Loc Update: My Two Year Loc Anniversary!

This morning I showered, washed my locs, threw a little oil in my hair and threw it up in a pony. I had my hair in a braid out for the last 3+ weeks, so it was time for a hair cleanse. I’ve never had a ponytail this long, ever.  Locs have totally changed my life! My two year loc anniversary is in just a few short days, and I’ve never been happier! Wooo hooo! Check out my loc album with 2+ years of progress here!

The Hottest Hair at New York Fashion Week: Can My Locs Do This?

I have seen the hottest hair styles this Fashion Week.  Usually, these styles are created on people with fine blonde hair. Either way, I’m wondering if I can put a spin on these and wear them with my locs.

I am waiting for the day that my hair is long enough to fit in a bun.  I LOVE a bun. Here’s the look at the Alice + Olivia presentation yesterday at The Plaza.

How hot is this? This is the look at threeASFOUR by Sebastian Professional Lead Stylist Design Team Member Thomas Dunkin.

Soft Hollywood waves at Tracy Reese. How the heck do I do this?

Wearing Weaves For Hair Growth

It seems like every other woman (of any race) is walking out of their home with a weave in.  This could be a full weave, half, or a few pieces here and there.  Many women wear them for style reasons, they like to have a different look often or don’t want to damage their real hair.  And there is a slight few who wear weaves for the single purpose of growing out their hair. The idea is to let the hair rest and grow with the lowest amount of manipulation.  It’s insane how daily combing, finger playing, and product over-usage can retard the process. Overall, I think this is an excellent strategy.

For instance, check out one of the best weave stylists that I’ve ever seen, Reniece.  She’s a Maryland based stylist that has people buzzing. This woman is so in demand that she rarely takes new clients.  I met her a few years ago, as I was a candidate for a Healthy Hair Makeover.  My hair was natural, dry, full of color and driving me crazy. Because the excessive hair coloring, it was best that I not weave my hair, for fear that I’d have too much breakage. I was very disappointed, but very happy that she didn’t withhold her opinion just to make some extra money.

While researching this idea, I was dumbfounded at the results of her clients! They come in every so often for maintenance and analysis of how the progression is coming along.  Here’s a before and after page, including clients that have used Reniece’s (and her sister Breon, also a master weaver) talents to get their hair to grow. The video below is the end result of the stylist’s own progress. GORGEOUS hair. And the kicker is…she’s 100% natural. I had NO idea. You can see her progress here in her photo album. If you have any questions about weaves, brands and products to try, etc., Reniece has a detailed FAQ section that is sure to help you out!

Did wearing a weave help your hair grow??

Mizani’s New Line for Curly Girls: True Textures

Mizani products scream ethnic luxury.  They are the preferred brand of stylists all over the world. During my relaxed days, I went through many bottles of Hydrafuse Conditioner. Heck, just last week I finished off my bottle of PuriPHying Shampoo for the excessive buildup in my hair.  I’m very happy that Mizani sees that natural curls are here to stay, not just a trend. They have created the True Textures collection. You’ll be happy to find a sulfate-free shampoo, moisturizing masque, and various styling products.

The Perfect Curl ($18) lightweight creme gel is a product that’s worth a shot.  Sadly, I had to bash many products that were made for curls, but were thick, super smelly and overpriced.  This however, is not. Just section wet hair and finger comb through. My preferred method for my teeny curls was to apply to drenched hair, then shake hair like a wet dog.  The curls would pop on their own, and then I could separate them as needed. Want more proof? I found the most awesome picture review of these products at Curls, Coils and Kinks! Makes me miss my fro, (although mine wasn’t as fabulous as hers!)

You can find Mizani products at Ulta, JCPenny Salons (along with most major chain salons inside malls) and beauty supply stores!

Giovanni Natural Mousse Air-Turbo Charged

I was super excited to find an all natural mousse. Giovanni Natural Mousse Air-Turbo Charged to the rescue.  Every time I use mousse to curl my locs, I feel as if I’m dumping a bottle of alcohol on each strand of hair.  Excessive, I know.  Well, this product didn’t work for my hair. Now that I have locs, I need something heavy duty for my hair to hold curl. I used this on slightly damp hair (which I usually do).  I used small and medium rods, and kept them in overnight.  Sadly, my curls only stayed tight for about 2 hours the next day.  It might have something to do with the humidity, since this is the first time I’ve worn my hair curled in extreme heat. When I use the leftover Aphogee Mousse for Relaxed Hair, my hair lasts for a week.  When I use Oyin Shine N’ Define on my hair, wet, my hair lasts for a week. Oh Giovanni, you let me down.