Hairography: Island Hair
I was barely on the island before I got to participating in the island fun…
Yep that’s right. I hit the wave runners in Aruba and my beautiful head full of voluptuous curls turned to salty strands of waves. So, many people ask me what it is I do with my hair, and I am more than happy to share with you all one of my favorite summer styles as well as the products I use to maintain it all!
Here you are seeing two of my latest faves, Taliah Waajid’s Mist Bodifier, ($6-7, used as a light weight leave in, conditioner, detangles and great to soften the hair and style), and Eco Gel, Argan Oil Gel ($3.50-$4). I have fallen in love with these products as the gel was probably my best friend on this trip! What I love about Taliah’s products are that she recommends you use them at least three times a week to get the full effect, and I used this in conjunction with two other products to twist up my hair.
Although I was being silly with the PC in these few pics, I am holding another key component of my hair regiment, which is Africa’s Best, Cholesterol and Tea Tree Oil ($3-5).
I’ve been hooked on hair cholesterol since I started college, and I use it as either a great deep conditioner or a leave in as it helps to maintain the moisture in my hair better than most products, and it alleviates having to moisturize my hair more than twice a day, whether in a protective style or all over my head. What is great about the cholesterol is that it revitalizes over processed or weak hair and helps with the elasticity.
Another product that is not listed, but is also a great detangler and moisturizer, is Mane N’ Tail’s Detangler ($6). I have been an avid user of Mane N’ Tail products since I was a child and it is probably one of the most consistent natural hair products on the market. The Detangler and the Mist Bodifier would either be used together, one in the am, the other in the pm, or together to maintain the moisture in my head, and revive my natural curl pattern!
-I first would put the cholesterol all over my head, then spray it down with one of the leave-ins.
-next I grabbed full sections of my head with a little bit of gel and began to twist my head back as if I were french braiding it.
-I then tucked the ends that were left and pinned it.
-With each end that meets, I twist up and pin the stragglers (which for me is always near the nape). Is my hair still like this? Yep!
I would do at least 8-12 depending on how my hair was feeling. But the best part about it, is that you can keep it styled like this, for two days just moisturize it with water or the leave-in ( make sure you wrap your hair at night)! As well, if you were headed out and wanted some cool beach curls, just take the style down, spray a little hair spray and GO!
That’s me today! It’s hot and my hair could use this treatment, as it always longs for styles like this, or the body curls. As my hair gets longer, I stopped applying heat to it and I throw rollers in, but with styles like this, its easy especially with all the summer water fun.
How is the transition process for you?
Its going well! The front of my head is always hard to tell because relaxer or not, it will always be straight. But its the crown of my head that always gives it away, and it has reverted back to its curly ways, totally! So Needless to say, I am excited!
What products were you using prior to these?
Mane N’ Tail and the Cholesterol are my usuals, but as for the leave-in mix, I would use the Isoplus leave-in conditioner with Motions leave-in. The Isoplus was great for styling and the Motions to maintain, but these products no longer work well with my hair. My gel: Pro Style (you know…that brown gel).