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How to look cool on hair/laundry day

May 5, 2010

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.
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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Mamajesty permalink
    May 5, 2010 10:32 am

    Oh geez. Nice onesie.
    This is the cutiest hairstyle I’ve seen you in though.

    p.s No helmet on the ride to work?

  2. Ansley permalink
    May 5, 2010 10:50 am

    Nice shades!

  3. Fidel permalink
    May 5, 2010 11:28 am

    Guess not listening to me paid off this time! Looks great!
    PS. Next time, don’t get all mad at me when I txt and drive…cause you were riding your bike with no helmet, while taking a picture…I’m sure that is illegal too!

  4. maturenatural permalink
    May 5, 2010 11:35 am

    Your chunky fro is awesome!

  5. Fatemeh permalink
    May 5, 2010 11:38 am

    looks great! This is one i’ve never tried. I’ve done the banding for a stretched fro, but imma try this one. (putting it on my hairstyle to do list)

  6. May 5, 2010 11:39 am

    I’m going to try this style, this is super cute!!
    I’m so happy I found you blog, you’re got some really good stuff on here.

    Take care
    ♥ Monique
    http://www.mzsweetsmile83.blogspot.com/
    http://springsoflove.typepad.com/my-blog/

  7. Lynnieluve permalink
    May 5, 2010 12:39 pm

    Your hair looked FABULOUS!!! I love your hair!!!

  8. karen permalink
    May 5, 2010 1:46 pm

    super cutes!! i love it. maybe for the rollers you can use torns strips of old fabric or a tshirt to get away from sleeping on hard plastic or those foam rollers? just a suggestions, but not sure if the effect is the same for the curls.

  9. FemmeFox permalink
    May 5, 2010 2:20 pm

    Your hair looks amazing Cassadie! I’ll overlook the danger you put yourself in for a picture… very Mahogany of you…and you got the shot!

  10. stang permalink
    May 5, 2010 3:35 pm

    I agree with mamajesty- dont let fashion trump safety. youll regret it when your brains are splattered on the front end of a semi.

  11. ~Back to Curly~ permalink
    May 5, 2010 5:55 pm

    awwww….I love the chunky fro!! Your hair is ridunkculously thick…lol! Never tried the banding method before, very curious now;-)

  12. Paula permalink
    May 6, 2010 7:40 am

    Wow, it looks great. Your hair really does shrink a lot. It looks way longer banded. How do you do your other hair style? Is it just a wash and go and do you use kinky curly or something? because you always have lots of curlies, and when I wash and go I always have a plain ole’ fro

    • May 11, 2010 8:26 am

      just a wash n go. sometimes I use kinky curly, but recently I’ve been using Blended Cutie Down and Out Styles. By using a styler I can get 5 days hair (and probably more!)

  13. Nacho Niko permalink
    May 6, 2010 12:32 pm

    This is BY FAR the best website on the entire internet. So much creativity, inspiration and entertainment all wrapped up in one website for viewers pleasure. I CAN’T GET ENOUGH.

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