So it’s been six months since I’ve updated this blog, but there’s been quite a bit going on in my life! I moved back to the midwest a couple of months after graduation, worked on President Obama’s re-election campaign as a community organizer in the suburbs of my state (We won! Whoo!), and then started working in real estate/mortgage lending. It’s been craaazzyy! I’ve been trying my hardest to get my foot in the door as a recent grad and make all of my dreams come true….and it’s certainly been difficult in this economy. However, despite my plans not going exactly how I had hoped, I’m super optimistic about the future and I know there’s nothing a little elbow grease can’t fix :-)
That said, my bloggy-blog endeavor kinda fell by the wayside over the past few months, but I’m baack! Let’s recap what I’ve done with my kinks:
When I worked on the campaign, I LIVED in wash n’ gos. It was super hot in the summer, so I’d co-wash my hair in the mornings with Tresemme Naturals or Suave Shea Butter and Almond, and then apply my Shea Moisture curl smoothie and Eco-Styler gel. I’d get dressed and quickly do my makeup (pshh…I’d be lucky if I had enough time for lipgloss and powder—15+ hour workdays were no joke!) and then pull my hair up into a high kinky-curly pony. This was great for keeping my ends off of my shoulders, but not having the time to do trims regularly led to me recently having to cut off more than an inch all over. Good news? My ends look so much better and my coils are in great shape.
Lately, I’ve really gotten back into twistouts, and I’ve been experimenting with Cantu’s new line for naturals. The Cantu Coconut Curling Cream received quite a bit of buzz when it was featured in August’s Curlbox, which is a subscription service that allows you to pay $20 each month and receive an assortment of products intended for use by owners of non-chemically-treated and highly-textured hair. I’m not a subscriber to Curlbox, so I hopped on the bandwagon a little late, but better late than never! I was extremely skeptical about the ingredients, but this curling cream is bomb. My ends curl up instantly when the product is applied, so I could probably do a wash n’ go with it….but I’ve been playing it safe and twisting my hair into medium-to-large-sized twists each night. It’s been really cold and I’ve been wearing my hair down everyday for the past 7 days….and it’s managed to stay soft and defined. I’m in love. Of course, for moisture, I apply my Shea Moisture Yucca and Aloe conditioner (it has the consistency of a leave-in conditioner and it’s organic, so you don’t have to rinse it out afterwards) to damp hair and then use the Cantu coconut curling cream.
I’m big on that little teeny curl that forms on the ends of natural hair, and because my hair stretches out a little more everytime I retwist it, I’ve really gotten into the habit of applying a little bit of Taliah Waajid’s Loc It Up Gel—it’s all-natural, cheap, and even sold at Walgreens! There’s no buildup or flakes, and it’s very moisturizing. Definitely a must for naturals who like to keep their ends defined and in tip-top shape. The picture accompanying this post is a testimony for these products. I’m pretty sure I’ll keep them in rotation throughout the winter.