Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wash Day Recap: Back to Low Manipulation Styling

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

I have been slacking on the blog posts this month but we're finally settled in Portland. And, now that we're settled I can actually get back to my regular hair routines/practices. Here is a recap of Friday's wash day:

1] Pre-pooed with Hair Trigger doing some light detangling with my fingers and left it in for an hour.

[2] Shampooed with Shea Moisture's Cleansing Cowash Conditioner. 

[3] Protein Treatment with ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor for 2 minutes.

[3] Deep Conditioned with Tangles and Beyond's Deep Moisture Conditioner for 40 minutes.  Before I rinsed it out I used my Denman brush to detangle it. My hair was a tangled mess from wearing my hair out. This conditioner is a god-send because it melted all of my tangles away and brought my hair back to life.
[4] T-shirt dried my hair for about 15-20 minutes. I wanted my hair to be damp not soaking wet when I applied product.

[4] Applied my leave-insJia's Caribbean Dream Cream  and Tangles and Beyond Deep Moisture Shea Butter.

[5] Styled my hair:  I knew it was time to put my hair back into protective styling. It was fun having it out for a little bit but honestly the tangles/matted hair is not fun. I will wear my hair out but not all the time. I prepped my hair for the style by banding it with hair ties to stretch my hair. 

My original plan was to try a style that I saw on YouTube but I couldn't get my hair to cooperate. Instead I just did a tuck and pin style, totally on the fly. I think it turned out well, especially since this was a style I made up in the moment. I'll wear this style until Friday or Saturday. Depending on how my hair feels, I may take it down Tuesday to moisturize it and then put it back up.


How was your wash day? Did you try any new styles or products? Join the link up to share your #WashDayExperience

The Wash Day Experience

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wash Day Experience: The Hotel Edition

Hey everyone!

As I mentioned in my last travel adventure update, May has been a busy month. So busy in fact that it took me 10 days to wash my hair (I usually wash once a week). By the time I washed my hair we were (me, the hubby and the dogs) staying in a hotel until we left for Portland.

Before Wednesday's wash day I wore my fro out for a whole week, playing around with different styles. At the end of the week, my hair was a tangled mess so I decided to pin it up until I had time to deal with it.

One of the styles I wore during the week.
My first "puff"
Here is a recap of Wednesday's wash day:

[1] Pre-pooed-- I didn't have time for a long wash day, so I skipped this part.

[2] Shampooed with SoapBox Argan Oil Shampoo (sent by Influenster, a product I will be reviewing soon).

[3] Deep Conditioned with The Antidote by Tangles and Beyond for 20 minutes.  Can I just say that I love this conditioner? There will be a review of this soon.

[4] Detangled-- Usually I detangle every wash day but with all of our things packed for the move, I couldn't find my Denman brush or wide tooth comb.

[5] T-shirt dried for about an 20 minutes.

[6] Applied my leave-insJia's Caribbean Dream Cream  and Tangles and Beyond Deep Moisture Shea Butter.

[7] Styled my hair: Since we were leaving for Portland the next day and I had to run out to meet up with friends after washing my hair, I went with a simple style: my afro with a flower. My plan is to wear this style for a few days, then pin it up on Sunday and keep that way until my next wash day (either Wednesday or Thursday).

How was your recent wash day? Be sure to share your #WashDayExperience by joining the link-up.

Until next time!

~Adventures of a Nappy Chica

The Wash Day Experience

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Final Countdown in Monterey Part 3: Good Old Days 2015

I just realized yesterday that I haven't posted anything this month. Life has been a little crazy, insane hectic this month. With moving out of the apartment/unit we were renting, the hubby finishing up school, finishing up work and prepping for Portland, I haven't had time to think about the blog. But, my goal is to finish up the last few days in Monterey by sharing some more of my recent adventures.

About a month ago I had the opportunity to join one of my Zumba instructors on stage at Good Old Days in Pacific Groove. This two day festival featured live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, carnival rides and much more. And what is a festival without free Zumba?! Local Zumba instructors taught free classes to the public on both Saturday and Sunday.

Dancing it up on the stage

It was a really great experience and is getting me excited to teach my own class! Since getting my certification, I have been learning choreography and getting a playlist together. I'm hoping to teach Zumba while we're in Portland this summer.

Group shot--excuse my facial expression


Until next time!

~Adventures of a Nappy Chica