth it! I love the Say Yes line of products. I use the Say Yes to Cucumbers face cleanser and its wonderful. The bun is adorable and low maintenance and that is definitely what you need while pregnant!
I love the way your hair looks; any kind of way 🙂 Seriously…..you and your hair are beautiful. Love the way it looked when you let it out. Congrats on the baby girl and thanks to your husband for sharing you with us 🙂
Try Renpure (red bottle) conditioners. They can be purchased at Walgreens and Rite-Aid. Also, try Tresemme Naturals as a co-wash or leave in. Yum!!
That bun is adorable! OMG your baby is gonna be the coolest kid on the block; LOL @ Riverdancer kicks! That's so cute! God bless you, that wonderful child, and your husband! Congratulations again!
Nothing Wrong With That Girl, I Once Wore A Bun For A Year Straight Then Followed That With The Two Buns For Almost A Year, LOL. Your Hair Looks Beautiful!!
Hey babes! The bun suits you well. Besides there is WAY too much pollen to go around wearing our hair out and TOO hot!
I love the bun! Although my hubby has started to hate it (I wear mine ALL.THE.TIME). It has forced me to experiment w/more styles though which is going well. Funny that you mention it, I was planning an Ulta run today. They sent out 20% off entire purchase coupons last week. Honestly, you will probably be rocking that bun for a while even after the diva makes her debut 😉 It's just easier! (I have 2 little ones 🙂 Oh, & I LOVED those same bagels when I was preggars. Thanks as always for the tips!