153/31 – Back from the dead
Saturday, December 31, 2011
First… can I tell you how long it took me to figure out the math on this entry's title? LOL. That’s my punishment for being away so long, I guess.
And that’s an appropriate segue to explain my absence, I guess. Bad math. Accounting class. Last semester. Good LORD. It was awful. I thought I was going to drop out of school. LOL. No lie. But I survived the course and thankfully I won’t have to take another class even the least bit similar. Sheesh. It really tested my fortitude and I was getting all the tutoring and study help that I could – multiple sessions per week.
Between that class and my job (because our employees decided to act all EXTRA around the holidays… I have no idea why), I haven’t had much leisure time. So I dropped off the face of blogearth. :(
But!!! I’m back. And have been meaning to get back for a while… but once the semester ended and it didn’t kill me, I was quick to try catching up on all the stuff I missed while my nose was to the grindstone. I didn’t know how to act when I got a little freedom. LOL
Our good curlfriend Shelli checked in via email like “Um… are you still alive?” I’m glad she lit the fire under my butt – I needed some ackright. LOL (So sorry for being incommunicado!!!)
On the hair front… all is quite well. I won’t lie and say that school (and life in general) didn’t keep me from some of my weekly regimens. It certainly did. But I’ve made some adjustments that have allowed me to better manage my curls. So here’s a recap of some of the developments:
I’ve cut down substantially on experimentation for the time being. My daily regimen pretty much consists of water, Qhemet Cocoa Ghee, and Oyin Whipped Pudding. That’s pretty much it. I still twist at night to keep the tangles at bay and bun daily for work. I’ve been using water a lot more than I used to because I was tired of using products to try to remoisturize all the time. After all the articles I’ve read about water being the best moisturizer, I don’t know why it took me so long to heed. I’m fairly pleased with the response – hydrated, flexible, pliable hair… especially the ends (which have been doing great since that last trim).
Finally ordered when they had that Black Friday sale (I think that’s when it was). Ordered some coconut oil, Vatika oil, and got some free aloe vera gel with my order. Love the coconut oil (but that’s not really news) and will definitely reorder. Vatika oil didn’t really WOW me… didn’t see much of a difference from regular coconut oil use. *shrug* When my last jar of IC Fantasia Gel ran out, I used the aloe vera gel in its place to smooth back my bun. That’s actually been a good substitution. I may not return to jarred hair gel again. Shazam!
Shampoo:I give up. I think I’m going to give up on shampooing in 2012 (so basically tomorrow… LOL). I don’t like he way my hair feels after using any of the (sulfate-free) shampoos I’ve tried. I think I’m just going to remove it from the regimen in general. I was thinking of trying some of the cleansing creams at Curl Mart. I still co-wash… but shampoo and I are about to do a trial separation. Maybe we’ll go to counseling. LOL
Happy 2012 to everyone! I wish you all the best in life, health, and hair in the new year!
Yea, you did post before the end of 2011;)!! Okay Missy, you know we need a picture!! It's been MONTHS as your 11/7 post didn't have one either!! Girl, your hair is probably "classic" length now!! Your regimen sounds good! So, you and shampoo are done, huh? LOL!! Have you tried diluting any of the lathering shampoos (SLS free or otherwise)? I had that nightmare with SM and JessiCurl full strength. But, when I dilute 1 oz. in 5 oz. of water, it's all good. However, why bother if you aren't using anything with cones. I wouldn't. Your hair loves conditioner, so if it ain't broke!!! Btw, now that I'm a protein convertee, I'm trying to understand how others use it!! Your hair likes protein right? I can't remember! If you use it, how often and what kind (commercial or DIY? I kind of remember that maybe your hair liked a coconut milk homemade recipe?). Welcome back lady:)!! So happy you have returned from the dead with triumph;)!!