I hope every one had an amazing New Years and welcomed 2016 surrounded by family and/or friends! This post is totally late, but I’m going to pretend I’m a rebel and still share it with you. 2015 felt like the longest, most mentally and emotionally exhausting year of my life. I feel like I barely did anything with my hair compared to the past years (2009-2014), buuuuuuuut here are my styling highlights of 2015.
|[January] Recap for this wash day is posted here|
|[November] Wash day recap for this style is posted here|
After ending my transition in April, I switched to fussing with my hair as least as possible. I started wearing my hair in marley twists in March and they became my boo-thangs and my go-to protective style. I’m pretty sure I’ve had my hair tucked away in marley twists more often than I had it out. Wearing my hair in marley twists helped dull the shock of big-chopping in April. I literally cut off my last of my relaxed ends, stared at myself in the mirror like “who is this strange woman?!?! I don’t recognize her!” and then re-twisted my hair right after. I took them out only to wash, deep condition, and reinstall them.
After snipping off the last of my relaxed hair, I hesitated on straightening my hair. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to achieve sleek, straight results comparable to my relaxed hair. In September I blow dried my hair and then gave up on straightened it and left my hair alone in all its fluffy cloud glory.
|[September] Wash day recap for this photo is posted here|
With practice, my straightening results improved *happy dance.* The third time I straightened my hair I finally got the hang of it.
|[October] Wash day recap for this photo is posted here|
The fourth time I switched using the brush chase method and finally felt like I nailed down my straight hair routine. Now the only thing I’ve left to figure out is how to get my straightened hair to last longer than a week . . . but with working out, I don’t see how I’d solve that puzzle.
My flat-ironed natural hair is much lighter than my flat-ironed relaxed hair, partly because I now skip using a leave-in conditioner and because the leave-in heat protectants I now use are much lighter as well. As a result, my natural straightened hair is bouncier and more… fly-away-ier??? Does that even make sense? Let’s pretend it does 🙂 But on the plus side, my hair is thicker than it was when it was relaxed so the fly-away hair doesn’t bother me. I love it.
For the first time in my life I found myself freaking out over whether my hair would revert to its natural curl pattern. When I relaxed my hair I never paid it any mind. Why fret over whether my new growth would revert when I’d end up relaxing it at the end of a relaxer stretch? THANKFULLY after each time I straightened my hair my reverted. Heat damage disaster averted!
To revert my hair I sprayed it first with a water and glycerin mix (60% water, 40% glycerin) and added a little bit of conditioner on top (Organix Vitamin E Conditioner). Spraying my hair with water and glycerin gives my hair a much needed moisture boost since I don’t moisturize my straightened hair during the week.
|[November] Wash day recap for this twist out is posted here|
HIGH PUFF LIFE
|[June] Wash day recap of this photo is posted here|
What were your best styles of 2015? If you have highlight post, please add it to the link up below!