Some kids yelled this out at me as I walked by today. Thanks for your help guys, I didn't know that. lol. There was a time when only Black people knew what "nappy" meant (for the most part) - now it's a household word! Moving on...
Today is the last day of my latest staple style - the shrunken puff. Tomorrow I will be getting my hair done at Exavia's, and of course I had to commemorate this infrequent occasion by taking some pictures. The last time I went to Exavia's was May of 2006. I'm going to get the same hairstyle, so we'll see if it looks any different one year later.
My first time around wearing my hair naturally, I always blew my hair out to wear a puff. I didn't really know how to do it otherwise. Now I know better, and still have yet to put any heat to my hair, though I am determined to do a blow out one of these days. In the meantime, I decided to go with another semi-protective style and wear the shrunken puff. It does mean no combing and little manipulation, but there is some stress on the hair because of the scarf (unlike fully protective styles).
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So here's how I do it:
1) Shampoo my hair with Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo and lightly squeeze out excess moisture with my hands
2) Put a nickel sized amount of Knot Today from Kinky Curly in the palm of my hand and rub them together
3) Slide/pat my hands over my wet hair - I usually do this in the shower (I don't rub or massage; this would just make my hair look cottony instead of coily)
4) Brush the front, back and sides back with a boar bristle brush
5) Use a long scarf (one that goes around my head twice) to gradually gather my hair up in the puff - I wrap it around once, then pull it up up up while tightening it gently
6) Wrap a second scarf around the edges and remove when mostly dry for smooth sides and hairline - I find that Knot Today makes my hair "lay" really well
7) When my puff is dry (well, partially, hours later), I pull on it gently to stretch it a bit - this works well the first day, then less and less throughout the week
* For the rest of the week I just take my scarf off, dip my head in the sink or shower, and re-tie the scarf to "refresh" the puff (These pics show the 4th day)
Looking forward to my hair appointment tomorrow - more pics coming soon!