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That’s what I call hair that is missing a beautician and stays under a cap or bonnet most of the time.
Y’all, when the stay at home order hit in Georgia, I had just taken out my faux locs.
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For better or for worse.💍 Farm season has been slow this winter & we got too much rain, so seedlings are just getting in the ground. Our chickens got worms & were dropping like flies. One of our new farm pups started killing 🐔 (sometimes farm life ain’t easy ya’ll!)I started 2020 sick & was sick for weeks. And then corona plagued our world, which brings some uncertainty to our farm business as we depend on the spring farmer’s market. But instead of anxiety & fear, we’re choosing Joy & peace. We’re soaking up these extra moments together even if it’s not the way we envisioned. I’m thankful he’s gotten so good at removing crochet hair, so now it only takes me half the time I would spend alone. And since Georgia is eliminating state testing because of school closures, the kids can enjoy learning again without all the pressure. So even when life is uncertain, we can find joy in the small things. What are you finding joy in today?
I was giving my scalp a break and had intended on getting another protective style. I was torn between faux locs or passion twists (again).
And then the shelter at home went from two weeks to a month, to now the end of April.
I got really lazy with my quarantine curls and my hair was started to look a little dry–okay let’s be totally honest—crazy.
Something about the uncertainty of our world caused me to focus on everything but my hair. But I have a lot of hair. And I was tired of fighting with it because I wasn’t giving it the care it needed.
I didn’t have access to my beautician for a trim and I couldn’t even peruse the hair care aisle to check out the newest products.
I had to rely on the products that have always served me well instead of shopping for new ones.
If you’re stuck at home like me and want to make sure that your quarantine curls still look great, here are a few quick and easy tips to have your curls popping again in no time!
Detangle quarantine curls fully before styling
If you have a head full of hair, detangling could easily take 30 minutes to an hour if you are carefully working through each section. I’ve been guilty of detangling in a rush, and then styling took longer because I had to work through knots.
Trust me, if you have a conditioner with good slip, then working out those tangles will work in your favor & styling will be so much easier!
Skip the products with harmful ingredients
What kinds of harmful ingredients? Stay away from products with words like fragrance, parabens, sulfates.
Why are fragrances toxic??
Phthalates used to make fragrances last longer, have been linked to many hazardous health conditions, such as reduced sperm count, liver and breast cancers, reproductive malformation and diabetes.
Did you know that under the Fair Package and Labeling act of 1966, companies don’t have to list their ingredients?
Check out the Netflix documentary Stink for more information.
One of my favorite books that teaches you how to make your own DIY products is Kinky Locs. It was written by a licensed esthetician and gives several recipes for rinses, hair masks, deep conditioners and more!
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Curly hair needs moisture, especially the thicker, coarser textures. Before manipulating your hair in any style, make sure your hair is moistened with water.
This is my favorite water bottle.
Since everyone in my house has curly hair (with the exception of my husband), we have one in every bedroom. It sprays water evenly and doesn’t get the hair soaking wet.
Protect your curls at night
My favorite cap for sleeping is the Grace Elayae slap. Every cap or scarf I’ve ever owned has always come off at night. The Grace Eleyae cap stays put and keeps my curls protected while I sleep.
None of these duties really requires my hair to be free, so when I take my cap off, I often keep my hair in twists.
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I love doing twist outs on the weekend. I keep my hair twisted after washing & wear my twists as a style (in my younger years I would never do that but psshh..) Then usually on Sunday morning (church) or Monday morning (work), I untwist them. I don’t fluff out my hair day 1 because I love the super defined look & after all that work, I want my twist out to last all week. Some people use (leave in) conditioner only, but I love that gel gives my twists a non-frizzy look + they last longer.
I know, it’s tough. It’s tough to have to do your own hair all the time. We’ll get through this together.