beauty · Lifestyle

Natural Hair Update: Little Laila’s Lovely Locs

I haven’t styled my little Laila’s lovely locs in a while now. Her mother has been taking her to the salon and having her natural hair shampooed, conditioned and styled in the most adorable little girl braided dos. Oh how Laila cherishes them. And why not? They are great for protective styling and perfect for minimizing Laila’s daily hair-care routine, which, were it left up to the little miss, would not be done at all. Mind you, she is a girly girl to the core. Just omit her hair if you care to be someone she appreciates, or, better yet, can abide! πŸ™‚

Recently, I co-washed her fine, coily hair with Aubrey’s Balancing Protein Conditioner:GPB, Nutrient Blast for replenishing and strengthening. Redolent and deliciously soft, her coils glistened and spiralled into cute corkscrews as I pulled them straight to discover that her hair was actually mid-back length. Yes, I know natural hair shrinks in humidity and water, but sometimes its length surprises you when you haven’t straightened curly hair in a while.

Side note: I like what one natural diva on YouTube said recently, when she said she wanted to grow her hair to waist length, in its curly, coily, kinky, natural state. So many divas straighten their locs and then post pictures of the straightened mass proudly showcasing the esteemed goal. I’m thinking to grow mine waist length, also, but in its coily regality as well.

Anyway, back to our regular program. πŸ˜€

I purchased the Aubrey’s Protein Conditioner because I appreciated its all-natural ingredients. From the YouTube diva, Naptural85, I’d learned to look for Paraben-Free, Phthalate-Free conditioners. I’ve added Sulfate-Free and Silicone-Free to that list of “Must Be Free of This” list. (Okay! Let’s say this is a Product Review as well as an Update post!) πŸ™‚

Aubrey’s Glycoprotein & Milk Protein for strengthening and mending damaged areas and Organic Aloe for replenishing moisture are a major plus. Personally, this product’s sole downside for me is its scent. It doesn’t sit well with me. Simply, it smells like a medicinal spoonful of something designed to regulate my poop. Okay. I just took another whiff to be certain the aforementioned statement was accurate, as I know it, and I must admit my prior response is yet accurate. Nonetheless, it’s great for co-washing, I will use it to the last drop, but it will not reappear in my hair inventory. Yet who knows! Several natural-hair divas claim Aubrey has a luscious line of other conditioners, so I may sample another. I’m just not one of those naturals with a proclivity to be a product junkie. Nope! If I buy a product, it is as good as used…up!

Before I plopped Miss Laila down, I gathered up my trusty water bottle, a natural’s BBF, Eco Styler Gel, organic coconut oil and Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner. Soft hair bands dotted the glass table. Sistergirl sat with her back to her pillow in a miniature chair and watched her iPad and the TV intermittently.

My Process:

I sweet-talked her into sitting for longer than fifteen minutes, knowing there would be mini breaks here and there. If not, her neck will fall to one side, one shoulder will crank in a way that distracts me from what I am doing to regulate her posture. Once she is seated, I section off her hair and spritz each of the four sections with a generous amount of water. Her 4a,b,c coils adore water, like mine. Then I dab a bit of Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner on each section and follow that up with a bit of Eco Styler Gel. Constantly, I use my fingers to work the products into the sections of hair.

Ooops! I forgot to add I co-washed her hair with her mini braids yet braided. Since they were relatively fresh, I decided to leave them in. Or perhaps I was lazy and wasn’t quite up to unbraiding fifteen miniature pigtails. Whee! Can you blame me? πŸ™‚

Please read the captions under the queue of pics. They were written with your reading pleasure in mind. A secret between you, me and the gatepost, if I weren’t a writer, with my fingertips ever wanting to dance, bebop and lindy hop across these laptop keys, I’d be a Natural Hairologist. Β (Did I just coin a word?) Hmm. I tell you that name would be GREAT for my new YouTube channel, except my new channel is going to be far more than natural hair, as much as I love the subject. I will Vlog about my walk on this planet, my hair, my passions, my joys and sorrows, my talk show guests, my travels, my writings, etc. So look for me. Por favor!

I’m getting hungry again. I put a crockpot of Black Beans on earlier, and the savory fumes are beckoning me from this MAC, like, “Okay, Chick. I know you want me. Give up the fight. Close the lid of that hype tonight and grab a bowl. Point the remote to Netflix, and take a load off!”

But I’m saying, “No no no! I’ve got a bit more writing to do tonight. I’m one of those Mary Kay-bred sadie may’s! You write out that list, prioritize it and, as Jackie Gleason used to say, “And AWAY weeee goooo!” [Of course some of us are too young to recall Jackie. I can barely recall him myself, truth be dropped, but I’ll bet we all know Mary, though!]

HOW ARE SOME OF YOUR HAIR UP-DATES COMING? ARE YOU ON YOUTUBE? SHARE YOUR NATURAL HAIR JOURNEY WITH ME OR POST A LINK TO YOUR BLOG OR YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

SHARING IS CARING, HONEY!

Anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015, Beloveds!

Besos y Abrazos

THE HAIROLOGIST

And here, my beloveds, is that Little Lovely Laila "May I get up now, please, ma'am" smile. Well, half smile. Okay, nice sneer? :)
And here, my beloveds, is that Little Lovely Laila “May I get up now, please, ma’am” smile. Well, half smile. Okay, nice sneer? πŸ™‚
In this view, I gently pull her front pigtails into a cute pineapple. Uh huh! One is left hanging for a precious accent point, okaaay!
In this view, I gently pull her front pigtails into a cute pineapple. Uh huh! One is left hanging for a precious accent point, okaaay!
Now for the middle portion of her head, I pulled the hair into a pineapple or a sort of a bun, which later became a little bound braid. Then of course she slept on it and out the window it went. Her mother and I have not deciphered how to encourage a small girl to wear a satin bonnet to bed. If you discover the answer before I do, patent it, please.
Now for the middle portion of her head, I pulled the hair into a pineapple or a sort of a bun, which later became a little bound braid. Then of course she slept on it and out the window it went. Her mother and I have not deciphered how to encourage a small girl to wear a satin bonnet to bed. If you discover the answer before I do, patent it, please.
Here is where I started finger-curling neat spirals in the back of her head. So adorable!
Here is where I started finger-curling neat spirals in the back of her head. So adorable!
A closer look at the back of her 4a,b,c cute coils!
A closer look at the back of her 4a,b,c cute coils!
Freshly washed coils ready to be defined with my tried and true line-up of products!
Freshly washed coils ready to be defined with my tried and true line-up of products!

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