THIS IS MY ROUTINE 2 YEARS and 10 MONTHS AGO – FOR STYLING MY [NOT QUITE SO TEENY WEENY] AFRO!!! See my posts Let’s Talk About Shrinkage and 7 Days and Still Counting to see the state of my hair today.
This is a previous routine, directly from my old fotki. Note: at the time, I used Aveda Elixir underneath the gel. I’m still pissy about Aveda discontinuing that stuff as there is no 1 to 1 substitute. Sniff, sniff.
Okay, I get a lot of questions about my use of gel, so I thought I’d break out another folder to discuss.
My hair LOVES ecostyler gel. The protein in it is a very good thing for MY hair.
There are a couple of things I had to master though before I began this true love affair. The first time I used it, I HATED IT! I had super hard, crunchy, stiff hair…NOT what I was looking for…dang near like a brick. But I spoke to a lot of people with similar textures and they asked if I used it with a leave-in, I said no. When I first used it, I would apply it to freshly washed, detangled, slightly dripping hair. Result = the brick I previously discussed.
So, I decided to revisit, and added leave-in to the routine.
LOVE THE RESULTS! I use either Infusium 23 or (more recently Aveda Elixir) underneath. Right now, I am LOVING the results attained from using te Elixir underneath. Nice, pretty soft to the touch hair. I got 5-day good hair out of this combo (these are the pics I am posting here).
Every morning, I pretty much just fluffed and went. Not misting, not rinsing, no water added. The only additions were DevaCurl Set It Free on day 3 (sprayed into my hand, then rubbed all over) and SSF on Day 5 to give it a little pop and shine. This is going to be my routine of the moment (we’ll see how long THIS lasts!).
I like it because I am not spending an extra 15 – 30 minutes doing my hair. 30 secs max!