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OUR TIGHTLY CURLY EXPERIMENT - SUMMER 2012!
WEEK 2, POST 2

Hello again Kandy Land Kurls readers! We’re back with our second installment of our Tightly Curly Experiment. In short, the results are better, but we’re still not quite there yet. Oh and did someone say multiple hair types?!! More about that later!! Ok, let’s get to it.
  1. I shampooed again with Aubrey's Swimmer's Normalizing Shampoo, to remove the heavy salt and mineral build-up from the sea from our last day at the beach
  2. We then deep conditioned and de-tangled with Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment, then rinsed the DC out. (same deal as last week)
  3. Fresh out of the shower, this is where we changed course. I divided her hair into 4 sections and applied a new combing conditioner, AVEENO NOURISH+ MOISTURIZE Conditioner. This is one that (tightly curly) Teri LaFlesh recommends.

  1. This week, I used Teri's smoothing application method exactly. To do Fifi’s whole head took about an hour and a half. Now, because I didn’t know until after the fact, that I would be blogging about our journey, again I have no pictures of our application – so, I will next time, promise and pinky swear!!! But the “smoothing application process” went something like this. To wet, not soaking, hair, I
- Applied conditioner to section
- Separated hair with a Denman brush
- From root to tip, “smoothed” each separation created by the brush
- Put that aside, re-dampened next section as needed, and repeated
Again, Teri's full application breakdown can be found here, with pictures.





OUR FINDINGS (click on pictures to enlargen)
  1. No oils were used this time in the conditioner application process, as I wanted to stay as close to Teri’s method as possible; she doesn’t use oils. I did, however, use coconut oil subsequently to help with moisture. See point #4 below….
  2. I learned my lesson and started in the morning – her hair still took all day to dry! (but it did so at a faster pace, because the hair was so separated from the smoothing – if this makes sense; compare her wet, un-separated curls from last week to see the difference)


  1. I didn’t like the AVEENO NOURISH+ MOISTURIZE Conditioner – too lightweight. By the end of Day-1, her hair felt dry, straw-like. I won’t be using this conditioner again – Fifi’s hair craves moisture, all – the – time!
  2. At bedtime, I loaded the hair with coconut oil, put in six big braids, and the next day whomp whomp….no Day-1 curl definition, BUT very separated and tangle-free. Still, the lack of moisture was annoying me, so before braiding the hair out, I sprayed her hairline and ends (the driest parts) with Cara B Moisturizing Hair Mist and smoothed this over with Cara B Leave-In Conditioner / Daily Moisturizer, braided out, and voila – soft, beach/bed hair!
  1. A day after this, she was back in a pool, so that was a wrap for this week’s trial!
NOTE: Bonus Topic: Multiple Hair Types. I have always known Fifi had multiple textures in her hair - you know looser curls here and there, tighter curls there and here, etc. But this process has really accentuated that. Look at the pictures below and you’ll see what I mean. In some spots, her hair takes on a frizzy/fuzzy appearance, and even though I was heavy handed with the conditioner in those spots, the curl definition was still lacking in those areas. Also, she has three different colors. The really light sections to the front left, behave differently from the front right, and from the rest of the head in general. The crown and back are darker and also do their own fuzzy, weird, non-curling thing….and so on and so on. Hopefully by the end of this experiment, I would have learned how to achieve better curl uniformity when she wears free hair. I’m not complaining, just saying! :-D



Thanks for stopping by, please comment, leave questions/suggestions and do come back next week. We’ll have a new bonus topic, be trying another combing conditioner, and we will be nowhere near water, so hopefully we can see the progression over a week, with visuals of course ;-)
- Révelle & Fifi

6 comments

i am native here . . . | Monday, July 16, 2012
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curlygirlz | Monday, July 16, 2012

so how were the tangles this time around? We swim everyday in the summer and my lil one has hair very close to FiFi- I have not let her venture in anywater with her hair all out....did it really help with the tangles? My lil one gets burnt on the scalp as well!

Baby Big Hair | Monday, July 16, 2012

That baby has some glorious BIG HAIR!!! Love it! We achieve best results when I apply or fix BBH's hair at the crack of dawn on a hot summer's day and let it air dry at the park. I keep satin laid across the back of her car seat. and whip it out if she has to lay her head down somewhere. We rarely re-wet or remoisturize until the curl definition is gone. Ti keep the moisture locked infor days I mix a little oil with either the leave in we use or the curl cream, and shingle with a wide tooth then smaller tooth. to really pop, a modified Denman and in supa thin sections. I love this child's curls loose or tight. OWEEE!! Go'Head Baby!!

Chloe

i am native here . . . | Monday, July 16, 2012

Hi curlygirlz, yes the tangles are still under control. But b/c this conditioner didn't work as well as the first one we used, I'd say that we got better results last week, as far as tangles go. If you don't want to have your child swim with all her (his?) hair out, try loading it up with conditioner before and then letting her swim. You might be surprised at how soft and tangle-free the hair is after the fact.

Thanks for your comment!
Revelle

i am native here . . . | Monday, July 16, 2012

Chloe (@BBH) we all know your technique is legendary! I've had the Denman for a while, but only now giving it a workout thanks to this experiment - thanks for the tip! Oh and inbox FB message coming at ya!

Revelle

MsXpat | Sunday, July 22, 2012

Wow what a head of hair, love the I'm colour! I appreciate how thorough you are being, its a big help. I'm also seeking curl uniformity... its like the hunt for the Holy Grail.

Looking forward to part 3 ;0)

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