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Different looks
Album was created 6 years 7 months ago and modified 2 years 4 months ago
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Naked Hair
Photos of my hair dry and unstyled, without product to demonstrate how changeable 4a hair can be. If I washed and dried without twisting or styling -- just left it loose to dry/no product -- I would not be able to comb or brush my hair.
Album was created 7 years 6 months ago and modified 2 years 4 months ago
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Shoes
First five were Filene's Basement finds. They are size 11 so it's incredible that I found the selection I did.
Album was created 7 years 1 month ago and modified 2 years 5 months ago
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New leave-ins, test combos
(Jun 23, 2007)
Aveda Elixir is no more, just when I discovered it. Figures. 15 oz bottles are going for $60 on eBay. I'm looking for a leave-in as good as this one. Note these are summer combos, heavy on the gels.

I picked up little sizes of the real Paul Mitchell the Conditioner, Abba Nourishing leave-in (old formula), and MOP Leave-in to test. Oh, and some more Angell, because it was there. How convenient is it that there's a hair supply place in the mall across from my work building? Very reasonable prices. My name is Suburbanbushbabe and I am a product junkie.

Update: The quest goes on. I ordered Beauty Without Cruelty leave-in, a small Robert Craig leave-in (ingredients suspiciously identical to Ouidad Botanical Boost). I have great hopes for the BWC because it's not expensive. Oh and I splurged on John Masters Citrus and Neroli Detangler. I used a gift certificate I won, otherwise I would be seriously broke. So the experiments will continue. Just call me Frankenstein.

Results:
John Masters is not a leave-in it's actually as good a conditioner as Robert Craig, but too expensive.
MOP leave-in is seriously rich and detangling enough to be a rinseout. Too rich and moisturizing and foaming to use as a leave-in on my hair.
Mixed Chicks gives a nice effect, but needs to be shampooed out pretty frequently. If you're a shampooer you'll like it under a gel.
Abba Nourishing is pretty good. Proteins but no cone
PM real and generic are also good. PM has a light cone.
Beauty Without Cruelty leave-in: Extremely promising after 1st use: light, defining, no ingredients to cause build up. Totally CG
SheaMoisture Sheabutter Leave-in: Thick and creamy, gotta cut it with something, but very, very nice. First time using sheabutter as a major ingredient.

Finalists:BWC, Abba Nourishing, SheaMoisture Sheabutter leavein. I'm not finished yet, just narrowing down.

Great combo (no gel): Generic PM the conditioner, SheaMoisture leave-in.

Album was created 7 years 5 months ago and modified 2 years 5 months ago
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Roller Sets and other length retention strategies
(Mar 8, 2009)
I haven't had a roller set since my mid-twenties back in the dinosaur era. But my local hair buddy Maria did a rollerset youtube tutorial that made it seem easy and got fabulous results -- without flatironing or blowdrying!

What stands out for me is what she didn't use as much as what she used: no rolling papers or setting lotion. The size of the magnetic rollers used is an eye-opener too. So thanks, Maria for your inspiration and tutorial. And since we live in the same city, I can attest her hair looks even more fabulous in person. After 6 days! Here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBfLHkwEcCM

I consider rollersets and twist and curls ways to help me retain length. What Curlynikki says in her blog about straightening out the ends to keep them from curling in on themselves has merit.

So - what have I learned from my first natural rollerset? They are like finish carpentry. There are many imperfections and nothing is exact. But the finished result looks amazingly perfect. For one day. And I can't wear it out because my hair is like cotton candy when it's straight. But it's a good for a multi-day bunning strategy.

Update - It rained today :-D. I wore it in a Southern Tease. I think I may need to invest in a flat iron to get it just right.

Update on flatiron's - Tried for the 2nd time. I have no patience or skills at it. I tried saran wrapping, what a frikkin joke. I guess my hair likes being curly and connected to the other curls.
Album was created 5 years 8 months ago and modified 2 years 5 months ago
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Hair Routines
(Apr 17, 2007)
Photos of hair with specific product; techniques, whatever. Wet styling will be a little tough to document, as I do it in the shower. I use the rake and shake method as described on Ouidad.com( http://www.ouidad.com/curl_central/product-use-guide.asp?ug_nav=8) Except I style from soaking wet and plop or blot only after product is in. About 4 years ago I attended a local Ouidad book tour/promotional even/styling demo. I was able to see hair models before and after the carve/slice cut and being styled. I was hooked. Last June 2006 I started a modified-Curly Girl routine (google Lorraine Massey); 8 months of co-washing and damp styling later, I can finally have 2nd day hair without re-wetting.

New - Here's a link to a Curlisto styling video http://www.curlisto.com/yourhair-kinkycurly.aspx
Curlisto and Ouidad styling methods are very similar and work very well for me. I no longer use their products and get the same results with my favorit leave-ins and gels.
Album was created 7 years 7 months ago and modified 2 years 5 months ago
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Moisture and Protection
(Jul 4, 2008)
I'm styling for moisture now -- conditioners left in, Set it Free, butters and creams. The aim is to keep my hair and especially the ends hydrated. I'm still a gel whore though. But I use soft gels with aloe-vera base to seal in the moisture. Oil left in my hair dries it out. I'm loosely following the routine of Teri at

http://www.biracialhair.org/Curly%20primer.html

Except I don't brush and rarely comb, just finger smooth and detangle.

I've also started doing Curlynikki's Twists & Curls:

http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/10/as-promised-t-n-c-tutorial-is-here-d.html

It's a great method and my hair is loving the sheabutter on the ends. I use gel too, and my twistout is still soft. No crunch whatever. Next I want to try a full roller set with larger rollers, then maybe the saran wrap thing under the dryer. My ends roll smooth with the right product so maybe my hair will too. It's the reversion part that I'm concerned about.
Album was created 6 years 4 months ago and modified 2 years 5 months ago
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June, July, August - High Dewpoints!
(Jun 6, 2010)
Dewpoint yesterday was 71 - that was 70 degrees with 93% humidity. Today it rained torrentially. I left my umbrella in the car and had to run from the Target entrance to my car. My clothes were soaking (I put a bag over my head).

July and August have been less brutal.

I'm still figuring out my product routine. What I used last year (see My Journals) may still work.
Album was created 4 years 5 months ago and modified 2 years 5 months ago
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