Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pretty Things: Natural in the Summer

Do you know it's been a year since I've done a natural hair update?   I didn't realize it had been such a long time.  I haven't been very focused on my hair lately.  It's grown a lot, but I I have a feeling that I will need a lot cut when I go for my next trim.  I've been wearing it in buns 95% of the time, and I'm way overdue for a trim.

All summer, I've either worn ponytails like this...

Or buns like this....

It's been way too humid to wear it all up in my face and on my neck.  I'll typically wash on Sundays and braid it up and wear it in various updos throughout the week.  If it gets too crazy in the middle of the week, I'll either rinse it and braid it again or I'll cowash.  I've done almost no wash and goes because my hair really doesn't like them. 

I've tried to keep it really simple.  There are three factors that really seem to keep my hair thriving, with minimal work:   1) Every wash, I either pre-treat with oil or do an oil rinse, 2) After washing, I braid or twist to dry and stretch, no matter how I plan on styling, and 3) Remoisturize at least a couple times during the week. 

How do I remoisturize?  At night, I dab a nickel sized amount of oil or butter in my hands and evenly distribute throughout my hair, paying particular attention to my ends.  Then I put it up either in a top knot or a couple twists or braids, put on a plastic cap, then a scarf over that and go to bed.   When I wake up, my hair feels amazing and happy. 

Whether you are natural or relaxed, what have you been doing with your hair all summer? 


Tiffany said...


Peace, Love and Chocolate,

Tiffany said...

Ha ha, the first commentors name is Tiffany too! Anywho, yes your hair is gorgeous. My hair is hella thick, I must learn how to get it in a bun, must, cause some sundays I don't feel like the whole routine.

Rhonda C said...

I saw your post on CurlyNikki. PLEASE tell me how you create the pony in the second pic. Very flattering look on you and I would love to try and recreate it.

Faye said...

Your hair is wonderful! Full, luscious and curly! I was looking for a post on here about when you used a Brazilian treatment of some kind because I was interested in doing the same but I don't see it... Can you tell me what you used?

GG said...

Thanks so much for the kinds words ladies!

@Rhonda C - I'm glad you like it! I started by doing a standard twist out and wearing that for a few days. In the summer, the humidity gets to it and it loses definition a little bit but I'm still able to work with it. To create the ponytail, I took the 2 - 3 day old twist out and just pulled it up into a loose ponytail holder (only wrapped it around once so it would allow it to be bigger and more free) and for whatever reason this day I pulled it over to the side just to be playful.

@Faye - Heyyyyy girl! *waving* YOu're probably talking about my recent guest post on Hairscapades:

MerelyMarie said...

Your hair is beautiful!
I've been really lazy this summer. Just cutting & a ton of wash & go's. LOL

GG said...

I love your hair cut, Marie! Cute and edgy and it looks cool for the summer. It's was a really humid summer so ease has definitely been the way to go.

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