Guess Who's Biz-ack?!

11:44 AM

I'm back ya'll!
Happy Monday everyone!!! I know, it seems like "happy" and "Monday" should never be in the same sentence, unless you're saying "I'm happy it's not Monday". Anywho, I am really excited this morning, and I just wanted to share with you all that I'm back curly!!! I sent my straight hair packing this morning, and for some reason I'm as happy as a clam.

After an eleven-day straight stint, I can honestly say that I began missing my natural texture. For some reason, I couldn't wait to hop in the shower and let the water run through my chunky braids. It was the most invigorating experience....ever. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a tad -- that scalp massage I got from BF on Saturday night definitely was what's hot in the streets. Nonetheless, my co-wash and just allowing the water to run through and saturate my hair put me in a great mood and set my Monday off right. Sometimes, it's the simple things.

Since I am starting off my Monday with a clean slate hair-wise, I decided to make a few changes to my "routine", as an experiment. Sometime in October (or by the end of this month), I'll be able to report back on whether those changes will have any staying power. Here's the rundown.

1. Section Co-Washing: Instead of using Aussie Moist exclusively, I will be incorporating Shea Moisture's African Black Soap Purification Masque into my washes -- concentrating mostly on the scalp. I want to focus more on clarifying my scalp, and keeping psoriasis at bay as we usher out the Summer and welcome Fall and Winter.

2. (Deep) Conditioning: Usually after a co-wash with Aussie Moist, I'll just go back and slap some more on it, and let it sit as a conditioner (unless I am deep conditioning, which is only like a monthly thing). I'm going to change it up and use a different conditioner afterwards. Right now the conditioner of choice is Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner.

3. Leave-In: Still recession-proofing, but with a twist. Before, I just had one go-to leave in -- Aussie Moist mixed with water. It got the job done, but I couldn't help but wonder -- can my hair benefit from more nourishment, and perhaps a little protein boost throughout the week? So I took my OG leave in (Aussie Moist + water), and added a little Vatika Oil to create a moisturizing leave-in. In addition, I grabbed a second spray bottle (I seriously have a multi-colored collection of them now...thanks Target!), and mixed Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque, TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Conditioner, and water to make a protein/strengthening mix.

4. Sealing: No changes here. Cohiloe all the way!

5. Styling: Still going protective during the week, and letting it all hang out on the weekends (unless I feel inclined to do anything else).

It feels good to be back! I will have updates on my "regimen" changes soon :-)

Have a great week everyone! And as always, if you have any questions, or want to give some feedback on The Mane Objective, e-mail me at tinapatrice@gmail.com!


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4 comments

  1. Your site is the first site that I have found that I can really say identifies what I'm going through. I quit relaxing my hair in in 2008, but have been using heat weekly. I don't really go to the salon except to get my hair colored or cut so I spend a lot of time and money on my hair at home. I use expensive products & really didn't know that there was a problem with my hair. I started to try to twist my hair because my friend was twisting hers & I liked the idea of not putting heat on my hair and my hair wouldn't twist at all. Eventually I used flexi rods on the ends to keep some type of twist, but it still didn't stay twisted and I just look like I have a fro. All of the descriptions that I read about your hair fit mine with the exception of type because I don't have a clue what type my natural curl pattern is and my hair appears to be a lot thicker in texture than what i see from your pictures. I refuse to do the big chop and have decided that I will just cut some off each month. I'm really excited that I found your site, so many others have done big chop that I cant really find anyone who is posting while doing a heat damage transition. I am just about one month with no heat except for my bangs and only twice for those. (baby steps). Thanks for sharing. Sorry for mistypes, I hate typing on iPad, too lazy too go across the hall to grab laptop from office.

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  2. girl, that purification masque is the bizzzzzzzness. love what it does to my curls and the smell.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your comments! @MC77 the transition is definitely tough, but rewarding. I got super excited at my last length check, but realized last night that the heat + wearing my hair out for almost two weeks really started messing with my ends. So for all that growth progress, I've got to let go of at least an inch. I was saddened by it, but realized that for every inch of damaged hair I'm chopping, I'll have another inch of thick, healthy, curly hair in its place. As far as hair typing goes, I don't really ascribe to the 2, 3, 4 a, b, c system. I only know two types of hair -- healthy and damaged. I have some of both lol. Keep up the transition, and stay strong! If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at tinapatrice@gmail.com!

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  4. And yes, that purification masque is what's hot in the streets! I didn't think I'd love anything with a banana-esque smell, but the results are undeniable! Back when I used to rock a lot of w-n-g's, that was one of my go-to leave in products!

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