Tag Archives: LCO

Shrinkage is Still a Beast (Pic Update/Informal Length Check)

Shrinkage is still a beast! :-p

Shrinkage is still a beast! :-p

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My Myriad Curl Patterns

Taking care of varying curl patterns is a challenge and a gift.  A challenge because finding just the right product combination took a long time (around 9 months post BC for me), but in the end it is so worth it. All the trial and error finally paid off and though shrinkage is a major part of my hair journey, Katie Kaboom’s health and growth are awesome.  A gift because it is so versatile and the arrangement of the different curl patterns and associated shrinkage on my head makes for a shaped wash and go, no stylist or scissors involved. 🙂  Though the shrinkage does require me to remind myself: (1) a lot of youtube naturals transitioned before the BC; and (2) hair grows at different rates for different people.

Grid 1 is a second day wash n go using the LCOG method (yup, I made up another acronym as if we need anymore!).  Leave-in: TJ’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner.  Creme: my revised Naptural85’s shea butter creme mix.  Gel: Ecostyler Olive Oil.

2014.1.14 GRID Curl Pattern Montage

Grid 2 is a montage of my hair over the past two months (except for the bottom).  Top left: wet and freshly out of the shower with TJ’s TTT conditioner only.  Top right: LCOG method.  Bottom left: 5th day wash and go.  Bottom right: 10.5 month shrinkage/length check.

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Until next time, happy hair care! 🙂

Length Check – 1 Year, 1 Week, and 2 Days of Growth

2013.12 Length Check_Year 1My hair is healthy, strong, and growing.  Since I’ve received so many requests, here’s a pictorial length check.  More to come soon on my journey so far, but hopefully this will satisfy everyone for now! 🙂

1 Year Hairniversary: from Day 1 to Year 1

One year of natural hair. Loving the hang time and the journey continues! 🙂

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Protective Style: Crochet Braid – 1 Week In

I love the hairstyle and look of the braids, but the feel is tooooo much for my poor sensitive scalp/tender head. My braider did the cornrows extremely loose because I, of course, told her about my scalp/sensitivity.

Despite her finest attempts, however, my head is in revolt. In a blog post I drafted a while ago, I told myself to remember that adding extensions to my hair has never gone well.  Wigs yes, but connecting hair/extensions, no!

I tried massaging and oiling my scalp to no avail throughout the week.  I tried rinsing/moisturizing my hair.  It is one week in and my scalp is screaming at me.

Ah, c’est la vie.  Now I’m on the look out for a good wig for my large head. Lol. Wish me luck and all input/advice are encouraged and definitely wanted!!!

Shrinkage Update: 10.5 Months

Pictorial of my shrinkage just 10 days shy of my 11 month hairniversary.  The styling method pictured is LCO (leave-in, cream, then oil) plus Eco Styler Blue while raking (in the back/nape area because my strands are extremely fine with a more loose curl pattern) and separating in small sections (everywhere else because my curls are tighter almost everywhere else on my head).  I do not really like this method because the shrinkage is IMMENSE!  As in multiple people complimenting me on my new hair cut…um, not so much.  Lol.  On the other hand, my hubby, randoms at the market, and a multitude of coworkers complimented my hair with this style…  I guess, I should try to keep it in rotation, but I make no promises…

I have a surplus of drafts, so sorry for the multiple posts in one day!

2013.10.29 Shrinkage Grid