Regimen + Goals

My Hair Regimen: I moisturize and/or oil my hair daily. As needed (usually weekly) I cleanse my hair and scalp with a moisturizing shampoo (or a clarifying one if there's build up). I do a moisturizing OR protein treatment with every shampoo. I stretch my relaxers 3-4 months.

My go-to protective/low manipulation styles: buns, braid-outs and halfwigs. In 2012 I want to start experimenting with more heat-free styles. I air dry most of the time and flat iron for length checks only.

I'm currently midback length (MBL) and actively working towards reaching waist length by my graduation in mid-2012.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

My NLV's

NLV, a term coined by Ebony over at Longing 4 Length, stands for Non-Length Victory...which are other accomplishments that are made while you are caring for your hair in between those length goals.

So here are my NLV's lately....

- I've perfected the art of air drying. Depending on what products I use and how long I leave the scarf on for, I can get my hair to dry sleek and smooth for a nice bun. Or really big and fluffy with lots of volume. Or anything in between. No matter how I do it my edges are sleek and smooth just how I like it.

- I finally learned how to wrap. I always heard youtubers talking about how they've been wrapping their hair forever and how easy it is to maintain their hair when it's straightened. The first (and last) time I tried wrapping I was left with a sore hairline the next day. Well after my most recent relaxer I decided to give it another shot, and it worked great. Its because I used a wide comb to wrap instead of a paddle brush like how many youtubers do.

- I can safely say that I found staple products. The only reason I try new things is to keep it interesting. For example I'm more motivated to deep condition if it means trying out a new product. But at the end of the day I know the products that my hair adores.

- I'm no longer obsessed over showing my length. Actually I've been "over" showing length since APL. By this, I mean not constantly pulling at my braidouts all day to show more length. Or making sure every hair on my head is pulled tightly into a ponytail to create the fullest bun I could on SL hair. Nope, just throw it in a bun (usually with no comb, just fingers) and it's already full. I still care about length, but I'm not obsessed about showing it all the time.

- Thickness victory: it now takes 2 loops with an ouchless band and my hair is held tight. It used to take 3 or 4 loops. I've also had to upgrade my butterfly clips to the larger ones, because my hair laughs at the small ones now



Air dried ponytail

- My bangs can finally be tucked behind my ear! The awkward bang length is over!!

- 100+ people actually look at my blog. Thanks to everyone who checks out this blog, leave comments, give suggestions, or just lurk. It makes me wanna post more pics and update more often!


14 comments:

  1. Congratulations on all those NLVs!

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  2. Can you explain to me a little more how you air dry? When you hair is finished being washed, do u apply the necessary products and just throw a scarf over your head until dry? Is all of your hair in the scarf & I just want to know the purpose of a scarf rather than just letting your hair out to dry.

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  3. Jesula the purpose of a scarf is to make the edges/front lay sleek and flat when dry. You can always add volume by combing it later, but the point is that initial "taming" for lack of a better word.

    Usually when my hair is finished being washed, I apply Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer. I then tie a satin scarf and leave it on until my hair is dry. I just let the rest of my hair hang loose out the back of the scarf or in a ponytail.

    And I don't moisturize and seal until my hair is dry or almost dry.

    Does that help?

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  4. These are great NLV's...congratulations!

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  5. I love reading other people's NLVs!! Great post and congrats! =)

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  6. Your hair is beautiful and I'm with you on the air drying, love it! Thanks for stopping by my site, also :-)

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  7. Congratulations and your hair is very beautiful!!!

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  8. congrats! wrapping my hair changed my life! YAY for using the new hair term! :)

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  9. Congratulations on all your latest achievements! :)

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  10. I'm just coming over here from KISS. Your blog is fabulous! I'll be over here on the regula...lol
    Congratulations on a fabulous job!

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  11. Haha I know I've commented this already, but I was wondering if you could write a post on how you air dry (or better yet, shoot a video!)? I am someone who's horrible at using rollers so if you air dry without them I'd love to see how!

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