State of the Kinkdom: My Fro at 2!

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Friday 30 May, 2014 was the second anniversary of my big chop! 🙂

*whistles* *trumpets* *balloons* *confetti*

On my hairversary last year, I set the following goals for myself:

  1. Soft, way better moisturised hair without over-reliance on product
  2. Growth/length retention
  3. Cure myself of hand in hair syndrome

I’ve mastered #1. I’ve seen growth and retained some since then but I feel like I could have done better with #2. Now, about #3; because my kinks are awesome and still so brand new to me, I still put my hands in my hair, but definitely 70% less as much as I used to! So, allow me to give myself an A! ^_^

Before my first hairversary, I never styled my coils, and since then, I’ve put in some reasonable effort to change this. This is extra credit yo, so A+

LOL. How I love my hair! I’ve been annoyed, I’ve felt frustrated, but this second year of my journey has definitely been more fun than the first! With love and patience, we are making progress ❤ I’ve learnt A LOT about my hair in the past one year, and I’m still SO amazed at the versatility of it. How it can be big one moment and small the next. I’m coding and decoding. Shrinkage is an old friend of mine, but I’m still getting used to frizz.

HAIR OF THE DAY

For the D-day, I planned to wear a braid out. Two days before, I braided dry stretched hair with a little leave-in (Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream). I loosened the braids carefully for a braid out on Friday morning, and I got some decent definition, what do you think?

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But, I’d forgotten that I have a bit of shine problem with this leave-in. Hair wasn’t shining like I wanted it to.And I didn’t really appreciate my braid out right then because my mind was still attached to the unrealistic expectations of a braid-out on someone with curly hair 😦

It was only when I was done frizzing my hair in the name of trying to get a puff like Simply Cyn’s here, that I knew what I’d just lost. I had a small awkward puff because my hair wasn’t stretched like that from the braid out. I felt a little disappointed, but with more humidity and frizz, the puff flourished!

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It all worked out 🙂 I’ve got plenty of time to master the perfect braid out.

MOVING FORWARD

So many things I want to do now. I want to straighten, I want to trim, I want to colour, lol clearly I’m about to wild out! But I’m putting everything off till at least the end of the year.

Hair is healthy, happy, and for the most part, split-end free but I have one problem. My edges. My edges haven’t fully recovered from the Kinky Twists I wore in April. In fact, my front hair.

My edges are weak and a little scanty, and the hair in the front right after the edges isn’t as long as the rest. Short term goal is to grow my edges fully, and because different parts grow at different rates, I don’t know if my front hair should be a short or medium term goal.

I think my nape is doing fine, but because it’s a delicate area that could easily be stunted, I’ll be paying special attention to that as well.

Still keeping with my 2014 plan, I’m going to focus on healthy hair care, minimise my combing and try to manipulate my hair less. Sticking to low-manipulation is a little difficult because I get bored easily. I think working with stretched hair is going to be better for me, I will explain in later posts. 🙂

NEW HAIR GOALS

By my next hairversary, I want to see:

  1. Healthy thick soft hair
  2. Armpit length + more length at the nape.
  3. Full, healthy edges
  4. Healthy ends.

Thank YOU so much for your kind encouragement, helpful tips and for visiting the blog! I wish I could give you all some cake and ice cream, but you’re not here. 😦

Cheers to healthier, happier, longer hair!

Whoop!!!

Love,

AB,

Xx

Hello, February!!

Hey guys!
Long time no post!
Two whole weeks! And 2014 isn’t here to play oh, January moved fast!
Between MTN & Etisalat, my internet situation was a little complicated but it’s all good now. I’ll be up to regular posting from Monday, but for now, this is a quick update post, just to check-in.

1. The Kink and I just reached the 50 follower milestone on Bloglovin’! Wow. Thank you everyone, for reading and commenting and subscribing! Thank you SO much 🙂

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2. I got ombre box braids (black, with brown highlights) and they only lasted 2 weeks.

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Or should I say, I could only stand them for two weeks. Before them, the last time I used braiding hair that wasn’t kinky was October 2012. And even then, it was alright. But these braids my friends, were looking really old and raggedy in such a short time. I was sad to see them go- good money and time and 5 packs of hair wasted- I hadn’t even been able to do shakara properly. It just seemed a little silly to have super long waist-hip length braids that were really untidy where it mattered. I’m still wondering if it was my fault or the hairdressers’? AND. Calabar doesn’t know it’s supposed to be Harmattan. No chill whatsoever, it is. so. hot! I’ll be back to this style in a few months, hopefully, with much better luck.

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3. My hair is super soft as I write this. I just co-washed and yes, it was super-soft albeit a little greasy before I washed. BUT. The Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner is truly worth the hype. There’s no difference between 700 naira Suave Naturals conditioner and the cheapey cheapey 250 naira Hair Fruits conditioner. But this. THIS is a moisturising conditioner!!

4. A Test of Two Leave-In Conditioners

Thursday was Wash day and after all the senrenren, I left my hair to air-dry in twists. But before the twists, I moisturised one half of my head with Jack 5ive Curl Activator and the other half with the Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream– to see which was better. I unraveled the twists today just before I went for a walk and voila, no side was more moisturised than the other. My hair was all nice and soft and fluffy. A little greasy though (I sealed with coconut oil and appaz, I used more than I thought I did!)

5. I’m very very VERY serious about length retention this year! I resisted the urge to comb today, and went out looking maybe a little crazy.

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no comb, don’t care!!

I walked a good deal of Marian road and Old Ikang this evening (any Calabar curlies in the building?). I can’t wait till my hair starts to hang. Shorter hair makes the absence of a comb much more obvious, but abeg. I didn’t die today, and I’d happily do it again.

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Why must the caption strip be in the middle? Anyhoo…

6. The Kink and I is on Facebook now 🙂 and Instagram too. 🙂

7. Going off now to moisturise & seal and beg my roommate to thread my hair in preparation for another salon visit tomorrow. I dare you ’fro, to not dry before tomorrow afternoon! ( ._.)

I’m getting my hair did, no extensions this time. I’ll keep you posted!

Goodnight!

Love,

AB

xx