Big Chop – November 12, 2012

So finally after almost a year of transitioning I big chopped on November 12th, 2012. I must say it was a truly liberating experience and I am in love with my hair. Dealing with the the two textures during my transition was tough so to ease my “pain” I turned to protective styling with weaves and found Curlformers which allowed me to seamlessly blend the two textures effectively. I am looking forward to trying a variety of different hair styles at each stage of my hair’s growth and documenting with length checks every 2 months.

Current Length:

Front: 4″
Front Side: 3 1/2″
Side: 4 1/2″
Back: 4 1/2″

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Curlformers Review

This review is so late, however since I have used this product many times now I can now give a full review for those who are transitioning.

Let’s start with the cost of this system which runs you about $70 (Sally’s) for one of the pre-assembled kits or approximately $100 if you mix-and-match the individual packages of Curlformers (8/package). One important thing to note is the Curlformers sets do not include the styling hook which costs and additional $4.29 (Sally’s).

Moving on to the actual use of this product and the results:

When you initially use this product you will have to get used to using the styling hook and develop the technique for threading your hair through the Curlformer. To a newbie this can seem challenging but, trust me you will get the hang of it rather quickly and be able to proceed on from there. Since I wanted a soft but lasting set I tried using my normal Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In conditioner after washing my hair as well as Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey on each section of hair before placing it in the Curlformer. After partially drying under the dryer and then allowing the rest to air dry, the set was too soft turned out to be too soft and quickly dropped by mid-day and by the evening frizzed.

The second use went about the same because unfortunately I believe I was suffering from some kind of temporary amnesia because I used the same exact styling products again, except once my hair was dry and the Curlformers were removed I sprayed my hair with Ojon Elastik Flexible Finishing Hair Spray (which I love!). The hair spray helped the hold to last a lot longer however once I slept on it even after placing my hair in a pineapple the frizz returned.

They say the third time is charm and it was, per a specific recommendation from a friend! Lottabody and Argan Oil was the key to the perfect hold! When using the Lottabody make sure it is diluted correctly and do not over saturate the hair, otherwise the hold will be to stiff and breakage can occur when removing the Curlformers from your hair. Using these products the style lasted for five days without becoming to frizzy. My nighttime routine for preserving this style was a simple pineapple wrap with a silk scarf and then the take down in the morning was just a simple fluff and the possible separation of the curls to increase the volume.

The Curlformers create a seamless style for any transitioner. The set that is achieved with this product blends the two textures flawlessly and I highly recommend this product to anyone whether journeying or fully natural!

*Have you used this product? If so, please let me know your opinion of the Curlformers and your experience with it?

Product Review: Jane Carter Nourish & Shine

So after all the praise I have heard about Jane Carter products, I decided to give them a try myself and I just had to write a review on the Jane Carter Nourish & Shine. Simple stated: I love this product! The Nourish & Shine has a butter-like texture and the fragrance is a pleasing sweet grapefruit scent. The shea, illippe, and mango butters, which are the main ingredients in this product, make my hair feel so soft, and these butters are know for their conditioning properties. After using this product your hair is also left with a glowing shine as well as it helps reduce scalp dryness.

I used this product when doing my twist out as well as my daughter’s and both styles came out very well. The curls were bouncy and full of life; best of all there was no frizz!

The only drawback to this product is the price which is $21.99 for 4 oz. However, a little of this product goes a long way, so 4 oz. will last you a while.

Embarking…

November 10th, 2011 was the day of my last encounter with Creamy Crack aka Relaxer. CC was my friend until it truly betrayed me and took a small area of my hair with it and left a crucial burn at the nape of my neck. Now, don’t get me wrong I have been burned before but I have never lost a small patch of hair like I did this time. I wish I had a picture to show you!

Most if not all my girlfriends have turned to their roots and have embraced their natural hair, so now it is my turn! I have chosen to make this change as part of my plan for 2012.
So I was feeling on my new growth today and I must say I love the feel of my little curls. I almost have an inch of new growth and although it is only a little bit I must say I am excited.
We will see how I fare!