January 07, 2012

On Hair: Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Since I have transcended my TWA (teeny weeny afro) phase, the sky has opened, the divine light has come down, and the Hallelujah Chorus is playing.

For the past year since my BC (big chop), I had been wearing my hair in a shrunken WNG (wash 'n' go).  This was a very orchestrated choice on my part.  I do not have the kind of lifestyle which affords me the time to spend hours during the week styling my hair.  Any other style on less than 6 inches of hair requires lots of "attention."  Therefore, the WNG style below freed me up to work the 12 hour days I normally put in every week and be a mother and wife.
Wash n Go 12/2011

I am no longer a slave to the WNG!  I have graduated to the Twist-Out.  So, I had to do a complete overhaul of my weekly (if not daily) regimen.

I achieved my WNG with my former holy grail product, Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel.  However, I knew that gel was not the product I wanted to use to twist my hair.  I did not want crunchy, tacky, sticky curls.

Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie is my new holy grail product.  Not that I am tossing my Eco Styler Gel.  I will definitely keep it for my WNG and summer wet styles.

I achieved my Twist-Out below using the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

This twist-out was done with larger twists than I describe below

How I achieve my Twist-Out:

1.  Co-wash as usual.
2.  Braid in six big braids to keep my hair stretched while styling.
3.  Apply leave-in conditioner.  I still love Carefree Curl Gold.
4.  Apply dime size amounts of castor oil.
5.  Apply Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (a nickel to quarter size).  This size is based on a
     huge section of hair.  Remember, I had already sectioned my hair in six big braids.  So a little of this
     product goes a very long way.
6.  Finger-part off a very small (1/2 inch) section of hair and twist tightly to the ends.  Because of my
     coily curl pattern, my hair responds best to small twists.  Yes, this takes an hour.  But I do this early
     Saturday morning, and I'm done well before noon. (Note:  my hair is still damp while twisting)
7.  I let my twists stay in for at least 24 hours (to "set" them).  Then I untwist them.
8.  At night, I re-twist in very large twists.  I realized very quickly that my hair cannot remain loose at
     night.  The re-twisting only takes me 30 minutes.  This is a reasonable amount of time for my
     lifestyle.  The untwisting in the morning takes about 15 minutes (also reasonable).  If I'm really
     pushed in the morning, I untwist in the car on my way to work (I have a 45-minute drive and I use
     one hand).

Why I love Curl Enhancing Smoothie:

1.  It keeps my hair moisturized for at least 5 days without reapplying during the 5 days.
2.  It keeps my hair baby soft for at least 5 days
3.  It's not sticky or tacky
4.  It's not greasy
5.  It's 99% natural
6.  It smells good
7.  It's cost effective:  $9.99 for the 12 oz. jar above at Target