7 Regimen Shortcuts Without Sacrificing Healthy Hair


Over the past few weeks, I’m learning what it is like to not have the 4 hours I used to have to do my hair. I used to be able to take all morning washing, conditioning, sitting under the dryer…all at my leisure. Now I’m in spritz and go mode and scratch it as it itches haha. But I have developed some shortcuts that may be helpful to someone looking to shorten their hair routine. 
1. The most significant change I made was to wear my hair in a twisted updo. I still wash and condition every week-week and a half or so, but I keep it up and out-of-the-way so the only thing I have to style in the morning is the bang. I was surprised that detangling my hair was not so bad after not washing my hair for almost 2 weeks. I did have about double the shedding I normally have, which still was not a lot of hair. Keeping my hair stretched in this protective style has helped with the detangling I think. I keep my spray bottle close when I need to spritz and re-twist my protective style.
2. To save time on styling my hair into the protective style, as I detangle my hair, I place my partings where I want them in the style so I don’t have to re-part my hair after I put my curl cream on. Re-parting can cause the hair to shrink and curl back up and results in lost time trying to re-stretch the hair.
3. The next discovery I made in the salon…My edges were out of control, and I just wanted something to tack it down. So I used the American Crew pomade for men that I had in the salon. Did the trick! Why buy an expensive edge control gel when you may already have something that works in your home (or salon)?
4. The next thing I did was to trim my ends. I want to make sure that even though I don’t have the time to do certain things to my hair, I need to stick to the foundation of what will keep my hair healthy. So I just put my hair into 4 sections and trimmed about a 1/2 inch off each section. I’m not concerned about layering and all of that since my hair is up in a protective style.
5. I also colored my hair back down to a level 4-I thought it was going to have a brighter red/violet look, but that’s alright. By going back to a tone that is close to my natural level, I don’t have to worry about coloring it for a while, which saves me time. And it allows my hair time to grow and come back healthy when I’m ready to color it in the spring.

6. Use sample sizes as travel sizes and keep your most useful styling product handy in case of an emergency. Jane Carter Solution was gracious enough to send me samples of their Curl Defining Creme and their Nourish and Shine, and I keep one of each in my purse! They give just enough product to smooth and place a set style to keep it looking finished.

7. Try head wraps! I received my Fanm Djanm headwraps last week, and they were right on time. I followed the YouTube tutorial on how to tie it, and within a minute or two I had a professional, attractive style for work.

As we know, there are things you just can not skip, like thorough washing, conditioning well, and using the right products to keep your hair moisturized. That is non-negotiable.
 But everything else can be managed. Even on shorter hair, headbands and hair ornaments go a long way to make a style look polished. I hope these tips were helpful, and if I come up with any more, I will update the post.
Please feel free to comment on this post! ❤ Ally

 

 

How to do a Controlled Shape Trim (Mix’G Trim)


I’ve read various methods for trimming the hair, from the “fairy knot search and destroy” to the infamous Deva Cut. The goal of those types of trims is to remove the oldest hair that may be prone to damage or splitting. The end result is refreshed hair that probably has multiple random layers.

For a time, as my hair was growing, I would just section my hair into four, put my hair into ponytails with banded ends, and cut the ends off easily. It worked very well, but as it grew, I did not like the shape it was taking.

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Before the Controlled Shape Trim

My hair had the “Sideshow Bob” look in my opinion. The bangs were too long, and the top was too heavy, although my hair was healthy and moisturized. I wanted a more evenly layered shape, so I decided to go back to my cosmetology principles with a twist. I would use angular directional cutting to shape my hair with banding to control it.

Cutting Angles with Direction

If you have ever had your hair layered and watched the cosmetologist cut it, they lifted your hair to some degree and made the cut. They may have even pulled your hair in a certain direction to add or remove weight in an area of your hair. Those general principles are all it takes to create shape in a hair cut. Curly hair has the added challenge of coiling at the ends, making an accurate cut very difficult, so banding is necessary to control the hair.

Banding for Control

It is a challenge to cut curly hair when it is wet. Even hair with a gentle wave can throw off the evenness of a haircut. To shape natural hair, use a no-snag elastic to hold the hair in place for better control when cutting. Be sure to plan your cut first and think of how each section of the hair is to fall on the head, so that every section falls into place once the bands are released.

Step-by-Step Instructions for a Controlled Shape Trim

To achieve my layered look, I took the following steps.

1. After the normal wash routine, apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner and section wet hair into four.

2. Take each section of hair and detangle it by combing it to the crown (top) of the head.

     By pulling the hair to the crown of my head, I was giving direction to the hair to have shorter layers around the              crown of my head and longer layers around the periphery.

3. Pull each section into a ponytail and used a no-snag band to secure the hair at the base of the head as well as the ends of the hair. With four ponytails at the top of the head, the hair is ready to be cut.

4. Take each ponytail and pull it straight up to the ceiling. Cut the ends of the hair past the rubber band about a half-inch, making sure all the lengths of the ponytails are relatively even with each other.

5. When done, release the ponytails, added curl cream, and style.

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After the Controlled Shape Trim

The resulting shape was better suited for my face and was not so heavy in the front. I trim my hair about every 4 months, or after every other color retouch. I plan on keeping this shape for a while and see how it looks as it grows out.

Please let me know if this information was helpful! ❤ Ally