This stuff right here… THE TRUTH! I washed and deep conditioned my hair and used it as a leave in and it was fabulous. The smell is amazing!
I blow dried my hair and straightened it with my curling iron. Flatirons never quite worked for me. I got the idea to put a little bit more of the Darcy’s Botanical – Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner on my dry, straightened hair after I wrapped it. I put my scarf on my head quickly before it had time to curl and my hair was delicious the next morning.
Winter is the season where my hair flourishes. I’ve been blow drying my hair to prevent ssk’s because those are what causes me to trim my hair super often like a madwoman and it’s what prevents me from seeing amazing hair growth. So far so good!
I knew my hair was growing, but when Marsha did an impromptu length at brunch, she said “Oh, so you’re about bra strap length!” Now, I clearly remember from my last length check (now that I have my official length check t-shirt) that I was a little above BSL, so I decided to measure it. Look at me!
My hair was blow dried in the pic on the left and blow dried and straightened with the curling iron in the pic on the right, so the length of all of my hair looks different, but if you pay attention to the piece that I’ve stretched, I’d say I’ve gained a little more than an inch in 1.5 months. Talk about fast hair growth!
Moisturizing and protective styling is the trick!
I decided to try a three strand twistout for Thanksgiving! As you know, I’ve done three strand twists to create a bun and I’ve always told myself I would likely never do a three strand twistout. It just seemed like it would take entirely too long to twist it.
Based on the poll, the majority voted for a twistout, but Shelli from Hairscapades suggested a three strand twistout. I decided to just go for it.
I washed and deep conditioned my hair before I twisted it. My hair was sooooo moisturized, but I used a ton of new products. I pre-poo’d with Vatika – Enriched Coconut Hair Oil (haven’t used it in a while), washed with my standard Selsun Blue shampoo due to my scalp, conditioned with NuNAAT Intensive Hair Mask (from my November CurlBox), then applied Giovanni’s Direct Leave-in (first time trying it).
The nuNAAT intensive hair mask is wonderful. It has a pleasant, light fragrance. It’s very creamy, which is one reason I generally like conditioners in jars. I followed the directions and left it on for 20-30 min. When I rinsed it out, my hair was soft and moisturized.
I am generally a huge fan of Giovanni products because I have yet to find one that I didn’t like. I was perusing Whole Foods after work on Wednesday and spotted it, so I figured I’d test it out. Now I see why it is so highly recommended. You can feel that it’s holding moisture in your hair. I’ve only used it once, but I’m pretty sure I’d buy it again. Another winner from Giovanni!
Here’s my twistout.
For good measure, here are my twists in October 2011 compared with my twists now. My hair is getting long! *squeal* You can also see the difference in a two strand twist vs. a three strand twist.
My sissy had a Great Thanksgiving/Birthday Braidout, so she gets featured!