May 25, 2009

Desperate times call for Desperate Measures...Self-Retightening!!

Hello SL Fam! Well, it's been a few weeks since my last post and I have yet to find the money for a re-tightening session. What's a girl to do with loads of new growth while on a trip? Take a whack @ re-tightening! I wanted at least the front to look neat, so that was my challenge.

I went to Walmart and purchased a small, plastic children's needle from the Craft section (pack of 4 for 99 cents) and got to work. It took me 3 evenings just to finish the front of my hair. LOL. I know it's because I was being extra careful, so I took my slow time. I used a simple 4 point pattern, cuz I know nothing else.

What have I learnt from the experience?
- re-tightening requires loads of patience and arm strength. lol
- once you get the hang of it, you don't need to re-tighten locks with a mirror (watching movies kept me awake and entertained)
- I'll leave the re-tightening to the least for the time-being. I felt very liberated and proud of myself for doing this, but I'll wait at least a full year or so before I completely take over with self-maintenance.

Here are some pics of the finished work in the front:

Extreme shrinkage following my first wash since re-tightening:

As for the rest of my hair, I'll schedule a re-tightening session with my lovely consultant Mrs. Whymns [after pay day]. lol. Oh the stories I have to tell her...she's gonna laugh her head off, I'm sure. :)


My Second Attempt @ a Braid-out

<- two and a half months of growth!

For this braidout, I used Pantene Pro-V's Relaxed and Natural Holding Spray on my SLs, then cornrowed them. They were released 2 days later. This really helped to make the thick roots more manageable.


May 04, 2009

Checking In about Checking Out!

Hey SL Fam! Just checking in! Things have been really busy!!!
I'm done with university life! I just moved back home for good to sunny Bahamas.
Things are really busy around here. Not only am I unpacking, sorting things, finalizing a job, etc. but I'm trying to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Surprise, surprise - I've done no styling or anything special at all to my locks. I really haven't had the time! I counted and realized that it's been a full 50 days since my last re-tightening session. My roots definitely show it! I have no idea when I'll be able to get my hair re-tightened because I'm flat broke at the moment. lol. But seeing as it's summer, I'll use headbands and pretty scarves to help me bide the time.

In non-SL updates, My bro and I were doing errands on Saturday and decided to take a load off. :) Here I am on one of our beaches last weekend. It's called the Western Esplenade and we have great views of the Nassau Harbour and all cruise ships that come into port. It's also next to Arawak Cay aka "Da Fish Fry" where we bought some nice daiquiris and conch fritters. Mmmmmm!!! Glad to be home!

Have a great week!