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Unfortunately, my appointment was canceled and I was unable to get my hair dyed. And no, I did not cancel it. Apparently, the stylist had an emergency. What I will say about the salon is that they did call me the day before (6:30 p.m.) for my 10 a.m. appointment the next day. They offered me another stylist, but that would have meant changing my appointment time and not seeing the “color expert”. I was not for that, so I refused. In addition, I was unable to re-schedule the appointment because they were not sure when she was coming back. Go figure…I may have to visit another salon for the color or wait indefinitely.

As a result, I washed my hair again. I do not have a problem admitting that I was so focused on applying the Eco Styler Gel that I neglected to moisturize my scalp.So…instead of trying to moisturize it, I just decided to wash it. For me, those curly fros only last so long before I start to get tired of them. This time around, I chose to two-strand twist my hair. Typically, I prefer twisting my hair while it’s wet but this time I opted to do so after blow-drying it so that I could have added length. Here is the hair washing procedure I followed:

1) I washed my hair using the Taliah Waajid shampoo.

2) After rinsing out the shampoo, I applied coconut oil all over my head and let it sit for 15 minutes.

3)I washed out the coconut oil and applied the conditioner. I divided my hair into 4 sections. While the conditioner was in my hair, I detangled with a wide-tooth comb section by section.

4) I let the conditioner stay in my hair for 30 minutes under a shower cap. I then washed it out, noticing how soft my hair felt. I think the coconut oil really made a difference.

5) I applied my whipped show butter moisturizer to my wet hair, and blow-dried my hair.

6) I then parted my hair into two pieces. I left 1/4 out in the front so that I could style the front. I then twisted my hair, starting at the back, and continued until I got to the part. There, I started on a row closest to my ear, paying careful attention to  precise parting. I will show you pictures as soon as I can take them.

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Giving you an idea of what is to come, I have several things on the horizon.

1) I will be reviewing the book “Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair” by Chris- Tia Donaldson.

2) I will be reviewing my visit to Deeply Rooted Natural Hair Salon in Atlanta, GA.

3) I will be cleaning out my natural hair products and providing a review of as many that I can. (Hi, I’m Tiffany and I’m a product junkie).

4) Lastly, I will be perusing the internet for more artists/designers/natural hair bloggers to feature on my page. If you are one of the above and want to be featured, be sure to let me know. I am all about supporting those in the natural hair community.

That’s it for now. Happy Friday, everyone!

So, I’m on Day Two of my Eco-Styler Curly Do. I refreshed it this morning with a spritz from a water bottle. I just added a couple drops of vegetable glycerin to water and sprayed all over to keep my hair moisturized. As you can probably imagine,  a gel-based hairstyle can have a drying effect on your hair so it is important to keep it moisturized. Tomorrow…I’m going to the natural hair salon. I’m going back to Deeply Rooted on Camp Creek Parkway in Atlanta to get my hair re-dyed. I’m not going to change the color, but as you can probably see, it’s time for a touch-up. I last got my hair dyed in January 2010, so it’s been about 6 months and it is past due……Review of my salon experience is forthcoming.

While trolling the Internet for people to spotlight in the natural community, I came across this blog. I suggest you check it out. Her bag is currently featured in my spotlight section. The bag seen here measures 15″ x 18″ x 6″, and can be purchased from her site for $16.99.

There are product reviews, hairstyles, great links, etc on her blog. There is also a store, at which you can buy bags, apparel, housewares, and other great things. When my blog grows up, I want it to be just like Afroniquely You. You can visit her blog at:

http://afroniquelyyou.com/

I am trying to start washing my hair once a week. Once I got tired of my twist-out, I decided to wash my hair again and use Eco gel to really define my curl pattern. This product is an alternative to products like Kiny Curly Curling Custard because it’s cheaper and essentially achieves the same result. You can find Eco Styler Gel at Sally’s Beauty Supply, Walgreens, your local beauty supply store, etc. The 16 ounce is currently for sale at Walgreens for $2.99. There is also an olive oil Eco Styler Gel that I have yet to try. According to a poll conducted by NaturallyCurly.com, Eco Styler Gel was voted The Best of the Best 2010 Products for natural hair.

To apply Eco Styler Gel: 1) Wash your hair. 2) Apply conditioner and detangle your hair with a wide toothed comb. 3) Wash the conditioner out and make sure you have a towel on hand. 4) Starting at the back of your head, begin applying the gel to rows of your hair at a time. 5) Be sure to rake the gel through with your fingers from the root to the end. 6) Always make sure your hair is wet, almost soaking wet, before applying the gel. 7) Let your hair air dry. Depending on the thickness of your hair and how much gel you used, your hair may take anywhere from 1 hour to several hours to dry completely.

I am including some pictures of the product in my hair.