Wash Day | Indirect Heat & Soft Curls

wash day roller set fancyflairladyThis weekend was a blast from the past.  I went to my college reunion, which was so much fun.  I forgot how amazing my classmates were and years later they are even more so.  It was such a great time reconnecting with everyone.  And in preparation for the weekend of fun, I decided to go with a roller set because it gets my hair straight using only indirect heat plus it’s another great low manipulation style.  I wanted my hair to be fresh for the evening’s festivities, so I was rushing to get my hair done in the hours before the babysitter arrived.  But I surprised myself with how fast I set my hair.  It took me less than an hour to go from shampooing to having the rollers in my hair, which is probably the fastest roller set I’d ever done.   (more…)

Wash Day | Why I’m Loving Flexi Rod Sets

flexi rod set fancyflairlady.Last week I mentioned having a few low manipulation styles in your back pocket to get you through a long relaxer stretch.  And this one was an instant fave from the first time I tried it.  Flexi rods sets are quick, easy and a cute hair styling option.  Last weekend, I styled my hair with flexi rods after deep conditioning my ends with Chi Infra Treatment and co washing with As I Am Coconut Cowash Conditioner.  And it made me realize how much I love flexi rods sets.  Here are the reasons why I’ve been loving flexi rod sets: (more…)

Get Ready With Me | Relaxer Day (March 2016)

Relaxing my hair with a new relaxer for the first time.I know you’re giving me the side eye right now for having yet another relaxer day post for you guys.  I mean, what do I think this is…a RHOA reunion? lol.  But please don’t throw tomatoes at me, lol.  A lot happened with my last relaxer and it was way too much to consolidate into one video or post.  I figured in smaller segments you can read/watch the parts that are most interesting to you.  Now, if you were curious about how my relaxer day went from start to finish then this post is for you.   (more…)

5 Effective Tactics For Retaining Length On A Relaxer Stretch

After struggling with retaining length for over two years, I finally saw success thanks to all of your invaluable suggestions.  It really helped to get me in gear and focused on these last two relaxer stretches.  After cutting about three inches in October 2015, I was able to gain it all back (see: last length check). And now I plan to continue implementing what I learned, because it worked.  Even though I already did a thorough post and video on the subject of how to stretch your relaxer for 12 weeks or more, here are my top 5 most effective tactics to retaining length while on a relaxer stretch. (more…)

Hair Products for My Baby Girl

Hair Products for My Baby Girl

I must admit, I’m not as regimented and precise with my daughter’s hair care as I am with my own.  The few things that I have purchased for her in the past were just ok (or terrible).  And the rest of the stuff that I use in her hair are from my own hair stash, which isn’t necessarily geared towards natural hair care.  This week, I decided to purchase some new hair products just for her. I mean, yeah she’s only 18 months but she deserves to have her own hair stash, right? …it’s never too early for healthy hair care. 🙂   (more…)

Back to Air Drying

1 week post relaxer wash day

One week after relaxing, blow drying and flat ironing my hair, I’m back to my air dry routine.  Even though there’s a big part of me that wants to go back to straight hair, I know it’s best to continue with my current (low heat – low manipulation) hair regimen if I want to claim waist length this year.  I planned to wash my hair this weekend, but with all of the Easter weekend festivities, I didn’t get around to it until Monday.  Here’s how it went. (more…)

Switching to a Lye Relaxer | My Initial Thoughts

Switching to a Lye Relaxer fancyflairlady Results

I switched to a lye relaxer like I said I would.  And you know what, I’m feeling really good about it.  I’ve been using a no-lye relaxer since my first attempt at self-relaxing and I never looked back.  And a no-lye relaxer was a safe bet for the self-relaxing newbie that I was, who wasn’t trying to burn her hair (and scalp) off trying something new.  For years I was happy with my choice.  I had no complaints.  But recently I began to wonder if maybe using the no-lye relaxer was the cause of my stalled progress.  So, with the lye relaxer being a bit more “conditioning” to the hair, I decided to make the switch and see how things went. (more…)