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23 May 2009 @ 07:20 pm
Okay I just spent the whole afternoon trying to give myself yarn braids and failed spectacularly.

I took some photos.

I will be honest, I am so bad at braiding I cried a little bit. But, on the upside my hair looks really lovely.

So under the cut my afternoon in pictures.

Big pics, not dial up friendly.

First up my conditioner mix. I'm all addicted to mixing super conditioners up for myself and this one is a winner. I use- (yes these are my amazon links) 1 Organic Root Stimulator Olive OIL Replenishing PAK, a little bit of Palmers Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner - 5.25 Oz, a few squirts of African Royale Hot Six Oil Hair & Body Mist - 8 Oz and a little silk elements luxury conditioner.


How it looks mixed. I use a tint brush to mix it.


This is my pre-shampoo'd dry hair that I'd treated the night before with coconut oil. I parted my hair in four sections, detangled, then after applying the coconut oil I made little buns, wrapped them in plastic, wrapped with a satin scarf and went to bed. My hair LOVES coconut oil.

Also to prevent breakage I coat elastics in oil before using them.



Thus far in the process I was happy. I conditioned for about an hour under a heat cap, rinsed and my hair looked like this. (BIG pic here).


My hair is combed there and I love how it looks. I sectioned my hair again in four sections and used oiled elastics to air dry a bit. I used the ponytails to stretch my new growth some so braiding would be easier.

And here is where the fail started. It took me about two and a half hours to do two rows of braids and the ones I did at the beginning started to slide out immediately. Also I am not a good braider and they were so ugly. UGLY I didn't think to take pics except for this one. And yeah it was not working.


So I sat and stewed then started to take them out. It took me more than an hour, some tears and whining. And okay I give up I am not a braider and need to accept that. I can do some regular plaits that are chunky and ugly not fit to be worn out of the house but I need to not do the fancy things.


Silver lining is I took some pics of my air dried hair with no product and goddamn I am happy with my hair. My progress is really showing. My hair is thick lush and beautiful.


So it's eight o clock and I have no braids. But I do have fluffy gorgeous hair.

Moral of the story is, some people (me) just can't braid.

If you wanna skip the pics.

Braids failed but my hair is awesome.

I am going to try and continue my relaxer stretch. It's going pretty well still and it's been a little over four months. I'd like to make it to July. I will probably henna in a couple of weeks and keep doin what I'm doing. Buns, deep conditioning and glee.
Current Location: Shrine of the Cunty Beast
Current Mood: distresseddistressed
Current Music: Katt Williams
ext_191442 on June 2nd, 2009 06:23 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!!
I just bought the Organic root stimulator Hair mayonnaise, I was trying to find the olive oil pak you mentioned but I couldn't find that at the store I went to and got a tub of this instead and ... WOW. I am trying to grow my hair out long after having it short before (between 1 inch long to 3 or 4 inches long) and while that has been going good and it is halfway down my back now I am having some issues. I have been trying practically every kind of product to keep it healthy and soft feeling and not having really any luck, with my hair either being left feeling like straw, or really slick and oily and still not soft at all. This had me considering chopping it off again but after reading what you use I thought I would give it one more shot.

So today I purchased the Organic ROOT stimulator product and I re colored my hair to touch up the roots that were showing and let my hair dry thinking I would try out the Hair mayonnaise tomorrow or sometime, but it was sitting right by my keyboard after emptying my shopping bags and I figured I would try a little bit on a chunk of hair.. I took just a little and rubbed it on the tips and into the hair and it just felt so awesome.. so I kept taking a little bit more.. and a little bit more.. and lol well now I have it worked into my whole head of hair and Oh my gosh, it already feels SO soft I can't wait to see what it will feel like after I actually use it as a deep conditioner the way it is supposed to be used lol.

Thanks for turning me onto this stuff, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, and it smells pretty yummy too lol. I think you saved my long hair dream!
fluffy_lvrfluffy_lvr on June 18th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you so much!!
You're so welcome :D Glad to help. I love finding new awesome stuff.