I felt like hitting the dougie, the quan, the whip and the dern nae nae with this week’s wash day results!!! Do ya’ll remember the horrific wash day that left me in tears and fighting the temptation to just chop my hair off? Or the many flexirod fails I had during my transition? I honestly thought that flexi rod sets (as much as I love them) were a thing of the past once I decided to stop relaxing my hair. Yes, I know other naturals do them just fine, but we all know what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for everyone.
But when I realized I was quickly falling into a styling rut doing twist outs every week, I knew I wanted to shake things up a bit. So I decided to try ONE more time to get a good flexi rod set on my natural hair and hope and pray I didn’t end up flinging the rollers across the room halfway through the attempt. Well, my persistence paid off this week and I ended up with a beautiful flexi rod set on my WET natural hair! I swear I am still psyched just looking at these photos, and the best part is I didn’t apply any direct heat to achieve this style!
I began by washing and deep conditioning my hair with (duh!) Bee Mine Products. I swear, I’m gonna try some other stuff soon, but these babies right here? ♥ LOVE! ♥ I detangled right before and after rinsing the conditioner from my hair, sectioned my hair and sprayed some Bee Mine Juicy Spritz and applied a bit of Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer to my ends. I twisted my hair into 15 chunky twists then sat under my hooded dryer to get the bulk of the water out. Next, I began creating the style – check out the video below:
As mentioned in the video, I am now a brand ambassador for Ampro products! How cool is that? I’ve been meaning to announce this for months but I wasn’t blogging much over the summer so I didn’t have a chance to mention it. Faithful L4L readers know I’ve been using their products for a few years, but what is most surprising is my love of the coconut oil styling gel. Since my hair texture is not, nor will it ever be able to “wash and go” I didn’t think I’d rely on gels much for styling, but the coconut oil in this product really makes it more like a strong styling cream then gel in the traditional sense I’ve always viewed them. Plus, it’s free of protein and alcohols so it is not drying to the hair at all and has never given me a hard or flaky feeling.
The most important part of being able to successfully do a flexi rod set on natural hair (in my opinion) is working in medium sized sections that have already been detangled and moisturized. Having my hair twisted and ready to be rolled on the rods made all the difference in the world! Also, doing the combination of rolling and winding the hair around the rods helped to stretch the length and give me more elongated curls. I definitely recommend using a product with a bit more holding power – like a gel or firm holding styling foam at the least – to help keep the hair smooth as it dries.
I’m so excited – starting to get my styling mojo back and I’m ready to focus all my attention on growth and retention while having fun creating cute styles! Thank you so much for reading!