How to look cool on hair/laundry day
Well the truth is, that you really can’t. Or at least I can’t. So my solution: just have fun with it. Last night, I went home with two goals in mind: do my hair and do my laundry. The need to do laundry needs no explanation, and Lola was due for her weekly deep conditioning treatment. Plus I’ve been getting bored of rocking a wash’n'go fro. Yes, they’re simple and easy and low/no maintenance, but some parts of my hair are about 9″ long. However, in a wash’n’ go style, no matter what products I use, my boing boing curls always shrink down to 2″. Ignoring my dearest Fidelito’s suggestion to “stop trying new things on weekdays“, I decided that I would do my deep conditioning treatment, then stretch out my curls using a technique called banding and do a braid-out.
The thing about doing all these hair processes (deep conditioning, plopping, banding, stretching, braiding, rolling) is that you look pretty…er…eccentric…. Couple that with a laundry day outfit and I’m in prime form to challenge [and beat] George Clinton to runway walk-off.
But the ends justify the means and now I’ve got a fluffy, chunky, Big A$$ Afro! Not to worry, I documented the process for all those visual learners out there. Read on for the photos!
Deep conditioning in my psychedelic-gaucho panted-tube top-onesie. Please note that beneath the grey cap there is a shower cap. Neither of which were water-tight, so water kept streaming down my neck and arms at the laundromat. People probably thought I had a very weird sweating problem.
"Plopping"-- a hair drying technique which uses a t-shirt (or in my case an oversized night gown) to dry your hair. The smooth texture of this fabric, rather than that of a towel, is best for curly hair because it doesn't catch on the curls and make a lot of frizz. Never realized how much I looked like a gd pirate while doing this until seeing this pic.
"Banding"--- so this is where the stretching happens. I do this on damp hair and secure with an elastic close to the roots and then two more down the length of the section. When I walked into my kitchen for dinner and began to casually engage in conversation, my roommate Paloma looked at me and said "don't act like you don't look like that right now". Fair enough.
When the banded sections were dry, I braided each of those sections into 2-3 smaller braids then secured with a roller and went to sleep. Those rollers were NOT comfortable to sleep on. Obviously. Not sure why I expected dozing off with 15 plastic rods beneath my face would be....
Morning time! A close up after I took out the bands and rollers.
The result: A chunky, fluffy, happy Lola and a smiley me with a bunch of clean clothes!
Swapped the headband and this is me riding my bike to work.
So that’s my story. As you can see there are a lot of awkward phases to go through to get to the final look. I guess it’s kind of like going through adolescence. But with a smile on your face and a good Pandora station it’s a lot of fun and worth it in the end!
And because some of you will ask what products I used, here goes:
- Deep conditioner: GPB Conditioner by Aubrey Organics. I have fine hair and knew that a good dose of protein would be good before doing a lot of manipulation
- Leave in/moisturizer: Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream. Love this stuff. Enter the giveaway!
- Styler: Blended Cuties Down & Out Styles. I’ve recently fallen in love with this stuff. Sure its a kid product, but whateva: its moisturizing and it holds a curl really really well.