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!
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.